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Shelby Lindrud

Reporter

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.
She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.

She started at the Tribune in December 2015. Her focus area has been features since May 2022. Prior to that, she covered the city of Willmar and Kandiyohi County.

A 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Shelby first worked for the Olivia Times-Journal/Renville Star Farmer News, later the Renville County Register, in Olivia, Minnesota from July 2006 to December 2015. First she held the position as staff writer before being promoted to editor in December 2012.

Shelby has won multiple Minnesota Newspaper Association awards for both writing and photography.

She grew up in several different areas as the daughter of an active duty Air Force father. Shelby lived in Texas, Michigan and Ohio. She also lived for three years in Bitburg, Germany.

In her free time Shelby loves to read, play video games and watch her favorite movies and television shows and spend time with her family and pets. Her favorite author is J.R.R. Tolkien. She is also a baseball and hockey fan.

Shelby speaks English.

As concern for the wellbeing of pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies continues to rise, the city of Willmar and the Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District are creating eight new pollinator habitats. Seven city parks will now include native wildflower and grass plantings, which will provide food and habitat for birds and pollinators along with a beautiful place for humans to enjoy.
Two deaths were reported Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County. The body of Matthew James Wrobleski, 48, of Willmar, was discovered Sunday afternoon in a log jam between Franklin and Morton. Authorities also identified apparent drowning victim Lance Edward Scheer, 19, of Redwood Falls, who was pulled from the water after he had been swimming in the river near Vicksburg Park. Both incident are under investigation.
Two deaths were reported Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County. One body was discovered in a log jam between Franklin and Morton, while the second was a young male who had been swimming in the river near Vicksburg Park. Both are under investigation.
The severe weather that had been expected to hit west central Minnesota over the holiday weekend did materialize. There were reports of a tornado near Appleton and Milan late afternoon Monday, as well as high winds, hail and rain throughout the area. Power outages, trees down and damage to structures were reported.
State and federal lawmakers, as well as the state's agriculture commissioner and director of the state Board of Animal Health, came to Kandiyohi County on Tuesday to speak to area poultry producers and industry officials about how the avian flu has impacted them. Discussion was also had on how the state has been responding to the latest outbreak.
A child was killed in "vehicle vs child" accident Friday near Wabasso.
Members of the Olivia community gathered Friday evening near where Isaac Hoff, 13, was killed early Thursday morning, to remember, grieve and try to understand how such a thing could happen. Hoff was killed after being stabbed, allegedly by his mother's boyfriend. Houston Morris has been charged with three felony counts of second-degree murder.
Three counts of second-degree murder have been filed against Houston Allen Morris, of Olivia, who allegedly stabbed and killed the 13-year-old Isaac Hoff, son of his girlfriend early Thursday morning in Olivia.
The Bird Island Cultural Centre is playing host to an exhibit by textile artist Heather MacKenzie through the month of March. MacKenzie, of Minneapolis, weaves in challenging ways and takes inspiration from unconventional themes including computer coding, gender and sexuality, and social classes.
When a Facebook page about a community diaper drive ended up being false, a group of Willmar community members came together to provide one after seeing how disappointed people were. The Little Bums of Willmar Diaper Drive is scheduled for April 9, and the group is asking for donations.