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Sen. Al Franken championed a Minnesota rape survivor's bill. Now she wants a new sponsor.
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Willmar High Art Club throw-a-thon produces ceramic bowls for soup fundraiser
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State Swimming & Diving: Two Willmar divers in top four after state semis
Timberwolves' Tyus Jones breaks down his pick-and-roll connection with Towns
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'Marian' opens tonight on Ridgewater College stage in Willmar
Jimmy Fallon to host live Super Bowl edition of ‘The Tonight Show’ in Minneapolis
Garth Brooks lip-syncing controversy at the CMA Awards really hit a nerve
14 movies worth seeing this holiday season - and none about Santa Claus
'Made in America' concerts set by Prairie Arts Chorale
Generations section now available online
500 years of Reformation brings together some 800 people in Willmar
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Kat Perkins urges St. Mary's students to be fearless
October/November issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Latest issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Latest issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
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Tooting your own horn could help others
Commentary: No man accused of sexually harassing a woman is irreplaceable - not even Al Franken
Accusations of sexual misconduct throw Franken into a political minefield
Commentary: The FCC vote that could put local news at risk
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Emma Anne Williams
July 3, 2010
Study finds improving employment opportunities in agriculture
WILLMAR -- For many of today's students graduating from high school or college, finding employment can be a very difficult and even daunting experience. But for students looking to find a job or career related to agriculture, many promising opportunities exist. According to a study...
July 3, 2010 - 12:00am
June 26, 2010
Study verifies effectiveness of USDA's market development work
WILLMAR -- An independent study by IHS Global Insight Inc. found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's international market development programs have had a positive and significant impact on U.S. agricultural trade. The study evaluated the effectiveness of the Market Access Program...
June 26, 2010 - 12:00am
June 19, 2010
New program encourages land transitions to beginning farmers
WILLMAR -- One of the biggest obstacles facing young people who dream of making production agriculture a viable occupational choice is the availability of productive and affordable cropland. In addition to competition from other farmers seeking more cropland, the availability of...
June 19, 2010 - 12:00am
June 12, 2010
Continued decline in honey bee colonies confirmed by latest survey
WILLMAR -- According to a recent survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, beekeepers report a 33.8 percent decline in managed honey bee colonies nationwide.
June 12, 2010 - 12:00am
June 5, 2010
New USDA study identifies local gaps in meat processing
WILLMAR -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a preliminary study revealing existing gaps within regional food systems regarding the availability of slaughter facilities for small meat and poultry producers. The study, by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, is...
June 5, 2010 - 12:00am
May 24, 2010
Better options needed for keeping children safe amid state mandates
WILLMAR -- With less money and more mandates, better solutions are needed to help protect children who are living in abusive homes, according to Kathy Nelson, a supervisor with Kandiyohi County Family Services. "We need to come up with solutions in child welfare," Nelson said during...
May 24, 2010 - 12:00am
May 22, 2010
Sign up by June for next ranking of Conservation Stewardship Program funds
WILLMAR -- Applications are now being accepted for the Conservation Stewardship Program, a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones. Eligible land includes cropland, grassland, prairie...
May 22, 2010 - 12:00am
May 15, 2010
USDA data show 43 percent decline in soil erosion
WILLMAR -- According to the information contained in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest National Resource Inventory of non-federal lands, soil erosion on our nation's cropland has declined by more than 40 percent during the past 25 years. Specifically, USDA's data indicate...
May 15, 2010 - 12:00am
May 8, 2010
Program sign-up deadline is June 1
WILLMAR -- Local Farm Service Agency offices continue to accept requests to participate in either the Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment program or the Average Crop Revenue Election program. Application requests will continue to be accepted through the sign-up deadline of June1. Under...
May 8, 2010 - 12:00am
April 24, 2010
USDA releases 2009 cash rent data
WILLMAR -- As required by the 2008 Farm Bill, and in response to numerous requests from the general public, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released county-level cash rent data for the 2009 calendar year. The data includes non-irrigated cropland average rental rates for...
April 24, 2010 - 12:00am
April 22, 2010
Enhanced safety measures at Swift County Courthouse could be in place this month
BENSON -- New security measures will be implemented at Swift County Courthouse in Benson to protect court personnel and the public. The request for safety modifications was made following repeated actions by unnamed individuals who have distributed information that "could be perceived...
April 22, 2010 - 12:00am
April 10, 2010
USDA forecasts record soybean acreage in 2010
WILLMAR -- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Prospective Plantings report, farmers intend to plant a record-high 78.1 million acres of soybeans in 2010, up 1 percent from last year's previous record. The largest soybean acreage increases are expected in Kansas, up...
April 10, 2010 - 12:00am
April 3, 2010
KRA presents annual report to City Council committee
WILLMAR -- The Kandi Racing Association had a good year at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds race track in 2009. KRA spokesmen say all races were completed before or at curfew times, attendance was good and drivers participated from as far away as Eau Claire, Wis., and eastern North...
April 3, 2010 - 12:00am
FSA has loans available to assist youth ag projects, beginning farmers
WILLMAR -- According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the average age of Minnesota's farmers is 55.3 years. That statistic alone highlights the urgency of encouraging young people to consider production agriculture as their occupation of choice. The very future of American agriculture...
April 3, 2010 - 12:00am
March 27, 2010
Despite trends, research shows small farms still vital to U.S. agriculture
WILLMAR -- To even the most casual observer, it's quite obvious that farming has changed a lot over the years. Not only is today's farm machinery bigger and more efficient, but so is the typical farming operation -- whether it be a grain or livestock operation. Those observations...
March 27, 2010 - 12:00am