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China calls for restraint as U.S. carrier group heads for Korean waters
Pro rodeo's rags-to-riches bull proving hard to ride
Arkansas plans to execute 2 inmates Monday, would be first state in 17 years to do so
Lions to offer free vision screening for children
After another disappointing postseason, what's next for the Wild?
Vikings: Plenty of draft options at RB, including Joe Mixon teammate Samaje Perine
Prep Baseball & Softball: Card baseball team falls to Big Lake
Local Roundup: CCS' Reid edges Cards' Hauser
Ibarra scores in Minnesota's win over Colorado
Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in his car
Adam Sandler to make rare appearance in Minnesota
Carrie Fisher won't appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Hollywood's Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner file for divorce
MTV to revive reality series 'Fear Factor'
Focus 2017: Spotlight on Public Service
'Kitchen Witches': Comedy opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar chain of lakes focus of Wednesday's public meeting
Earth Day 2017 celebrated April 22 in west central Minnesota
'Camper Cabins' guide to great outdoors
Iris M. Hanson-Cain
Jackalee 'Jackie' Peterson
Dennis R. Erdman
Marvin I. Braegelman
Minnesota Opinion: Now is not the time to sit out, play politics
George Will: The 'Oh, never mind' president
Susan Estrich: The Amazon 1-Star System
Letter: U of M proud of local partnerships
Swift: Taxes must be particularly taxing
Jen Wetterling- Martin Bridal Shower
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
March 15, 2014
City of Willmar land transfer to Jennie-O to require hearing
WILLMAR — The transfer of city-owned land to Jennie-O Turkey Store for the company’s proposed Phase I corporate expansion will require an...
March 15, 2014 - 6:00am
March 1, 2014
Editorial: Council should OK Jennie-O proposals
The Willmar City Council will consider Monday night a proposal to sell two parcels of land totaling 8 acres to Jennie-O Turkey Store for the company’s proposed new headquarters project. The City Council will also consider a 10-year right of first refusal to Jennie-O for a nearly...
March 1, 2014 - 7:00am
February 28, 2014
Commentary: Let Willmar and county be the place for growth
The word “progress” signifies movement. To a city, a county and a region, the word progress often is thought of as forward movement but the motion may be backwards as well. Cities, an.d the extended community they comprise, are given an opportunity to, by their actions, make a...
February 28, 2014 - 6:30am
February 26, 2014
Letter: Letter writer Bob Enos is misinformed
In his letter of Feb. 25, Bob Enos once again proves his to be a voice not to be taken seriously on matters of economic development, and he continues to demean the role of agriculture in our local economy. It may interest him to know that agriculture in Kandiyohi County has a half-billion-dollar...
February 26, 2014 - 4:00am
February 25, 2014
Letter: Slow this Hormel train down
On Thursday, the Community Development Committee of the Willmar City Council will vote on a city staff recommendation to give Hormel/Jennie-O an exclusive option to purchase a $4 million parcel of Willmar Industrial Park’s most desirable section for 15 years, during which time the...
February 25, 2014 - 1:00am
February 15, 2014
Gridlock over appointments leaves EDC board short of members
WILLMAR — Gridlock over the appointment process has left the joint operating board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission two members short. If the issue isn’t resolved soon, it could be May before the board is back to its full complement...
February 15, 2014 - 5:00am
January 11, 2014
Legal, financial reviews show no apparent problems with size of EDC reserve fund
WILLMAR — Hoping to settle the controversy once and for all over the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission reserve fund, the EDC brought in its accountant and attorney this week for an in-depth review of the fund and existing statutes that govern reserve...
January 11, 2014 - 6:53am