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Willmar School Board meets Monday
Man found dead under television at Minnesota home
Woman, five children rescued from Alexandria townhome fire
Truck hits State Patrol car, injuring trooper, then drives off
Willmar teen gets probation, community service for bomb threat
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
'Prairie Angels' makes a timely arrival in Renville County
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
December 2, 2016
U.S. payrolls rise solidly; jobless rate falls to nine-year low
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers boosted hiring in November and the unemployment rate dropped to a more than nine-year low of 4.6 percent,...
December 2, 2016 - 8:35pm
December 1, 2016
Higher yields don't offset plummeting farm income, report says
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Despite record yields in much of the Midwest, U.S. farmers are expected to make less money this year than in 2015,...
December 1, 2016 - 7:28am
November 30, 2016
Consumers, exports give U.S. economy muscle in the third-quarter
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the third quarter, notching its best performance in two years, buoyed...
November 30, 2016 - 6:58am
November 25, 2016
In rural Minnesota, residents facing economic challenges, opportunities
ST. PAUL—Rural Minnesotans are happy, to a point. They are optimistic, to a point. They see local jobs available, to a point. "It is kind...
November 25, 2016 - 10:12am
And the rural survey says...
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.—The Blandin Foundation surveyed Minnesotans earlier this year to get their feelings on rural issues. Here is a sample:...
November 25, 2016 - 7:31am
November 22, 2016
Trump's pullout of TPP opens way for China
TOKYO/SYDNEY — An Asia-Pacific trade deal stands almost no chance of working now that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pulled the...
November 22, 2016 - 9:26am
November 21, 2016
Sneakers show limits of trade policy in reviving jobs for Trump
American companies from appliance makers to auto parts suppliers have lined up to offer a quiet caution to President-elect Donald Trump as he...
November 21, 2016 - 11:11am
November 14, 2016
'Trump Thump' whacks bond market for $1 trillion loss
NEW YORK — Donald Trump's stunning victory for the White House may mark the long-awaited end to the more than 30-year-old bull run in...
November 14, 2016 - 11:34am
November 10, 2016
Election outcome leaves Fed on track, could end gridlock
ST. LOUIS — The Republican sweep of the White House and Congress could break the current gridlock over national policy in a potential...
November 10, 2016 - 11:42am
U.S. jobless claims drop more than expected
WASHINGTON — The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, underscoring the robustness of the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000 for the week ended Nov. 5,...
November 10, 2016 - 11:24am
November 9, 2016
Big Oil revels in Trump victory, expects less red tape
The U.S. energy industry on Wednesday revelled in Republican Donald Trump's presidential victory, expecting him to be a strong advocate for...
November 9, 2016 - 1:15pm
November 8, 2016
Wall Street expected to see second year of declining bonuses
Wall Street bonuses are expected to fall for a second consecutive year, according to a closely watched report. Mergers and acquisitions slowed...
November 8, 2016 - 1:45pm
November 6, 2016
US manufacturing economy fails employers and workers
BREMEN, Indiana — James L. Brown tried to hire a dozen workers for his metal foundry here. Half of them flunked the drug test. Those results...
November 6, 2016 - 11:03pm
November 4, 2016
Strong job growth, rising wages boost December rate hike prospects
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers maintained a strong pace of hiring in October and boosted wages for workers, which could effectively seal...
November 4, 2016 - 12:22pm
November 3, 2016
Slowdown in orders, hiring curbs U.S. services sector growth
WASHINGTON — U.S. services industry activity cooled in October amid a slowdown in new orders and hiring, suggesting a moderation in economic...
November 3, 2016 - 1:32pm