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April 5, 2013
Focus 2013: Rising to the Challenge
April 5, 2013 - 6:00am
April 4, 2013
Focus 2013: Rising to the Challenge
April 4, 2013 - 9:27am
April 3, 2013
Mary Catherwood of Willmar, right, looks over the fresh produce being sold by Larry Larson of Willmar June 14, 2012, during the Becker Market. The market is held Thursday afternoons throughout the summer  and into the fall on Becker Avenue in downtown Willmar. Tribune file photo by Ron Adams
Willmar’s downtown: A vibrant downtown, with busy, growing businesses
April 3, 2013 - 3:13pm
The New Normal: Calling on local governments to innovate
April 3, 2013 - 11:00am
John Larson has returned to his rural roots, and rents space in the Milan Community Building for his studio. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
A great place to create: A young artist returns to his roots
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Jeff Muhl operates one of the water jets that cleanly cuts metals, plastics, rubber and rock to produce component parts for several different industries. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
Manufacturing is big economic player in region due to the entrepreneurial spirit
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
The venture into the local foods economy has allowed two generations to work together on the family farm north of Clara City. Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPol are shown with their son Josh, daughter-in-law Cindy and their children, Jake, Andrew and Kirsten. Photo courtesy of HMD Photography of Belgrade
Pastures A Plenty: Building a local foods economy by pioneering the path to the world
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Latest statistics show job recovery in areas of west central Minnesota
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Ag economics in west central Minnesota
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Meghan Weiss, from left, Ava Brogren, Shaleya Morales, Brooklyn Mueske and Alisae Ramirez take turns reading their lines in a short play in their third-grade classroom at Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Willmar benefits and faces challenges with its minority students
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Ann Thompson opened Billy Maple Tree’s to feature the works of artists in the region nearly eight years ago. She knew the area was home to many talented artists, and was confident that Milan’s growing identity as a community supporting the arts would help draw customers. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
Arts Economy creating a future in Upper Minnesota River Valley
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Downtown areas in west central Minnesota see changes in recent years
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Mike Bates, owner of Mike’s Guns & Sporting Goods in downtown Benson, has found his niche among the area’s large hunting community. He says business has been steadily increasing every year. Tribune photo by Ashley White
Benson: Small downtown area boasts family values, tradition
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Deeann’s Country Village Shoppe is located in downtown Litchfield. A newly formed group, the Litchfield Downtown Restoration Commission, is working to improve areas of Litchfield’s downtown to keep it a vibrant part of the community. In the last year, five new businesses have opened in downtown Litchfield. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Litchfield: High-visibility Main Street has potential to be ‘unforgettable’
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
The low cost of social media is a big reason why Erin Daniels uses it to promote the Glacial Ridge Winery in Spicer. As the marketing and events manager, Daniels runs the winery’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Area businesses embrace benefits, challenges of social media
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am