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West Central Tribune Minute

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Latest Episodes
Records Report for June 30, 2022
Thu Jun 30 13:27:00 EDT 2022
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The migrants died inside a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas, where temperatures swelled to a high of 103 degrees. It was one of the most deadly recent incidents of human smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border.
More than 95% of the Guard’s 13,000 soldiers and airmen have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but holdouts remain. The Department of Defense has a Thursday, June 30, deadline to get the shot.
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 29, 2022
Thu Jun 30 13:18:11 EDT 2022
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The Sartell, Minn. based company, however, has faced allegations of failing to provide adequate care to inmates, including 27-year-old Hardel Sherrell, who died in 2018 in the Beltrami County jail in Bemidji after his pleas for help were ignored by jail and medical staff.
Tommi Hintz described how she became increasingly suspicious of her two friends, eventually learning of the homicide but still assisting in the disposal of Ricky Balsimo's remains in Lake Superior.
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 artisan creates beautiful rooms from the tiniest of treasures
Wed Jun 29 08:00:00 EDT 2022
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.