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Briefs: Former Obama aide calls Trump a 'psychopath'
Second case of switched babies shakes Canadian community
More bodies located beneath rubble in Italy quake zone
Wild about wine: Carlos Creek expands into Xcel Energy Center, other Twin Cities venues
National Guard soldiers return to Willmar after Kuwait deployment
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
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
Barbara A. Erickson
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Kenneth C. Hensch
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Cartoonist Opinions for Aug. 27
Letter: Our declining moral values
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Minnesota Opinion: The long wait for mental health care needs fixing
Thomas: Abolishing 'man' at Princeton
Update: Shots fired outside Zorbaz in Spicer early Sunday
December 14, 2015
Willmar School Board approves levy with 83 percent increase
WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools property taxes will be increasing 83 percent for 2016, to $7,758,282.14. The levy was approved by the Willmar School Board Monday evening after the annual Truth in Taxation hearing. No one from the public asked a question during the hearing. The...
December 14, 2015 - 11:23pm
December 11, 2015
Willmar City Council OKs 2016 budget
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council has approved the 2016 budget of $34,011,721 and approved the 2016 property tax levy of $4,451,028. The levy is unchanged from 2015, said Finance Director Steve Okins. The council approved the budget and levy Monday night after holding the annual...
December 11, 2015 - 11:16pm
November 3, 2015
Communities support Yellow Medicine East levy increase
GRANITE FALLS — Voters in the Yellow Medicine East School District supported an increased operating levy by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, casting 1,289 “yes’’ to 696 “no’’ ballots in the referendum Tuesday. “This is a resounding statement of support for our school and students,’’...
November 3, 2015 - 9:36pm
YME voters approve increased levy
GRANITE FALLS - Voters in the Yellow Medicine East School District supported an increased operating levy by a nearly two-to-one margin, casting 1,289 “yes’’ to 696 “no’’ ballots in the referendum Tuesday. The district asked voters to increase the per-pupil levy by $300,...
November 3, 2015 - 9:03pm
October 30, 2015
Letter: NL-S resident don’t need more debt
Let’s use our investments with wisdom. New London has had projects which have failed and were not able to gather enough financial backers to keep the Big Store open or the hardware store open. In Spicer there are three businesses for sale: Hardware Hank, laundromat, Lake...
October 30, 2015 - 3:30am
Letter: The tax burden of extracurriculars
Public education is the primary reason we invest tax dollars to build schools to teach our children. This education includes academics: reading, math, geography, history, social studies, science, etc. Extracurricular activities - theater, music, sports, etc. — are supplemental...
October 30, 2015 - 1:30am
Give NL-S another ‘no’ vote
Another NL-S referendum vote? I thought this was voted on last year with a resounding “no” vote on a $14.6 million expenditure. This vote comes at a cost of $21.6 million resulting in lower taxes? That’s like trying to convince us that water isn’t wet. By the...
October 30, 2015 - 1:00am
Letter: NL-S referendum is not a tax break
I find it odd that even the editor fell for the “vote yes and lower your taxes” baloney. They don’t mention how defeating this pork-filled project will lower your taxes significantly because we get to “burn” the old mortgage - we paid it off. Instead, they want us...
October 30, 2015 - 12:07am
October 29, 2015
Voters consider Yellow Medicine East levy
GRANITE FALLS — Voters in the Yellow Medicine East School District will go to the polls Nov. 3 to decide a levy request. The YME school board is asking voters to increase the per-pupil levy by $300, from $868.76 to $1,168.76. The new levy would increase the monthly tax on a $150,000...
October 29, 2015 - 11:22pm
Editorial: Time to invest in NLS, YME school districs
Two school districts in west central Minnesota Tuesday will be asking voters to consider spending proposals for specific projects. New London-Spicer School District voters will be voting on a $21.6 million bond for proposed facilities and Yellow Medicine East School District voters...
October 29, 2015 - 3:00am
August 25, 2015
New London-Spicer School Board: Taxes will go down with bond
NEW LONDON –– When New London-Spicer students attend their school open house Thursday to meet their teachers and see their classrooms, their parents will receive information about a $21.6 million proposal to expand the school facilities. The district has set a Nov. 3 special...
August 25, 2015 - 11:30pm
December 9, 2014
NLS levy to drop in 2015
NEW LONDON — Following a truth-in-taxation hearing Monday, the New London-Spicer School Board gave final approval to a $3.8 million tax levy for next year. The levy, which is payable in 2015, is a 3.05 percent decrease from this year’s tax levy of $3.9 million. The total levy...
December 9, 2014 - 10:41pm
December 8, 2014
Willmar Public Schools' portion of property taxes to drop in 2015
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board has set a 2015 levy for the district that is nearly $700,000 less than this year’s levy. The board adopted the 2015 levy after holding the annual Truth in Taxation hearing to explain the levy to the public. Only a handful of people, mostly school...
December 8, 2014 - 10:48pm
December 4, 2014
Willmar City Council approves 2015 levy, budget
l members first debated street improvement funding before unanimously approving the property tax levy and budget for 2015. Voting to approve the levy and budget were Ron Christianson, Steve Ahmann, Audrey Nelsen, Tim Johnson, Jim Dokken, Rick Fagerlie, Bruce DeBlieck and Denis Anderson. At...
December 4, 2014 - 10:18pm
November 5, 2014
NLS to look at why its school levy failed, may try again
NEW LONDON — It’s time to regroup for the New London-Spicer School Board after the district’s voters failed to support a proposed building project. The proposed $14.6 million project would have paid for remodeling in the district’s buildings and the addition of a performing...
November 5, 2014 - 11:41pm