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Minnesota couple's garden draws tourists by the busload
Minnesotan may have tied record with 57-inch muskie
Veteran’s issues topic for town hall meeting Tuesday in Willmar
Watkins man charged with beating woman with baseball bat
Contract awarded for Peach Creek diversion
NWL Baseball: Bucks score four in 10th to best Stingers
Heat was on for Foot Lake 4
WNBA: Sparks put emphatic end to Lynx’ record win streak
Area Baseball: SH/M Legion splits two games at tourney
MLB: Yankees hand Twins 50th loss
Chippewa County Fair featuring two big bands in one night
Little Crow Skiers All-School Reunion at Willmar Fests
Pioneer Public TV announces local PBS Kids Writers contest winners
Willmar woman to audition for 'The Voice'
Netflix price hikes could lead to customers bailing
Here are the Willmar Fests Ambassador nominees
Willmar Fests Grande Day Parade
KMS Marching Saints: honoring "The Greatest Generation"
Cardettes final tune-up for Fests parade
Willmar Fests Kiddie Parade marches on
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Perry H. Smith
Larry D. Ellingson
Lois (Rheingans) Aasland
Edgar B. Zimmerman
Orrian W. Syverson
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Midwest Opinion: Great Lakes diversion deal is a good outcome
Commentary: The risk factor of Donald Trump
Commentary: Trump's pivot to Damascus
Cartoon by Marshall Ramsey
August 6, 2009
Attorney general's ruling creates snafu for road to Meadow Star Dairy
WILLMAR -- A $500,000 state economic development grant to improve a township road leading to a new dairy in rural Kandiyohi County could be in jeopardy because of a recent Minnesota attorney general's ruling. Without the grant, more of the cost of the project will be carried by local...
News / local
August 6, 2009 - 12:00am
January 23, 2009
Wind, 'the last crop to harvest,' grabs attention of more farmers across the area
REDWOOD FALLS -- If attendance at the mid-winter seed corn meeting seems down, it might just be because everyone is at the wind power meeting...
January 23, 2009 - 12:00am
December 2, 2008
Agricultural disaster designated in five counties after July 30 storm
ST. PAUL -- A July 30 wind storm strong enough to bend flag poles in Madison and topple trees on a path through five west central counties has...
News / region
December 2, 2008 - 12:00am
November 6, 2008
Hormel Foods announces leadership change at Jennie-O Turkey Store
WILLMAR -- The president of Jennie-O Turkey Store and the group vice president of the Hormel Foods specialty foods group are swapping positions,...
November 6, 2008 - 12:00am
September 2, 2008
Local couple putting bioenergy to the farm test
BENSON -- Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord took 30 acres of good cropland and decided it's time to find out: Are productive conservation and bioenergy for real, or are they just the buzz words of the day? So far the quest for that answer has been "frustrating," Luverne Forbord acknowledged...
News / local
September 2, 2008 - 12:00am
May 21, 2008
Shrinking 'footprint' benefiting sugar company
OLIVIA -- Leaving a "smaller footprint'' has become an environmental mantra. It has also become good business for the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. Louis Knieper, director of environmental compliance for the cooperative, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners...
May 21, 2008 - 12:00am
May 20, 2008
Coleman makes 'victory lap' and extols virtues of farm bill
WILLMAR -- Sen. Norm Coleman made a stop Monday in Willmar on what he called a "victory lap" for the 2008 farm bill. The Republican senator extolled the virtues of the $288 billion, five-year bill that "should be the nutrition, conservation and biofuels'' bill, Coleman told an audience...
May 20, 2008 - 12:00am
May 16, 2008
Minnesota senator says farm bill is 'tremendous' win for state
WILLMAR -- Minnesota's senators both voted Thursday morning for the 2008 Farm Bill, and Thursday afternoon, they praised funding provisions for feeding hungry people that are paired with a safety net for farmers and funds for development of cellulosic ethanol. "This is a tremendous...
May 16, 2008 - 12:00am
May 5, 2008
Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company takes next step
BENSON -- Ethanol's promise has been to replace some of the foreign oil we use in our vehicles with renewable biomass raised on America's farm lands. Its potential is that some day, carbon-neutral biomass could also power the production of ethanol itself. That day arrived April...
May 5, 2008 - 12:00am
April 30, 2008
Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company gets $150K for corn cob ethanol project
ST. PAUL -- Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security for the ethanol plant's evaluation of corn cob biomass energy systems. The grant was one of 10 grants, totaling $2.1 million,...
April 30, 2008 - 12:00am
April 23, 2008
House, Senate proposals benefit farmers, enhance vets' health care
ST. PAUL -- Farm-minded state lawmakers say they are looking to improve Minnesota agriculture's future -- and the environment -- by pushing legislation benefiting livestock producers and farmers who grow crops used to make biofuels. Those are two provisions in a package of agriculture...
April 23, 2008 - 12:00am
April 18, 2008
Coleman asks for patience as Congress adds final touches to farm bill
To those who are waiting to find out what the next Farm Bill will look like, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman offers this advice: "Hang on. In a week we'll have all this sorted out." The current law expires today, but the negotiators working on a new five-year, $280 billion farm program have...
April 18, 2008 - 12:00am
April 10, 2008
Commission: Location of pelletizing plant should be rezoned
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Planning Commission is recommending that land annexed into the city and rezoned for a proposed biofuel pelletizing plant -- which never materialized -- should be returned to its original agricultural zone. In initiating the rezoning, the Planning Commission...
April 10, 2008 - 12:00am
March 19, 2008
Renville sugar beet cooperative to take tax case to public
RENVILLE -- After taking its case to the courts and state Legislature, the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is about to bring it to the public too. The sugar cooperative charges that its property in Renville County is unfairly taxed by the county. It has filed five separate...
March 19, 2008 - 12:00am
January 21, 2008
Lawmakers say agreement on new federal agriculture policies is two months away from seeing the light of day
ST. PAUL -- Agreement on new federal agriculture policies still could be at least two months away, and top negotiators told a conservation group Saturday that may put increased funding for their favorite projects at risk. Conservationists stand to benefit from billions of dollars...
January 21, 2008 - 12:00am