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 –- 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.
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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.
WILLMAR – Blowing and drifting snow this morning has most of Minnesota under a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. The National Weather Service says brisk northwest winds at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 30, will persist this morning, causing blowing and drifting snow.
WILLMAR — White-out conditions are being reported by drivers in and around Willmar this afternoon. Kandiyohi County pulled its plows at 3 p.m. due to adverse weather conditions and plows won’t be back out until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Minnesota Department of Transportation plows are still out this afternoon, but driving conditions are not good.
WILLMAR — The blizzard warning for the Willmar area has been cancelled and replaced by a winter weather advisory . Olivia, Granite Falls, Litchfield and Redwood Falls are among the areas now under the advisory.
WILLMAR – Intermediate snowfall totals from the National Weather Service range from less than an inch up to 4 inches so far, but the reports from observers and spotters are scattered. Carlos in Douglas County reported 4 inches, and Kimball in Stearns County reported 3.5 inches. There is a report of 1.5 inches from Redwood Falls. The blizzard warning due to the new snow and high winds continues in western Minnesota until 1 a.m. Tuesday.