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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Question: I enjoy reading your column. I have been driving for a number of years but still get confused as to what all the white road markings mean. I know what the white dashes on a road/highway mean — OK to pass. But what do solid white lines mean, particularly if they are on a three-lane highway? Also, what do the intermittent white "bricks" mean? What do narrowly spaced white lines mean verses widely spaced white double lines. Thanks for your help! Answer: White lines separate lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.
Most American teenagers don't get enough exercise, and they often stick with their sedentary ways as they enter adulthood, a U.S. study suggests. More than 9 in 10 adolescents fail to get the minimum 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics.
CLARA CITY—A Paynesville woman was injured in a collision Friday evening at the intersection of state Highways 23 and 7 in Clara City. According to the State Patrol report, Veronica M. Kunstleben, 72, was northbound in a Ford Taurus on Highway 23. A Dodge Ram pickup driven by Phillip P. Schmidt, 33 , of Shakopee was westbound on Highway 7 and the two collided. Kunstleben was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with what were described by the State Patrol as non-life-threatening injuries.
MONTEVIDEO -- A 52-year-old Montevideo woman in a motorized wheelchair was struck and injured Friday afternoon in a pedestrian crosswalk in Montevideo.
Updated: 4:30 p.m. ATWATER -- Three people in a car suffered serious injuries Tuesday afternoon when the car caught fire after it rear-ended a semi on U.S. Highway 12 near Atwater. The Minnesota State Patrol said the car's driver Gerald W. Walther, 20, of Grove City, and one passenger, Faith M. Palmer, 18, of Grove City, were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with serious injuries. Another passenger, Jose I. Sauceda, 19, of Atwater, was transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, also with serious injuries.
WILLMAR — Holiday shopping begins earlier and earlier every year, but Black Friday is still a day when millions of Americans want to shop — with advertising inserts from the local newspaper serving as their guide to the best deals local merchants have to offer. The West Central Tribune’s Wednesday edition with 22 advertising inserts will be the largest and best-selling newspaper of the year, with 4,000 extra copies printed. The advertisements in Wednesday’s newspaper “create a virtual shopping center, providing critical information to shoppers,” said Publisher Steve Ammermann.
WILLMAR -- Children ages 4 to 10 were invited to enjoy games, snacks and a puppet show at the Pumpkin Patch Carnival conducted Sunday by Willmar Community Education & Recreation.
WILLMAR — The community is invited today to say farewell to members of the Minnesota National Guard 682nd Engineering Battalion based in Willmar who are preparing for a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. “This will be the first deployment for two-thirds of the unit,” said Lt. Col. Keith Ferdon, battalion commander, in a news release. “Our battalion will be part of Task Force Wild in Kuwait.
HECTOR — Authorities have named the driver who was killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at a rural intersection northeast of Hector. According to a news release from the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, Richard Strey, 61, of Bird Island, died in the crash. He was initially trapped in the vehicle and needed to be extricated.
HECTOR -- One driver was killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at a rural intersection northeast of Hector. According to a news release from the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, the driver who was killed was initially trapped in the vehicle and needed to be extricated. This person was removed from the vehicle and later pronounced dead at the scene.