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'Haunted by mistake,' gunman apologizes for killing 2 at Twin Cities hotel
Predicted big snowstorm fizzles out for much of Minnesota, SD
Prosecutors say Minnesota man was sex trafficker, while he says he was just women's driver
More than 200 officers clear muddy protest camp, but 46 arrested
Dakota Access oil could flow by March 6
Girls Basketball: Cardinals hit a bump in the road
Vikings' Spielman raves about running backs in NFL draft
Kaymer one behind two rookie leaders at Honda Classic
Twins plan to ease Mauer, Dozier into lineup
Local Roundup: Willmar hockey team clipped in 3A playoffs
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
'Fire & Ice': Diamond Edge figure skating show is Saturday, Sunday in Willmar
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
Anna Mae Hawley
Nicole Rae Ruff
Barbara Ann Berkeland
Tribune Editorial: Willmar City Council makes a good Holland decision
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Cartoon by Bruce Plante for Feb. 23
Minnesota Opinion: Kill Legislature's ridiculous secret-meeting exemption
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
January 23, 2017
Trump pulls U.S. out of Pacific trade deal, loosening Asia ties
WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing...
January 23, 2017 - 4:31pm
November 29, 2016
Custom Products of Litchfield honored
LITCHFIELD — The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has named Custom Products of Litchfield a Pillar of the Industry, bestowing the award at the annual conference Nov. 16-18 in Santa Barbara, California.
November 29, 2016 - 7:43am
November 21, 2016
Sneakers show limits of trade policy in reviving jobs for Trump
American companies from appliance makers to auto parts suppliers have lined up to offer a quiet caution to President-elect Donald Trump as he...
November 21, 2016 - 11:11am
November 6, 2016
US manufacturing economy fails employers and workers
BREMEN, Indiana — James L. Brown tried to hire a dozen workers for his metal foundry here. Half of them flunked the drug test. Those results...
November 6, 2016 - 11:03pm
May 20, 2016
Minnesota manufacturers optimistic about future growth
WILLMAR -- Despite some regional hiccups -- including in west central Minnesota’s agriculture equipment sector -- the state’s manufacturing...
May 20, 2016 - 4:05pm
May 17, 2016
Minnesota manufacturing data to be presented May 20 in Willmar
WILLMAR — Enterprise Minnesota will discuss the state of Minnesota manufacturing in Willmar from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 20 at Ridgewater College, in the Student Services Building, Room A240. The consulting organization conducted phone surveys with over 400 Minnesota manufacturing...
May 17, 2016 - 5:43am
May 12, 2016
Loftness Specialized Equipment in Hector celebrates 60 years
HECTOR — When Dick Loftness built himself a V-type snow blower in 1956, he was starting the process which would bring about Loftness Manufacturing. The Hector company is now marking its 60th anniversary. Now known as Loftness Specialized Equipment, Loftness manufactures and sells...
May 12, 2016 - 5:20am
April 30, 2016
Western Minn. company with workers on strike says it will close
MORRIS (Forum News Service) — Aaron Carlson Corporation, whose carpenters have been on strike since April 11, will be closing its Morris location, the company said in a news release sent late Friday afternoon. The company, which has been making custom woodworking in the state for...
April 30, 2016 - 12:52am
October 5, 2015
Minnesota Opinion: Manufacturing is important in west central Minnesota
Forum News Service Minnesota’s second largest industry is manufacturing, and (west central Minnesota) is a good representative of that statistic. Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Oct. 1-10 to be Minnesota Manufacturers Week (though it’s longer than a week), supporting the more...
October 5, 2015 - 1:00am
June 4, 2015
DEED awards $40K grant to Ridgewater for Custom Roto Mold training
WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a $40,000 grant to Ridgewater College to train more than 60 employees of Custom Roto Mold in Benson. The grant was awarded under the agency’s Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program. The program...
June 4, 2015 - 7:04pm
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
May 27, 2015
Ridgewater to host manufacturing conference
WILLMAR — Ridgewater College will be host a State of Manufacturing conference Wednesday afternoon on the Willmar campus to discuss issues the industry faces The conference will be from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the campus student center. The conference is open to manufacturers and...
May 27, 2015 - 11:36pm
January 29, 2015
Minnesota-made RyKrisp victim of changing tastes
ST. PAUL — The end is near for RyKrisp, the made-in-Minnesota rye cracker that once was a mainstay of dieters and Scandinavians. RyKrisp’s...
January 29, 2015 - 8:00am
November 1, 2014
Minnesota Opinion: Manufacturing is good
RED WING — Manufacturing make our community a great place to live and work.
November 1, 2014 - 7:00am
June 9, 2014
Survey: Manufacturers are hopeful, but workforce worries loom large
WILLMAR — Attracting and keeping qualified workers remains a persistent challenge for Minnesota manufacturers, and there are indications that...
June 9, 2014 - 11:07pm