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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
January 18, 2013
Midwest bankers survey suggests continued growth
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of rural bankers suggests that growth in farmland prices, cash rents and farm equipment sales remain strong despite the continuing threat of drought in 10 Midwestern and northern Plains states. A report on the Rural Mainstreet Index released Thursday...
January 18, 2013 - 8:15am
January 3, 2013
Minneapolis Fed forecasts strong Minnesota grown in 2013
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis forecasts stronger employment growth in Minnesota in 2013. The bank’s economists expect job growth of 2.2 percent in Minnesota this year. That’s higher than the historical average growth rate of 1.4 percent. The forecast...
January 3, 2013 - 3:29pm
Survey: US employers add 215K jobs in December
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A private survey shows U.S. businesses sharply increased hiring in December, helped by a surge of new construction jobs created to help rebuild from Superstorm Sandy. Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that employers added 215,000 jobs in December. That's more...
January 3, 2013 - 8:59am
Weekly US jobless aid applications rise to 372K
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the winter holidays likely distorted the data for the second straight week. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 372,000 in the week ended Dec. 29. The...
January 3, 2013 - 7:41am
December 27, 2012
US consumers lose confidence as 'fiscal cliff' nears
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers peering over the "fiscal cliff" don't like what they see. Fears of sharp tax increases and government spending...
December 27, 2012 - 2:46pm
US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The average number of people seeking unemployment benefits over the past month fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign that the job market is healing. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000...
December 27, 2012 - 7:56am
December 26, 2012
Shoppers disappoint retailers this holiday season
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. holiday sales so far this year have been the weakest since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession. That puts pressure...
December 26, 2012 - 1:33pm
December 20, 2012
US economy grew at 3.1 percent in summer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 percent over the summer as consumers spent more and state and local governments added to growth for the first time in nearly three years. But the economy is likely slowing in the current quarter. The Commerce Department's...
December 20, 2012 - 8:45am
Americans seeking unemployment aid rises by 17,000
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines. But the number of people seeking aid is consistent with a job market that continues to grow modestly. Unemployment claims rose the week of Dec....
December 20, 2012 - 8:23am
December 12, 2012
US economy could withstand brief fall off 'cliff'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy: Congress and the White House fail to strike a budget deal by New Year's Day. Their stalemate triggers sharp tax increases and spending cuts. Those measures shrink consumer...
December 12, 2012 - 7:10am
November 14, 2012
Letter: We need a better energy plan
Recently I attended a meeting hosted by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership to Fuel America, which is an organization of businesses who recognize the big impact that energy has on their individual business, large and small. What I learned is that America...
November 14, 2012 - 11:06am
October 26, 2012
U.S. economy takes big hit as business orders drop significantly
WASHINGTON -- Companies are holding off on purchases of computers, industrial equipment and other long-lasting manufactured goods, a trend that's slowing the U.S.
October 26, 2012 - 12:00am
October 12, 2012
Letter: Saved by the conservatives
Recent letters from the usual goofy lefties are really out there. They're consistent in vile meanness and inaccuracy. I wonder if they have a writing club with its goal to complain and twist any action by the other side. Their understanding of history could only take place on another...
October 12, 2012 - 2:54am
September 29, 2012
Governor hears from Willmar, Minn., leaders about promoting economic growth
WILLMAR -- Gov. Mark Dayton began his statewide tour Friday afternoon to identify opportunities for future economic growth and barriers to that...
September 29, 2012 - 12:00am
June 26, 2012
EDC debates goals, priorities for economic development
WILLMAR -- Is the addition of more jobs the best strategy for Kandiyohi County to promote economic growth? Should there be more emphasis on creating jobs that pay well?
June 26, 2012 - 12:00am