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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
WCT Sports Show: Week 6 football (with Willmar football coach Jon Konold)
Wed Oct 05 16:01:09 EDT 2022
The West Central Tribune sports staff — sports editor Tom Elliott and reporters Joe Brown and Michael Lyne — talk Week 6 football. Going the guys this week is Willmar head coach Jon Konold to talk about the Cardinals' home finale Friday against Rocori.
Records Report for Oct. 5, 2022
Wed Oct 05 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Records Report for Oct. 5, 2022

Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra to showcase famous animal stories in weekend concerts
Wed Oct 05 08:00:00 EDT 2022
The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra will be opening its 65th season with "Animalia." The concert will showcase the tunes from famous animal stories including Old MacDonald, Babar the Little Elephant and Mumble the Penguin of Happy Feet fame. The pair of concerts will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Performing Arts Center in Benson and 3 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Willmar Education and Arts Center.
Records Report for Oct. 4, 2022
Tue Oct 04 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
Minnesota joined a national movement to increase the number of female law enforcement officers.
Starting Oct. 5, Minnesota Highway 9 will be closed on the west side of Highway 23. Highway 9 travelers will be detoured to Kandiyohi County Road 40 for up to two days. Work is expected to end Oct. 10.
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 Oct. 3, 2022
Mon Oct 03 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
The trial began Monday, Sept. 26, and was anticipated to last until Friday, Oct. 7. However, the jury reached its verdict Friday afternoon, Sept. 30.
Three buildings, housing two businesses, were destroyed by fire early Sunday. Two nearby buildings, including the U.S. Post Office, were damaged.
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.
WMU employees jump in to help with power restoration efforts in Florida
Mon Oct 03 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Here’s a look at the top headlines from around west central Minnesota for Oct. 3, 2022:
A crew of six line workers and mechanics from Rochester Public Utilities left Wednesday morning, Sept. 28, 2022, along with 38 line workers, additional mechanics and support staff from 14 public utilities across Minnesota.
Records Report for Sept. 30, 2022
Fri Sep 30 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
A close family friend says the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, couple had confided in her about a suicide pact due to their declining health. Both had been diagnosed with cancer.
The Renville County Sheriff's said it received report of a structure fire at a turkey farm Thursday afternoon four miles north of Morton. No one was injured, according to the release.
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. 29, 2022
Thu Sep 29 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Stories referenced in this episode:
The couple and their two dogs were found dead at a residence in Lakeview Township, near Detroit Lakes, on Sept. 27.
Mauro Berga Lopez-Rasmussen, 29, of Willmar, was convicted of two third-degree drug sale charges in Kandiyohi County District Court and was sentenced Sept. 2 to serve a 39-month and 33-month sentence concurrently. Charges in a separate case were dismissed in 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.
Baker offered county administrator position after months-long search
Thu Sep 29 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Here’s a look at the top headlines from around west central Minnesota for Sept. 29, 2022:
The Kandiyohi County Board interviewed the three finalists Tuesday for the county administrator position. In a unanimous vote they will offer the position to Kelsey Baker, the current county administrator of Swift County. Current Kandiyohi County administrator Larry Kleindl is set to retire in February.
WCT Sports Show: Heroes, homecoming and a new No. 1
Wed Sep 28 15:26:38 EDT 2022
The West Central Tribune sports staff — sports editor Tom Elliott and reporters Joe Brown and Michael Lyne — chat about Week 5 football. There's a new number one team in Class A. New London-Spicer hosts Litchfield in a game meant for more than just football. And it's homecoming at Hodapp Field for the Willmar Cardinals.