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Audit: Minn. welfare programs have lax eligibility checks
It's back: Minnesota Senate has plan to revive Real ID
Planned Parenthood sees brief reprieve after healthcare bill yanked
State Fair doughnut fry leads to political fray
Capitol Chatter: A legislative budget primer
CMCS rebounds to play for consolation crown
State Basketball: CMCS rebounds in consolation bracket
New England keeper Cropper has Minnesota roots
Gophers riding turnaround into NCAA Tournament
Relief prospect Chargois optioned to Triple-A
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
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Derald F. Rolfsmeier
Loren E. Meyer
Ruth O. Jones
Hoops on Hops: Delve into the wide range of beer books
Port: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls criticism over #NoDAPL protests response “inaccurate and offensive”
American wines are gaining in popularity
Lost Italian: It all starts with Pasta Aglio e Olio
Swift: The new 'Maximum Overdrive': Could our appliances be too smart?
Dave & Vivian Swanson
November 24, 2015
Gas prices dip ahead of holiday travel
WILLMAR — Travelers will find welcome relief at the gas pumps as prices have been dropping over the past week just in time for the Thanksgiving...
November 24, 2015 - 10:05pm
June 9, 2014
Gas prices in Minn. stable so far headed into summer
WILLMAR — Minnesota gas prices have been relatively stable so far heading into summer. In Minnesota gas prices dropped 1 cent in the past week, leaving average pump prices at $3.51 per gallon which is 12 cents lower than the national average of $3.63 per gallon, according to the...
June 9, 2014 - 10:58pm
February 27, 2014
Minn. Senate panel OKs propane aid
ST. PAUL -- The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a House-passed bill to provide $20 million to help Minnesotans afford heat. However, the committee made two amendments, so if the Senate passes it early next week it must make another stop at the...
February 27, 2014 - 11:30am
February 25, 2014
Propane aid begins Minn. legislative session
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators opened their 2014 session today battling the polar vortex.
February 25, 2014 - 11:34am
January 27, 2014
Xcel Energy says natural gas shortage could ease by tonight
FARGO, N.D. — Xcel Energy expects the shortage of natural gas cause caused by a pipeline explosion to ease as early as tonight. The picture should clarify by this afternoon, but as of Sunday night Xcel expected the shortage to ease by tonight, when one of three affected pipelines...
January 27, 2014 - 1:00am
November 2, 2013
Propane supplies tight as harvest-related demand grows
MURDOCK — Transport trucks are traveling as far as Kansas and Nebraska and waiting as long as 10 to 15 hours at terminals to fetch propane needed to dry corn being harvested in west central Minnesota this year. Propane distributors in the region are struggling to keep pace with...
November 2, 2013 - 3:46am
October 30, 2013
First E15 station opens in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS -- A new Minneapolis gasoline station offers the state’s first chance to buy fuel with 15 percent corn-based ethanol. The federal government has allowed the use of such fuels in model year 2001 and newer vehicles. Pumps at Penn Minnoco, 6001 Penn Ave S., also...
October 30, 2013 - 4:33pm
June 24, 2013
Boost for cars or bust? Ethanol debate heats up
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that's cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles?
June 24, 2013 - 8:00am
March 26, 2013
Oil rises on auspicious U.S. economic data
NEW YORK (AP) -- The price of oil climbed above $96 a barrel Tuesday after fresh U.S. economic data suggested the world's largest economy keeps recovering. Benchmark crude for May delivery gained $1.53 to finish at a five-week high of $96.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange....
March 26, 2013 - 4:39pm
March 11, 2013
Oil price down on Fed policy concerns
The price of oil fell slightly Monday after strong jobs growth in the U.S. sparked speculation of an earlier end to the Federal Reserve's loose monetary policy. By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press The price of oil fell slightly Monday after strong jobs growth in the U.S. sparked speculation...
March 11, 2013 - 8:14am
February 25, 2013
Pump prices level off after big surge; oil steady
Pump prices leveled off over the weekend, breaking a monthlong string of daily increases that boosted the cost of driving. On Monday the national average for gas stood at $3.777 a gallon, down a fractional from $3.781 on Friday, according to AAA, the Oil Price Information Service,...
February 25, 2013 - 3:10pm
November 3, 2011
Fuel shortages a big problem in the Dakotas
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Industry officials say fuel shortages that often occur during the busy fall harvest season in the Dakotas are a big problem this year. South Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association Director Dawna Leitzke tells the Argus Leader that it's "a supply nightmare."...
November 3, 2011 - 10:30am
March 19, 2011
Letter: In defense of ethanol
In response to Norm Baker's "research" of E85 (Public Forum, March 14): Anyone can write and post anything on the web, which I suspect you did your "research" on. There are two videos you need to watch. One is www.youtube.com/watch?v1j-35_jpdVw; the other is www.youtube.com/watch?veBRbJkt2G3I....
March 19, 2011 - 12:00am
Letter: The end of cheap oil
We are indeed in an energy crisis, Michael Loos, but not quite as you describe in your March 12 letter. It's not about the amount of fossil fuels we have; it is about the costs of extracting, refining and using them. It's not about coal and natural gas, because we do have abundant...
March 19, 2011 - 12:00am
January 12, 2011
Letter: The future of electric cars
Obviously, the government will find a way to tax the electric car. This should be no surprise to anyone. If we want to drive on highways, we are going to have to pay for them. As to the rest of the letter by Norm Baker (Jan. 8 Public Forum), I have to take exception. Fifteen days...
January 12, 2011 - 12:00am