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Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal
Bill O'Reilly to Return With Podcast on Monday
North Korea says ready to strike U.S. aircraft carrier
Prep Baseball & Softball: Card baseball team falls to Big Lake
Local Roundup: CCS' Reid edges Cards' Hauser
Ibarra scores in Minnesota's win over Colorado
Hicks' five RBIs help power Tigers past Twins
Chappell birdies final hole to take Texas Open
Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in his car
Adam Sandler to make rare appearance in Minnesota
Carrie Fisher won't appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Hollywood's Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner file for divorce
MTV to revive reality series 'Fear Factor'
Focus 2017: Spotlight on Public Service
'Kitchen Witches': Comedy opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar chain of lakes focus of Wednesday's public meeting
Earth Day 2017 celebrated April 22 in west central Minnesota
'Camper Cabins' guide to great outdoors
Iris M. Hanson-Cain
Jackalee 'Jackie' Peterson
Dennis R. Erdman
Marvin I. Braegelman
Swift: Taxes must be particularly taxing
Fielding Questions: How to grow peas on a patio
Picking apples: How to decide which variety to plant
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Cartoonist Opinions published April 22
Jen Wetterling- Martin Bridal Shower
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
June 8, 2015
Willmar Utilities Commission OKs solar and wind payment rate
WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission has set a rate that will be paid to customers who generate more electricity from their solar and wind facilities than they buy from the city-owned utility. The commission on Monday approved paying an average retail utility energy...
June 8, 2015 - 11:20pm
May 31, 2015
Xcel Energy to check lines via helicopter inspection
MINNEAPOLIS — Xcel Energy will be inspecting its transmission lines via helicopter starting Monday. The examination of lines in Minnesota and in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota is an effort to ensure safety and reliability for Xcel’s customers, Xcel said in a news release. Crews...
May 31, 2015 - 11:51pm
May 29, 2015
Multi-site solar plan gets Minnesota PUC approval
ST. PAUL — State regulators approved Minnesota’s first industrial-scale solar energy project Thursday, a mammoth 21-site setup that will dot the Twin Cities exurbs and beyond with acres of solar panels.
May 29, 2015 - 11:25pm
April 7, 2015
Letter: A worthwhile energy lobby
With Earth Day approaching, I am writing to support an organization called the Citizens Climate Lobby. I learned of CCL in a Feb. 12 West Central Tribune story, and after further reading I've donated to and joined this group. CCL hopes to encourage energy conservation and a transition...
April 7, 2015 - 4:03am