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Amtrak train derails in Chicago, no injuries reported
London attacker interested in jihad but no evidence of IS link
SDSU study analyzes East River native grasslands
Minn. college student remains missing
Congressman Walz enters Minnesota governor race
ND native who once made 2,750 consecutive free throws dies
Costco tees off on Titleist over golf balls
Girls Basketball: Oman a Class AA All-State first-teamer
Local Roundup: Warrior softball team opens season in crossover
Inspired by grandfather, Taylor Rogers just keeps taking the ball for Minnesota Twins
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
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'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
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Msgr. Joseph R. Huebsch
David "Doc" Halliday
Shirley Mae Ehrlich
Pinke: Rally around rural communities
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'Bright sadness' describes Lenten journey at Fargo church
Planning the spring garden calendar
Dave & Vivian Swanson
March 26, 2017
Kinglets can brighten a March day
The golden-crowned kinglet is a wee thing, smaller than any other bird in our area, except the ruby-throated hummingbird. Unlike the hummingbird,...
March 26, 2017 - 11:48am
March 19, 2017
Always in Season: Spring brings another cycle in bird lives
This is a good time of year to appreciate black-capped chickadees. They're conspicuous this time of year, but pretty soon they'll be hard to...
March 19, 2017 - 4:46pm
March 12, 2017
Always in Season: Early spring brings bald eagles
An adult bald eagle is a distinctive bird in every way, large and dark with brilliant white head and tail and great broad wings. The eagle's...
March 12, 2017 - 3:09pm
March 5, 2017
Always in Season: Signs of spring appear in the valley
Horned larks are back in the valley. Horned owls are back on their nests. These are signs of spring in the Red River Valley. Both are right on...
March 5, 2017 - 6:44pm
February 26, 2017
Jacobs: Early migrants reach the valley
Last week brought an influx of rough-legged hawks to our area that was both larger and earlier than expected. Matt Spoor alerted Grand Cities...
February 26, 2017 - 6:15pm
Cook: Another kind of winter: dove, robin, cardinal
A few nights ago, two of us went for an evening walk about 700 miles south of our home in Duluth, Minn. We were there for a funeral and had...
February 26, 2017 - 9:15am
February 19, 2017
Jacobs: A new bird mystery for a new week
This week's bird mystery is the opposite of the one presented here last week. Last week, we had a bird that was seen and not heard; this week,...
February 19, 2017 - 3:31pm
November 27, 2016
Jacobs: Goldfinches lead cavalcade of winter bird species
Not many species become "bird of the week" twice in one year, but the American goldfinch is a changeling, and so it earns the dual designation....
November 27, 2016 - 1:28pm
September 26, 2009
Sibley State Park The Interpretive Center is open daily. All Sibley State park programs are lead by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center and are free unless otherwise noted. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available...
September 26, 2009 - 12:00am
July 25, 2009
Keeping a watch over everything
July 25, 2009 - 12:00am
Purple martin banding project aimed at learning more about these entertaining birds
WILLMAR -- Every year, Dick Doll hosts visitors from Brazil. They take over the apartments he provides them, raise their young and leave. Now, he's going to find out a little bit about them. For three years now, Michael North, a senior natural resource specialist with the Minnesota...
July 25, 2009 - 12:00am
June 28, 2008
Heavy rain doesn't seem to matter if you are a duck
It seems it has rained for 40 days and 40 nights. It must not have been quite that long, as our floods have been just short of biblical proportions. During a break in the weather, my wife and I took the grandsons for a ride over to check out the lake at the farm. On normal days,...
June 28, 2008 - 12:00am
March 29, 2008
It's best to leave some things alone
have a small wood working shop in the barn where I turn perfectly good boards into sawdust and scrap lumber. This is not all bad, since I find it entertaining, and bluebird houses are made from the scraps. We end up with a lot of bluebird houses. The door to the shop slides on a...
March 29, 2008 - 12:00am
January 19, 2008
Weather for the birds: Christmas bird count higher than expected
WILLMAR -- Binoculars in hand, some 35 birding enthusiasts in the Willmar area took to field and woods for the 43rd annual Christmas bird count in the Willmar area. Despite the early cold and snow, those braving the elements found more birds than they anticipated, reported coordinator...
January 19, 2008 - 12:00am