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Minnesota tax increase possible, not guaranteed
Ridgewater introduces BSN program
St. Cloud loses air link to Chicago one year after getting it
College Football: Report states Gopher tight end may opt for draft
College Football: Georgia’s Gurley to enter NFL draft
NBA: Faried leads Nuggets over Wolves
Boys Basketball: Willmar rallies past Benson to earn first win
Boys Basketball: BOLD edges BBE in OT
After slogging through a mammoth roster of fabulous tunes, the Tribune’s musical misfits are back with their songs of the year list
New London, Minn., Little Theatre gets a facelift
History-oriented films top SAG nominations
Christmas classic opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in Willmar, Minnesota
Latest issue of Business 2 Business is available online
Verdna A. Hjelle
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Schmidt — Hagen
Peterson — Spanier
Slagter — Sportel
Raatz — Kinney
Clementino — Loseth
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Letter: Bob Enos has extreme views
Letter: No inconsistency by BNSF
Midwest Opinion: Nomination for Norway displayed a poor choice
Editorial: A little bit of help goes a long way
June 13, 2012
25th annual marching band festival Thursday in Benson, Minn.
BENSON -- The 25th annual Pioneerland Band Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Benson. A total of 11 high school marching bands will participate in the parade. The bands will march through Benson, beginning at Highway 12 to 14th Street North and ending at the high school. The...
news / region
June 13, 2012 - 12:00am
June 1, 2012
Assessor in Swift Co., Minn., mum after decision to put him on leave
BENSON -- It remains unknown whether Swift County assessor Ed Pederson will challenge action by the county board of commissioners placing him on paid leave and ending his appointment at year's end. Reached recently at his home, Pederson said he is not able to comment on the matter,...
news / region
June 1, 2012 - 12:00am
May 28, 2012
Detour begins Tuesday on Minnesota Hwy. 29 between Starbuck, Benson
BENSON -- Motorists on state Highway 29 between Starbuck and Benson will experience delays when a road resurfacing project and detour begins Tuesday. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, starting Tuesday, traffic will use a detour on state...
news / region
May 28, 2012 - 8:28am
May 21, 2012
Detour begins next week between Starbuck and Benson, Minn.
BENSON - Motorists on Highway 29 between Starbuck and Benson will experience delays when a road resurfacing project and detour begins next week. Starting on May 29, traffic will use a detour on Highway 28, Stevens County Road 1 and Highway 9 through late June while crews replace...
news / local
May 21, 2012 - 12:03pm
May 2, 2012
Update: Runaway girl located in Benson, Minn.
WILLMAR -- The 16-year-old girl reported as a runaway Tuesday was located around 10:30 a.m. today in Benson, according to Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog. In his news release announcing the information, Hartog thanked the public for their assistance in locating the girl. The...
May 2, 2012 - 11:43am
Update 11:15 a.m.: Runaway Kandiyohi County girl located in Benson
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department reports that the missing 16-year-old runaway was located about 10:30 a.m. this morning in Benson. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Daniel Hartog thanked the public for their assistance in this search. Update 10:15 a.m.: Runaway Kandiyohi County...
news / local / region
May 2, 2012 - 11:00am
Accountant at Willmar, Minn., firm earns CPA credentials
The accounting firm of Westberg Eischens of Willmar announces staff accountant Mandi Vlach has successfully completed and received her certified public accountant credentials. Vlach joined the Westberg Eischens team of accountants in 2009 after graduating with a degree in accounting...
May 2, 2012 - 9:52am
April 21, 2012
Benson, Minn., teacher not afraid of a few extra miles for additional history lessons
BENSON -- Some of the best lessons are learned outside of the classroom, and in this case, the farther away the better. Since 1994, Benson instructor...
news / region / education
April 21, 2012 - 12:00am
April 12, 2012
Benson: Benson Bakery takes pride in delivering local products to schools
The Benson Bakery may look like a small business, but Toby Johannessen and his staff can bake hundreds of dozens of whole grain rolls in a single day. They had an order like that not too long ago, when the Willmar, New London-Spicer and Montevideo school lunch programs asked for...
April 12, 2012 - 3:04pm
March 14, 2012
Benson, Minn., garage fire ruled arson, reward offered for information
BENSON -- A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an arson fire early Monday morning in Benson. According to Benson Police Chief Mike Jambor, the fire was reported along the 200 block of 15th Street...
news / region
March 14, 2012 - 3:41pm
Boys basketball: Dragons too hot for Benson
COLLEGEVILLE -- How the years fly by. Can it be 9 years already since the Litchfield Dragons last found their way to a section final? In 2003, Litchfield won the last of its three Class AA state champions in a four-year span. They hadn't made it back to a section championship until...
sports / prep
March 14, 2012 - 12:00am
February 23, 2012
Former Benson school superintendent dies after falling through ice near Pierre, S.D.
BENSON -- A former superintendent of the Benson Schools died Tuesday after falling through the ice near Pierre, S.D., while trying to rescue his dog, the Bemidji Pioneer reported today. Carl Eugene Remmers, 66, drowned after falling through the ice on the Missouri River near a campground...
news / region / education
February 23, 2012 - 10:30am
February 10, 2012
Area superintendents pleased to have 'No Child' waiver
WILLMAR -- A waiver from some of the requirements of federal education law was welcome news to public school superintendents in west central Minnesota, as well as across the state. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius called Thursday "a fresh start" for the state's...
news / local / region / education
February 10, 2012 - 12:00am
February 2, 2012
Minn. owners of Shakers vodka file Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition
BENSON -- The company that put Benson on the map as a distiller of fine spirits and Shakers on store shelves as an ultra-premium vodka has filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. The voluntary petition by Infinite Spirits Inc., of Blaine, was entered on the court docket Jan. 5 in...
news / business
February 2, 2012 - 12:00am
January 27, 2012
Swift County, Minn., assessor gets continuance for having a gun in courthouse
BENSON -- Bringing a cased, unloaded and badly damaged shotgun to his office in the Swift County courthouse in Benson cost Edward Pederson a month's work and pay, along with attorney fees and a $600 charge for the criminal prosecution against him. But what a special prosecutor calls...
January 27, 2012 - 12:00am