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NLS approves funding for track and field projects
Prosecutors want police conduct expert to testify at Minnesota police officer's manslaughter trial
Minn. legislators weigh increasing penalties for blocking highways during protests
Teenager supporting veterans around Minnesota with clothing
Two vineyards challenge Minnesota grape law
Rubio's three FTs send Wolves past Pacers
Local Roundup: Jackson earns All-America honors
U.S. women's team settle pay dispute, avoid boycott
Gimenez hardest transition to Twins may be getting son on the bandwagon
Tonkin polishing new cutter in Twins bullpen
'Trading Spaces' returning to TV
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'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
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
Play our Basketball Brackets Challenge
Violet Gurtrude Swanson
Keith L. Sorenson
Delores A. Larson
Ethel L. Anderson
LeRoy H. Koenen
Parenting Perspectives: Why I worry about what others think of me
Farmers leading progress on buffer requirement
Pinke: Rally around rural communities
Positively Beautiful: Health and wellness trends popping up everywhere
Swift: Hairstyling technique not all it is wrapped up to be
Dave & Vivian Swanson
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