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WILLMAR -- Welcome to winter in Minnesota. Travel will become difficult tonight and dangerous on Wednesday, the National Weather Service warns, as a winter storm is forecast to bring from 6 to 9 inches of snow to central Minnesota. The Weather Service says near blizzard conditions will occur Wednesday across western Minnesota and along the Minnesota River Valley.
WILLMAR -- Central and northern Minnesota will likely see the heaviest snow accumulation Tuesday and Wednesday, but Willmar and the rest of west central Minnesota are in a winter storm watch starting Tuesday evening. The National Weather Service says significant snowfall is possible, with some areas in the storm watch seeing 6 inches or more. Willmar, Benson, Granit
Halloween remains a popular holiday for young and old. A survey conducted last month for the National Retail Federation shows nearly 158 million consumers plan to participate in Halloween activities, slightly less than the survey high of 170 million people last year. The survey of 5,290 consumers conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics from Sept. 3-10 found that average spending is down slightly from last year. The average person expected to spend $75.03 on décor, costumes, candy and fun, down from $79.82 last year.
GRANITE FALLS -- The suspect in the Granite Falls double homicide is in custody. Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten confirmed Tuesday night that Andrew Joseph Dikken is in the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls.
GRANITE FALLS -- The Clarkfield woman interviewed earlier this month in a homicide investigation admitted giving birth to the two babies whose remains were discovered last fall in eastern South Dakota, court documents say.
GRANITE FALLS — The Clarkfield woman interviewed earlier this month in a homicide investigation admitted giving birth to the two babies whose remains were discovered last fall in eastern South Dakota, court documents say. Kelly Jean Anderson-Person, 34, was interviewed Aug. 13 by two South Dakota investigators in the homicide case and now is subject to a civil commitment hearing after she pulled a gun and pointed it at her head with her right hand while she was holding her infant child in her left, according to civil commitment documents filed in Yellow Medicine County.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. -- A Clarkfield woman interviewed this month in a homicide investigation admitted giving birth to two babies whose remains were discovered last fall on a family member's property in eastern South Dakota, court documents say.
WILLMAR -- Summer is back. The first 90-degree day in more than a month is forecast today for much of the area, the National Weather Service says. That combined with high humidity will lead to hazardous heat indices. A heat advisory has been issued from noon to 8 p.m. today in western and central Minnesota, including the Willmar, Litchfield, Montevideo and Olivia areas.
GRANITE FALLS -- Authorities are investigating whether a Clarkfield woman is the mother of the two newborns whose remains were found last fall in eastern South Dakota. A search warrant in the homicide case was executed Aug. 13 for DNA swabs from Kelly Jean Anderson, 34, of Clarkfield, formerly of Hendricks, to establish her as the mother, court documents filed Monday show.
GRANITE FALLS -- Authorities are investigating whether the Clarkfield woman interviewed last week is the mother of the two newborns whose remains were found last fall in rural South Dakota. A search warrant in the South Dakota homicide case was executed Tuesday for various cellphone, photo and computer equipment plus DNA swabs from Kelly Jean Anderson, 34, of Clarkfield, formerly of Hendricks. According to the search warrant and supporting affidavit filed in District Court in Yellow Medicine County, authorities were seeking photos of her in a state of pregnancy between 2008 and 2011 and