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Jennifer Kotila

Reporter

Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the City of Willmar, and business.

She can be reached via email at: jkotila@wctrib.com or phone at 320-214-4339.

While attending St. Cloud State University, Jennifer majored in women's studies and history.

From 2010 to 2015, she worked at Herald Journal Publishing of Winsted, Minnesota, writing for both the Herald Journal and Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch. She focused on feature stories for Howard Lake and Dassel-Cokato, as well as covering Howard Lake City Council, Cokato City Council, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board and Dassel-Cokato School Board.

She was also the sports reporter for the Enterprise Dispatch from 2013 to 2015.

From 2016 to 2022, she was a freelance reporter for Isanti-Chisago County Star in Camrbidge, Minnesota, focusing on local government, specifically City of Isanti City Council and Isanti County.

Jennifer has won two Minnesota Newspaper Association Awards.

"The thing I enjoy most about being a reporter for local newspapers is that we are the history keepers - writing the history of the area as it happens," Jennifer said.

Jennifer speaks English.

Two felony charges and 10 other lesser charges have been filed in Meeker County District Court against the Dassel man who barricaded himself in his home Monday and Tuesday after reports that he had threatened a family member. SWAT teams from several agencies responded, and he eventually surrendered. Officers found evidence in the home that they believe indicates the man fired in the direction of law enforcement.
A man had threatened to shoot family members the evening of Aug. 1, then barricaded himself in his home. He finally exited his home at approximately 9:45 p.m. Aug. 2 and was taken into custody.
Confirmation students from Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar recently spent time learning a little bit about their neighbors during a tour of Somali- and Latino-owned businesses in downtown Willmar.
Friends and colleagues attending the funeral for Blomkest firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson remembered him as a man who always “showed up” where he was needed. Erickson's funeral was Friday in Willmar.
Storms that swept across South Dakota and western and central Minnesota on Thursday night brought damaging winds that downed trees and power lines and destroyed buildings.
Ryan Leif Erickson, 63, had been a Blomkest volunteer firefighter since the age of 18. He died in the line of duty Thursday when a large grain bin was blown over by the high winds and fell on him as he was preparing to leave his farm to monitor storms.
West-central Minnesota was pounded by rain during intense thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, leading to flooded streets, basements, fields and parks.