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Clinton tabs Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate
Rural Maynard family escapes burning home
Tim Huber's attorney argues lack of probable cause in seeking dismissal of murder indictment
Confusion on procedure takes new Willmar position off council table
Relay for Life Kandiyohi County
Richards lifts Glenwood past BOLD and into state tournament
KRA revs up after weather delays
Roundup: VFW I heads into playoffs on hot streak
Sano breaks slump, leads Twins to victory
Stingers' rally fall short in loss to La Crosse
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
'My Ocean': On the Ordway Prairie in west central Minnesota
Frye -- Birkland
Dahl -- Schow
Lippert -- Marcus
How has the past affected today's outdoors heritage?
Doty — St. Aubin
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
Robert J. Swanberg
Evelyn "Evie" M. Mulder
Carol Ann Ringler
Ardis E. Smith
Myrtle M. Knutson
May 6, 2015
Fraud prevention saves Kandiyohi County money
WILLMAR –– Compared to the thousands of public assistance cases that are processed every year in Kandiyohi County for such things as cash support, food support or medical assistance, the number of people who fraudulently receive services is very small. But through rigorous investigations...
May 6, 2015 - 10:56pm
November 14, 2011
Energy assistance available to Minnesotans
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently announced the state will receive $73 million in energy assistance for low-income Minnesotans that cannot afford heating costs over the winter months. The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program will administer the program for Minnesota...
November 14, 2011 - 3:33pm
July 20, 2011
Homeowners in greater Minnesota encouraged to apply for mortgage assistance
ST. PAUL - The deadline for homeowners to qualify for up to $50,000 in mortgage assistance from the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program is Friday. Vacant slots remain for homeowners from greater Minnesota who need assistance with their mortgage to avoid foreclosure. According to a...
July 20, 2011 - 11:43am
March 21, 2011
Kandiyohi County gears up for Medical Assistance expansion
WILLMAR -- Counties have until the end of August to complete a tedious process of converting clients from MinnesotaCare to the newly expanded Medical Assistance coverage. It's a process that came with an 18-page list of directions from the state's Department of Human Services. But...
March 21, 2011 - 12:00am
February 9, 2011
Co. prepares to convert clients to Medical Assistance under expansion signed by governor
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County family services officials are gearing up for a process to expand Medical Assistance coverage to at least 360 low-income adults. The change is coming about because Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order last month for implementation of the expanded...
February 9, 2011 - 12:00am
July 21, 2010
Husband pleads to welfare fraud, wife's charge to be dismissed
WILLMAR -- Ernesto Pacheco Nieto, 49, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance for taking more than $7,000 in public benefits while he was employed. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge...
July 21, 2010 - 12:00am
June 19, 2010
State assisting areas hit by storm
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is trying to get federal assistance to recover from Thursday's deadly storms. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's emergency officials asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary damage assessment, which could lead to federal aid in Faribault, Freeborn,...
June 19, 2010 - 12:00am
June 18, 2010
Meeker County sends deputies to help in storm-ravaged Wadena County
LITCHFIELD -- Three off-duty sheriff's deputies and fully equipped squad cars left Litchfield around 10:30 a.m. this morning to help law enforcement officials in Wadena County, where a tornado ripped through Wadena Thursday evening. Gov. Tim Pawlenty is due to view the damage from...
June 18, 2010 - 2:11pm
March 5, 2010
Couple enters pleas in welfare fraud; overpayment was $108K
WILLMAR -- A Willmar couple entered guilty pleas Wednesday to felony charges of wrongfully obtaining public assistance. Jose Angel Vallejo,...
March 5, 2010 - 12:00am
March 3, 2010
Pawlenty makes offer to DFL on expiring Minn. health plan
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he has offered Democrats a proposal addressing the future of those covered by an expiring state health care plan. Pawlenty says the idea came up in negotiations late Tuesday and it's now up to legislative Democrats to respond. The...
March 3, 2010 - 10:08am
January 20, 2010
Recession bringing out entrepreneurs, but can local governments wring out budgets to help them?
MONTEVIDEO -- As local governments look to trim recession-stressed budgets by slashing contributions to nonprofit organizations, one is making the rounds in search of support. The very recession that has hurt government budgets is what makes support for the Entrepreneur's Assistance...
January 20, 2010 - 12:00am
December 11, 2009
Dems look to plug GAMC's hole
ST. PAUL -- Democrats want to use federal money, force counties to pay more and divert other funds to restore health care coverage to Minnesota's...
December 11, 2009 - 12:00am
Local officials and residents preparing for a life without GAMC funds
WILLMAR -- There's a large collection of prescription medications on the countertop in Pix Erickson's small kitchen. The medications help the...
December 11, 2009 - 12:00am
June 30, 2009
Couple accused of taking $33K-plus in farm rental income from the husband's mom reach plea agreement
WILLMAR -- The case against a Richfield couple accused of misappropriating an elderly relative's farm income was settled Monday. Kathlyn Van Der Bill, 59, must pay a fine and restitution, as well as serve a short jail term, for her role in wrongfully obtaining public assistance on...
June 30, 2009 - 12:00am
February 5, 2009
Kandiyohi County commissioners want education mandate for those getting work-related assistance
WILLMAR -- With statistics showing that a lack of education is a sure ticket to poverty, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners want to make a high school diploma mandatory when receiving work-related public assistance. Not incorporating a diploma or a general educational development...
February 5, 2009 - 12:00am