DUKLUTH — A plea hearing is set for a Lincoln Park Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a former student. Karla Jean Winterfeld, 33, will appear Sept. 17 in State District Court in Duluth. She is charged with a felony count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. A criminal complaint alleges Winterfeld confessed to committing multiple sex acts with a 15-year-old victim between May 4-19. Investigators said they also recovered video recordings, photographs, text messages and other evidence supporting the allegations.
Anica Beth Birkland, Willmar; Jordan David Lemke, Willmar Raquel Patrica Aguilar Paz, Willmar; Jean Carlos Morales Ortiz, Willmar Rachel Moriah Taber, Willmar; Bradley Thomas Foss, Willmar Ryan Lee Sorenson, Willmar; Bobbi Jo Drayer, Huron, South Dakota Tayah Jo Hinrichs, Willmar; James Lee Raddatz, Kandiyohi Cesar Aree, Willmar; Elvira Cristina Paz Maldonado, Willmar Kari Jo Garberding, Willmar; Ronald Allen Nyland, Willmar Angelina Maria Gilland, Willmar; Adam Peter Trask, Willmar
NEW LONDON – A New London woman was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle she was riding in collided with a semi. The accident happened at 12:55 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 23 and state Highway 9.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Saturday, April 28, that the air quality is improving around the site of Thursday's explosion and fire at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior.
WILLMAR — Farmers who work with pesticides can get a free respirator fit test during a one-day event in Willmar. Properly fitted respirators can limit exposure to chemicals when they are mixed and applied on fields. The event is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. April 3 at the Mid-Central Research & Outreach Center, 1802 18th St. N.E., Willmar. Space is limited to the first 50 people who register. Farmers can bring their own respirator and be tested at no charge, or farmers can try on and purchase a respirator on site.
HIBBING, Minn. — Funeral arrangements have been announced for one of the four family members who died from injuries suffered in a house fire earlier this week in Hibbing. Visitation for 9-year-old Todd Jacob Gillitzer Jr. will take place Friday, Dec. 29, from 4-7 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, Minn., continuing from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. Mass at the church on Saturday.
Board games aren't bored games, and card games aren't for clowns. That's what we keep telling ourselves, anyway. With winter well underway it's time to be indoorsy, and what better way to do that than by getting overly competitive with loved ones? The self-described nerds of the newsroom have compiled their favorite ways to gather around a table with family and friends for hours of entertainment through the cold days and, why not, the warm ones when they return. Let the games begin. * * * Card games, cribbage and garbage
NEW LONDON — For three days in January 1873 a severe snowstorm struck the Dakota Territory, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. When it was over, 12 people died in Kandiyohi County. Some victims were residents of the county. Others were traveling and died here when overcome by the dangerous blizzard — on a day that started out unusually warm and caught people out in the woods or on the road — unaware that a severe storm was approaching.
ST. PAUL — The Commission on Judicial Selection announced Thursday it is recommending three west central Minnesota prosecutors for consideration to fill an upcoming vacancy in the Eighth Judicial District Court. Gov. Mark Dayton will appoint one of the three candidates to fill the seat of Judge Donald Spilseth, of Willmar, who is retiring Oct. 6. The candidates include First Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Stephen Wentzell, Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan and Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson.
With another state boys hockey tournament in the books, it's time to move on to another tradition: the sixth annual Minnesota State High School All Hockey Hair Team video, produced by "Game On! Minnesota." Prepare yourself for Flowetry in Motion.