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WILLMAR

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A young deer crashed into the Willmar Public Library on Monday afternoon.
Friends and colleagues attending the funeral for Blomkest firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson remembered him as a man who always “showed up” where he was needed. Erickson's funeral was Friday in Willmar.
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.
West-central Minnesota was pounded by rain during intense thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, leading to flooded streets, basements, fields and parks.

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Jennifer Cronin said the decision not to disclose the candidate's name until the nominating convention was made out of respect for the candidate, who Cronin said is spending this week helping someone close to them deal with end of life issues.
Our late spring is a challenge for migrating birds and frustrating for us, but it's not without its drama.
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.
Two more commercial turkey flocks — in Blue Earth and Meeker counties — were added to the growing list of confirmed avian flu sites in Minnesota as of Friday's noon update, bringing the statewide total to 40 sites and 1,939,067 birds affected.
A coordinated state and federal response to the avian influenza outbreak in Minnesota is headquartered at the Kandiyohi County Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. The presence of the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in the city also greatly augments the ability to the manage the threat the disease poses to turkey and poultry flocks.
RJ and James Orsten, two brothers who raise cattle north of Willmar under the name Cardinal Creek Cattle Company, are trying to get the message out that they are looking for land to rent and that they do, indeed, know what they’re doing.

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Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott made the donation to Planned Parenthood North Central States, which operates 28 health centers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.
When a Facebook page about a community diaper drive ended up being false, a group of Willmar community members came together to provide one after seeing how disappointed people were. The Little Bums of Willmar Diaper Drive is scheduled for April 9, and the group is asking for donations.
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.

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