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Mondale to Concordia graduates: ‘You can do it,’
Nepali student sets up online fund for earthquake relief
Shaping a new plan: NLS selects architect for revised construction project
‘It’s just terrible’: Throwing everything at the ‘invisible disaster’
Horse Racing: American Pharoah wins Derby
NBA Playoffs: Warriors cruise past Grizzlies in Game 1
Boys Tennis: Litchfield sixth at Pine City tourney
Friday's Baseball: Bulldogs thump Dragons
College Baseball: Warriors endure tough Sunday
Prairie Winds Concert Band sets concerts Sunday in Willmar, Minnesota
Christian School to stage ‘Little Women’ at The Barn Theatre in Willmar, Minnesota
‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ now on stage at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota
Ridgewater college choir concert slated for Tuesday in Willmar, Minnesota
West Central Singers’ ‘Bedtime Stories’ concerts this weekend
D’Huyvetter joins Anez Consulting
Harvey Anderson & Johnson to build new Clara City funeral chapel
Ridgewater College partners for job training
Heritage Bank offers debit card fraud control
Moonlighting: Portion of U.S. workforce holding multiple jobs declines
Janice I. Iverson
Orville E. Johnson
Cheri A. Weismantel
Becoming bike friendly: State Bicycle Alliance tours Willmar; praises efforts to date
Video: Plant Sale at Willmar Civic Center
Video: Main Pointe Dancers K-1 Tap I Rehearsal
Video: Region 5A Arts Festival at NLS
Gartner — Hammond
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Commentary: Support access to higher education
Minnesota Opinion: End political games, nonsense over LGA
Cartoon by Marshall Ramsey
Letter: Willert is a fine superintendent choice
February 2, 2015
Obama targets foreign profits with tax proposal
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget will seek new taxes on trillions of dollars in profits accumulated overseas by U.S. companies, and a new approach to taxing foreign profits in the future, but Republicans were skeptical of the plan Sunday. Reviving a long-running...
news / nation
February 2, 2015 - 6:00am
February 1, 2015
Governor’s budget draws mixed reviews from Greater Minnesota
ST. PAUL — This Minnesota legislative session is heavy on greater Minnesota topics, but the governor’s budget, which will be the base of whatever two-year spending plan that eventually passes, drew mixed reviews about how it would fund issues outside of the Twin Cities. Officials...
news / state
February 1, 2015 - 11:43pm
Gov. Dayton doubles down on early education
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton’s latest education budget proposal makes clear that he believes the best way to close Minnesota’s achievement gap is to focus on young students and struggling learners. Dayton wants $373 million in new education spending in the next two-year budget,...
news / state
February 1, 2015 - 11:40pm
January 28, 2015
Proposed DHS cuts would affect Willmar
WILLMAR — This was supposed to be the “mental health” legislative session. But proposed cuts to some Department of Human Services in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget has local officials wondering if that will be true. Dayton’s two-year budget includes reductions that would affect...
news / state
January 28, 2015 - 11:06pm
Facing a GOP-led House, Dayton still decides to play hardball with his priorities
ST. PAUL -- As a lame duck, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton showed a new willingness to play hardball in the budget he proposed Tuesday. He threatened to cut off state funding to two agencies currently in high-profile disputes. But at the same time, he’s shown consistency in...
opinion / commentary
January 28, 2015 - 6:00am
January 27, 2015
Dayton proposes budget
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s two-year budget plan would pump more than a half billion dollars into education, increase the number of food inspectors by 26, add facilities at some parks, fund better supervision of child abuse programs, improve railroad crossings and...
news / state
January 27, 2015 - 11:45pm
Gov. Dayton releases his state budget for next two years
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to collect and spend more than $40 billion from state taxpayers in the next two years, without a general tax increase. As always for Dayton, key in his budget proposal he was releasing today is increasing education funding, this year...
news / state
January 27, 2015 - 10:32am
December 30, 2014
Dayton focuses on education, transportation
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton plans to focus on education and transportation funding when the Minnesota Legislature opens next week, but said he welcomes anyone “to knock on the door” and offer suggestions for what else should be accomplished. “I’m open to anything,” the...
December 30, 2014 - 9:57pm
December 14, 2014
Willmar Public Schools asking for input before cutting budget
WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools is seeking the public’s input before moving to cut $1 million from its general fund budget for the 2015-16 school year. The district’s general fund budget is about $50 million a year. Decisions on the cuts will be made in the spring. A survey...
news / local
December 14, 2014 - 11:36pm
December 5, 2014
Groups seek share of new money
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s $1 billion budget surplus, which some say really is not a surplus, is attracting drools from organizations thinking there may be money available. Before the “surplus” even was announced, the 5 Percent Campaign said it planned a Monday news conference...
December 5, 2014 - 10:49pm
December 4, 2014
Willmar City Council approves 2015 levy, budget
l members first debated street improvement funding before unanimously approving the property tax levy and budget for 2015. Voting to approve the levy and budget were Ron Christianson, Steve Ahmann, Audrey Nelsen, Tim Johnson, Jim Dokken, Rick Fagerlie, Bruce DeBlieck and Denis Anderson. At...
December 4, 2014 - 10:18pm
Kandiyohi County budget and levy get review
WILLMAR — The $64 million budget and $29.8 million net levy proposed for Kandiyohi County for 2015 was presented during a truth in taxation hearing Thursday at the Health and Human Services building. The budget reflects an increase of $517,000 over 2014. Additional expenses...
December 4, 2014 - 10:15pm
Minnesota: $1 billion state budget surplus predicted
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators and governor will have a bit more to spend in the next two years.
news / state
December 4, 2014 - 11:00am
December 3, 2014
Minnesota to release its two-year budget forecast this morning
ST. PAUL — The wraps are about to come off a top-secret report that lays the groundwork on what likely will be a $40-billion, two-year Minnesota state budget. What is called the state “budget forecast” will be unveiled to the public at 11 a.m. today in the state Capitol, a...
December 3, 2014 - 11:38pm
November 27, 2014
Minnesota tax collections and spending appear likely to stay steady
ST. PAUL — After a Thanksgiving holiday at his son’s home in San Francisco this weekend, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will return to his Capitol area office Monday to start working “full bore,” he said, on crafting what is likely to be a $40 billion-plus budget to submit to...
November 27, 2014 - 11:09pm