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Jennifer Kotila


Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the City of Willmar, and business.

She can be reached via email at: or phone at 320-214-4339.

While attending St. Cloud State University, Jennifer majored in women's studies and history.

From 2010 to 2015, she worked at Herald Journal Publishing of Winsted, Minnesota, writing for both the Herald Journal and Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch. She focused on feature stories for Howard Lake and Dassel-Cokato, as well as covering Howard Lake City Council, Cokato City Council, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board and Dassel-Cokato School Board.

She was also the sports reporter for the Enterprise Dispatch from 2013 to 2015.

From 2016 to 2022, she was a freelance reporter for Isanti-Chisago County Star in Camrbidge, Minnesota, focusing on local government, specifically City of Isanti City Council and Isanti County.

Jennifer has won two Minnesota Newspaper Association Awards.

"The thing I enjoy most about being a reporter for local newspapers is that we are the history keepers - writing the history of the area as it happens," Jennifer said.

Jennifer speaks English.

A 30-year-old Lake Lillian man was injured when the ATV he was driving went off the street and rolled. He was transported to the hospital. His passengers were treated at the scene.
Fundraising will begin soon to construct a unique, two-stage amphitheater structure at Robbins Island Regional Park in Willmar to be ready for the 2024 season.
Additional driving events to take place locally Aug. 10-12 in Willmar, New London, Paynesville and Spicer.
Two of the three Willmar mayoral candidates participated in a forum Friday hosted by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee; the third candidate submitted a statement explaining why he did not participate.
Two felony charges and 10 other lesser charges have been filed in Meeker County District Court against the Dassel man who barricaded himself in his home Monday and Tuesday after reports that he had threatened a family member. SWAT teams from several agencies responded, and he eventually surrendered. Officers found evidence in the home that they believe indicates the man fired in the direction of law enforcement.
A man had threatened to shoot family members the evening of Aug. 1, then barricaded himself in his home. He finally exited his home at approximately 9:45 p.m. Aug. 2 and was taken into custody.
Willmar City Council on Monday supported moving forward with a state grant application to make nearly $950,000 in improvements to Minnesota Highway 40, which will facilitate the development of a $40 million project in the city's industrial park.
Willmar City Council is being asked to consider approval of a Transportation and Economic Development grant at its Aug. 1 meeting.
Zeke Dahl, Steve Peppin and Doug Reese are running for the top city office during the Aug. 9 primary election. The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election Nov. 8.
Assistant Chippewa County Attorney Christopher Reisdorfer filed a dismissal of complaint July 22 in Chippewa County District Court for two felony charges against Matthew Richard Regnier of Clara City, who was accused of having sexual contact with a child.