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Clinton tabs Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate
Rural Maynard family escapes burning home
Tim Huber's attorney argues lack of probable cause in seeking dismissal of murder indictment
Confusion on procedure takes new Willmar position off council table
Relay for Life Kandiyohi County
Richards lifts Glenwood past BOLD and into state tournament
KRA revs up after weather delays
Roundup: VFW I heads into playoffs on hot streak
Sano breaks slump, leads Twins to victory
Stingers' rally fall short in loss to La Crosse
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
'My Ocean': On the Ordway Prairie in west central Minnesota
Frye -- Birkland
Dahl -- Schow
Lippert -- Marcus
How has the past affected today's outdoors heritage?
Doty — St. Aubin
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
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Robert J. Swanberg
Evelyn "Evie" M. Mulder
Carol Ann Ringler
Ardis E. Smith
Myrtle M. Knutson
May 13, 2016
Six states along rejected Keystone pipeline file briefs in support of lawsuit
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Montana and five other states say President Barack Obama overstepped his power by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, whose developers are now suing four presidential cabinet members. The states along the pipeline’s route filed a friend-of-the-court brief this...
May 13, 2016 - 5:30am
April 19, 2016
New energy park to be constructed in Shakopee
SHAKOPEE — The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has begun construction on a new 46-megawatt distributed generation power facility near Canterbury Park in Shakopee. The natural gas-fueled facility will add electric generation capacity to the 12 communities and utilities, including...
April 19, 2016 - 8:13am
April 2, 2016
State to railroads: Time to focus on safety standards
ST. PAUL — Warning bells figuratively clanged Friday when a Minnesota state Senate committee held its first hearing on new legislation to force...
April 2, 2016 - 10:51am
February 16, 2016
Dayton joins 17 governors in backing clean power
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was one of 17 governors across the U.S. Tuesday who pledged their support for an energy future that curbs greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The governors vowed to move their states forward toward reducing fossil fuels, such as coal and...
February 16, 2016 - 10:52pm
February 9, 2016
Montevideo declines to sell 20 acres to Geronimo Energy
MONTEVIDEO — City Council members in Montevideo objected to the location for a solar farm proposed by Geronimo Energy, of Edina, due to its...
February 9, 2016 - 10:54pm
Letter: Unlock the potential of clean energy
Unlock the potential of clean energy It’s very exciting to see utility leaders in our community continuing to warm to the idea of wind and solar energy. Willmar has been a pioneer in clean sources of energy since the bold windmill project in 2008. While these turbines have had their...
February 9, 2016 - 3:00am
January 26, 2016
Willmar Municipal Utilities reports 99.986 percent reliability for 2015
WILLMAR — When a Willmar resident flipped a light switch in 2015, 99.986 percent of the time the lights came on, according to the 2015 Annual Reliability Performance report presented at Monday’s Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission meeting. The WMU’s goal is to be reliable...
January 26, 2016 - 11:06pm
December 18, 2015
Committee discusses options for developing renewable energy in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR — Garbage in the Kandiyohi County landfill and sewage in the Willmar wastewater treatment plant are being eyed as potential sources of energy to create renewable natural gas that could fuel local homes and businesses. The list of fuels could also include leftovers from...
December 18, 2015 - 12:08am
September 9, 2015
Lawsuit challenges Enbridge pipelines
MINNEAPOLIS — A lawsuit filed by environmentalist groups against the federal government is expected to have broad implications on several oil pipeline development projects in North Dakota and Minnesota. Oral arguments will be heard by federal judge Michael Davis in Minneapolis...
September 9, 2015 - 10:30pm
September 3, 2015
Legislation reduces chance for home-owned solar
In the Aug. 10 Tribune, Rep. Dave Baker said one of the accomplishments of the Legislature was a change in the net metering law. I would question Baker’s accomplishments claim. First, it was in the special session that the change was made, because the Legislature couldn’t get...
September 3, 2015 - 4:58am
August 26, 2015
Enbridge seeks huge payback on taxes
PARK RAPIDS — Oil pipeline company Enbridge Inc. has filed a petition with the Minnesota Tax Court in an attempt to reduce their Hubbard County property taxes by $336,892 for the past three years. Polk and Clearwater counties face similar tax court decisions. The Calgary, Alberta-based...
August 26, 2015 - 11:16pm
July 27, 2015
Utilities Commission favors continued local electric generation
WILLMAR — Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission members held their 2015 strategic planning session July 22 and agreed they favored the continued use of local electrical generation. Consensus in favor of local generation was reached after the commission and utility staff reviewed...
July 27, 2015 - 11:25pm
June 26, 2015
Utilities resolves wind turbine lift problem
WILLMAR — Willmar Municipal Utilities staff were able to troubleshoot and restore the two-person service lift inside the south wind turbine Wednesday, said Jon Folkedahl, utility power production supervisor. Folkedahl said power plant maintenance personnel Matt Krupa and Aaron...
June 26, 2015 - 9:11pm
June 23, 2015
Wind turbines on track to hit output goal
WILLMAR — Willmar Municipal Utilities’ two wind turbines are on track for the second time during the past five and half years to hit the...
June 23, 2015 - 11:19pm
June 9, 2015
City of Willmar to consider solar and wind payment rate
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council will be asked to conduct a public hearing next month on a proposed rate that Willmar Municipal Utilities would pay to electric customers who generate excess electricity from solar and wind facilities. The Finance Committee will recommend the council...
June 9, 2015 - 11:14pm