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Contract awarded for Peach Creek diversion
Veteran’s issues topic for town hall meeting Tuesday in Willmar
Watkins man charged with beating woman with baseball bat
Citizens’ group asks Benson Schools to reconsider decision to close pool
City takes over fuel sales at Willmar Airport
NWL Baseball: Bucks score four in 10th to best Stingers
Heat was on for Foot Lake 4
WNBA: Sparks put emphatic end to Lynx’ record win streak
Area Baseball: SH/M Legion splits two games at tourney
MLB: Yankees hand Twins 50th loss
Chippewa County Fair featuring two big bands in one night
Pioneer Public TV announces local PBS Kids Writers contest winners
Willmar woman to audition for 'The Voice'
Netflix price hikes could lead to customers bailing
Review: Hats off to 'Mary Poppins'
Here are the Willmar Fests Ambassador nominees
Willmar Fests Grande Day Parade
KMS Marching Saints: honoring "The Greatest Generation"
Cardettes final tune-up for Fests parade
Willmar Fests Kiddie Parade marches on
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
Perry H. Smith
Larry D. Ellingson
Lois (Rheingans) Aasland
Edgar B. Zimmerman
Orrian W. Syverson
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Midwest Opinion: Great Lakes diversion deal is a good outcome
Commentary: The risk factor of Donald Trump
Commentary: Trump's pivot to Damascus
Cartoon by Marshall Ramsey
Global markets dive, Prime Minister David Cameron to resign after British vote to leave EU
December 22, 2012
Avoid roof collapses from snow on ag buildings
ST. PAUL — It looks like 2012-13 could be a year for the Midwest to get hit by heavy snow and ice storms, which can leave large amounts of snow and ice on roofs of agricultural buildings. The recent large snowfall left over a foot of snow and ice on roofs in central Minnesota, but...
December 22, 2012 - 9:00am
October 27, 2012
Kandiyohi County, Minn., Extension programs relocate
The University of Minnesota Extension programs in Kandiyohi County have a new home. Agriculture education, 4-H, Parents Forever classes, Master Gardeners and Community Nutrition Education are no longer in the county's downtown Willmar office building. They moved this week to the...
News / local
October 27, 2012 - 12:00am
August 11, 2012
Kandiyohi County 4-H program director announces departure
WILLMAR -- Like she has for the last 10 years, Jodi Bakke has spent nearly every waking minute of fair week at the Kandiyohi County Fair. She...
News / local
August 11, 2012 - 12:00am
May 26, 2012
Understanding direct payments as part of farmers' income
ST. PAUL -- Direct payments to farmers under the current farm bill have been a small, but stable and important part of farmers' income. These direct payments are cut in the draft farm bill from the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. Senate. In the last few years, those direct payments...
May 26, 2012 - 12:00am
May 12, 2012
Extension looks at how various input costs impact profit differently
ST. PAUL -- University of Minnesota Extension economists and educators have been researching the question of which costs have the largest impact on farm profits. A significant difference in profitability exists among farmers. A few categories of production costs, also known as inputs,...
May 12, 2012 - 12:00am
March 31, 2012
Planting date considerations for corn in Minnesota
ST. PAUL -- For many growers, this unusually early spring may offer the earliest opportunity of all time for corn planting. This makes it especially important to weigh the risks and benefits of early planting: 1) Crop insurance: For farmers with federal crop insurance, planting before...
March 31, 2012 - 12:00am
December 3, 2011
U of M research helps growers narrow yield gap for corn
ST. PAUL -- With high production costs for corn, growers must focus their management on factors that have the greatest potential to increase yield. Prerequisites for high-yield corn include favorable weather and adequate levels of drainage, soil fertility and pest management. Recent...
December 3, 2011 - 12:00am
November 5, 2011
Take control of weeds resistant to herbicide
ST. PAUL -- I saw many corn and soybean fields with prominent patches of giant or common ragweed, common waterhemp or volunteer corn during my travels in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa this fall. These weed patches were likely the product of glyphosate herbicide overuse. This fall...
November 5, 2011 - 12:00am
October 8, 2011
Increase seen in Goss' wilt corn disease this season in Minnesota
ST. PAUL -- Corn producers in Minnesota have historically had few widespread and significant problems with leaf diseases, in contrast to most major Midwestern corn-producing states. A leaf and stalk disease on corn called Goss' leaf blight and wilt -- or just Goss' wilt -- has been...
October 8, 2011 - 12:00am
Use caution, beware of surface foam while pumping barn manure pits
ST. PAUL -- Pork producers, commercial pumpers and others need to watch for a layer of foam on the surface when pumping barn manure pits.
October 8, 2011 - 12:00am
September 24, 2011
Consider benefits of tourism 'on the farm'
ST. PAUL -- This fall, farmers will be diligently harvesting their crops: corn, soybeans, sugar beets and ... tourists. Tourists? Yes.
September 24, 2011 - 12:00am
Discover feeding, carcass value of your herd's genetics through Minnesota Carcass Merit Program
ST. PAUL -- Discovering how genetic selection and breeding impact performance and carcass traits is a critical step in preparing for today's value-based beef market. The Minnesota Carcass Merit Program provides cattle producers an opportunity to observe, understand, and, if necessary,...
September 24, 2011 - 12:00am
September 10, 2011
Farm to School programs teach kids to enjoy local foods
ST. PAUL -- Some of my earliest childhood memories stem from food grown in my family's garden. As a kid, I loved snacking from the raspberry bushes and the burst of sun-kissed tomatoes in my mouth. Minnesota farmers experience some of my fondest memories every day. Minnesota farmers...
September 10, 2011 - 12:00am
August 20, 2011
Warm temperatures moved corn crop along but also caused stress
August 20, 2011 - 12:00am
August 6, 2011
Time to monitor soybean aphids in soybeans in southwestern Minn.
HUTCHINSON -- There are soybean aphids in southwestern Minnesota and populations are rapidly increasing in a number of area fields. Scouting...
August 6, 2011 - 12:00am