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Willmar School Board to meet Monday

WILLMAR — Students and parents in the Willmar School Board should know soon what they will have to do to make up for the numerous weather-related school cancellations in the past month.


Boys Basketball: Becker spoils Willmar's home finale

WILLMAR — Tied 38-all after the first half, Becker went on a 10-0 run early in the first half and led the rest of the way as the visiting Bulldogs spoiled Willmar's home finale with a 79-67 win in a battle of Section 5AAA foes.


Wind gusts and blowing snow could impact travel region

WILLMAR – Strong wind gusts and blowing snow could cause problems for motorists this weekend. The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises that travel could be affected in much of west central and southwest Minnesota through Sunday.


Girls Basketball: Cards wrap regular season with big win

WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals don't like losing and they respond accordingly. After its first three losses this season, Willmar won its next games by 56, 31 and 39 points. On Friday, Rocori had the bad luck of being on the schedule after the Cards' Thursday loss at Fergus Falls.


Duke, the 4-term dog mayor of Minnesota town, goes to 'doggy heaven'

Duke the four-term ceremonial dog mayor of a Minnesota town, went to "doggy heaven" this week, his owner confirmed on Facebook. The Great Pyrenees was 13 years old when he died Thursday. He made national news for being elected the dog mayor of Cormorant Village, Minn., several years ago, during the


Drizzle to blizzard: Winter storm will bring it all to Minnesota today, tonight

The winter that arrived late and large reloaded Saturday as much of southern Minnesota was placed under a blizzard warning set to begin at 9 p.m. Saturday and extend till 6 p.m. Sunday.


Willmar plow crews holding up well despite record snow

(Willmar MN-) Willmar Public Works Superintendent Gary Manzer says his crew and equipment are holding up well despite record-breaking snow this month... Your browser does not support the audio element.


Minnesota man admits to strangling estranged girlfriend, raping her teenage relative

ST. PAUL - A Stillwater man admitted in court to strangling his estranged girlfriend in St. Paul last summer and trying to make it look like a drug overdose, then raping the woman’s teenage relative three times.


Willmar updates Robbins Island land use covenants

WILLMAR — As a requirement of the $606,000 Legacy grant Willmar received for improvements at Robbins Island Regional Park, the city needed to update the land use covenants for the park, to lay out in black and white that someday the park won't turn into a strip mall or housing development. The park


Willmar council OKs street, other improvements

WILLMAR — The entire Willmar City Council took its first look Tuesday at the proposed list of street and other public works improvements for 2019. The Public Works/Public Safety Committee was given a brief overview of the plan at its meeting Feb. 6.


Missing Central Minnesota Mother and Son Found

(Waite Park, MN) A central Minnesota mother and son who have been missing since October have been located. Authorities say 17-year-old Morgan Styke and her 9-month-old son Bobby Spence were found around 3:30 Friday afternoon at a home in Waite Park. Police Chief Dave Bentrud says they are both physi


Her husband was not convicted of drugging and raping her — because it is still legal in Minnesota

Jenny Teeson learned that she had been drugged and raped more than a year after the assault took place, when she found videos of it on her computer. She watched in horror as a man forcibly penetrated her motionless body with a sex toy while her toddler son lay sleeping nearby — all documented in a v


Low-interest financing available for best management practices

WILLMAR — Farmers interested in implementing best management practices aimed at reducing runoff or upgrading or installing new septic systems may be eligible for low-interest financing.


NWS Issues Blizzard Warning for Southwest Minnesota

UNDATED -- The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for areas in Southwest Minnesota, including Kandiyohi and Meeker counties. It will be in effect from midnight Saturday night until 6:00 p.m. Sunday.


Siblings allegedly beat and shot family dog in central Minnesota

STAPLES, Minn. — A brother and sister are accused of beating and shooting their family's dog at a campground in Wadena County in central Minnesota over the weekend. The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, consulting with the Humane Society, has been investigating the incident.


Military News on U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Justin Stocks

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Justin Stocks, a Willmar native, recently returned from an 11-week deployment aboard USNS Comfort, as part of U.S. Southern Command's Enduring Promise initiative. The pulmonary and critical care physician at Naval Hospital Jacksonville was part of an embarked medical team, which


Minnesota politicians have tried for president before – and failed

Historically, Minnesota politicians who run for president have been kind of like the Minnesota Vikings: They've been all the way to the big game, but the best they've done is finish second.


Save Our Tails fundraiser in Willmar Friday

(Willmar MN-) Some of the money raised by tonight's Save Our Tails fundraiser will go toward improving the HVAC system at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar. Volunteer Matha Alsleben with the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties says the shelter has specialized needs, including good


‘I Don’t Have Any Other Home’: Thousands Of Minnesota Liberians Fear Deportation

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of Liberians living in Minnesota hope they can convince the government to let them stay in the country. A program that grants Liberian immigrants temporary protected status expires at the end of March.


Expect Whiteout Conditions Saturday Night In Southeast Minnesota

It was well known that this weekend was going to be ugly in terms of the weather, and for many in Southeast Minnesota, the forecast just got uglier. The National Weather Service has extended a Blizzard Warning to almost all of Southern Minnesota including Preston, Rochester, Owatonna and Albert Lea