Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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APPLETON, Minn. — Multiple locations of Christensen Farms operations, accused of hiring illegal laborers, were among work sites in Minnesota and Nebraska raided by federal immigration agents Wednesday, Aug. 8. The raids were part of a multi-state investigation into multiple agricultural-related businesses in the two states, according to a Homeland Security Investigations news release.
HANLEY FALLS, Minn. — Fire departments from 10 communities responded to a fire early Friday, March 30, at the Farmers Cooperative Elevator in Hanley Falls. The fire was located at the coop's northern location on the west edge of town. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office received a fire call from a BNSF Railway crew at about 4:30 a.m. Friday. During the fire, the winds were blowing large embers into the town. Fire crews spent time driving around town monitoring the situation and assisting in some evacuations.
HECTOR, Minn. — A Cohasset man was found dead Thursday morning, Dec. 14, inside an upside-down vehicle frozen in the ice at the bottom of a county drainage ditch by a farm field near Hector. The deceased man was identified as Richard C. Bain, Jr., 48, of Cohasset. The Renville County Sheriff's Office received a report at 10:32 a.m. Thursday about a vehicle lying on its roof at the bottom of Judicial Ditch 15, which is located about a quarter mile east of Hector. The area where the vehicle had entered the ditch was along a farm field north of U.S.
WILLMAR — Amtrak’s Empire Builder train riders were getting a major detour through west-central Minnesota Friday due to a freight train derailment in Elk River. An Amtrak spokesman confirmed Friday...