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Depressed Minnesota mom who killed baby gets prison for manslaughter
Dayton, legislators work on health insurance aid as deadline nears
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'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
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January 29, 2014
House passes long overdue Farm Bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a nearly $1 trillion farm bill on Wednesday that cuts food stamps and ends a direct subsidy to farmers, while expanding government-backed crop insurance programs.
January 29, 2014 - 10:39am
January 27, 2014
Negotiators reach deal on farm bill
WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators agreed to a farm bill Monday that they think finally will pass the House and Senate. It is a compromise package that pleases neither side, with food stamp cuts and farm subsidies continuing. “Compromise is rare in Washington these days...
January 27, 2014 - 11:16pm
Agreement on a farm bill could come within days
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — An agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed as soon as today, followed by final approval likely within days, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. Citing senior House of Representatives aides, the Post said that in the event of a...
January 27, 2014 - 2:00am
January 22, 2014
Fire burns potato warehouse near Perham
PERHAM, Minn. -- Fire crews battled a large blaze Tuesday night at an R.D. Offutt Co. potato warehouse near Perham.
January 22, 2014 - 7:12am
January 20, 2014
Klobuchar, ethanol supporters rally in Atwater ahead of EPA decision
ATWATER — With the finish line only one week away, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is hopeful that the chequered flag could still be waved...
January 20, 2014 - 11:40pm
U.S. Rep. Peterson sanguine on dairy program
WASHINGTON — House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said last week he thinks a dairy program that he can accept is being worked out and that it will pave the way for House leadership to bring the farm bill to the floor the week of Jan. 27 and be finished...
January 20, 2014 - 11:21pm
January 8, 2014
Minnesota health, ag labs damaged
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's health and agriculture laboratories near the state Capitol building are closed after the building's heating system failed due to cold weather. Repairs could cost at least $1 million. Health Department officials blamed the cold weather for freezing portions...
January 8, 2014 - 8:13am
January 7, 2014
Pilot areas named for new Water Quality Certification Program
On Jan. 17, 2012, officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a new program for Minnesota farmers designed to increase the voluntary adoption of conservation practices...
January 7, 2014 - 1:37pm
January 2, 2014
Faith leaders oppose cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
WILLMAR — More than 150 Minnesota clergy and religious leaders including a priest from Fairfax are urging U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to oppose cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — formerly known as food stamps — in the farm bill being negotiated in Congress. The...
January 2, 2014 - 11:24pm
December 28, 2013
Candidates sought for Kandiyohi County dairy princess
WILLMAR — The American Dairy Association of Kandiyohi County seeks candidates to participate in the 2014 Dairy Princess Program. Dairy princesses serve as goodwill ambassadors for the dairy industry by appearing at various promotional events, speaking to consumers and news media,...
December 28, 2013 - 2:50pm
USDA helps fund water, wastewater projects in four rural communities
WILLMAR — Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it would provide $203 million in funds to help finance 74 water and infrastructure projects in 40 states, including projects in four rural Minnesota communities.
December 28, 2013 - 12:34pm
Consultant and lobbyist says farmers need to be active in solving water quality concerns
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Annapolis, Md., is 1,500 miles away from the northern Red River Valley, but Tom Hebert says what goes on there could have big impacts on the future of farming here.
December 28, 2013 - 7:56am
December 14, 2013
Production expenses rise again but less than in previous years
WILLMAR — According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest farm income and expense forecast, total farm production expenses are projected to reach another nominal and inflation-adjusted record high of $352 billion in 2013. However, the expected rise in expenses is less...
December 14, 2013 - 10:14am
Farmers lose as bumper grain harvest overwhelms ships, trains
By Julie Ingwersen and Karl Plume Reuters CHICAGO — Bumper corn and soybean harvests in the U.S. Midwest are stretching the system for moving crops from fields to markets beyond its limits this year, driving up export costs and crimping profits for farmers and grain dealers. After...
December 14, 2013 - 8:19am
December 10, 2013
Peterson: Farm bill talks close, heading for January vote
WASHINGTON — After months of doubt, the top House Democrat in ongoing negotiations says lawmakers are a near a deal that would pave the way for passing a farm bill in the next month.
December 10, 2013 - 3:06am