Susan Lunneborg is news editor of the West Central Tribune. She joined the staff in Willmar in 1999 and has been a newspaper journalist for more than 20 years. She can be reached directly at the email linked here, but for the most timely response, please send news releases to the Tribune's general news email: email@example.com.
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WILLMAR – It may soon be easier to spot fly balls in the outfield of Baker Field in Bill Taunton Stadium, the home of the Willmar Stingers. Sean Christensen, Willmar Public Works director, has asked the Willmar City Council for approval to replace the field lights with brighter and more efficient LEDs.
WILLMAR – Farmers feeling the stress of the current ag economy can access free, one-on-one financial counseling – just by making a phone call to the Farm Information Line. Provided by the University of Minnesota Extension, the service offers help to farmers who have been hit hard by low commodity prices during the past five years years.
PAYNESVILLE — The medical examiner has ruled the deaths of an elderly Paynesville couple to be homicides, and their grandson has been arrested for two counts of second-degree intentional murder. Wilbert "Willie" A. Scheel, 93, and his 80-year-old wife, Gloria A. Scheel, were reported missing Wednesday, and two bodies were found at around 5 p.m. Thursday in a Toyota Prius on Kandiyohi County Road 5 east of Games Lake, according to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office and the Paynesville Police Department.
HOLLOWAY – The Swift County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash between a Hancock Public School transport van and a semi at a rural intersection north of Holloway. There were reports of numerous injuries, according to a news release sent Monday evening by the Sheriff’s Office, and many responder units were sent to the intersection of 30th Street and 130th Avenue Northwest. No other information was immediately released.
APPLETON — West Central SWAT has safely resolved the second armed standoff in seven months with a 37-year-old Appleton man. The Swift County Sheriff’s Office said William Steven Synowczynski was taken into custody about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at an Appleton residence after the SWAT team used a skid loader to rip into a fish house where he had barricaded himself with some type of firearm.
WILLMAR - The Rice Memorial Hospital board of directors approved a series of agreements Monday for creating a new entity to deliver health care services to the region in partnership with Affiliated Community Medical Centers and CentraCare Health. The new entity, to be known as Carris Health, will operate as a subsidiary of CentraCare Health. Members of the Rice Hospital Board voted unanimously
ST. PAUL — Willmar Police Officer Marco Vazquez and Officer Anthony Haycraft have been identified as the officers who fired their guns Sunday when responding to a report of a suicidal male in northwest Willmar. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension named the officers in a news release Tuesday evening as well as the man who was injured: Matthew David Smith, 46. The BCA said Smith remains hospitalized at St. Cloud Hospital but gave no details about his injuries or condition.
Question: So I lost my driver's license. Physically, misplaced it and searched high and low and no luck and couldn't find it anywhere. I went to Driver and Vehicle Services and applied for a new one, and after a while got it in the mail. Now, several months later, I found my old one. So I now have two driver's licenses and both are valid and expire on the same date. What should I and can I do here?
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council will conduct three public hearings at the beginning of the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W.
Correction A secondary headline published Wednesday with a story about the delay in the sale of bonds for a broadband project was incorrect. Consolidated Telecommunications Co. needs 50 percent of the estimated 1,600 potential home and business customers in the Kandiyohi County project area to sign up in advance before moving ahead with construction of fiber lines. By noon Wednesday, sign-up was at 44 percent of the 800 needed.