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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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Two years after he made history by becoming the Navy's first black pilot, Ensign Jesse Brown lay trapped in his downed fighter plane in subfreezing North Korea, his leg broken and bleeding. His wingman crash-landed to try to save him, and even burned his hands trying to put out the flames.
WILLMAR -- On a hot day like today, officials from the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar say don't forget your four-legged friends.
WILLMAR -- The heat advisory in effect through Thursday evening has been expanded to Willmar and much of the rest of west central and central Minnesota. The National Weather Service office in the Twin Cities says temperatures in the lower to middle 90s combined with heat indices near 100 will lead
WILLMAR -– Two of the biggest Willmar Fests events are happening today. The Little Crow Ski Team show and fireworks that had been scheduled for Saturday were postponed until today due to the weather. The ski show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, free of charge, at Robbins Island in Willmar and the fireworks will be at 10 p.m. The ski show will be free of charge because of the postponement, James Miller, Willmar Fests board vice president, said Saturday in announcing the changes.
WILLMAR –- The Willmar Fests beach party that had been planned this evening at Robbins Island in Willmar has instead been moved tonight to the Willmar Civic Center due to the weather, and the band that was scheduled to play outdoors tonight as part of the festivities will go on-stage a little after 8 p.m. tonight at the Civic Center. James Miller, Willmar Fests board vice president, said the beach party will go on until around 11 p.m.
WILLMAR – The Willmar forecast today is for rain and snow, but less than an inch of snow is expected. The rest of the state may not be so lucky. A winter storm warning has been issued for the metro area and south central Minnesota.
WILLMAR — All you wishful thinkers, find your boots again — the winter weather system that has arrived this morning could bring up to a foot of snow over the next few days in west central Minnesota. The National Weather Service Twin Cities office in Chanhassen says the storm will bring several rounds of precipitation, and snowfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are possible in west central Minnesota by Thursday.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- New questions are confronting the university that Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes attended amid disclosures that a psychiatrist warned campus police a month before the deadly assault that Holmes was dangerous and had homicidal thoughts. By DAN ELLIOTT and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press
WILLMAR — More than 50 community members volunteered their time Thursday to help decide how donations to the local United Way will be distributed for the 2012-13 year. The United Way of West Central Minnesota’s annual “Community Review Day” brings representatives from area nonprofit agencies seeking United Way funding into a room with the volunteer panel members, who ultimately rank the applications and recommend dollar amounts to be awarded.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week and remained near historic lows, a trend that has supported a recovery in housing. By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week and remained near historic lows, a trend that has supported a recovery in housing.