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Rising above the fire
In Trump/Clinton face-off on Monday, winning over women will be key
Records summary for Sept. 24
Report: Loaded gun found in N.C. had fingerprints matching victim
Police search for gunman who killed 5 at mall in Washington state
NLS turns back Crusaders
Prep Football: Minneota edges 'Jacks in OT
Roundup: Ridgewater recovers from deficit to head off national champs
Second-half stumbles derail Willmar
WCT Sports Show: Willmar and Morris volleyball play crucial matches; Willmar girls cross country rolls
Brad Pitt expresses sadness over divorce filing
Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt
Ticket prices for Prince tribute concert start at $19.99
Mikko Cowdery, QuadraFeelyAxs performing this weekend in Willmar
19th annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival to be held this weekend
Simplified French onion soup recipe perfect for home cooks
Likely world record elk shot by Montana archer
As baby leaves go gender-neutral, dads get time off
Choosing stronger sunscreen would reduce women's melanoma risk
Organic oats make these Monster Cookies scary good
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
Don E. Miller
Jozy Lyn Saterbak
Pauline M. Chambers
Thomas: Just more terror, more denials
Harrop: Could Britain Become the Fourth Amigo?
Deepen Charleston's port, and the big ships will come
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Commentary: Table is set for special session
September 7, 2016
U.S. job openings at record high, skills mismatch emerging
WASHINGTON—U.S. job openings surged to a record high in July, but a lag in hiring suggested employers were struggling to find qualified...
September 7, 2016 - 7:50pm
July 24, 2016
Fewer applicants this time as Willmar PD seeks to fill officer position
WILLMAR—As a new school year inches closer, the Willmar Police Department is grappling with an officer shortage, eager to fill an open...
July 24, 2016 - 10:39pm
July 5, 2016
New city of Willmar position would focus on permits, stormwater compliance
WILLMAR—When the Willmar City Council decided to abolish the city's assessing department in favor of a merged department with Kandiyohi County, the city wanted to make sure it also took care of its employees in that department. While all three were offered jobs with the county,...
July 5, 2016 - 12:15am
June 21, 2016
Feds allege Jennie-O discriminated against women at Willmar site
WILLMAR — Jennie-O Turkey Store will hire 53 women and pay nearly a half-million dollars in back wages to 339 female job applicants who were denied entry-level jobs at its Willmar turkey-processing facility. The action settles a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit alleging Jennie-O...
June 21, 2016 - 5:50pm
May 22, 2016
Comparable worth study gets underway for Kandiyohi County’s employees
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County recently completed the first phase in an in-depth comparable worth study of employee job classifications and is moving to the next step. County staff gave a progress report Tuesday to the County Board of Commissioners. It’s one of many updates the board...
May 22, 2016 - 11:32pm
April 5, 2016
WCI adds Runke as employment specialist
WILLMAR — WCI has added Dave Runke to its team. WCI until recently was known as West Central Industries. Runke has accepted a position as employment specialist. He will help clients in planning, administering and delivering vocational employment services. He will also be building...
April 5, 2016 - 5:33am
February 22, 2016
Gigantic Amazon shipment center and 1,000 jobs come to Minnesota
SHAKOPEE - Amazon.com on Friday showed off the interior of its gigantic Shakopee fulfillment facility that later this year will teem with “hundreds...
February 22, 2016 - 8:45am
September 16, 2015
58 firms look for workers
Joe Barbknecht, left, a Ridgewater College Farm Operations Management student from Waseca, and Joe Rigotti, a welding student from Rochester,...
September 16, 2015 - 11:30pm
September 15, 2015
Willmar-area labor shortage means jobs are plentiful
WILLMAR — Area businesses, facing a critical labor shortage, are scrambling for workers as evidenced by the number of “help wanted’’...
September 15, 2015 - 12:00am
July 29, 2015
United Taconite to idle, 420 jobs impacted
EVELETH — Cliffs Natural Resources on Wednesday said it will idle its United Taconite operation on the Iron Range, forcing 420 layoffs as the storm pummeling the U.S. domestic steel and iron ore industries continues to rage. The company said it has a glut of taconite iron ore pellets...
July 29, 2015 - 11:10pm
June 4, 2015
DEED awards $40K grant to Ridgewater for Custom Roto Mold training
WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a $40,000 grant to Ridgewater College to train more than 60 employees of Custom Roto Mold in Benson. The grant was awarded under the agency’s Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program. The program...
June 4, 2015 - 7:04pm
June 3, 2015
Consultant: Good jobs await in manufacturing
WILLMAR — The head of an organization that helps small and medium-size manufacturers compete and grow profitably says there are some really good careers waiting for young people in manufacturing. “I think a lot of parents have this understanding of what manufacturing was a generation...
June 3, 2015 - 11:40pm
June 2, 2015
Area job opportunities increase
MONTEVIDEO — Last winter Julie Redepenning offered to give a presentation on labor market conditions to teachers in the Upper Minnesota River...
June 2, 2015 - 12:02am
April 17, 2015
Minnesota adds 7,800 jobs in March
ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers added 7,800 jobs last month, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Education and health care led all sectors with 5,800 new jobs, while trade, transportation and utilities (1,800...
April 17, 2015 - 8:00am
April 16, 2015
Mayo Clinic hiring means nursing shortage for other facilities
For 30 years, Bobbi Jo Funke has worked some form of nursing job. From working as a nurse aid in high school to her current job as a licensed...
April 16, 2015 - 6:00am