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Dog missing since fatal Christmas Eve accident near Willmar, Minn., is found

January 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A house dog that had been missing since its owners were involved in a fatal Christmas Eve accident south of Willmar was found alive and well Friday afternoon. The 3-year-old gray male Schnauzer, named Lord, was skinny, full of cockleburs and didn’t smell the best, but seemed to have weathered the month-long test of survival without ill effects, including recent subzero temperatures. Continue Reading

Four Kmarts in Minnesota to close; no N.D. stores on the list

December 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Sears Holdings Corp. announced Tuesday that it would close 100 to 120 Kmart and Sears, a move that is expected to generate $140 to $170 million of cash after selling the stores’ inventory. As of Dec. 25, Kmart sales were down 1.8 percent and Sears sales had dropped 3.3 percent for the year. A Thursday announcement included 79 locations that would be closed in 2012, including Kmarts in Willmar, New Hope and White Bear Lake in southern Minnesota. Continue Reading

Pilot project puts iPads in hands of Willmar, Minn., students

November 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

he Willmar business community could be a partner in helping the Willmar School District put iPad2 tablet computers in the hands of high school students next year. Members of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce met with school officials this week at Willmar Senior High to learn more about how the tablets can be used and to talk about the school’s needs. Continue Reading

Obama pardons plump pair of Minnesota turkeys for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

With a wave of his hand, President Barack Obama today gave two plump turkeys a Thanksgiving reprieve, noting that without his intervention, “they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing.” Liberty and Peace were selected from among 30 turkeys raised and groomed by student members of the Future Farmers of America in Willmar, Minn., for a potential presidential amnesty. Continue Reading

Top secret assignment: Willmar, Minn., students give presidential turkeys tender loving care

November 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The assignment: At 1500 hours, four secret service officers rendezvous daily at a top secret location at 45.13N latitude and 95.06W longitude to prepare 30 recruits for a possible assignment at national headquarters with the Top Chief codenamed “Renegade.” Continue Reading

Old Chicago restaurant planned for GF

October 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

An Old Chicago restaurant and bar is planned for Grand Forks in 2012.
Ted Horan, an operating partner with Willmar, Minn.-based Border States Management, which manages locations of Old Chicago and other restaurant brands, confirmed that the group is currently scouting Grand Forks for locations. Continue Reading

Willmar, Minn., man sentenced for day care assaults

July 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

61-year-old Larry Alan Stoeser said he regretted what he had done to the children and their families and said he was receiving therapy for his issues. Continue Reading