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Minnesota man accused of raping woman who uses wheelchair

WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar man is in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail on two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, accused of an alleged sexual assault of a woman who uses a wheelchair.


Charges at Minnesota cop's trial offer jury range of options

MINNEAPOLIS – When a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his squad car after calling 911, it was catastrophic. But was it murder?. Prosecutors have given jurors hearing the case against Mohamed Noor multiple options: second-degree murder, third-degree murder an


WS Golf in Walker is open for business

Bill Sargent has the best kept secret in Walker for those who are going through stressful times waiting for the golf courses to open. At WS Golf, located on the lower level of American National Bank, Sargent has a professional simulator for game play or range work. It is very realistic, and several


Minnesota has nearly 200 people who've vanished without explanation

Around 4:30 p.m. on April 7, 1989, 2-year-old Aaron Anderson was playing in his family’s yard in Pine City. His mother, Paulette Anderson, had been checking on him periodically, telling him he was a “good boy” to stay there. Then she checked on him again. He was gone.


Cass County Sheriff’s Report

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to 409 incidents between March 31-April 6, including the following:. Abandoned vehicle, Minnesota Ave., Walker. Abandoned vehicle, Forestview Road, Walker.


Summer outlook for Minnesota gets differing forecasts from 2 major weather outlets

In an Old Farmers' Almanac vs. Farmer's Almanac-like battle, the summer temperature forecast for Minnesota is portrayed differently by The Weather Channel and the National Weather Service.


Minnesota Democrats Propose Tracking Miles Driven By Residents

Legislators started the 2019 session facing a massive $4 Billion budget surplus. But that didn’t stop them from wanting to increase taxes on regular Minnesotans at the pump. Governor Walz laid out his proposal in February to increase the gas tax by a whopping 70%, or another 20 cents per gallon. Thi


Walker Council OK’s TIF district for new Portage Brewery

The Portage Brewery Co. passed a big hurdle in the rebuilding process after its Jan. 6 fire, as the Walker City Council approved a modified tax increment financing (TIF) plan. At the April 1 meeting, a public hearing was held outlining the proposed 4,500 square-foot brewery and the city’s effort to


Cass County Board: Out-of-home placement costs remain stable

WALKER—Probation Director Jim Schneider and Michele Piprude, Health, Human and Veterans Services director, reported to Cass County commissioners on the county's out-of-home placements Tuesday, April 2.


Why isn't Isle Royale a part of Minnesota?

Isle Royale sits roughly 20 miles east of mainland Minnesota and 55 miles west of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, yet the island in Lake Superior belongs to Michigan. But why?. That’s a question Andrew Heintz has pondered for years. Heintz, a Star Tribune reader from Golden Valley, is an avid hiker who


Minnesota's winter forecast winner: Old Farmer's Almanac vs. Farmers' Almanac

Winter is over, hopefully. In retrospect, what publication forecast a more accurate winter for Minnesota: The Old Farmer's Almanac or the Farmers' Almanac?. The Old Farmer's Almanac called for a mild and dry winter for nearly all of Minnesota, with the exception for a mild and wet winter being extre


Congressman Stauber tours Gas Service Co.

Congressman Pete Stauber recently came to Walker to meet with staff of AmeriGas Propane Gas Service Company. Stauber (fourth from left) met with staff, toured the facility and sat in on a safety address. Also attending the site visit were AmeriGas Area Director Amy May, AmeriGas Operations Superviso


Southern Minnesota News Anchor Makes Jimmy Kimmel’s Show

If you've ever watched Jimmy Kimmel's show on ABC, you know that he has a bit entitled “Unnecessary Censorship”. It just so happens one of my friends from my time in Albert Lea just made the show! KIMT-TV's Raquel Hellman come on down! You can see her being 'censored' about :34 seconds into the clip


Virus Identified As Cause Of Paralyzing Condition In Minnesota Children

(Undated) -- A virus appears to be the cause behind a paralyzing condition in Minnesota children. Researchers from Minnesota and federal health officials reported yesterday that they found the virus in the spinal fluid of one of six children who suffered from acute flaccid myelitis. Scientists belie


Minnesota Moment: Fundraising success puts assistant principal on the roof

Austin Tollerson was spending Thursday night camping out on the rooftop - for a good cause, of course. The assistant principal at Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Chaska was out there because of the money his students raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Pine River and Backus: Free weekly meals to be served to those in need

There is a quiet problem in nearby communities that Simon Whitehead, Cass County health and nutrition educator, wants to help fight: food insecurity. Recently, Whitehead became more aware of this existing problem.


Birchwood Assisted Living brims with talent

Residents and visitors to the Birchwood Assisted Living in Hackensack joined in a friendly talent show competition Saturday, April 13, with several sharing their vocal skills as well as other talents.


Union Church to hold spaghetti dinner fundraiser

HACKENSACK -- Faith in Action for Cass County invites the public to attend their 8th annual spring getaway, “An Evening in Tuscany,” spaghetti fundraiser from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Union Church, 401 Lake Ave. E, Hackensack.


Norm's Auto Center is Dementia Friendly

Ken Hopen, manager of Norm’s Auto Repair Center in Walker, received recognition as a Dementia Friendly business. Hopen attended training offered by ACT on Alzheimer’s of Walker, which covers the common symptoms of dementia, communication tips for working with customers and ideas to update customer a


Snow is dying slowly!

This snow monster, seen near Walker last week, is slowly dying. As of press time, the miserable creature was on its last breath.