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Fewer applicants this time as Willmar PD seeks to fill officer position
Records published July 25
Democrats in disarray on eve of convention to nominate Clinton
Rumor of BNSF backing out of Willmar railroad bypass project called 'ludicrous'
Paynesville man, 22, injured in motorcycle crash
Jed Carlson column: 'Rand Jr.' looks back on his sports icon
Roundup: Chuckers earn spot in County Line title game
Stingers sweep pair on Sunday
Richards lifts Glenwood past BOLD and into state tournament
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
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
Dahl -- Schow
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
Mark Donovan Goblirsch
Ardis "Rusty" Smith
Commentary: Ted Cruz holds his nose
Tribune Opinion: Willmar benefits from 'Moving Health Forward'
Letter: A credit to sports writing
Letter: Criticism of Peppin unwarranted
Commentary: Latest VA fix creates new ills
October 2, 2014
New machine brings efficiency and safety to unloading coal in Willmar
WILLMAR — Chris Rosen and other coal handlers at Willmar Municipal Utilities’ power plant were excited when they received training Wednesday...
October 2, 2014 - 12:12am
October 1, 2014
Search for a rail congestion cure
ST. PAUL — A soybean farmers from southwestern Minnesota and an official of a taconite mine in the northeast, and more than a dozen others,...
October 1, 2014 - 12:00am
June 9, 2014
Commentary: Not much to lose in move from coal power
Barack Obama need not ask how well he’s doing in coal country, because the answer is always the same: Not well. A cerebral black man never had much of a chance in poor, rural white Appalachia; let’s be honest (though we don’t have to like it). In 2012, Obama lost to Mitt Romney...
June 9, 2014 - 1:00am
May 27, 2014
New coal shipment arrives
Willmar Municipal Utilities workers unload a shipment of coal Tuesday in the yard located between the railroad and the power plant. Willmar Utilities...
May 27, 2014 - 11:59pm
May 12, 2014
50 coal train cars derail on BNSF Railway line near Pillager
PILLAGER, Minn. — Coal and crushed metal littered the train tracks early Monday as crews worked to clear the scene of a massive train derailment...
May 12, 2014 - 12:42pm
March 29, 2014
Willmar Municipal Utilities incurring more charges this year for detaining BNSF cars
WILLMAR — Several factors are combining this year to increase demurrage charges paid by Willmar Municipal Utilities to BNSF Railway. Demurrage,...
March 29, 2014 - 6:00am
September 20, 2013
EPA expected to tighten curbs on new power plant pollution
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will unveil on Friday new regulations expected to set strict limits on the amount of carbon pollution...
September 20, 2013 - 7:51am
September 11, 2013
Letter: We need better energy policies
Now that the leadership of both our federal and state governments are controlled by those who are at war with fossil fuels, we are in danger of policy changes that will jeopardize our economic growth and put such a high cost on using energy that only the wealthy will be able to afford...
September 11, 2013 - 12:00am
December 10, 2012
Minnesota Opinion: On derailed railroad expansion bringing relief
An excerpt from recent Minnesota editorials. Market forces prompted the proposed railroad expansion that could have brought more than 30 coal trains rumbling through Rochester every day. In the end, market forces have put that extended rail network to rest indefinitely. The...
December 10, 2012 - 12:00am
March 15, 2012
Rescue underway of bulldozer driver at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wis.
The rescue of a trapped bulldozer driver is under way this morning at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wis.
March 15, 2012 - 10:58am
August 27, 2010
Dustup over group's charge that coal ash from Big Stone plant contaminating area
BIG STONE COUNTY -- A public interest group is charging that heavy metals and chemicals are leaching from coal ash stored at the Big Stone power plant near Milbank, S.D., and contaminating groundwater at the site. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources --...
August 27, 2010 - 12:00am
July 12, 2010
BNSF cleaning up after coal train derailment near Bismarck
BISMARCK -- BNSF Railway is cleaning up after a coal train derailment east of Bismarck. Thirty-one-cars went off the track Saturday afternoon, and 29 of them tipped on their sides. No one was hurt. The wreck sparked a small grass fire. Railroad spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the cause...
July 12, 2010 - 10:11am
April 10, 2010
4 missing W.Va. miners found dead; final toll at 29
MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) -- Search teams found the bodies of four men missing almost a week since an explosion rocked a West Virginia coal mine, bringing the death toll to 29 in the worst U.S. mining disaster in a generation. Crews who held out hope that survivors might have made it...
April 10, 2010 - 12:59am
December 19, 2009
Cartoon by Marshall Ramsey
December 19, 2009 - 12:00am
November 7, 2009
Letter: Common sense has prevailed
This letter is in response to the West Central Tribune Oct. 27 article on the Big Stone II coal plant. I'd planned on running it into the ground again but -- it's dead! Finally level-headed and logical thinking have prevailed. Alternative energy has to be considered. Hopefully,...
November 7, 2009 - 12:00am