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West Central Tribune Minute

Listen to the West Central Tribune Minute podcast channel about what’s happening in news and sports in Willmar and west central Minnesota.

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Willmar artisan creates beautiful rooms from the tiniest of treasures
Wed Jun 29 08:00:00 EDT 2022
A West Central Tribune Minute feature story: Melanie Lady, of Willmar, has been passionate about miniatures for most of her life. Today, her home is full of miniature rooms, mostly kitchens, that she has created over the years. 

Records Report for June 28, 2022
Tue Jun 28 12:43:37 EDT 2022
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Kandiyohi County Sheriff's officers used non-lethal impact rounds to take a 60-year-old female suspect into custody after responding to reports of shots being fired in a Spicer home Sunday evening.
A man has begun serving a 21-month prison sentence for a domestic assault conviction in Swift County. Prison terms are expected in similar Clay County and Stearns County cases under the terms of a plea agreement.
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 June 27, 2022
Mon Jun 27 13:17:33 EDT 2022
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It is the first major gun-control legislation to pass in three decades in a country with the highest gun ownership per capita in the world and the highest number of mass shootings annually among wealthy nations.
The Dodge Ram pickup was eastbound when it veered off the right side of the road and crashed into the fence and support structures along the Mississippi River, officials said.
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 June 25, 2022
Mon Jun 27 12:58:08 EDT 2022
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Kevin Ray Hewitt, 61, was sentenced to serve 60 days in Le Sueur County Jail each year through 2027, as well as pay $390,000 in restitution costs to victims.
Brandon Moore claims to be a "freeborn Sovereign" and "not subject to domination." A Chippewa County jury returned guilty verdicts on drug and firearm charges at his trial, which he chose not to attend.
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 June 24, 2022
Mon Jun 27 12:46:53 EDT 2022
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Four vehicles collided at a rural intersection on U.S. Highway 212 Thursday afternoon, sending two people to the hospital. The intersection was about two miles west of Bird Island.
A 46-year-old Willmar man was sentenced to prison for a first-degree drug sale conviction. The CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force found methamphetamine and fentanyl pills during execution of search warrants 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.
Willmar going native with new wildflower plantings in city parks
Sat Jun 25 08:00:00 EDT 2022
As concern for the wellbeing of pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies continues to rise, the city of Willmar and the Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District are creating eight new pollinator habitats. Seven city parks will now include native wildflower and grass plantings, which will provide food and habitat for birds and pollinators along with a beautiful place for humans to enjoy.
Records Report for June 23, 2022
Thu Jun 23 16:25:23 EDT 2022
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Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office is leading the prosecution of the two officers, has said the current trial date of Jan. 5 amounts to a delay in the justice that the Floyd family and others are seeking.
A 59-year-old man was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after crashing his paraglider in East Lake Lillian Township.
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.
It is a gnome of a good time in Dawson, Minnesota
Wed Jun 22 19:58:09 EDT 2022
For going on 35 years, Dawson has been known for its smallest residents, its gnomes. Created as a fun mascot for the western Minnesota community, the Dawson gnomes are still going strong, with 2022 marking a return to the city's Riverfest celebration following the coronavirus pandemic pause.
Records Report for June 22, 2022
Wed Jun 22 14:26:50 EDT 2022
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The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said alcohol is believed to be a factor in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning in St. Martin Township where a Paynesville man suffered a serious leg injury.
A man originally charged with 10 criminal sexual conduct felonies for the sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl in 2015 in Willmar pleaded guilty to an amended charge in May 2022 and was sentenced Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Kandiyohi County District Court to 41 months in prison followed by a 10-year conditional release period.
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 June 21, 2022
Tue Jun 21 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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Two deaths were reported Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County. The body of Matthew James Wrobleski, 48, of Willmar, was discovered Sunday afternoon in a log jam between Franklin and Morton. Authorities also identified apparent drowning victim Lance Edward Scheer, 19, of Redwood Falls, who was pulled from the water after he had been swimming in the river near Vicksburg Park. Both incident are under investigation.
After multiple appeals, a Willmar woman has been sentenced to supervised probation for sharing an image, without consent, of a woman engaged in a sex act. The case was dismissed, appealed and sent back to the local court twice and ultimately didn't move forward until the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the law was constitutional.
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.