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Western Minn. cattlemen to serve on state association
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Wild hold off Leafs' surge
Peterson may remain out of commission if Vikings are out of contention
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Harlow D. Skindelien
Marlene M. Baumann
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
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Cartoon by Bruce Plante
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January 27, 2016
MnSCU feels financial pressure as enrollment drops
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s largest higher-education system is looking to make major changes as enrollment continues to fall and more institutions fail financial stress tests. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system saw enrollment fall by 1.9 percent last year, to 138,973....
January 27, 2016 - 11:41pm
January 25, 2016
Lawmakers consider putting transportation funding before voters
ST. PAUL — One thing all sides seem to agree on is Minnesota’s transportation system needs more funding. Sen. Scott Dibble, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Transportation Finance Committee, in June proposed a constitutional amendment asking voters if they want to take sales...
January 25, 2016 - 11:46pm
December 21, 2015
Groundbreaking sets Willmar poultry lab expansion, renovation in motion
WATSON — A project to restore Marsh Lake was part of the president’s budget and one of only four construction projects proposed as new starts...
December 21, 2015 - 11:30pm
December 1, 2015
Home, community caregivers seek more state money
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans who provide the elderly and disabled care in their homes and other community-based settings are leaving the profession...
December 1, 2015 - 10:09pm
October 21, 2015
MnSCU officials say $12.7M shortfall is no cause for alarm
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has revealed an unanticipated $12.7 million hit to its finances as enrollment continues to slip and contract talks prove costlier than expected. MnSCU had planned for a 1.8 percent drop in enrollment this fall, but...
October 21, 2015 - 9:20pm
July 30, 2015
Infrastructure avoids troubles with Congress extending Highway Trust Fund
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Nick West was concerned about what might happen to Grand Forks County roads if the Highway Trust Fund had not been extended. Though...
July 30, 2015 - 11:34pm
June 16, 2015
State money heads to bird flu victims
BIRD FLU UPDATE: • The latest case of bird flu was reported June 5 • More than 9 million Minnesota turkeys and chickens have died due to the flu this year • More than 47 million turkeys and chickens have died in the United States this year • 220 farms have been affected...
June 16, 2015 - 11:33pm
May 20, 2015
Advocates push lawmakers to reach compromise on transportation funding plan
WILLMAR –– Duct tape is good for a quick fix for many things but not for roads. “Unfortunately the Legislature has left us nothing but...
May 20, 2015 - 11:47pm
May 6, 2015
Local officials urge legislators to move on transportation
WILLMAR — Harlan Madsen had hopes of salvaging the timbers when a bridge on Kandiyohi County Road 4 north of Lake Lillian and adjacent to his...
May 6, 2015 - 12:00pm
April 15, 2015
Dayton considers turkey aid
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said no one knows how much it will cost to respond to a flu that has killed 1.5 million Minnesota turkeys. He said Wednesday that he would consider working with lawmakers to change state law to allow disaster funds that often flow to flood...
April 15, 2015 - 11:14pm
April 8, 2015
Local group travels to Washington to promote Willmar railroad bypass
WILLMAR –– During two intense days of meetings last week in Washington, a team of three local officials made the pitch for federal funding for a railroad bypass in Willmar. A $15 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is being sought as part of a $50...
April 8, 2015 - 11:32pm
March 27, 2015
Here’s help for cash-strapped governments — if it passes
ST. PAUL -- Two environmental funds approved by Minnesota voters could be tapped to pay for schools, roads and other local needs under a plan working its way through the Legislature. Pushing a plan that even some supporters acknowledge is constitutionally tenuous, a bipartisan...
March 27, 2015 - 9:00am
March 4, 2015
Nursing homes want backup funding in lieu of reform
ST. PAUL — A steady stream of nursing home executives from across the state pleaded with a Minnesota House committee Wednesday for higher reimbursement rates in order to stay in business, even as an overall solution also is on the table. Wednesday’s testifiers, who argued in...
March 4, 2015 - 11:38pm
July 18, 2014
Legacy’s funding buffet: 2008 amendment offers a variety of outdoors, arts funds
ST. PAUL — The moose population in northern Minnesota’s forests is dwindling, but a tax that voters raised in 2008 could help save the giants. “All...
July 18, 2014 - 11:10pm
January 24, 2013
Willmar, Minn., Area Food Shelf receives milk fundraiser matching cash donation
WILLMAR — The Willmar Area Food Shelf has received a matching donation to the month-long $14,000 fundraising drive to buy milk for needy clients after state milk funding ran out more than two months ago. All donations made to the food shelf between now and Feb. 1 to support the...
January 24, 2013 - 11:17pm