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Docs facing more parents who refuse to vaccinate kids
Freak lightening storm kills 323 reindeer in Norway
More counties to see Obamacare marketplace monopoly
Solid U.S. consumer spending boosts prospect of Fed rate hike
Five injured in three-vehicle crash in Willmar
Finally, the Wolves might give the Target Center two good teams
Roundup: Rockets advance in Class C state tournament
Anderson repeats in Match Play tourney
Vikings open new stadium with preseason win
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
Kenneth C. Hensch
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Barbara A. Erickson
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Klobuchar: The cost of the EpiPen price increases
Letter: Nutrition must start early in life
Why can't political ads be truthful?
Dionne: Why Clinton Republicans matter
Parker: The GOP's Trumpian deflation
Five injured in three-vehicle crash in Willmar
June 8, 2016
UPDATE: Willmar kids can get free breakfast, lunch this summer
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct one location. The Willmar Middle School is not a site this year due to a remodeling project....
June 8, 2016 - 11:49pm
May 19, 2016
Cinco de Mayo Family Fun Festival returns to Willmar after 4-year hiatus
Following a four-year hiatus, Willmar will once again play host to the Cinco de Mayo Family Festival. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to...
May 19, 2016 - 12:00am
February 14, 2016
Having a ball at the gym
Alysia Buteyn and Will Schneiderman, both 6, delight in pushing an oversized beach ball around the Central Minnesota Christian School gymnasium...
February 14, 2016 - 11:56pm
December 30, 2015
Warm the Children surpasses 2015 goal
A total of 379 donations have been received during the 2015 campaign, totaling $35,059.45, which puts the program at 103 percent of goal. The Warm the Children campaign has helped more than 8,400 children from an estimated 3,081 families over the past 21 years. Last year, the Warm...
December 30, 2015 - 10:28pm
December 23, 2015
Warm the Children raises 94 percent of $34,000 goal
WILLMAR — With just days to go until Christmas, the 2015 Warm the Children campaign is edging closer to its goal at 94 percent. The goal of...
December 23, 2015 - 10:14am
December 12, 2015
Video: Holiday Express on the move again today
The Santa Semi stopped at the Cosmos American Legion and was greeted by a large turnout to see not only St. Nick and his red-nosed reindeer but...
December 12, 2015 - 12:00am
November 19, 2015
More children of color live in poverty than whites in Minnesota
WILLMAR — Minnesota was named the top state in the country for child well-being in July, but that lofty ranking doesn’t tell the full story...
November 19, 2015 - 11:09pm
October 31, 2015
Commentary: Minnesota remembers, keeps looking for Jacob
The announcement of child pornography charges and the person of interest connection came 26 years and 7 days after Jacob Wetterling was abducted on a warm Sunday night near St. Joseph along a rural Stearns County road. Minnesota paused to listen on many fronts. U.S. Attorney...
October 31, 2015 - 5:00am
September 20, 2015
Children’s mental health report finds less stigma, more recognition
WILLMAR — Parents, children and professionals involved in the Kandiyohi County children’s mental health system say there’s reason to feel optimistic about the system. Professionals and parents who participated in a series of focus group meetings this past year said they’re...
September 20, 2015 - 11:36pm
June 11, 2015
E-cigarettes growing more popular — and poisoning more kids
ST. PAUL — Minnesota has seen a jump in the number of children poisoned by e-cigarettes and their liquid refillables, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday. From 2013 to 2014, the number of e-cigarette and e-liquid poisonings among Minnesota children 5 and younger rose...
June 11, 2015 - 11:08pm
June 9, 2015
Encourage kids to follow basic safety guidelines online
ST. PAUL — Summer offers more free time for kids, and that time is often spent online. The Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension encourages parents to continue dialogue with their children regarding safe online behavior. Whether kids use the Internet for social...
June 9, 2015 - 11:09pm
May 14, 2015
Editorial: Vote yes twice for all Willmar kids
Voters of the Willmar School District will face two decisions Tuesday: whether to invest in the school facilities for academics and whether to invest in a field house facility for extra-curricular athletic programs. Both areas are serious needs for the district and its students....
May 14, 2015 - 8:27am
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
January 10, 2015
MPR leads initiative to protect school music
ST. PAUL — As schools begin planning their 2015-16 budgets, a coalition of music-oriented organizations is asking that they protect student choirs, bands and orchestras. The initiative, Music Makes Us Whole, features a website listing benefits of music instruction and contact information...
January 10, 2015 - 5:00pm
December 16, 2014
Litchfield hospital limits visitors due to flu
LITCHFIELD — Meeker Memorial Hospital has implemented visitor restrictions, effective immediately, to help protect patients, staff and the community from the spread of influenza. It is recommended that no children visit hospital patients. No one under 18 is allowed at this time...
December 16, 2014 - 11:14pm