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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
Cory Erickson of Raymond harvests one of his corn fields Sept. 14, 2012, in rural Kerkhoven. A recent University of Minnesota Extension paper found that the average return of $280.36 per acre of corn means a farmer needs to grow 428 acres to support a family of three persons. Tribune file photo by Ron Adams
So you want to be a farmer? Have 540 acres to farm, $120K to support family?
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Counties collaborate in effort to improve health care in rural Minnesota
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
The Kandiyohi Area Transit is a good example of collaboration between the city of Willmar and Kandiyohi County. The public transportation system provides rides city-wide and across the county. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Cities find varying ways to collaborate
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
In 2012, under financial pressure to reduce costs, Big Stone County Commissioners sought voter approval to make the auditor, treasurer and recorder jobs appointed rather than elected. Voters turned it down. Submitted photo
Changing economy drives counties to change how they do business
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
Downtown areas in west central Minnesota see changes in recent years
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Greater Minnesota could find its voice through collaboration
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Majority of counties have made changes in electing or appointing statutory officials
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
People with Parkinson’s disease participate Sept. 10, 2012, in a therapy class at Bethesda wellness center in Willmar. Last year Bethesda launched an initiative to become a regional magnet for people with Parkinson’s disease. Tribune photo by Gary Miller
An aging population
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
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
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