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'I knew it was him': Minnesotan was first responder on scene of crash that killed teen son
Willmar Police ask for public's help identifying theft suspects
Two arrested with 117 grams of meth, $1,700 during Minn. traffic stop
Feds find MNsure tech vulnerabilities, but state says they are fixed
Independent study film focuses on immigrant students
The Lynx look for one more win for the WNBA crown
WCT Sports Show: Cardinal boys soccer team onto state
Indians blank Jays to book trip to World Series
Prep Football: KMS stuns Browerville on the road
Vikings' Sam Bradford returns to Philadelphia to face Carson Wentz
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
Rolling Stones to release new album in December
Lady Gaga to perfom Super Bowl halftime show
Meander weekend features celebration of art, community
As 2017 looms, time to review your Medicare coverage
Live it! Q&A: Taking a holistic approach to medicine
The prairie chicken is featured on Northland Outdoors TV
Fast food influence kids' soda and calorie choices
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Thomas "Tom" A. Graham
Franziska "Fanny" Messenbrink
Gordon A. Carlson
Fran Hussong letter: Ahmann is part of the problem
Gene Schneider letter: Asmus is clear choice in Ward 2
Marlys Schafer letter: Don't vote for self-interest groups
Kent Syverson letter: Keep the 19th Amendment
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
October 11, 2016
Global investment flows neutering national monetary policy
Monetary policy in developed markets like Japan and Europe is failing, and faltering in the U.S., in substantial part because globalization...
October 11, 2016 - 9:57am
August 31, 2016
Will: A 'slush fund' by any other name
WASHINGTON—Because truth in labeling laws are among the laws from which Washington feels exempt, the titles of congressional legislation...
August 31, 2016 - 7:00pm
April 7, 2016
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
April 7, 2016 - 12:00am
February 19, 2014
Family-owned banks place emphasis on customer service, community involvement
As a sixth grader, Cara Mulder started working at PrinsBank in Prinsburg, scanning microfilm and doing other menial tasks. Years later, Cara...
February 19, 2014 - 1:05am
January 20, 2011
Caution urged when pulling up to intersections obstructed by snow; shoveling tips offered
Staff reports As residents in Willmar and other west central Minnesota towns continue removing snow from driveways, the height of snow banks is becoming hazardous. The following is a list of safety concerns to consider when shoveling and blowing snow. - Fire hydrant clearing --...
January 20, 2011 - 12:00am
August 16, 2010
Cartoon by Marshall Ramsey
August 16, 2010 - 12:00am
January 12, 2010
AP source: Obama considers levy for rescued firms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Targeting an industry whose political deafness has vexed his administration, President Barack Obama is weighing recovering tax dollars from government-rescued financial institutions with a levy. The proposed levy could put Obama on the popular side of public opinion...
January 12, 2010 - 7:45am
October 7, 2009
71 Minnesota banks closely watched
ST. PAUL -- Regulators are working with 71 of 426 Minnesota-based banks to make sure they do not fail, but bank and credit union officials say...
October 7, 2009 - 12:00am
September 23, 2009
Local banks to host group blood drive Friday
WILLMAR -- Five local banks are hoping for community participation as they host an American Red Cross blood drive Friday in Willmar. "The banks have never done this before. This is new. We're rolling up our sleeves together here for a collaborative effort," said Deb Van Buren of...
September 23, 2009 - 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
March 25, 2009
Obama says his plan 'inseparable' from U.S. recovery
WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Tuesday his attempts to lead the nation out of economic turmoil are beginning to yield results, and toned...
March 25, 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
January 22, 2009
Letter: Recovery is up to all of us
The news media tells us that the feds gave the large banks billions to rescue the housing industry. Instead of helping out "Joe the plumber" with the threatened home foreclosures, the big banks cannibalized smaller banks to make themselves bigger. Greed. Those responsible should...
January 22, 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