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WILLMAR -- Many of the African business owners in Willmar are optimistic about the ultimate success of their businesses in the community, according to a survey of African-owned businesses in the community. The African Development Center conducted the survey late last year and released the results Thursday. "The bottom line is there are a lot of good things happening in Willmar in the African community," said Hussein Samatar, ADC executive director. "We feel they will need a lot of help to make it in this community." Samatar said the business owners may be optimistic, but they will need adv
WILLMAR -- Delbert Huber was sentenced today to 30 years 7 months in prison for murdering Timothy Larson, 43, of Albertville. Huber, 82, of rural Paynesville pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month and admitted that he shot and killed Larson on Oct. 8, 2011, in rural Belgrade. Judge Michael Thompson listened to Huber speak at the sentencing hearing and said that Huber had shown no remorse. The sentence Huber received is the maximum allowed.
PENNOCK -- Names of the drivers in a fatal motor vehicle crash near Pennock Monday have been released. Julie Bedel, 41, of Clara City was pronounced dead at Rice Memorial Hospital after the collision at the intersections of Kandiyohi County roads 1 and 27 north of Pennock, according to a release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office. The driver of the other vehicle, Kaitlin Olson, 20, of New London was also transported to Rice Memorial Hospital. Two passengers in the Bedel vehicle and one passenger in the Olson vehicle were also injured, but their names were not released. The crash is
WILLMAR -- Adult Basic Education classes will start today in Willmar with a new managed enrollment system for students learning English. Instructors hope that the new schedule for English as a Second Language classes should help students make faster progress toward their goal of learning English. In years past, the program's ESL classes had open enrollment, said Adult Basic Education co-coordinator Jim Nicholson.
NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer band director Brian Pearson was the second runner-up in a jingle contest for the Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell. Winners in the contest were announced Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair. The contest was sponsored by Fox 9 News in the Twin Cities. Pearson wrote and recorded a jingle for the contest about the new Doritos Locos Tacos. Judges chose the top 50 submissions, and the public voted to narrow the field to the top 10 and then the top five. Pearson and other runners-up received $200 in Best Buy Bucks and $100 from Taco Bell.
WILLMAR -- Students at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar will have the benefit of an additional $500,000 worth of additional instruction time and better training for their teachers. The district was notified Friday afternoon that the district has received a $496,000 grant for Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar through the federal School Improvement Grant program.
WILLMAR -- The state's new method of measuring student achievement has become more complex, but it should yield more useful results for teachers. Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota's commissioner of education, discussed the new Multiple Measurement Rating system Thursday when she visited Willmar. Cassellius spoke and answered questions at the Willmar School District's staff welcome gathering Thursday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center.
WILLMAR -- Growth continues for the Willmar Area Multicultural-Business Center and the businesses it advises. With the help of a federal grant received last year, the community agency has loaned $40,000 in micro-loans so far to area businesses, of-fered ad-vice to more than 30 busines-ses and he-lped those businesses create 14 new jobs. Director Roberto Valdez said the federal grant's micro-loan program has helped the agency expand its work with businesses and also make improvements to its headquarters on Fourth Street Southwest in downtown Willmar. The building now includes Los Primos rest
WILLMAR -- The activity level is picking up this week on Ridgewater College's Willmar campus as students and staff arrive for the beginning of the fall semester on Monday. Students have been on campus this week to register and head for the campus bookstore.
LITCHFIELD -- The smoke from burning sage hung in the air as Dakota drummers and singers faced to the west to sing the Four Direction Song. The Rev. Alan Kitto told the more than 300 people at Ness Church that they didn't need to stand and turn with the singers, as many of them were sitting in chairs. But as the Native American singers began to sing, the crowd began to stand. It started with a few people here and there. Then more stood, and more still.