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Federal cheese purchase to help dairy farmers, the poor
Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPen
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Renville County selects new administrator
Willmar committee hears proposal to convert waste to energy
Tigers overpower Twins
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Bridgewater throwing in practice
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Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
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10 tips to avoid summer sabotage of diet, exercise
Reader News: A five-generation photo
Reader News: Celebrating 150 years of Martin Hanson Aasen
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
Herbert K. Dittes
Emma Ruth Kassa
Melvin E. Anderson
Alan Lee Midby
Henry (Hank) Wiegmann
Trump's new evolving immigration plan is no 'flip-flop'
Populism Even Republicans Can Get Behind
Commentary: A nice column about Donald Trump
Cartoon by Chris Britt
May 14, 2016
Editorial: Angel investment fund is a good idea
An effort to create an angel investment fund is underway in Kandiyohi County with the goal to provide critical capital to launch and/or expand county businesses. This is a worthy effort within the Kandiyohi County community. It is being coordinated by the Kandiyohi County and City...
May 14, 2016 - 10:30am
Officials praise collaboration to secure $10M federal grant for Willmar railroad wye
WILLMAR — With a massive 1920s-era steam engine serving as a backdrop on a crisp autumn Friday afternoon, federal, state and local officials...
November 14, 2015 - 12:20am
September 11, 2015
EDC discusses its funding philosophy
WILLMAR –– A difference of opinion about the mission, goals and guidelines for using taxpayer money for economic development resulted in split votes Thursday for funding two proposals that were presented to the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission’s...
September 11, 2015 - 12:00am
February 12, 2015
Lake Lillian to host ‘town talks’ Monday on local business
LAKE LILLIAN — Spurred by the recent closing of the town’s only grocery store, Lake Lillian will host a pair of community talking sessions this coming week on business recruitment and retention. The goal is to look at “the whole big picture” of local business, said Susan...
February 12, 2015 - 11:36pm
June 16, 2014
New London, Spicer EDAs launch business retention effort
NEW LONDON — Over the next several weeks, businesses in the New London and Spicer area will have an opportunity to help the New London and Spicer Economic Development Authorities better understand the issues facing area businesses. The two EDAs, assisted by the University of Minnesota...
June 16, 2014 - 11:40pm
June 10, 2014
Lamecker’s General Store to open in Kerkhoven
KERKHOVEN — Scott and Teresa Lamecker are closer to filling the void left in Kerkhoven with the closing of the community’s hardware and grocery store businesses in 2013. The couple is aiming to open Lamecker’s General Store at the end of the month, if work continues to progress...
June 10, 2014 - 11:08pm
May 22, 2014
EDC appoints two to operations board
WILLMAR — With a unanimous vote, the joint powers board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has appointed Art Benson and Linda Kacher to the operating board. The vote on Wednesday filled two of three vacancies on the board and brought an...
May 22, 2014 - 4:00am
May 15, 2014
Keeping a spot on the map: New road signs demonstrate local pride for Sunburg
SUNBURG — Sunburg doesn’t have a water tower visibly announcing the town’s name. There’s no sign on Kandiyohi County Highway 7 as the road enters the south end of town. And after a storm last summer destroyed the remaining “Welcome to Sunburg” sign at Highway 7 and Minnesota...
May 15, 2014 - 11:05pm
April 23, 2014
Montevideo City Council members ponder relative values of heritage center and facility for custom-building rail cars
MONTEVIDEO — History and economic development collided in Montevideo over a rail yard, but City Council members still hold hope of avoiding...
April 23, 2014 - 2:40pm
April 18, 2014
Bluegrass Proteins acquires Dawson plant, begins hiring workers
DAWSON — A “help wanted” sign has replaced the “for sale” sign on the former American Milk Producers Inc. facility in Dawson. Bluegrass Proteins Inc., of Kentucky, has finalized its purchase of the facility and is now hiring a work force to begin production there, according...
April 18, 2014 - 2:00am
April 11, 2014
Letter: Keeping Willmar competitive
I understand the arguments against the city of Willmar using tax increment financing to sell land in the industrial park for Jennie-O to expand their corporate headquarters in Willmar. A large corporation that is a subsidiary of an even larger corporation (Hormel) probably has plenty...
April 11, 2014 - 7:00am
April 5, 2014
Letter: Support Jennie-O Turkey Store expansion in Willmar
The Jennie-O Turkey Store project meets all the objective criteria for tax-based incentives to expand in Willmar. Make no mistake — they will still be paying tens of thousands of dollars in property taxes every year. They will continue to be the largest taxpayer in Kandiyohi County....
April 5, 2014 - 6:00am
March 29, 2014
Commentary: The compelling reasons to support Jennie-O project
The Willmar Area Development Corporation primarily consists of business persons from Willmar and Kandiyohi County; our purpose is to support business activity in our area. In recent years we have actively supported Bushmills, the MinnWest Technology Campus, Buhler Manufacturing, the...
March 29, 2014 - 5:00am
March 28, 2014
Papers signed for purchase, rehab of ‘Barn Shed’ building in downtown Willmar
WILLMAR — Documents were signed this week to finalize a partnership enabling the development of local food-focused businesses at a site in...
March 28, 2014 - 10:59pm
Commentary: Willmar’s Field of Dreams: Our new Industrial Park
If you build it they will come was one of the slogans in the baseball movie, The Field of Dreams. Willmar now has its own Field of Dreams and the first batter is up to the plate. Will they score or strike out? With home field advantage, I hope they hit a homerun.
March 28, 2014 - 6:00am