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Clinton tabs Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate
Rural Maynard family escapes burning home
Tim Huber's attorney argues lack of probable cause in seeking dismissal of murder indictment
Confusion on procedure takes new Willmar position off council table
Relay for Life Kandiyohi County
Richards lifts Glenwood past BOLD and into state tournament
KRA revs up after weather delays
Roundup: VFW I heads into playoffs on hot streak
Sano breaks slump, leads Twins to victory
Stingers' rally fall short in loss to La Crosse
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
'My Ocean': On the Ordway Prairie in west central Minnesota
Frye -- Birkland
Dahl -- Schow
Lippert -- Marcus
How has the past affected today's outdoors heritage?
Doty — St. Aubin
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Robert J. Swanberg
Evelyn "Evie" M. Mulder
Carol Ann Ringler
Ardis E. Smith
Myrtle M. Knutson
Commentary: Latest VA fix creates new ills
Tribune Opinion: Willmar benefits from 'Moving Health Forward'
Letter: A credit to sports writing
Letter: Criticism of Peppin unwarranted
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
April 28, 2016
Highlights of Senate budget bill
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators passed a bill Thursday tweaking a $42 billion, two-year budget they approved a year ago, sending the changes to negotiations with the House and governor. Here are some highlights of Democratic senators' proposed changes for the next year: $91 million...
April 28, 2016 - 6:01pm
GOP pushes 'smarter government' spending plan
ST. PAUL -- Republicans want to finish a southwest Minnesota water project, kill the state film board, fund a tractor safety program, get rid...
April 28, 2016 - 5:30am
April 25, 2016
Minnesota budget bills to collide
ST. PAUL — Republicans want to hold state spending in line, while Democrats want to bump up funding in some areas of Minnesota’s government. That was the basic argument Monday as the GOP-controlled House passed legislation 84-46 funding education programs from early childhood...
April 25, 2016 - 11:56pm
April 13, 2016
Minnesota lawmakers get down to budget specifics
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators are ready to put specific numbers to their budget plans, which so far mostly have been generic rhetoric. Senate...
April 13, 2016 - 9:42pm
April 9, 2016
Willmar School Board to meet in regular session Monday
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W. The board will receive and consider approving the revised 2015-16 budget and an updated 10-year facilities maintenance...
April 9, 2016 - 12:02am
April 7, 2016
Minnesota Republicans seek hold-the-line spending
ST. PAUL — Minnesota House Republicans want to keep the state’s $42 billion, two-year budget — passed last year — pretty much as is,...
April 7, 2016 - 9:18pm
March 15, 2016
Dayton lays out budget change proposals
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposes increasing budgets for items ranging from pre-kindergarten programs to broadband to security...
March 15, 2016 - 8:26pm
February 27, 2016
Question of how to pay for repairs to aging roads won’t go away
WILLMAR — In a room full of the state’s top transportation and agricultural officials, the message was expressed loud and clear Friday:...
February 27, 2016 - 12:23am
February 26, 2016
Minnesota's budget surplus slips, offering cautionary tale
ST. PAUL - A Minnesota economy and state budget report is a cautionary tale. While politicians haggled over taxes and spending, pretty much every state leader reacting to information that the state budget surplus slipped from $1.2 billion to $900 million said it is a sign that care...
February 26, 2016 - 10:09am
February 8, 2016
Willmar School Board approves $1.7 million in cuts
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct that fourth-grade orchestra will be cut next year. The grade level was incorrect in the original version. WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board has approved $1.7 million in budget cuts for the 2016-17 school year. Board members...
February 8, 2016 - 11:54pm
January 30, 2016
Concordia to discontinue nine major programs; considering cuts to staff too
Under financial stress, Concordia College says it plans to discontinue nine majors and one concentration, including several languages. The cuts...
January 30, 2016 - 5:53pm
January 27, 2016
MnSCU feels financial pressure as enrollment drops
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s largest higher-education system is looking to make major changes as enrollment continues to fall and more institutions fail financial stress tests. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system saw enrollment fall by 1.9 percent last year, to 138,973....
January 27, 2016 - 11:41pm
January 25, 2016
Lawmakers consider putting transportation funding before voters
ST. PAUL — One thing all sides seem to agree on is Minnesota’s transportation system needs more funding. Sen. Scott Dibble, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Transportation Finance Committee, in June proposed a constitutional amendment asking voters if they want to take sales...
January 25, 2016 - 11:46pm
January 23, 2016
Willmar School Board to discuss budget cuts at Monday workshop
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the first-floor boardroom in the Willmar Arts and Education Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W. The meeting will be a workshop to discuss potential budget cuts to be made later this spring. Board members and administrators...
January 23, 2016 - 12:23am
January 13, 2016
Plan to cut $1.7M from Willmar's school budget set in motion
WILLMAR — Money was a big topic at Monday’s Willmar School Board meeting. The board voted 5-to-1 to begin planning for as much as $1.7 million in budget cuts in the spring. In a report on negotiations progress with the Willmar chapter of Education Minnesota, the board learned...
January 13, 2016 - 11:50pm