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Shelby Lindrud

Reporter

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.
She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.

She started at the Tribune in December 2015. Her focus area has been features since May 2022. Prior to that, she covered the city of Willmar and Kandiyohi County.

A 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Shelby first worked for the Olivia Times-Journal/Renville Star Farmer News, later the Renville County Register, in Olivia, Minnesota from July 2006 to December 2015. First she held the position as staff writer before being promoted to editor in December 2012.

Shelby has won multiple Minnesota Newspaper Association awards for both writing and photography.

She grew up in several different areas as the daughter of an active duty Air Force father. Shelby lived in Texas, Michigan and Ohio. She also lived for three years in Bitburg, Germany.

In her free time Shelby loves to read, play video games and watch her favorite movies and television shows and spend time with her family and pets. Her favorite author is J.R.R. Tolkien. She is also a baseball and hockey fan.

Shelby speaks English.

The Kandiyohi County Board interviewed the three finalists Tuesday for the county administrator position. In a unanimous vote they will offer the position to Kelsey Baker, the current county administrator of Swift County. Current Kandiyohi County administrator Larry Kleindl is set to retire in February.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning on investing more than $500 million into District 8, which includes Kandiyohi County and 11 other southwest Minnesota counties, over the next 10 years. This will include major projects on state Highway 23, state Highway 40 and U.S. Highway 71 in Kandiyohi County.
Bethesda, which has provided elder care in Willmar for decades, is celebrating its 125th anniversary on Sunday. The entire community is invited to an afternoon of fun, fellowship and history.
Early, or absentee voting, in Minnesota begins on Friday, Sept. 23, allowing eligible voters in the state to make their choices in a host of state and local races. The team at the Kandiyohi County Auditor/Treasurer's Office is preparing for what is the busiest time of the year and wants to make sure voters understand the ins and outs of absentee voting.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in the board chambers of the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building in Willmar. The agenda includes requesting approval to sell the county's recycling center and a presentation on the Capital Highway Investment Plan from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Sam Ripley is hoping to grow on last year's success by bringing in even more activities for families to enjoy Sam's Pumpkin Patch in Montevideo. In its second year, the pumpkin patch offers everything from mini donuts to a petting zoo to laser tag and, of course, pumpkins.
Zack Thelen-Liebl, who was born and raised in Willmar, is celebrating the publication of his first novel, "Chasing Shadows: Genesis," under the pen name Zachariah Jones. It has been a dream of Thelen-Liebl to be a published author, and he is already working on the second and third book of the trilogy while he prepares to be deployed for a year with his National Guard unit.
Approximately twice a year the Kandiyohi County Board conducts a "road and bridge meeting" that focuses on public works. The board held its fall meeting on Wednesday, not only hearing updates on projects and other issues, but also getting a hands-on look at new equipment at the Kandiyohi County Public Works garage in Willmar.
On Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Board decided to interview three candidates for the county administrator position. Current Administrator Larry Kleindl is set to retire in February and the county hopes to have his replacement in place prior to his leaving.
On Thursday, the Renville County Historical Society held a presentation on the Battle of Birch Coulee, which took place on Sept. 2 and 3, 1862. It was the bloodiest battle of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, claiming the lives of nearly 20 U.S. soldiers and at least two Dakota warriors. Many more were injured on both sides.