Skip to main content
West Central Tribune
Dayton says he will not sign Minn. House education bill
House Speaker Ryan backs embattled intelligence panel chairman
Trump tweets, then Ford announces investment in three Michigan plants
Polaris issues recall on ATVs
Toddler, whose mother was stabbed during abduction, found safe; suspect arrested
Former, current, future BSU women's players join Team USA boycott
Twins coach tries to help Sano take the next step
Twins' Grossman says he'll be ready by Opening Day
Peterson says he's in 'no rush' to latch onto another NFL team
Wild's slump can be blamed on just about everyone
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
Play our Basketball Brackets Challenge
Keith L. Sorenson
Doris I. Rasmusson
Cleo J. Holtberg
David "Doc" Halliday
Parenting Perspectives: Why I worry about what others think of me
Farmers leading progress on buffer requirement
Pinke: Rally around rural communities
Positively Beautiful: Health and wellness trends popping up everywhere
Swift: Hairstyling technique not all it is wrapped up to be
Dave & Vivian Swanson
March 1, 2017
Trump poised to lift federal coal ban, other green rules
U.S. President Donald Trump will target a handful of Obama-era green regulations, including a federal coal mining ban and an initiative forcing...
March 1, 2017 - 1:13pm
October 13, 2016
Daring U.S. pipeline sabotage spawned by lobster boat coal protest
CALGARY, Alberta/NEW YORK—Pipeline sabotage by environmental activists that shook the North American energy industry this week had its...
October 13, 2016 - 4:10pm
July 27, 2016
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
WILLMAR -- Like a squirrel and its winter stores, Willmar Municipal Utilities is starting to build a stockpile of coal, so it is ready when the...
July 27, 2016 - 11:50pm
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