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TWO RIVERS: Each day became easier for Jeanette . . . and the man was in jail (Chaps. 35-38)
Weather outlook cancels outdoor Movie Night set for Saturday
Chamber Ambassadors: University Heights
Chamber Ambassadors: JCPenney
Fusion Center moving to downtown Bemidji
At home in Bemidji: Longtime NHL scout, executive Marshall Johnston retires; has called Bemidji home for 40 years
LEGION BASEBALL: Bemidji keeps rolling, tops Alexandria in sub-state playoffs
VFW BASEBALL: Bemidji splits doubleheader with Alexandria
Bemidji Extreme U12 soccer takes second at Bemidji Blowout
Former Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green dies
David Henry Morgan
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Ewert
Lawrence P. Buck
PAUL NELSON: Warmer weather means a good time to catch muskies
MASTER GARDENERS: Hit a tomato home run
Scotty Allison: A VA Pension program review
John Eggers: Who wants to be a cop?
PRIME TIME: Tea-totalling (and not) in Yorkshire
Don’t leave home without Iowa: ‘Leaving Iowa’ debuts Wednesday for Paul Bunyan Playhouse
The JOE-DOWN Reviews ‘Big Trouble In Little China’
Patt Rall: Bemidji truly is a Destination City
ART BRIEFS: Area Church Musicians Recital Series continues and more
Big Bass Ramblers to perform at Farm by the Lake; Church Musicians series continues Wednesday
Blane Klemek: Observing bird songs of the seasons
Hawley man sets state muskie record
Elk expansion in Northwestern Minnesota on hold
FISH TALES: Lyla Glinsek
Robert Kaasa birthday
Joe Vene: Setting the record straight on school road project
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Developments for the developers
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: This November, I’m voting for NOTA (none of the above)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lueth, Larson thanked for service
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Making music on the Mississippi
June 16, 2016
Junior hockey team in Willmar names itself WarHawks
WILLMAR — Willmar’s new junior hockey team has a name. The North American 3 Hockey League team will be the WarHawks. The name was unveiled...
June 16, 2016 - 1:17pm
May 17, 2016
Sheriff asks for public's help to find missing 20-year-old from Willmar
WILLMAR, Minn. — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing vulnerable adult. Marissa...
May 17, 2016 - 12:02pm
December 1, 2015
Former Willmar teacher to serve 3 years in prison for sexual relationship with student
WILLMAR, Minn. — A former Willmar Senior High School teacher will serve three years in prison for his criminal conviction stemming from a sexual relationship with a female student from 2010 to 2012. Chad Jeffrey Akerson, 35, of Willmar, also must register as a sex offender and will...
December 1, 2015 - 9:51am
November 14, 2015
Thief River Falls official offered Willmar City Council administrator job
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The Willmar City Council voted unanimously Friday to offer the city administrator’s job to Thief River Falls City Administrator Larry Kruse and authorized search consultant Gary Weiers to negotiate a contract. The council set the salary range at $115,000 to $135,000....
November 14, 2015 - 12:56pm
October 17, 2015
Willmar man pleads guilty to sexually abusing boys
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man accused of sexually abusing at least five boys in the 1980s and 1990s has pleaded guilty to eight felony criminal sexual conduct charges. Peter Clare Hoagland, 68, has pleaded guilty in Kandiyohi County District Court to all of the charges against...
October 17, 2015 - 5:34pm
August 26, 2015
Two teens killed in crash near Litchfield; alcohol believed to be a factor
LITCHFIELD, Minn. – Two teenagers were killed late Tuesday in a crash near Litchfield, and the Minnesota State Patrol said alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. According to the State Patrol, the crash happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when a 1998 Chevrolet...
August 26, 2015 - 11:52am
July 18, 2014
Investigation into drug sales nets 21 arrests in west-central Minnesota
WILLMAR, Minn. -- An investigation by a regional drug task force led to 21 arrests Wednesday in west-central Minnesota on felony charges of selling controlled substances. The the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force said in a statement Thursday that it expects several more arrests...
July 18, 2014 - 10:18am
July 2, 2014
Teen pleads guilty in grandmother's murder, sentenced to life
By Tom Cherveny Forum News Service WILLMAR, Minn. - A Willmar teen pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday morning in the stabbing death of his grandmother in July 2013. Lila Warwick, 79, was found dead in the basement of her Willmar home last July. She had been...
July 2, 2014 - 11:33am
April 9, 2014
Willmar teen gets life for Warwick murder, says he’s found God in jail
WILLMAR, Minn. — As expected, Brok Junkermeier was sentenced to life in prison this morning for killing Lila Warwick last summer at her rural Willmar home. The 19-year-old Willmar man read his own statement before Judge Donald Spilseth handed down the state-mandated guideline...
April 9, 2014 - 10:57am
April 2, 2014
Junkermeier changes plea to guilty in Willmar murder case
WILLMAR — Brok Junkermeier pleaded guilty this afternoon to first-degree premeditated murder for killing an elderly woman last summer. Action in Junkermeier’s jury trial was delayed as the 19-year-old met with attorneys and Judge Donald Spilseth in chambers at the Kandiyohi County...
April 2, 2014 - 3:38pm
April 1, 2014
Bank video links Junkermeier with check from slain grandmother
WILLMAR — Surveillance video from a Willmar bank the day that Lila Warwick was killed shows murder suspect Brok Junkermeier depositing a $1,500 check that Warwick had written to him before her death. During testimony this morning in Junkermeier’s murder trial at the Kandiyohi...
April 1, 2014 - 12:35pm
December 10, 2013
One of three teens pleads guilty in death of Willmar grandmother
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a charge of unintentional second-degree murder for his role in the killing of a 79-year-old woman in her Willmar residence. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, Devon Jenkins,...
December 10, 2013 - 11:35am
September 16, 2013
Minnesota women go public with priest sex abuse claims
ST. PAUL -- Two women who say a Catholic priest abused them as girls in Willmar said Monday that they are suing to prevent others from living through what they have endured most of their lives. “I just felt so dirty all of those years,” Lori Stoltz said as she and Kim Schmit...
September 16, 2013 - 8:37pm
August 2, 2013
Three teens, including grandson, charged with Willmar, Minnesota, murder; bail for one set at $2 million
Forum News Service WILLMAR- Judge Michael J. Thompson set unconditional bail at $2 million and conditional bail at $1 million for Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar who made his first court appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court this morning on a charge of second-degree...
August 2, 2013 - 1:44pm
August 1, 2013
Arrests made in death of Willmar woman
Forum News Service WILLMAR, Minn. — Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said two people were arrested Wednesday evening in connection with the death of a 79-year-old woman. Hartog said Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, was booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail on second-degree...
August 1, 2013 - 10:14am