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West Central Tribune Minute

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Records Report for Nov. 23, 2022
Wed Nov 23 12:00:00 EST 2022
Records Report for Nov. 23, 2022

Records Report for Nov. 22, 2022
Tue Nov 22 12:00:00 EST 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
A two-vehicle crash reported on Nov. 18 resulted in the death of 52-year-old Melanee McKale, of Starbuck, according to a news release from the Pope County Sheriff's Office. The other driver, 44-year-old Denis Zinke, of Sauk Centre, was transported to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Jomar Luis Saenz, 22, of Willmar, was sentenced Oct. 28 to concurrent prison terms of 58 months in a Willmar shooting in August of 2021 and 36 months in a separate incident earlier the same night. Saenz entered an Alford guilty plea to first-degree burglary and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. Other charges, including attempted murder, were dismissed. Saenz's expected release date is Nov. 4, 2024.
Records Report for Nov. 22, 2022
Records Report for Nov. 21, 2022
Mon Nov 21 12:00:00 EST 2022
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Minnesota’s high court ruled this week that the defendant, who was 15 when a Twin Cities lawyer was shot and killed during a carjacking, will be tried as an adult. He faces nearly 30 years.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a 68-month prison sentence for Braxton Anderson, of Montevideo, for his conviction of criminal vehicular homicide in the Aug. 6, 2019, crash that killed Brittany Lynn Schulz, 20, of Appleton.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Records Report for Nov. 19, 2022
Sat Nov 19 12:00:00 EST 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
Noni Skye Odom, 18, of Marshall, was convicted of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for striking another woman with a car. She is serving a prison sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee. Her expected release date is Aug. 21, 2023, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Forensic psychologists, social workers and a family caregiver were among those offering testimony in a civil commitment hearing for Algene Vossen, charged with murder two years ago following a cold case investigation of a 1974 homicide in Willmar. He has been found incompetent to stand trial due to memory and other cognitive impairments that hinder his ability to consult with counsel or recall facts in the case.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Holiday lights to brighten up Willmar's Robbins Island for a fifth year
Sat Nov 19 08:00:00 EST 2022
Celebrate the Light of the World, the holiday light display started by Chad Koosman more than 15 years ago, will be celebrating its fifth year at Robbins Island in Willmar. The display begins Thanksgiving and runs through New Year's Eve.
Records Report for Nov. 18, 2022
Fri Nov 18 12:00:00 EST 2022
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Yellow Medicine County Attorney Mark Gruenes asked that criminal sexual conduct charges be dismissed against a Granite Falls doctor following testimony by the first of five alleged victims on the second day of the jury trial.
Bradley Ray Munsterman, 64, was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale after suffering life-threatening injuries in a crash reported Thursday morning along westbound Minnesota Highway 7. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, Munsterman lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. Snow and ice were reported at the time of the crash.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Ag and Renewable Energy Committee acts as promoter for agriculture in Kandiyohi County
Fri Nov 18 08:00:00 EST 2022
Members Only
The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission Ag and Renewable Energy Committee has worked for nearly 20 years to promote agriculture in the county. They've worked with numerous new and existing businesses while also educating the public about the importance of agriculture.
Records Report for Nov. 17, 2022
Thu Nov 17 12:00:00 EST 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
Jaedon Craig Stewart Marshall, 22, of St. Cloud, is charged with three felonies stemming from a southeast Willmar shooting reported Nov. 5. He was released from custody Nov. 9 after posting bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2023. A 15-year-old juvenile male was also arrested in the shooting.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office in a statement Wednesday urged motorists to slow down when driving in inclement weather. The Sheriff's Office responded to several crashes Tuesday and Wednesday due to weather conditions, according to a news release. One crash included a tipped-over garbage truck that resulted in the driver being transported to the hospital for undisclosed injuries.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Willmar Area Community Foundation helps farmers plan for a community legacy
Thu Nov 17 08:00:00 EST 2022
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The world is in the middle of the largest transfer of wealth in history as baby boomers reach retirement age. This also means today's older farmers are starting to think about and plan for their future and legacy once they pass. The Willmar Area Community Foundation has started to see an increase in the number of farmers putting legacy charity donations into place, using things such as grain, equipment and land to fund the donations.
WCT Sports Show: NLS football heads to the Bank
Wed Nov 16 15:12:09 EST 2022
The West Central Tribune sports staff talks New London-Spicer football taking on Watertown-Mayer in the Class AAA football state semifinals at the home of the Minnesota Vikings. Plus, state swimming and girls hockey.