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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
Bethesda invites community to celebrate 125 years of continuous care in west central Minnesota
Sat Sep 24 08:00:00 EDT 2022
A West Central Tribune Minute feature story: Bethesda, which has provided elder care in Willmar for decades, is celebrating its 125th anniversary on Sunday. The entire community is invited to an afternoon of fun, fellowship and history.

Records Report for Sept. 22, 2022
Thu Sep 22 14:00:00 EDT 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
"I get angry when I think of how (Jesse) Powell hunts for his victims, under the guise of helping us, and how he kept getting away with it," one of the victims said.
A Granite Falls man reported missing early Saturday was found dead Tuesday morning, according to the Granite Falls Police Department. No foul play is suspected.
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.
Council action needed soon for proposed northeast Willmar apartment project
Thu Sep 22 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Here’s a look at the top headlines from around west central Minnesota for Sept. 22, 2022:
At Monday’s Willmar City Council meeting, the proposed Lakeland Drive Northeast project was nearly derailed by the possibility of not holding the public hearing for creation of a tax increment financing district. The council later agreed to conduct the hearing as a delay would have made the project financially unfeasible for the developer. He has financing with a locked-in interest rate, but the project needs to begin this fall.
WCT Sports Show: A top 10 showdown in Olivia
Wed Sep 21 15:34:21 EDT 2022
The West Central Tribune sports staff — sports editor Tom Elliott and reporters Joe Brown and Michael Lyne — talk Week 4 football, including a ranked matchup between BOLD and KMS. Plus, Willmar goes to Sartell, and Montevideo and Minnewaska each look for win No. 1.
Records Report for Sept. 21, 2022
Wed Sep 21 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
The sentence will be served at the same time as his federal sentence for violating Floyd's civil rights
No students or drivers were injured in an accident Tuesday morning when a pickup driver rear-ended a school bus in New London, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.
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 Sept. 20, 2022
Tue Sep 20 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
The judges rejected appeals brought by the operators of two of the many bars that served on-site food and drinks or ignored a face mask mandate.
A law enforcement incident in the parking lot of Willmar's Kennedy Elementary School, not related to the school, caused school officials to keep staff and students inside the building for a short while
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 Sept. 19, 2022
Mon Sep 19 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
Four elected officials across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota appeared on the list of registered members of the Oath Keepers.
In the first message, the man said, “You and the Republican Party should be proud that you’re pushing me to become a domestic terrorist. Have a nice (expletive) day; can’t wait to kill ya.”
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.
Bethesda seeks to rebuild corps of volunteers
Sun Sep 18 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Here’s a look at the top headlines from around west central Minnesota for Sept. 18, 2022:
With pandemic restrictions easing, Minnesota's nursing homes are reopening to the public and asking people to once again volunteer in the facilities. Bethesda, with facilities in Willmar, New London and Olivia, has many opportunities for volunteers, who can help improve the quality of life for residents.
Records Report for Sept. 17, 2022
Sat Sep 17 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Honorable Charles C. Glasrud.
A man identified as 66-year-old William Voelz was airlifted to a trauma center Thursday for serious injuries after falling 15 feet and landing on his neck.
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.
Montevideo teenager builds on last year's success at Sam's Pumpkin Patch
Sat Sep 17 08:00:00 EDT 2022
Sam Ripley is hoping to grow on last year's success by bringing in even more activities for families to enjoy Sam's Pumpkin Patch in Montevideo. In its second year, the pumpkin patch offers everything from mini donuts to a petting zoo to laser tag and, of course, pumpkins.