Three people from Missouri were killed Thursday evening in a crash west of Willmar. Another person from Missouri was seriously injured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, and a semi driver from Raymond also suffered injuries.
Willmar Public Schools has worked with an Arizona company to hire experienced teachers from other countries to fill teaching openings. The district still seeks more teachers and has job openings in many other areas, too.
Minnesota's Migrant Education Program works with students whose families are migrant farm workers. The program helps students avoid falling behind as they travel with their families and stay on track to graduate.
Two self-described "thorns" in the sides of decision makers made it their quest to protect a small patch of Showy Lady's Slippers from construction for the Highway 23 "Gap" project. Thanks to their efforts, the plants were transplanted.
The severe weather that had been expected to hit west central Minnesota over the holiday weekend did materialize. There were reports of a tornado near Appleton and Milan late afternoon Monday, as well as high winds, hail and rain throughout the area. Power outages, trees down and damage to structures were reported.
Algene Vossen, arrested after DNA evidence linked him to a 1974 killing in Willmar, has been found by a Kandiyohi County District Court judge to be incompetent to stand trial. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed that ruling.
State and federal lawmakers, as well as the state's agriculture commissioner and director of the state Board of Animal Health, came to Kandiyohi County on Tuesday to speak to area poultry producers and industry officials about how the avian flu has impacted them. Discussion was also had on how the state has been responding to the latest outbreak.