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Linda Vanderwerf

Reporter

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340

She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She spent her first two years of college at the University of Minnesota - Morris.

In her career, she has covered politics, city and county governments, business, public safety, health care and a wide range of feature stories. She currently covers education and health for the West Central Tribune.

Vanderwerf grew up on a farm between Redwood Falls and Morgan in Redwood County and graduated from Redwood Falls High School, now called Redwood Valley High School.

She speaks English.

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.
The symptoms that linger after a COVID-19 infection can be puzzling and worrisome. Fatigue, breathing issues and brain fog can last for months. And because the disease has been around for only about two years, no one knows how much longer they may last.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office received a report of an accidental shooting Tuesday evening. A 911 caller said a man had been shot and killed when a firearm discharged accidentally.
A teenager from Kandiyohi is at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis with a traumatic brain injury following a ski accident near Alexandria Friday, Feb. 25. He was awake and talking Wednesday, according to his father.
West-central Minnesota health system is implementing an easy reference guide for physicians and information for patients about managing acute pain without using opioid pain medications. Often, the first line of treatment is over-the-counter painkillers, which doctors say are more effective than people think.
A commercial turkey flock in Kandiyohi County has tested positive for H5 low pathogenic avian influenza. This is not the same highly pathogenic virus that circulated among area flocks in 2015. The virus does not post a health risk to the public and there is no food safety concern.
Gov. Tim Walz was in Kandiyohi County Saturday morning for the opening of the 2021 pheasant hunting season. Walz's hunting party bagged two birds, and he shot one of them. The hunt took place on private land.
As soon as people 12 and older were eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, Kaden Toutges got his shots. His brother and parents had done the same before him. He joined more than half of the eligible people in Kandiyohi County who have been vaccinated.
Patients were avoiding Minnesota's health care providers a year ago, but they started to return in the third quarter of 2020. Now, patient volumes are approaching 2019 levels, before the coronavirus arrived in the United States. Federal relief aid has helped them manage the upheaval.
A Willmar man, 33, is in custody, facing felony charges after an early morning incident Saturday that began as a suspected arson of a motor vehicle and morphed into a chase that ultimately injured one officer and caused damage to four squad cars.