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Dale Morin

Dale Morin

Public Safety Reporter

Dale Morin is a reporter with the West Central Tribune. He covers public safety and breaking news beats.

Dale can be reached at dmorin@wctrib.com or by phone 320-214-4368.

Dale started at the Tribune in July 2022.

He graduated from the University of Iowa in December 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a certificate in writing. While living in Iowa City, Dale reviewed music for the college radio station and participated in a weekly improv club.

Before that, Dale attended Normandale Community College in his hometown, Bloomington, Minnesota. He worked up to 30 hours a week as a manager at a local car wash to pay for his tuition and books. He graduated with an associate's degree in 2016.

Dale also earned his Eagle Scout award while he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. He received his award in court of honor ceremony alongside six of his friends in 2012.

Dale's interests include music, movies, tv, videogames, and outdoor activities. In his free time he plays guitar and tries to learn new techniques and songs by ear.

Dale speaks English.

Mauro Berga Lopez-Rasmussen, 29, of Willmar, was convicted of two third-degree drug sale charges in Kandiyohi County District Court and was sentenced Sept. 2 to serve a 39-month and 33-month sentence concurrently. Charges in a separate case were dismissed in a plea agreement.
Corey Michael Jacobs, 30, was convicted in Kandiyohi County District Court of felony domestic assault and violating a no-contact order and sentenced on each count to 39 months, to be served concurrently at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.
Makayla Marie Oothoudt Willprecht, 21, of Willmar, pleaded not guilty this week to charges in the April overdose death of 19-year-old Samantha Jean Myers of Pennock. According to the criminal complaint, Willprecht and another man who is also charged arranged a purchase of pills through text messages.
Matthew John Monson of Willmar is serving jail time and three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular operation related to a rollover crash last summer on the edge of Willmar that injured himself and four passengers. In exchange for his plea, two other charges of criminal vehicular operation were dismissed. All four charges alleged that Monson had an alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more within two hours of driving.
A caller — later found to have a gunshot wound to his nose — reported that another driver had shot at him while driving westbound on Interstate 94 after the two had a dispute on the roadway. Stearns County deputies were able to locate the alleged shooter, identified as a 23-year-old from Inkster, Michigan.
A 16-year-old Willmar boy is facing juvenile charges of attempted murder in a shooting reported in the early morning hours of Aug. 27 in southeast Willmar. The Kandiyohi County Attorney's Office filed a motion Thursday to move the case to adult court.
The driver of a semi and a passenger in a second vehicle were listed with non-life-threatening injuries and transported to an Avera Medical Group clinic after a crash Tuesday involving a semi and a passenger car on U.S. Highway 212. A 17-year-old driver was also transported to a clinic, but the report did not describe her injuries.
Bradley James Westphal has pleaded not guilty plea in Renville County District Court to a third-degree murder charge. Westphal was charged in December 2021 for the death of a woman on July 19, 2021, after she overdosed on fentanyl. A jury trial is set for March.
A Willmar man who pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct for raping a 14-year-old girl in June 2021 was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and five years of probation. As part of a plea agreement, he received a stay of adjudication, which means the charge will be dismissed if he successfully completes his sentence.
The Swift County Sheriff's Office said in a release Monday that only minor injuries were reported after a crash Wednesday, Aug. 17, involving two vehicles, both towing fishing boats, north of Appleton. According to the release, all parties were examined on-scene by emergency medical services personnel and released without transport.