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New London musician hopes to win jingle contest

August 23, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Local musician and New London-Spicer band director Brian Pearson is awaiting the final results of a Taco Bell jingle contest, sponsored by Fox 9 News in the Twin Cities.
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Update: Willmar grad dead following attempted plane theft in Utah, Brian Hedglin also suspect in ex-girlfriend’s death in Colorado

July 17, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR A former Willmar resident and graduate suspected of a Colorado homicide and attempting to steal an empty passenger jet was found dead on the plane from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday at a small Utah airport.
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Willmar 1990 graduate found dead after attempted plane theft in Utah and suspected Colorado homicide

July 17, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR A former Willmar resident and graduate suspected of a Colorado homicide and attempting to steal an empty passenger jet was found dead on the plane from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday at a small Utah airport. Continue Reading

Moving into the Bakken: Montana company looks to reduce flare emissions in western North Dakota

March 2, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

A Billings, Mont., company will try to put the smoke out of gas flares in western North Dakota while it waits for pipe to be laid to collect the “commodity.” Continue Reading

Montana governor blocks trout egg shipments over bison dispute

December 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Montana officials are holding up shipments of tens of thousands of trout eggs from a federal fish hatchery to other states as Gov. Brian Schweitzer seeks to pressure the Interior Department into changing the way it manages other wildlife particularly bison. Continue Reading

Loss of CRP land could mean loss of pheasants

October 28, 2011 in West Central Tribune

The future of pheasant hunting is currently in doubt because of the shrinking number of acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Continue Reading

A town abuzz with Norwegian fever

October 24, 2011 in Duluth News Tribune

So the king and queen of Norway were in town, and they needed a place to stay. Apparently, all the local hotel rooms were booked because the Gopher hockey fans were giddy with their weekend win over the Bulldogs, and they didn’t want to go home right away; they decided to stick around ’til Wednesday to rub our noses in it. That’s fine we’d have done the same thing but I do think the hanging of a thousand brooms off the roof of the Radisson was a bit much. Continue Reading

Minnewaska’s Heieie, WCA’s Walters honored

November 18, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

Minnewaska girls’ soccer coach and West Central Area’s junior high basketball coach were recently honored for their work with their respective teams. Continue Reading

Koenen narrowly wins, returns in House District 20B

November 3, 2010 in West Central Tribune

Lyle Koenen, DFL, Clara City, won election to a fifth term to represent a district that has been a DFL-stronghold by holding off a challenge by a young, but energetic and emerging Republican challenger, Brian Kohout of Olivia. Continue Reading

District 20A: Lyle Koenen beats Brian Kohout with narrow 165-vote win

November 2, 2010 in West Central Tribune

Update 4:00 a.m.
Incumbent Lyle Koenen won a narrow 165-vote win over challenger Brian Kohout in House 20B with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Continue Reading