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West Central Tribune Minute

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Lac qui Parle Mission keeps the word and music of early missionaries and Dakota alive
Wed Jul 06 08:00:00 EDT 2022
For 21 years, the Lac qui Parle Mission, overlooking the Minnesota River, provided both education and Christian religion to members of the Dakota. Nearly 170 years later the memory of the mission is still commemorated by the reconstructed mission building in the Lac qui Parle State Park and in the annual Mission Sunday service.
Records Report for July 6, 2022
Wed Jul 06 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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The graffiti is similar to that used by Jane’s Revenge, a pro-abortion rights organization.
An officer responding to a report of a possible bullet hole in a window was shot at when several people walked up to the house. They ran when the officer shot back at them, and they were later arrested.
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 July 5, 2022
Tue Jul 05 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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Authorities believe mother may have been involved in her daughter’s disappearance.
An 18-year-old man from Herman is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Donnelly Township, Stevens County. The Minnesota State Patrol says alcohol was involved and he was not wearing a seat belt.
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.
University of Minnesota Morris project is mapping out Minnesota's musical talent
Sat Jul 02 08:00:00 EDT 2022
A music professor from the University of Minnesota Morris has created a mapping project to bring together as many state musical ensembles, bands and groups as possible. The goal is to provide these organizations a place to network and find assistance when responding to the challenges facing similar groups.
Records Report for July 2, 2022
Sat Jul 02 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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Children's father found dead at separate location
The Minnesota Court of Appeals found the Kandiyohi County District Court did not err when finding Franky Torres "particularly amenable" to probation and allowing him to serve probation instead of prison.
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 July 1, 2022
Fri Jul 01 06:00:00 EDT 2022
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Smoke bombs and crowd control tactics were employed as protesters took to the streets in an unpermitted protest that police say challenged their ability to keep everyone safe.
A 67-year-old man died Wednesday afternoon after he was pinned under a small tractor north of Willmar near Long Lake.
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 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.