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.
WILLMAR – Most west central Minneosta townships hold elections and conduct their annual meetings Tuesday. Township residents typically elect supervisors and clerks and set the annual budgets. Polls are open at various times in each township, with the annual township meetings typically held either before the polls open or after the polls are closed. Results that are provided to the West Central Tribune will be published. Information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
WILLMAR — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 28-year-old New London man who failed to appear Wednesday on charges stemming from an accident in June that injured both himself and his passenger. Cory Michael Schmitz faces two charges of felony criminal vehicular operation and two charges of gross misdemeanor driving while impaired for allegedly driving drunk and rolling his vehicle, causing injuries to himself and a 14-year-old passenger. Court records say Schmitz failed to make his first appearance on the charges Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court and a warrant has been i
OLIVIA — The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal traffic accident reported shortly after 5 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 71 south of Olivia.
MADISON — Cargill announced this week it will invest $17 million to upgrade and expand its grain elevator in Madison in western Minnesota. The project is expected to be completed in time for this year’s harvest. “Madison is located in an area of excellent corn and soybean production,” said Lynn Zimmerman, facility manager, in a news release. “This project will enhance Cargill’s capabilities to serve area farmer customers, who have invested in their own technology to increase yields over the years.” According to Zimmerman, the project will more than double the storage space to 2.4 million b