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'I knew it was him': Minnesotan was first responder on scene of crash that killed teen son
Willmar Police ask for public's help identifying theft suspects
Two arrested with 117 grams of meth, $1,700 during Minn. traffic stop
Feds find MNsure tech vulnerabilities, but state says they are fixed
Independent study film focuses on immigrant students
Wild stay unbeaten at home, trip up Maple Leafs
Section 5A could be dogfight as postseason looms
WCT daily schedule
Ridgewater takes two on Crossover's first day
Willmar riding win streak into postseason
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
Rolling Stones to release new album in December
Lady Gaga to perfom Super Bowl halftime show
Meander weekend features celebration of art, community
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Live it! Q&A: Taking a holistic approach to medicine
The prairie chicken is featured on Northland Outdoors TV
Fast food influence kids' soda and calorie choices
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Alveda B. Myhre
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Arnold "Arnie" Muench
Fran Hussong letter: Ahmann is part of the problem
Gene Schneider letter: Asmus is clear choice in Ward 2
Marlys Schafer letter: Don't vote for self-interest groups
Kent Syverson letter: Keep the 19th Amendment
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
January 25, 2016
Fellowship's Willmar homes for men licensed, operated with strict rules
WILLMAR — Overcomers International Fellowship operates three homes in Willmar. The Willmar homes are licensed with Kandiyohi County and the...
January 25, 2016 - 12:05am
Fellowship's Willmar homes offer safe, sober place for men trying to rebuild their lives
WILLMAR — Over the past 20 years, the Rev. Michael Laidlaw and Overcomers International Fellowship have housed over 6,500 homeless men, many...
January 25, 2016 - 12:00am
October 17, 2015
Letter: Why not do more for the homeless?
I’m again impressed with the wealth of some people in the Willmar area. I read of the couple offering a half million dollars for the Rice Rehab Center. Will I soon be reading of the wealthy people of Willmar area pledging, say, even half this amount for construction of housing...
October 17, 2015 - 1:00am
July 11, 2015
Video: Helping the homeless
Concert-goers listen to The Eagle Lake Gospel Quartet Friday evening, the first of five musical groups to perform in downtown Willmar during...
July 11, 2015 - 12:00am
July 1, 2015
Concert, sleep-out to raise awareness, funds for homeless programs
WILLMAR — Mike Botzek of Willmar has never slept in his car or in a cardboard box because of homelessness. But he’s been collecting dozens...
July 1, 2015 - 11:39pm
Sleep-out registration deadline is Friday
WILLMAR — Registration for participation in the Family Promise of Kandiyohi County and Heartland Community Action Agency Safe Harbor Program sleep-out must be submitted by Friday. Registration can be made online at heartland caa.org. Registration and a $10 suggested donation...
July 1, 2015 - 11:39pm
May 26, 2015
Cartoon by Chris Britt
May 26, 2015 - 5:30am
April 14, 2015
Some foster kids were homeless
ST. PAUL — New research shows that 20 percent of one-time foster children have been homeless. “The fact that one in five foster youth have experienced homelessness is a stark reminder to all of us involved in the child welfare system that we have a lot of work to do,” said...
April 14, 2015 - 9:00am
May 5, 2014
Housing tour designed to reveal need: Senate’s $80M allocation a step toward adequate housing: Otteson
WILLMAR –– A bus tour of affordable housing units scheduled for Friday afternoon in Willmar will give a local Vision 2040 committee a look...
May 5, 2014 - 11:13pm
April 19, 2014
Letter: A need to help homeless
I see it most every week as they come to church for help. A church is a good place to go, and a pastor the logical person. But their situation is not good or logical. It may be a family with children needing gas money to get back home, food to make it to the next paycheck or a meal...
April 19, 2014 - 5:00am
February 17, 2014
Coalition fighting homelessness seeks $100M in bonding money for affordable housing
WILLMAR –– A statewide homeless coalition with roots in west central Minnesota wants the Legislature to approve $100 million in bonds this...
February 17, 2014 - 5:00am
March 7, 2013
Coalition wants more funds for effort to aid homeless in Minnesota
ST. PAUL — Jen Peterson and her three young children left their home with no place to go when it got to be unsafe. “My kids and I became homeless fleeing a marriage that had become dangerous,” the Cottage Grove City Council member said Thursday. That was more than two decades...
March 7, 2013 - 11:21pm
February 18, 2013
Newly formed organization seeks to aid homeless families in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR — An organization representing churches, residents and social service agencies is asking churches in Willmar and Kandiyohi County to...
February 18, 2013 - 5:25am
November 2, 2011
Letter: A lesson in giving more
I find it highly ironic that the Occupy Wall Street protesters' volunteer kitchen crew is currently on strike because "professional homeless people" have crashed the party to get the free lunches. I thought the whole point of the protests was that those who have more should be forced...
November 2, 2011 - 12:00am
October 28, 2011
Deadline is Thursday to apply to United Way of West Central Minn. for food, shelter funding
WILLMAR -- United Way of West Central Minnesota reminds agencies who serve the hungry and homeless that the application deadline for supplemental funding is Thursday. The local United Way has received $4,835 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program...
October 28, 2011 - 4:46pm