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August 29, 2016
Traffic deaths rise 7.2% in 2015; almost half involved no seat belt use
WASHINGTON—Last year 35,092 people died in traffic crashes in the United States, a 7.2 percent year-on-year increase that runs counter to a...
August 29, 2016 - 4:12pm
July 28, 2016
Coffee drinkers beware, your morning java is about to cost a lot more
NEW YORK -- Your morning cup of Joe may be about to get even pricier, a Reuters poll of 11 traders and analysts showed on Thursday. By the end...
July 28, 2016 - 3:25pm
January 29, 2016
Willmar City Council increases some employees’ wages
WILLMAR — At the Jan. 19 meeting, the Willmar City Council approved wage increases for department directors and confidential employees. City Administrator Larry Kruse, in a later interview with the West Central Tribune, said the last time wages were looked at was 2009. “They really...
January 29, 2016 - 11:23pm
February 10, 2015
Committee recommends March 2 public hearing on utility rate increases
WILLMAR — The Finance Committee will recommend the City Council set March 2 as the date for a public hearing on proposed electric and water rate increases. Committee members voted Monday afternoon to recommend the council set the hearing date after they received a report from Willmar...
February 10, 2015 - 11:55pm
January 26, 2015
Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission sets public hearing on proposed increases
WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission voted Monday to conduct a public hearing Feb. 9 on a proposed overall average electric increase of 4.5 percent and overall average water increase of 20 percent for 2015. If a schedule of meetings and hearings takes place as proposed,...
January 26, 2015 - 11:40pm
May 13, 2013
Minnesota gas prices soar over national average
WILLMAR -- Average retail gasoline prices rose 15.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.83 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. Nationally, gasoline prices increased 6.2 cents per gallon in the last week, to average...
May 13, 2013 - 4:37pm
May 11, 2013
Minn. Senate approves gas tax increase
n a sudden shift Friday, the Minnesota Senate revived the possibility of raising the gas tax for roadwork and a metropolitan area sales tax for mass transit projects by making over what had been a stand-pat transportation finance plan. The revision came in a surprise amendment...
May 11, 2013 - 6:51am
April 26, 2012
Inside Scoop blog: It's time to rally for increase in fishing and hunting license fees
April 26, 2012 - 8:32am
November 23, 2010
Utility looks at multi-step cost hike for water rates
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission is recommending a water rate increase of 9 to 10 percent per year in 2011 and 2012 to address a variety of needs in the Water Department. The commission voted Monday to approve the increase and to hold a hearing at the Dec. 13...
November 23, 2010 - 12:00am
September 16, 2010
NLS reports greater enrollment increase than expected
NEW LONDON -- Student enrollment in the New London-Spicer School District is higher than expected. Enrollment Sept. 9, which was the first day of school, was 1,485 students, according to information provided by Superintendent Paul Carlson. The district counted 1,457 students at the...
September 16, 2010 - 12:00am
July 29, 2010
American Opinion: On the postal rate increase proposal
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States: From The Associated Press On the postal rate increase proposal: A postal price increase is a bad idea at a bad time for newspapers, subscribers and the entire mailing industry. The National Newspaper Association...
July 29, 2010 - 12:00am
November 4, 2009
Benson City Council OKs utility rate increases to go into effect in Jan.
BENSON -- The Benson City Council approved increases in the city's utility rates at the regular meeting Monday. The rate increases take effect on Jan. 1, according to city manager Rob Wolfington, and include water, sewer, electric, garbage and taxes. An average residential user of...
November 4, 2009 - 12:00am
May 26, 2009
Arts look forward to more money
ST. PAUL -- State and local arts initiatives will soon get a big funding boost. Art, history and cultural initiatives expect to receive $93 million over the next two years as a result of a constitutional amendment passed last November that increased the statewide sales tax for outdoors...
May 26, 2009 - 12:00am
New sales tax goes to outdoors uses
ST. PAUL -- The environment and outdoors scored big in an otherwise rough Minnesota legislative session. A $4.6 billion budget deficit prompted...
May 26, 2009 - 12:00am
April 29, 2009
Faced with inflation in food costs, Willmar school officials consider price hike for meals
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District is considering raising school meal prices for the next school year. The board may also adopt a policy that would prohibit students from charging meals when their pre-paid lunch accounts are empty. Food Service Director Annette Derouin discussed...
April 29, 2009 - 12:00am