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West Central Tribune Minute

Listen to the West Central Tribune Minute podcast channel about what’s happening in news and sports in Willmar and west central Minnesota.

Latest Episodes
Records Report for May 17, 2022
Tue May 17 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office apprehended a 36-year-old man who allegedly led authorities in three western Minnesota counties on a chase Sunday afternoon. Authorities in Big Stone, Chippewa and Kandiyohi counties cut off the pursuit due to safety reasons before a deputy in Kandiyohi County located the car and arrested a man.
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 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 May 16, 2022
Mon May 16 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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A two-vehicle crash Friday, May 13, resulted in the death of a woman after her vehicle crosses the centerline on a Morrison County road.
Chippewa County deputies were called to a domestic dispute last November, and Eric Mulligan fought with them, threatened them, bit one and spit on another before he was taken to jail. He was sentenced to local jail time, probation and a stayed prison sentence.
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.
Hop on a bike and take a spin around Willmar this summer
Sat May 14 08:00:00 EDT 2022
Biking advocates continue to work hard to make Willmar into a safe and fun biking community. The city already offers a bike share program and miles of bike trails and lanes.
Records Report for May 14, 2022
Sat May 14 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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Fergus Falls police are working with local authorities to find the identity of a body discovered in the river by kayakers late Saturday morning.
Ryan Leif Erickson, 63, had been a Blomkest volunteer firefighter since the age of 18. He died in the line of duty Thursday when a large grain bin was blown over by the high winds and fell on him as he was preparing to leave his farm to monitor storms.
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 May 13, 2022
Fri May 13 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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A fire at the same farm on Christmas Eve 2020 caused the deaths of about 1,000 milking goats, 15 peacocks and a dog.
Emergency responders discovered a deceased man under a collapsed grain bin just before 7 p.m. Thursday in Kandiyohi County.
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 May 12, 2022
Thu May 12 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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Downed power lines over Interstate 90 led to multi-vehicle crash.
A 49-year-old Benson man was northbound Thursday on Minnesota Highway 29 when his motorcycle left the road and entered the ditch.
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.
Three west central Minnesota communities gearing up to celebrate Syttende Mai this weekend
Wed May 11 08:00:00 EDT 2022
Three Syttende Mai celebrations are set for the second weekend of May, as Norwegian descendants plan for the annual commemoration of the signing of the constitution of Norway. Milan, Sunburg and the Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association all have plans for events full of food, music and fun.
Records Report for May 11, 2022
Wed May 11 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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Currently, young people ages 12 to 17 must pass an online boater safety exam through the Department of Natural Resources. Companion bills taken up by the Senate and House this session would increase the age requirement to anyone born on or after July 1, 1987.
The detour for the work on Highway 23 from Paynesville to Richmond will run until November 2022, when the road will reopen for several months. The detour will then be in place again from May 2023 until November 2023 for the final year of construction.
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 May 10, 2022
Tue May 10 06:00:00 EDT 2022
stories mentioned in this episode:
Detroit Lakes police and firefighters, Becker County deputies, state troopers and medical personnel from Essentia St. Mary’s EMS all worked together to safely remove the two from the debris.
Jeramy John Wharton, of Willmar, is now serving three consecutive prison sentences for convictions of molesting girls. In one case, he impregnated a 14-year-old girl.
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 May 9, 2022
Mon May 09 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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Officers responded to a shots fired report and found the boy lying in the road with gunshot wounds to his upper torso.
Two babies, both linked through DNA to suspect, were found dead in 1999 and 2003. A newborn boy was found in Lower Boat Harbor in Red Wing, and a newborn girl was found in Lake Pepin.
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.