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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WORTHINGTON — The rainy weather has slowed the pace of the Minnesota harvest. The soybean harvest has been hardest hit, falling behind schedule. The wet weather could also damage crops still in the field.
There are at least three explanations for why the Italians named this dish chicken scarpariello, or "shoemaker's chicken." The first is that chicken bones may sometimes stick out of a diner's mouth as he eats the dish — recalling a cobbler who holds tacks between his teeth as he works. The second refers to the fact that the various ingredients in this dish can be easily "cobbled" together. The third is a salute to a delicious and filling dish that even the family of a poor southern Italian shoemaker could afford.
ST. PAUL — Republican state Rep. Jim Knoblach abruptly ended his campaign for re-election Friday, a decision that will not only shake up the battle for control of the House next year, but could also reshape who helms powerful committees in St. Paul.
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.