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March 9, 2010
Darlene Schroeder, president of Music Matters, center, addresses the Willmar School Board during a meeting Monday at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building. Schroeder was one of a group of speakers who went before school officials to praise the district's music program. The board voted to make nearly $2 million in cuts that included laying off a popular music teacher. Tribune photo by Gary Miller
Students protest loss of music teacher
March 9, 2010 - 12:00am
February 25, 2010
Cuts appear likely for farming areas
February 25, 2010 - 12:00am
February 19, 2010
Willmar School Board member Dion Warne, left, answers questions Thursday during the first of a series of Community Connection meetings presented by the Child Guide Program. Warne and School Board chairman Brad Schmidt, right, fielded questions on the district's plans to make budget reductions. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
School Board members answer questions about budget reductions
February 19, 2010 - 12:00am
February 18, 2010
Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman, left, and one of his financial aides, George Hoffman, listen to a representative's question during a Wednesday committee hearing. Tribune photo by Don Davis
All health programs face cuts
February 18, 2010 - 12:00am
February 3, 2010
Cassandra Duran, a student in Kathy Damhof's class, uses a computer Tuesday at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. The Willmar School Board on Monday discussed a budget reduction proposal that could have a great impact on kindergarten classes. If the proposal is adopted, the district would return to half-time kindergarten. The estimated savings would be $450,000, mostly because half as many kindergarten teachers would be needed. Tribune photo by Gary Miller
List of Willmar budget cuts could reach all corners of district
February 3, 2010 - 12:00am
February 2, 2010
NLS School Board considers budget cuts to the tune of $560K
February 2, 2010 - 12:00am
Mike Carlson, top left, and other members of the Willmar School Board meet Monday to discuss cuts to the district's budget. If approved, the cuts could total $2 million. Tribune photo by Gary Miller
Willmar school officials propose $2M in cuts
February 2, 2010 - 12:00am
January 14, 2010
State Budget Director Jim Showalter, left, tells a legislative committee Wednesday that the Pawlenty administration may have to delay more school payments this spring when the state runs out of money. Also pictured is Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson. Tribune photo by Don Davis
State looks at schools to fill huge hole in its bankbook
January 14, 2010 - 12:00am
January 12, 2010
Willmar may have to wait for its regular aid payment from the state
January 12, 2010 - 12:00am
December 16, 2009
Willmar Schools again begin process of cutting from budget
December 16, 2009 - 12:00am
November 4, 2009
State Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, meets with Ridgewater College faculty and staff at the Willmar campus. Ru-kavina, chairman of a higher education finance committee, wanted to hear their views on the state's budget cuts. Tribune photo by Linda Vanderwerf
Rukavina talks state budget at Ridgewater
November 4, 2009 - 12:00am
October 29, 2009
Yellow Medicine county may cut contributions to regional initiatives
October 29, 2009 - 12:00am
October 21, 2009
Gov. Tim Pawlenty talks to reporters Tuesday outside his official residence in St. Paul, saying he plans to roll out a series of state government reform measures in the coming weeks. He had just completed a meeting over breakfast with Democratic legislative leaders. Tribune photo by Don Davis
Pawlenty, DFL lawmakers get a leg up on the 2010 session; Pogemiller extends 'hand of cooperation'
October 21, 2009 - 12:00am
September 15, 2009
Mayor's budget cuts will run deep
September 15, 2009 - 12:00am
July 1, 2009
A "for lease" sign hangs above the front entrance at the former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources office at 4566 Highway 71 N.E. in Willmar. Tribune photo by Gary Miller
DNR moves wildlife office out of Willmar; position is cut
July 1, 2009 - 12:00am