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Community steps forward to help as water recedes
From digging to grain bins, farmers face varied dangers
Tractor roll bars help save lives in most common farm accidents
Milan dedicates new Liberty Bell
Video: Moving history down the road
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
NLS volleyball team wins two at Albany Invite
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
Molitor proceeding with caution on Mauer return
Maybe Bridgewater should just take a knee until Week 1
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
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
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
Harris P. Hinderaker
William "Bill" Bradford
William R. Heitke
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Minnesota Opinion: The long wait for mental health care needs fixing
Thomas: Abolishing 'man' at Princeton
Klinger: Where Has All the Money for Our Schools Gone?
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Commentary: Trump 'charm' offensive will not work with women
Willmar dog park anniversary celebration cancelled due to high number of mosquitoes
March 12, 2014
Koenen introduces bill to offset aid losses for area counties
ST. PAUL — Several area counties saw their county program aid reduced by the state this year, despite the fact that most counties actually saw an increase thanks to legislation approved in 2013. State Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, is introducing legislation that will provide...
March 12, 2014 - 11:41pm
November 10, 2013
Raising minimum wage expected to be on legislative agenda
WILLMAR — When the Minnesota legislature adjourned this spring, there was a $1.75-an-hour minimum wage gap left behind that lawmakers are expected to bridge when they reconvene in February. A financial difference of less than two dollars may not seem like much, but when it comes...
November 10, 2013 - 11:10pm
October 13, 2013
Senate committee will hear pitch for regional bonding projects this week
WILLMAR — The Senate Capital Investment Committee will be in west central Minnesota this week to hear proposals for more than $22 million in bonding requests for the 2014 bonding bill. Those projects include a proposal to extend the Glacial Lakes State Trail from New London...
October 13, 2013 - 11:18pm
March 17, 2013
Health care center stage at New London legislative forum
NEW LONDON — The state’s proposed health insurance exchange system required under the federal Affordable Care Act took center stage at a...
March 17, 2013 - 10:38pm
January 22, 2013
West Central Minnesota legislators discuss governor's budget plan
WILLMAR — Although he didn’t praise it, Rep. Paul Anderson said Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget could’ve been worse. “There was anticipation of what the spending and things would be,” said Anderson, R-Starbuck, in a telephone interview Tuesday after Dayton’s proposed...
January 22, 2013 - 11:20pm
November 2, 2012
Letter: I endorse Gimse
This letter is directed to you intelligent voters who may not as yet have decided for whom to vote in the District 17 state senate race, incumbent Joe Gimse or challenger Lyle Koenen. I am proud to say that Joe Gimse is my friend and I'd like to share with you a few attributes of...
November 2, 2012 - 12:09am
October 31, 2012
Letter: Attack on Koenen wrong
In a letter to this paper on Oct. 29 Sue Quist, a supporter of Sen. Joe Gimse, complained that attacks on him were wrong. Despite using words such as slander, she didn't do much in the way of explaining what those attacks were and refuting them. Instead she chose to attack Sen. Lyle...
October 31, 2012 - 8:43am
Letter: District 17 need a good team
The new legislative District 17 (Kandiyohi, Renville, Chippewa and Swift counties) has the opportunity on Nov. 6 to elect an experienced and energetic team to represent them in St. Paul. The team is headed up by Sen. Lyle Koenen who has more than nine years of experience in the House...
October 31, 2012 - 8:30am
October 24, 2012
Koenen looks to serve in west central Minn.'s new Senate district
WILLMAR -- Lyle Koenen finds himself on familiar ground these days as he campaigns for the Minnesota Senate in District 17. Born in Willmar...
October 24, 2012 - 12:00am
October 4, 2012
Koenen, Gimse differ on taxes, but share views in other areas
WILLMAR -- Joe Gimse and Lyle Koenen have differing views about property tax relief and the future of the local government aid program to Minnesota...
October 4, 2012 - 12:00am
August 15, 2012
Koenen tops Rice in DFL race in Sen. Dist. 17 primary
Update:With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Lyle Koenen has received 2,763 votes and Larry Rice 2,215 votes in the DFL primary in State Senate...
August 15, 2012 - 12:23am
August 1, 2012
Letter: I am voting for Koenen
Dear fellow constituents and voters of state Senate District 17: Aug. 14 is primary election day in Minnesota. I have been a moderately conservative voter since 1974. I have supported Republicans perhaps 70 to 75 percent of the time. However, this year in the primary, I endorse...
August 1, 2012 - 12:00am
July 31, 2012
For Koenen, experience prepares him for challenges of new district
WILLMAR -- Sen. Lyle Koenen of Clara City believes his years of experience in the Minnesota Legislature make him the best choice to represent...
July 31, 2012 - 12:00am
April 19, 2012
Koenen moves from Minn. House to Senate
ST. PAUL -- On Tuesday Rep.
April 19, 2012 - 7:00am
April 18, 2012
Lyle Koenen sworn in as District 20 senator
Lyle Koenen took the oath to become a Minnesota state senator Wednesday, taking the seat vacated with the death of veteran lawmaker Gary Kubly. "Welcome...
April 18, 2012 - 1:41pm