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New London, Spicer communities share food and fellowship during annual Thanksgiving meal
Franken says he'll work to regain Minnesotans' trust as US senator
Four injured in Meeker County crash
Skol, Super Bowl
First graduates emerge from Minnesota's 'hybrid' law school
Larson Column: Golf vs. Tom: Golf makes its case and it's a strong one
Larson Column: To golf or not to golf
Washington gains ground with win vs. Giants
NFC North is Vikings' to lose
NFC North is the Vikings' to lose
David Cassidy, 1970s teen idol who starred on 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67
Inside RFD-TV, the network that covets rural and older viewers
Charlie Rose harassed us, eight women say
Why is Peter Dinklage still stuck playing characters defined by dwarfism?
From Fred and Ginger to Kate and Leo: When movie couples make fans hope for real-life love
Holidaze parade ushers in holiday season Saturday in downtown Willmar
What you need in your winter survival kit
'Made in America' concerts set by Prairie Arts Chorale
Generations section now available online
500 years of Reformation brings together some 800 people in Willmar
October/November issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Latest issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Latest issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it!: The intrigue of arm knitting
Live it! Q&A: Taking a holistic approach to medicine
Keith Cleo Moist
Catherine A. Brainard
Jeanne M. Poage
Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate all our blessings
Commentary: Did Al Franken make a bad decision, or is he a creep? Look for the pattern.
Analysis: Why Sen. Al Franken could be in a lot more trouble now
Garrison Keillor: It's Thanksgiving. Be Happy.
Letter: Farm economy needs rescuing
WCT Sports Show: Volleyball playoff preview
WCT Sports Show: Mid-Season Football Rankings
WCT Sports Show: Area volleyball contenders
WCT Sports Show: Week 3 Pigskin Picks
WCT Sports Show: Ranks! And Picks!
Card of Thanks
Emma Anne Williams
October 16, 2013
Bank of America posts profit as fewer loans go bad
(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp reported a third-quarter profit of $2.22 billion, compared with a loss a year earlier, as provisions for credit losses and expenses fell. The second-largest bank earned 20 cents per share in the three months to September 30, beating the average...
October 16, 2013 - 8:57am
October 2, 2013
Bank of America, Wells Fargo to improve mortgage servicing plans
WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Bank of America and Wells Fargo once again agreed to improve their mortgage servicing processes, after state and federal authorities said the banks were still not properly handling requests from struggling borrowers.
October 2, 2013 - 2:27pm
September 12, 2013
U.S. consumer bureau warns employers, banks on payroll cards
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer watchdog warned on Thursday that employers cannot require workers to be paid using prepaid payroll cards, which are used as an alternative to traditional paychecks or directly depositing wages.
September 12, 2013 - 2:49pm
August 27, 2013
United Prairie Bank in Spicer, Minn., promotes McDonnell
SPICER — United Prairie Bank of Spicer announces the recent promotion of longtime team member Ruth McDonnell. She has been serving customers in the deposit area for a number of years and will now be adding lending to her duties. “Ruth will continue to exceed our customers’...
August 27, 2013 - 8:06am
August 12, 2013
Central Minnesota Credit Union honored
Central Minnesota Credit Union, with offices in Belgrade, Paynesville and several other locations, was recently ranked 22nd in the Top 50 credit unions in the nation in 2012, according to SNL Financial. SNL graded the best-performing credit unions using five core financial performance...
August 12, 2013 - 7:23am
July 9, 2013
United Prairie in Spicer, Minn., promotes McDonnell
SPICER — United Prairie Bank of Spicer announces the recent promotion of longtime team member Ruth McDonnell. McDonnell has been serving customers in the deposit area of the bank for a number of years and will now be adding lending to her duties. McDonnell has been with...
July 9, 2013 - 8:00am
May 29, 2013
U.S. banks report record earnings of $40.3B for Q1
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. banks earned more from January through March than during any quarter on record, buoyed by greater income from fees and fewer losses from bad loans.
May 29, 2013 - 10:05am
November 13, 2012
Bebler joins North American State Bank in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR -- Sandy Bebler has joined North American State Bank as a mortgage lender. Bank president Dean Perry said Bebler brings solid mortgage lending expertise to the position. She will work from the bank's Willmar office, 2800 South First Street, and can be reached at 320-441-6251....
November 13, 2012 - 12:00am
February 8, 2011
Despite other options, savings account remains an essential for consumers
WILLMAR -- Heritage Bank does most of its business at the community banks it owns in rural Minnesota towns such as Willmar and Pennock. But when...
February 8, 2011 - 12:00am
June 9, 2009
Recession put banks at forefront, but despite tough times, local community banks are still faring well
WILLMAR -- When the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued its first-quarter report last month on bank performance, some of the news was concerning. The number of banks in distress is on the rise, and some analysts predict that a handful of community banks in Minnesota might fail...
June 9, 2009 - 12:00am
May 20, 2009
Minneapolis Fed boss says lessons need to be learned on economy
WILLMAR -- The recession is likely to persist for several more months, but there are signs that recovery is "not too far off," a Federal Reserve...
May 20, 2009 - 12:00am
May 9, 2009
Federal Reserve Bank official to speak in Willmar
WILLMAR -- Gary Stern, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will speak in Willmar this month at an event hosted by the Young Professionals group of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Stern's talk, on "Financial Conditions and...
May 9, 2009 - 12:00am
March 5, 2009
Letter: Power of household spending
If the economy is 80 percent dependent on household spending, what if the government gave the money to people instead of the very banks that drove the world economy into the dirt? About two trillion dollars ($2,000,000,000,000) have been committed to saving the economy. The March...
March 5, 2009 - 12:00am
October 11, 2008
A lesson in banking history
It is true as John H. Burns (Public Forum, Oct. 7) states, Judgment Day is at hand. He needs to go back and read a little banking history. Our independent banks were quite adequate until 1938, when government stuck itself into the banking industry by establishing Fannie Mae. They...
October 11, 2008 - 12:00am
October 7, 2008
Community banks still safe
In these times of financial crisis and billion-dollar rescue plans, there's one financial institution that you can still count on -- your independently owned community bank. Economic conditions and business cycles constantly change, but independent community banks have proven to...
October 7, 2008 - 12:00am