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Early ice fishing on Willmar Lake
Records published Dec. 10
Factories are humming but paychecks are thin
U.S. jobless claims decline from five-month high
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
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'
'Prairie Angels' makes a timely arrival in Renville County
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
December 8, 2016
Your fleece jacket might be polluting the Mississippi River
MINNEAPOLIS — Over the past decade, environmentalists have worried about the effect of microbeads, those tiny bits of plastic in facial scrubs that wash down the drain into rivers and lakes. But it turns out a bigger threat might be our clothing.
December 8, 2016 - 10:34pm
November 28, 2016
Investors press meat producers to cut water pollution
Forty-five large investors collectively managing $1.2 trillion in assets are pressing some of the nation's largest meat producers to set policies for reducing water pollution in their feeding, slaughtering and processing operations. The investors, who are members of sustainability...
November 28, 2016 - 6:06am
Capitol Chatter: Legislature by the numbers
ST. PAUL—The Nov. 8 election was unpredictable and the 2017 Minnesota Legislature likely will be, too. GOP candidates took many by surprise,...
November 28, 2016 - 5:07am
August 30, 2016
Does Dayton talk to farmers enough?
FALCON HEIGHTS—First it was an effort to keep agriculture runoff out of the state's waters by the use of plant buffers, then last week it was a restriction on the use of some pesticides. Many of Minnesota's farmers and farm organizations are not happy with Gov. Mark Dayton,...
August 30, 2016 - 6:39pm
August 4, 2016
Farm leaders: Federal water rules are game changers
MORGAN -- Scott VanderWal came across the South Dakota border to southwest Minnesota's Farmfest to scare farmers. The American Farm Bureau vice...
August 4, 2016 - 7:42am
June 10, 2016
MPCA issues air pollution advisory for high ozone levels Saturday
ST. PAUL (Forum News Service) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health advisory for parts of eastern, southern and southwestern Minnesota from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Affected areas include the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Mankato, New Ulm,...
June 10, 2016 - 11:10pm
June 9, 2016
Heat advisory warns of adverse health effects
WILLMAR—Residents across southwestern Minnesota are being advised to limit strenuous outdoor activity and stay hydrated in the coming days...
June 9, 2016 - 5:32pm
May 20, 2016
It's a story straight out of a Hollywood script, and west central Minnesota is playing a lead role
It seems like a story scripted for the movies. Three chemical companies operate illegally near the homes of residents in a small town. The factories...
May 20, 2016 - 11:10am
May 17, 2016
MPCA completes two enforcement cases in Redwood Falls
ST.PAUL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency completed 22 environmental enforcement cases in the first quarter of 2016, two of them listed in Redwood Falls. According to a news release from MPCA, Duininck Inc. was fined $3,060 for stormwater violations. The Redwood County...
May 17, 2016 - 5:55am
April 11, 2016
Summer street work will relocate Spicer’s July 4 holiday activities
SPICER — A major street and utility project in downtown Spicer this summer will affect the town’s popular July Fourth activities, including...
April 11, 2016 - 12:05am
February 29, 2016
Minnesota summit produces ideas for clean water
ST. PAUL — Balancing water is tough.
February 29, 2016 - 12:00am
Anti-pipeline protesters interrupt governor at Minnesota water summit
ST. PAUL — Anti-pipeline protesters interrupted Gov. Mark Dayton as he spoke Saturday to more than 800 Minnesotans at a summit about how to...
February 29, 2016 - 12:00am
February 24, 2016
Southwest Minnesota: Land of impaired waters
WORTHINGTON — When Gov. Mark Dayton took the stage at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention last month, it was within hours of his announcement that vegetation buffers would not be required on private ditches. The decision, he said, was necessary to get support...
February 24, 2016 - 11:34pm
September 2, 2015
Chemical use leads to water pollution
In the Aug. 24 Tribune, Ed Mickelson responded to my letter, “Water doesn’t belong to farmers.” I thank you for your retort. Due to word limits, my statements were not all inclusive. Mickelson states the pollution from lakeshore owners and town storm sewers also contribute...
September 2, 2015 - 5:08am
August 31, 2015
Algae blooms threaten state’s $13B tourism industry
ST. PAUL — On a recent summer day, Dylan, Madysen and Colten King escaped the heat in time-honored Minnesota fashion: with a swim in a lake. But...
August 31, 2015 - 8:00am