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Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
September 26, 2016
'PLUS' college loans can be a big minus for parents
LOS ANGELES — Student loan debt is out of control, but really it is the parents we should be most worried about. There is only one type of educational loan available to families that has no restriction on how much can be borrowed and no formula for testing whether the borrower...
September 26, 2016 - 9:31am
January 4, 2016
Spicer woman co-founds organization to help widows in Uganda
WILLMAR — Every time she travels to Uganda, Tonya Thimons sees women who once seemed without hope transformed in just a few months into people...
January 4, 2016 - 11:44pm
June 17, 2015
Baker: Farmers should consider relief loans
WILLMAR — Farmers whose flocks have been impacted by avian influenza should consider accepting disaster relief funds, according to Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar. During last week’s special session, the Minnesota Legislature approved $10 million in funds for the Minnesota Rural Finance...
June 17, 2015 - 11:21pm
July 8, 2014
Menk is financial analyst at United FCS
WILLMAR — Wendy Menk recently joined United FCS as a financial analyst in the Willmar office. As part of the underwriting function for the association, the financial analyst analyzes loan application requests for new or renewed loans and is an integral part of the credit delivery...
July 8, 2014 - 11:02am
January 14, 2013
Gains allow more farmers to pay off govt. loans, seek other lending sources
WILLMAR — Higher grain prices and resulting increased income are enabling more crop farmers to pay off their government loans from the Farm...
January 14, 2013 - 11:03pm
October 2, 2012
Ridgewater College blog: Rethinking student debt
October 2, 2012 - 9:40am
January 18, 2012
Areavoices.com: Don't buy into debt myths
After working in banking and financial counseling for many years, I've noticed some recurring themes about debt. When we are looking at our finances...
January 18, 2012 - 9:25am
September 23, 2011
Parent co. of local bank receives funds for small business loans
WILLMAR -- Heritage Bancshares Group Inc., the parent company of Heritage Bank NA, announced Thursday it received $11 million through the Small Business Lending Fund of the U.S. Treasury Department. The funding will provide up to $110 million in additional loans to local businesses...
September 23, 2011 - 12:00am
May 28, 2009
Farmers may seek low-interest disaster loans
ST. PAUL -- Low-interest loans are available to farmers affected by floods and other severe weather in 28 Minnesota counties. The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority announced the loan availability Wednesday, following a presidential disaster declaration in April. Weather-related...
May 28, 2009 - 12:00am
October 1, 2008
Letter: How the meltdown started
What a financial mess this country is in! How did we get here? Barack Obama, as usual, blames the Bush administration and conservative fiscal policies of less regulation. The truth is that this comes down to the problems with quasi-government agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They...
October 1, 2008 - 12:00am