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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 Dec. 3, 2022
Sat Dec 03 12:00:00 EST 2022
Records Report for Dec. 3, 2022

Toys for Tots program celebrates 10th year in Kandiyohi, McLeod and Stearns counties
Sat Dec 03 08:00:00 EST 2022
A West Central Tribune Minute feature story: The Toys for Tots campaign in Kandiyohi, McLeod and western Stearns counties is marking its 10th anniversary this year, while the national program, run by the Marine Corps Reserve, is marking 75 years of providing holiday cheer for children. In the region, it is shaping up to be a big year with coordinator Steve Gralish hoping to provide four to five toys per child. 

Records Report for Dec. 2, 2022
Fri Dec 02 12:00:00 EST 2022
Stories Referenced in this Episode:
Goodhue County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Sutton-Brown, a nearly 20-year law enforcement veteran, shot an unarmed 24-year-old Fernando Javier Carbajal after authorities say Carbajal chased the deputy. Sutton-Brown is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation by the BCA.
Jorden Nicole Borders, 32, of Crosslake, Minnesota, is expected to agree to the termination of her parental rights in a Friday court hearing.
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.
Upper Minnesota River Valley counties provide fertile grounds for growing arts development
Fri Dec 02 08:00:00 EST 2022
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The Upper Minnesota River Valley counties have long been fertile soil for artists. A proposal to promote the arts for economic development in the rural setting has allowed many to discover the diverse and talented crop of artists through the annual Meander Arts Crawl.
Records Report for Dec. 1, 2022
Thu Dec 01 12:00:00 EST 2022
Records Report for Dec. 1, 2022

Under construction: YES House building arts infrastructure in Granite Falls
Thu Dec 01 08:00:00 EST 2022
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The Department of Public Transformation is working to develop the YES House as part of an surge in arts infrastructure in Granite Falls.
WCT Sports Show: NLS goes (Prep) Bowling
Wed Nov 30 15:02:18 EST 2022
Check out a full breakdown of the Class AAA football championship on this week's WCT Sports Show
Records Report for Nov. 30, 2022
Wed Nov 30 12:00:00 EST 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
The single-vehicle incident on Highway 23 involved a 19-year-old male and a 14-year-old female, both from Holyoke.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash reported at 12:54 p.m. Nov. 23 in Wakefield Township. The crash occurred in the 16200 block of Stearns County Road 49 after a vehicle attempting a left turn from the driveway of a residence pulled out in front of another, according to the Stearns 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.
GAR Hall in Litchfield remains a perfectly preserved nod to the past
Wed Nov 30 08:00:00 EST 2022
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Since its construction in 1885 by the Grand Army of the Republic veterans, GAR Hall remains the same as it was when being used by the Civil War veterans who built it as a place to gather, connect and socialize.
Records Report for Nov. 29, 2022
Tue Nov 29 12:00:00 EST 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
A jury in 2017 acquitted Jeronimo Yanez of second-degree manslaughter and a firearms charge in the shooting death the previous year of Philando Castile, a St. Paul school cafeteria supervisor, along Larpenteur Avenue.
Jean Margaret Miller, 69, of Clarkfield, died in a fatal two-vehicle crash reported north of Clarkfield Monday morning. Sallianne Ruth Gottschall, 36, of Clarkfield, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale. A 6-year-old male juvenile passenger was also injured. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.
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.