UPDATED: 3 p.m. WILLMAR – A stretch of U.S. Highway 71 south of Olivia, closed for several hours due to a fatal crash, has been reopened. Traffic was detoured following the 5:30 a.m. crash near Renville County Road 4. A 46-year-old Redwood Falls man was killed there in a collision with a semi truck. A 56-year-old Willmar man was injured.
From left, great-grandfather Daniel J. Swenson of Willmar; great-great-grandmother Eleanor Swenson of Willmar; grandfather Eric Swenson of Sebeka and Jennifer Tolle of Sebeka holding Cuthrie Tolle. Tribune policy on publishing photos of multiple generations
BOYD — A rural Boyd man was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital Friday evening after a tree-cutting accident. Jeffrey Bailey, 54, was airlifted to a hospital in the Twin Cities to treat his injuries, according to a news release from the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office received a 911 call at 6:34 p.m. Friday, reporting that a man was trapped under a tree while cutting wood in the 2700 block of 340th Street in rural Boyd.
WILLMAR — The West Central Tribune won three awards recently at the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Live It! Magazine, the Tribune's bimonthly lifestyle magazine, was named the best magazine among all daily newspapers in the state. The magazine was produced with the direction and design of features editor Sharon Bomstad and the writing of digital content coordinator Dan Burdett. "These were two excellent magazines," said the category judge of Live It! issues.
This is the records summary for Feb. 4. Property damage WILLMAR — A woman reported that someone had poured oil into her gas tank in the 1100 block of Sixth Street Southeast. The damage was reported Friday afternoon. WILLMAR — A resident in the 700 block of Third Street Southwest reported Thursday evening that someone threw a branch at the home and broke a window. WILLMAR — A resident in the 1000 block of Becker Avenue Southeast reported at 8 a.m. Friday that his car, parked in the street, had been hit during the night.
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This is the records summary for Feb. 3. Vehicle complaint WILLMAR — Around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, a woman reported seeing a tan vehicle swerving all over the road near the intersection of Willmar Avenue Southwest and First Street South. Police stopped the suspect vehicle, and discovered that the driver had been rapidly sneezing at one point while he was driving. The driver was advised of the complaint. Harassment
WATSON — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host an informational meeting and question-and-answer session to discuss Governor Mark Dayton's proposed increases to hunting and fishing license fees. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Lac qui Parle DNR Area Headquarters located at 14047 20th Street N.W., approximately 6 miles from Watson. Directions are: one-half mile north of Watson on U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 7, then west on Chippewa County Road 13, north on 140th Ave. NW, and west on 20th Street NW to the headquarters.
ST PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Transportation adjusted requirements and extended the permit application deadline for people who want to mow and bale hay on any state highway right-of-way that is adjacent to their land. The adjustments were made in response to concerns MnDOT heard last fall when the agency adopted a statewide standard for mowing and baling in state highway right-of-way.
This is the records summary for Feb. 2. Mother killed, children injured in crash near Foley