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Xcel, FAA research using drones to inspect electric lines
Alaska man injured in morning rollover in New London Township
High speed chase ends in Willmar with arrest of juvenile
Convictions published Feb. 21
County proposes new traffic option for wye corridor
Blackhawks close in on first-place Wld with win in St. Paul
Boys Basketball: Montevideo overpowers YME
Boys Basketball: Dragons edge NLS
Boys Basketball: Eisenbacher's double-double leads ACGC
Boys Hockey: Willmar opens playoffs with big win
New London Little Theatre Review: 'Opal's Million Dollar Duck' is genuine
'9 to 5' one for the ages -- even in Willmar: Musical on Barn stage through Feb. 26
Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80
Golden Globe Awards: 'La La Land' Breaks Record for Most Win
Streaming overtakes U.S. digital music sales for first time: Nielsen
Around our region published Feb. 22
Many Americans unaware of important heart health numbers: survey
Slow cooker recipes for easy meals on weeknights
Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios
Reader News: Diaper Bears for Hope Pregnancy Center
Howard J. Powers
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Willmar Commentary: America's predictable pension crisis
Harrop commentary: Trump has media crying ... all the way to the bank
Parenting Perspectives: Let your kids choose -- or pave -- their own paths
January 28, 2016
Minnesota places first in Gallup job creation index
ST. PAUL– Minnesota ranks first in the nation in job creation, according to the 2015 Job Creation Index report just released by the Gallup Inc. polling company. Minnesota received a score of 38 in the index, based on worker reports of hiring activity at their places of employment....
January 28, 2016 - 11:39pm
January 4, 2016
The good and bad of Minnesota’s economy
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s economy is a study in contradictions. So much of the news looks good: near record-low unemployment, overall wage payments rising, few signs of the recession remain. But there also are warning signs: manufacturing, mining and farm economies lag; some parts...
January 4, 2016 - 12:36am
December 5, 2015
Students interested in ag careers connect with businesses at Ridgewater College event
WILLMAR — Josh Hilbrands had no intention of uprooting his family to take a new job away from his Clara City home. But two years ago during...
December 5, 2015 - 12:05am
November 27, 2015
MnSCU chancellor: We need to plan for jobs of the future
WILLMAR — In the coming years, three-quarters of available jobs in the state will require some sort of post-secondary education. It will be a challenge to develop educational programs that will prepare Minnesotans for the jobs that will be available in the future, said Steven Rosenstone,...
November 27, 2015 - 10:33pm
September 16, 2015
58 firms look for workers
Joe Barbknecht, left, a Ridgewater College Farm Operations Management student from Waseca, and Joe Rigotti, a welding student from Rochester,...
September 16, 2015 - 11:30pm
September 15, 2015
Willmar-area labor shortage means jobs are plentiful
WILLMAR — Area businesses, facing a critical labor shortage, are scrambling for workers as evidenced by the number of “help wanted’’...
September 15, 2015 - 12:00am
June 3, 2015
Consultant: Good jobs await in manufacturing
WILLMAR — The head of an organization that helps small and medium-size manufacturers compete and grow profitably says there are some really good careers waiting for young people in manufacturing. “I think a lot of parents have this understanding of what manufacturing was a generation...
June 3, 2015 - 11:40pm
June 2, 2015
Area job opportunities increase
MONTEVIDEO — Last winter Julie Redepenning offered to give a presentation on labor market conditions to teachers in the Upper Minnesota River...
June 2, 2015 - 12:02am
April 17, 2015
Minnesota adds 7,800 jobs in March
ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers added 7,800 jobs last month, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Education and health care led all sectors with 5,800 new jobs, while trade, transportation and utilities (1,800...
April 17, 2015 - 8:00am
April 16, 2015
Mayo Clinic hiring means nursing shortage for other facilities
For 30 years, Bobbi Jo Funke has worked some form of nursing job. From working as a nurse aid in high school to her current job as a licensed...
April 16, 2015 - 6:00am
April 9, 2015
Minnesota Opinion: Hard not to be cynical over Minn. ‘jobs bill’
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton launched a bonding bill proposal Tuesday that sounded oh-so-good — and perhaps a little too good.
April 9, 2015 - 6:00am
April 3, 2015
U.S. job growth brakes sharply, clouds timing of Fed rate increase
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added the fewest number of jobs in more than a year in March, the latest sign of weakness in the economy and one likely to further delay an anticipated interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve.
April 3, 2015 - 11:02pm
March 31, 2015
State job vacancies soar to highest level since 2001
ST. PAUL — Job vacancies in Minnesota soared to the highest level since 2001 as they hit 88,900 in the last quarter of 2014, a 47 percent increase from the same period a year earlier, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development It’s...
March 31, 2015 - 11:35pm
March 24, 2015
Stacey Arneson, left, and Becky Graf of Miller Manufacturing in Glencoe set up the company table Tuesday at the West Central Minnesota Area Business...
March 24, 2015 - 10:47pm
September 5, 2014
U.S. employment growth smallest in eight months, labor force shrinks
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth slowed down sharply in August and more Americans gave up the hunt for work, giving a cautious Federal Reserve more reasons to wait a bit longer before raising interest rates.
September 5, 2014 - 7:58am