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Sentences for physical, sexual assault total over 44 years for Granite Falls man

GRANITE FALLS - A man charged with physically and sexually assaulting a woman he knew was sentenced last week in Yellow Medicine County District Court to consecutive sentences totaling over 44 years in prison. Marlow Vincent LaBatte Jr., 34, of Granite Falls, was sentenced March 14 for two first-deg

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE - 2018-03-21 01:26:00

Winter storm watch Friday: Storm will bring 6-8 inches of snow to southern and western Minn.

An early spring storm taking aim at Minnesota will drop anywhere from a few flakes in the far east metro and western Wisconsin to heavy dumping across western and southern Minnesota, the National Weather Service said. A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for a large swath of Minnesota south of I-94

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE - 2018-03-22 19:26:00

Looking for artists to take on city hall: Granite Falls, Minn., looking to embed artist in city

Ashley Hanson recently got the go-ahead from the city council in Granite Falls, Minn., to work towards putting together an artist-in-residency program to embed an artist in the city. Hanson believes there is no other community of under 10,000 with an embedded artist, even though small communities ma


Another defendant charged for fake payroll check

GRANITE FALLS - A 10th defendant has joined nine others facing felony charges for allegedly attempting to cash counterfeit payroll checks at Prairie's Edge Casino Resort. Bailey Marie Swanson, 27, of Willmar, was arraigned Monday in Yellow Medicine County District Court on felony charges of check fo

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE - 2018-03-21 12:31:00

Kandiyohi County landfill to refuse commercial tree, brush waste

During its 11 years of existence, Fibrominn - which later became Benson Power - turned turkey manure and wood chips into power, which was then sold to Xcel Energy. It provided a ready destination for the wood chips generated by brush disposal at the Kandiyohi County landfill - all the better because

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE - 2018-03-21 10:28:00

Meeker County Sheriff Report 3/20/18

On the 20th at 8:20 a.m. the Sheriff's Office arrested Roger Davis Sondrol, age 52, Grove City on a probation violation at the Meeker County Courthouse, Litchfield. On the 20th at 10:15 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of threats at a residence on 2nd Street South, Grove City. A deput

CROWRIVERMEDIA.COM - 2018-03-21 14:15:00

DFL endorses Flowe for House 17B

WILLMAR - The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party unanimously endorsed Anita Flowe, of Willmar, as its candidate for Minnesota House District 17B, which covers most of Kandiyohi County. She was endorsed March 17 at the DFL District Convention in Raymond to run in the November general election for the seat

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE - 2018-03-22 03:11:18

Sister of Chad Monson charged with threatening witness

(Willmar MN-) The sister of Chad Monson has been arrested on charges accusing her of tampering with a witness in her brother's criminal case. 42-year-old Amy Monson of Burnsville is charged with 1st Degree Tampering with a Witness/Threats of Injury and Retaliation. Court records say on March 1st Amy


City hall project divides Willmar council

Erica Dischino / Tribune The Willmar City Auditorium, next door to the Willmar City Offices on Sixth Street Southwest in downtown Willmar, is shown Tuesday. Use of space in the auditorium as part of a new city hall project is under discussion.1 / 5 Erica Dischino / Tribune Stairs leading to the lobb

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE - 2018-03-21 12:02:00

Wyoming community college dean visits Willmar

WILLMAR - One of Laura Driscoll's claims to fame at Casper College in Wyoming was raising $11 million for a business incubator. It was one of the first facts shared about the candidate for Ridgewater College president at a public forum Tuesday afternoon at the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE - 2018-03-21 11:29:00