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May 30, 2020
Protesters surround a Bemidji D.A.R.E. truck outside of the Bemidji Police Department during a demonstration on Saturday afternoon. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)
Demonstrators march throughout region protesting death of George Floyd
May 30, 2020 - 8:08pm
May 12, 2020
The Buhler location in the industrial park in Willmar will soon have more production since the company plans to move Farm King production lines from Fargo, North Dakota, to the Willmar facility by Sept. 30.

Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
Buhler Industries to close Fargo plant later this year
May 12, 2020 - 6:36pm
May 8, 2020
A health care worker holds a COVID-19 test tube at the drive-through testing site for Jennie-O Turkey Store employees Thursday in Willmar. 

Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
Jennie-O Turkey Store processing plant in Melrose resumes operations
May 8, 2020 - 5:35pm
May 7, 2020
A tent for health care workers is set up at the drive-through COVID-19 testing site for Jennie-O Turkey Store employees Thursday in Willmar.
Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
Jennie-O Turkey Store reopens 1 of 2 plants in Willmar
May 7, 2020 - 2:57pm
May 5, 2020
A Willmar police officer was injured early Friday, May 1, while responding to a domestic incident in the 800 block of Mary Avenue Southeast.  The officer was airlifted to St. Cloud and is now in stable condition, according to Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt. There is no danger to the public at this time.
Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
Minnesota BCA releases new information on Willmar domestic incident where a suspect died and an officer injured
May 5, 2020 - 12:44pm
May 1, 2020
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Suspect dead, officer injured during Willmar domestic call
May 1, 2020 - 10:56am
April 28, 2020
Kandiyohi County's first reported COVID-19 death is skilled nursing facility resident
April 28, 2020 - 8:17pm
April 23, 2020
Steve Lykken, Jennie-O Turkey Store
Jennie-O officials consider pause in operations at Willmar plant
April 23, 2020 - 8:10pm
April 22, 2020
Jennie-O Turkey Store has confirmed that the company has employees who have tested positive for coronavirus at its plants in Melrose and Willmar.
West Central Tribune file photo
COVID-19 confirmed at Jennie-O plant in Melrose
April 22, 2020 - 6:33pm
April 21, 2020
A tent stands outside of the employee entrance of the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant on Willmar Avenue in Willmar. The tent is for increased social distancing during employee breaks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
Cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Jennie-O turkey plant in Willmar
April 21, 2020 - 8:40pm
April 16, 2020
Empty semitrailers that haul turkeys are parked in the south plant entrance Wednesday in Willmar. A plan is in place in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Jennie-O Turkey Store processing facility, but company officials are optimistic extra efforts they are implementing to protect employees from the coronavirus could prevent an outbreak.

Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
Jennie-O Turkey acts to protect workers from COVID-19
April 16, 2020 - 8:00am
April 13, 2020
Willmar man arrested after car, foot pursuit where officers discharged weapons
April 13, 2020 - 7:12pm
April 3, 2020
Turkey truck overturns on icy road, killing driver
April 3, 2020 - 12:10pm
April 1, 2020
The Willmar Senior High School staff participated in a "virtual fire drill" Wednesday morning, and students studying at home were asked to do the same in the afternoon. They were to take selfies outside their homes and sending them to the school.
'Virtual fire drill' an April Fools Day prank in Willmar
April 1, 2020 - 6:50pm
March 29, 2020
Louise Novotny-Stokes covers her smile and giggles Tuesday while peering out the window at the Bethesda senior living community courtyard in Willmar. Bethesda, one of the largest senior care centers in the region, began restricting all visitors to the facility in mid-March to prevent potential risk of COVID-19 exposure to residents. Despite the lack of visitors, many residents want people to know they are “doing fine.” 

Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
Through the window: Minnesota nursing home residents say they're doing fine
March 29, 2020 - 1:37pm