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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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American wines are gaining in popularity
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November 6, 2012
Willmar Ward 4 voters return Dokken to City Council
WILLMAR -- Willmar voters in Ward 4 returned incumbent Jim Dokken to the City Council in Tuesday's general election. Dokken is completing 14 years on the council. Dokken defeated challenger Jay Lawton 864 to 578 in unofficial returns. Dokken carried all three precincts, with 236...
November 6, 2012 - 9:47pm
November 2, 2012
Editorial: Our picks for Willmar City Council - Recommend Anderson, Johnson, Ahmann and Lawton
Willmar voters will be electing four members to its City Council. The candidates are: Dennis Anderson in Ward 1; Tim Johnson and Andrew Bjur in Ward 2, Steve Ahmann in Ward 3 and Jim Dokken and Jay Lawton in Ward 4. Ward 1: Anderson is running unopposed for re-election to this Ward...
November 2, 2012 - 9:34am
January 31, 2012
Jay Kieft resigns as head of Kandiyohi County MN family services
WILLMAR - Jay Kieft, who has led the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department for the last five years, has resigned. County Administrator...
January 31, 2012 - 9:28am
March 2, 2011
Letters: A new paradigm for unions?
A polarizing debate is raging about unions. Currently confined to public-sector unions, the debate will no doubt extend to the private sector as well. Initially unions were formed to address safety and fair wage issues. Once these were largely resolved, unions bargained for benefits....
March 2, 2011 - 12:00am
November 3, 2010
Falk retains District 20B House seat
Andrew Falk, DFL, Murdock, survived a hard-fought campaign by Republican challenger Jay Backer, Graceville, to return for a second term in the state legislature. Late results showed Falk the winner by a 7,418 to 6,818 total, according to unofficial totals Wednesday morning. The...
November 3, 2010 - 6:43am
House 20A: Falk defeats Backer with 4-percentage point win
Update 4:00 a.m. Incumbent Andrew Falk won a 4-point victory over challenger Jay Backer in House 20A with 100 percent of precincts reporting. With 118 of 118 precincts reporting as of 4:00 a.m., Falk, D-Murdock, had 7,418 votes and Backer, R-Graceville, had 6,818 votes. Update...
November 3, 2010 - 1:47am
October 30, 2010
House 20A: Re-elect Andrew Falk
The House 20A race is between Democrat incumbent Andrew Falk and Republican challenger challenger Jay Backer. Backer has moved to Graceville and previously served on the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley School Board. He operates an Internet-based business partnership selling recreational...
October 30, 2010 - 12:00am
October 26, 2010
Letter: Jobs for rural Minnesota
There is a lot of talk this election year about jobs. Everyone says we need more jobs here in west central Minnesota. As a retired resident of Appleton Township, having lived here since 1943, I agree. In 1995, I began work at Prairie Correctional Facility in the automotive maintenance...
October 26, 2010 - 12:00am
October 25, 2010
Letter: The answer to our problems
It is time to take a check on the direction politics is taking in our area. In 2010 some 15 money bills came before our House of Representatives. The District 20A representative, Andrew Falk, voted taxpayer-friendly 7 percent of the time, according to the 2010 legislative scorecard...
October 25, 2010 - 12:00am
October 6, 2010
Letter: We trust Rep. Andrew Falk
We were amused by the attack letter from four well-known Republicans against our hard-working Rep. Andrew Falk in District 20A. Their major complaint? That his campaign website was down. How horrible! (It was down to update information.) They also falsely accused him of what Republican...
October 6, 2010 - 12:00am
August 30, 2010
Letter: Endorse Backer for state rep
If you've been to a local parade or visited one of the early county fairs you can't help but notice elected officials and candidates seeking office. Although the process is frustrating at times it is essential to the liberties and freedoms we treasure here in West Central Minnesota...
August 30, 2010 - 12:00am
August 6, 2010
Appointments and teamwork focus part of changes for the co.'s income maintenance unit
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County's income maintenance unit is now requiring clients to make appointments to see case managers. The change went into effect this week. The intent is to improve the efficiency of the office and the quality of service provided to clients, said Family Service...
August 6, 2010 - 12:00am
June 1, 2010
New name, new purpose
WILLMAR -- Willmar's 16-bed psychiatric hospital is not a hospital anymore. Along with the layoff of seven employees in April, the Community...
June 1, 2010 - 12:00am
April 7, 2010
Legislation could sock counties for long-term sex offender costs
WILLMAR -- Potential legislation that would saddle counties with the long-term costs of civilly committed sex offenders could cost local taxpayers millions of dollars. "We've got to scream and we've got to scream loud," said Kandiyohi County Family Services Director Jay Kieft. During...
April 7, 2010 - 12:00am
March 27, 2010
Plastic recycling expanding
The whipped topping containers, ice cream pails and yogurt, cottage cheese and margarine tubs that have been crowding kitchen cupboards -- and...
March 27, 2010 - 1:48pm