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Safe turkey message loses traction
One dies in head-on crash Tuesday near Paynesville
Man treks state to open dialogue on mental health
Grass Lake restoration project gets go-ahead
Vikings' Wallace says he’s NFL’s fastest
Prep Softball Roundup: Alexandria sweeps doubleheader from Willmar
Boys Tennis Roundup: Cardinals collect 11th win
Prep golf: Tuesday's results
Prep Baseball Roundup: Willmar drops two to Alexandria
Prairie Winds Concert Band sets concerts Sunday in Willmar, Minnesota
Christian School to stage ‘Little Women’ at The Barn Theatre in Willmar, Minnesota
‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ now on stage at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota
Ridgewater college choir concert slated for Tuesday in Willmar, Minnesota
West Central Singers’ ‘Bedtime Stories’ concerts this weekend
D’Huyvetter joins Anez Consulting
Harvey Anderson & Johnson to build new Clara City funeral chapel
Ridgewater College partners for job training
Heritage Bank offers debit card fraud control
Moonlighting: Portion of U.S. workforce holding multiple jobs declines
Kermit LeRoy Torgerson
John Edward Helin
Deloris M. Merrill
Elizabeth "Bette" Bonham
Satre — Paz
Ridler — Gustafson
Heinen — Johnson
Becoming bike friendly: State Bicycle Alliance tours Willmar; praises efforts to date
Video: Plant Sale at Willmar Civic Center
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Commentary: Support access to higher education
Commentary: Support MnSCU budget request
Minnesota Opinion: End political games, nonsense over LGA
Cartoon by Marshall Ramsey
February 5, 2013
Documents: Worries about outage before Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- While authorities investigate the causes of the 34-minute Super Bowl blackout, documents show that Superdome officials were worried last fall about losing power at the big game. Tests on the dome's electrical feeders showed decay and "a chance of failure," state...
news / nation
February 5, 2013 - 7:45am
August 25, 2012
Electric utilities may seek new partner in bill management: The consumer
SPICER -- Fundamental changes are coming to the electric industry and electric consumers will be asked to partner with their utility and take more responsibility for their bill, says an energy industry organization spokesman. Joel Johnson, director of government affairs with Minnesota...
news / business
August 25, 2012 - 12:00am
June 11, 2012
Family Energy FaceOff blog: How does your energy use measure up?
June 11, 2012 - 8:20am
May 18, 2011
Letter: The downfall of wind energy
The May 9 story about wind energy clearly identifies its Achilles heel. Someone has to buy back the electricity when it isn't needed, i.e. about three o'clock in the morning. It is not speculation. The facts are supplied by an owner of an operating wind tower. His neighbors have to...
opinion / letters
May 18, 2011 - 12:00am
November 27, 2010
Wind power moving forward
OLIVIA -- Yusef Orest spent Tuesday morning watching crews prepare the way for 12 wind towers to be erected on the open landscape south of Cosmos as part of the Adams Wind project. Orest, with Juhl Wind of Woodstock, Minn., said the wind farm taking shape in Meeker County represents...
news / local / region
November 27, 2010 - 12:00am
August 10, 2010
While the humidity keeps rising, there are ways to crank the AC without paying through the roof
As temperatures continue to inch closer to the 90-degree mark, the sweltering heat has many people praying for an end to summer and the cool, crisp relief that autumn brings. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures for Kandiyohi County are expected to remain in the...
August 10, 2010 - 12:00am
November 7, 2009
Demise of Big Stone II worries local utility
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities General Manager Bruce Gomm says he's disappointed and worried about the demise of the proposed Big Stone II power plant and transmission line project. "We were counting on that not only for Willmar's needs but for the whole region.
November 7, 2009 - 12:00am
Letter: Common sense has prevailed
This letter is in response to the West Central Tribune Oct. 27 article on the Big Stone II coal plant. I'd planned on running it into the ground again but -- it's dead! Finally level-headed and logical thinking have prevailed. Alternative energy has to be considered. Hopefully,...
opinion / letters
November 7, 2009 - 12:00am
December 5, 2008
Coalition sees a need for energy conservation and reliable sources
WILLMAR -- Phantom load -- power drawn by appliances such as TVs and DVD players when not in operation -- may be unnecessarily adding kilowatt-hours to your electric bill and increasing your carbon footprint. Electric consumers can reduce their phantom load and greenhouse gas emissions,...
December 5, 2008 - 12:00am
September 19, 2008
Turning one town's mess into another town's energy
MONTEVIDEO -- One town's mess is another town's clean electricity, thanks to Riverdale Environmental Services, Inc. The Granite Falls-based company is busy this week in Montevideo grinding barn-sized piles of trees downed by the July 31 windstorm into chips that it will haul to Benson. There,...
news / region
September 19, 2008 - 12:00am