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Bountiful 2016 pumpkin crop overcomes last year's shortfall
Smooth succession for NW Minnesota business
E-cigarette users view smoke-free areas as okay for vaping
Swift County Administrator expected to submit resignation during special meeting Tuesday
Renville County house fire ignited by child playing with lighter
McIlroy wins Tour Championship playoff, FedEx Cup
Tigers win three at star-studded Warehouse Invitational
Warriors top Fergus, move above .500
Willmar sweeps invitational
Warriors remain unbeaten in MCAC
Brad Pitt expresses sadness over divorce filing
Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt
Ticket prices for Prince tribute concert start at $19.99
Mikko Cowdery, QuadraFeelyAxs performing this weekend in Willmar
19th annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival to be held this weekend
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Poetry, pugs raise awareness for new FAFSA timeline
Simplified French onion soup recipe perfect for home cooks
Likely world record elk shot by Montana archer
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
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
Lyla M. Porter
Charles "Chuck" Theodore Erickson
Don E. Miller
Dionne: Debate moderators shouldn't duck
Larry.R. Swenson: Different requirements for some?
Kent Syverson: Pedestrian bridge should be fixed
Frazee letter: Thank you for protecting and serving
Marcus: In praise of good government geeks
September 29, 2015
Auditor says Willmar schools finances are stable
WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools continues to maintain a relatively healthy general fund balance, according to the fiscal year 2015 audit report. However, the balance shrank about $1 million in the past year. The Willmar School Board heard a report on its annual audit at a special...
September 29, 2015 - 11:43pm
September 17, 2015
Willmar won’t lose money over reporting delay
WILLMAR — A state Revenue Department official has said Willmar will not receive its December 2015 local government aid payment of $2,244,657 from the state if the city does not submit its 2014 financial report by Sept. 30. Cities are required by law to report their financial activities...
September 17, 2015 - 12:00am
September 15, 2015
Congress about to fail on budget, but may pass highway funding
If it is September, then elected officials in Washington must be talking about short-term budget fixes. In what has become commonplace, Congress will not approve a full budget by the time the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, but lawmakers representing the Upper Midwest are optimistic they...
September 15, 2015 - 7:54pm
September 11, 2015
Minnesota revenue rises
ST. PAUL — Minnesota state revenues were 8.5 percent higher last month than expected. The $113 million jump from what was forecast last February, continuing a trend seen most of this year, came thanks to the three state’s three major taxes coming in higher: individual income...
September 11, 2015 - 6:00am
September 4, 2015
Editorial: Willmar, Minn., Council should fund Vision 2040 request
Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin introduced his proposed 2016 budget Monday night, which totaled $34.74 million to a joint meeting of the Finance Committee and the full City Council. Calvin said his budget focused on four primary area: pavement management, parks, facilities management and...
September 4, 2015 - 12:01am
August 31, 2015
Mayor’s budget focuses on streets, parks, facilities and stormwater
City of Willmar Mayor’s Proposed 2016 Budget at a glance General operating: $14,433,983 Capital spending, such as streets and equipment: $7,688,007 Special and internal spending: $1,054,260 Debt service: $2,404,267 Enterprise (wastewater treatment facility): $9,165,051 Total:...
August 31, 2015 - 11:37pm
Kandiyohi County Board to consider 2016 budget at today’s meeting
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners are expected to certify the proposed 2016 budget at their meeting Tuesday, which will be held at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar. The proposed $70.1 million budget...
August 31, 2015 - 11:11pm
August 19, 2015
Kandiyohi County Board gets first look at proposed 2016 budget
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners had their first look Wednesday at a proposed $70.1 million budget for operating county services and programs next year ranging from public health to the county jail. Projected expenditures are about $6 million higher than this year,...
August 19, 2015 - 11:10pm
June 13, 2015
Minnesota lawmakers OK final budget piece
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislative leaders succeeded early Saturday to pass the final piece of the state budget. The central issue was a controversial...
June 13, 2015 - 10:15am
June 10, 2015
NLS approves preliminary budget
NEW LONDON — Even though a negotiated education bill that’s expected to be approved in a special legislative session would give K-12 schools a 2 percent increase in the general education formula, the New London-Spicer School District stuck with its original plans and approved...
June 10, 2015 - 11:29pm
June 9, 2015
Gov. Mark Dayton gets head start on his 2016 to-do list
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has dropped priority after priority in his effort to get a state budget passed before the June 30 deadline. Prime among the casualties was offering classes to 4-year-olds across the state. The final item Dayton gave up was his insistence on...
June 9, 2015 - 11:29pm
June 5, 2015
Willmar School Board meets 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. The agenda includes approval of the 2015-16 budget. State law requires school districts to approve budgets before the fiscal year begins...
June 5, 2015 - 11:39pm
May 29, 2015
Dayton drops pre-K plan to settle budget
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton dropped his controversial proposal to send 4-year-old Minnesota children to school, but education differences Friday left a wider gap between the governor and House Republicans than when the day started.
May 29, 2015 - 11:24pm
May 28, 2015
Pre-K education remains at heart of budget impasse
ST. PAUL — An early-learning center visit Thursday reinforced the Republican House speaker’s resolve to offer scholarships for pre-kindergarten...
May 28, 2015 - 11:29pm
NLS parents give positive reviews of district
NEW LONDON — Based on responses from an online survey, parents think the New London-Spicer School District is doing a good job. Deb Solsrud, who works for the survey company called School Perceptions that conducted the survey this spring, said there were 350 responses. That 37...
May 28, 2015 - 11:21pm