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Passport services return to Willmar after a 3.5-year hiatus
Utilities work continues in Kandiyohi
Willmar wind turbines will be stopped periodically for repairs
Willmar and Kandiyohi County reinstate canine law enforcement
Keeping the vision alive
Prep volleyball: Wolverines sweep Eagles
Prep Volleyball Roundup: Melrose topples BOLD in WCC championship
Prep Volleyball Section Pairings
Prep football: Willmar Section 6AAAAA Preview
World Series: Waiting game over for Royals
Couch culture: New exhibit in Willmar looks at human interaction through passive relaxation
Rose Ensemble in Willmar, Minn., Friday
Opening our eyes on the prairie
Festivities surrounding Meander Weekend set in western Minnesota
Women in business section out now
Roland 'Stub' Johnson
Ruby V. Tjernagel
Patricia Ann Paananen
Hund — Hagemeyer
Drange — Sparks
Muench — Johnson
Juris — Dean
Enter your photo in our Signs of Fall contest
Editorial: Agreement is historic in nature and healing
Has governor’s race turned to Minnesota nasty?
Editorial: Deserved honors for helping people
Letter: Why City of Willmar employees seek a union?
Letter: Be fair about negative ads
May 11, 2014
Elmquist Jewelers ready to build new store in Willmar
WILLMAR — Longtime downtown Willmar business Elmquist Jewelers will break ground at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the store’s new location at 101 28th Avenue S.E. The public is invited. Elmquist will construct a new 3,838-square-foot store on one level at the site owned by the store for...
May 11, 2014 - 11:15pm
March 13, 2014
U.S. retail sales rebound from winter chill, jobless claims fall
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rebounded in February and new applications for unemployment benefits hit a fresh three-month low last week, suggesting some strength in the economy after harsh weather abruptly slowed activity in recent months.
news / nation
March 13, 2014 - 11:28am
J.C. Penney turnaround faces big test with home goods relaunch
(Reuters) - J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is about to undo the centerpiece of former Chief Executive Officer Ron Johnson's failed vision to take the retailer upmarket.
March 13, 2014 - 7:29am
March 7, 2014
MasterCard, Visa form group to enhance payment security
(Reuters) - Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc, the world's two largest payment networks, have formed a new cross-industry group to improve payment system security following a number of high-profile data breaches. The new group, which will include banks, credit unions, retailers and industry...
news / nation
March 7, 2014 - 12:19pm
February 26, 2014
Woman in theft ring banned from Target for decade
STILLWATER, Minn. -- A Woodbury woman convicted of participating in a theft ring will be prohibited from entering Target stores for 10 years as part of a criminal sentence. Kristi Jean Hambleton, 24, was sentenced Feb. 6 in Washington County District Court to 10 years of...
news / state
February 26, 2014 - 3:04pm
Target warns data breach could hurt future profit
By Dhanya Skariachan and Jim Finkle NEW YORK (Reuters) - Target Corp's (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) net profit almost halved...
February 26, 2014 - 7:53am
For J.C. Penney, e-commerce is no easy fix
(Reuters) - First the good news for J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz): online sales rose 26.3 percent during the...
February 26, 2014 - 7:50am
February 25, 2014
Macy's sticks to forecast despite slow Valentine's Day sales
(Reuters) - Macy's Inc's (M.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sales this year were weak until Valentine's Day, the department store operator said on Tuesday, but it stuck to its full-year forecast because it expects business to return to normal when the weather improves.
February 25, 2014 - 10:50am
Home Depot profit tops estimates on cost cuts
(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc (HD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday as the world's largest home improvement chain kept a tight lid on costs to offset weak sales.
February 25, 2014 - 7:03am
February 13, 2014
Retail sales drop unexpectedly in January
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales fell unexpectedly in January, and another gauge of consumer spending also slipped. The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales fell 0.4 percent last month, led by a drop in automobile sales. Sales fell by a revised 0.1 percent...
February 13, 2014 - 8:30am
February 4, 2014
Wal-Mart to invest $500 million in Canada, create 7,500 jobs
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday it would invest about $500 million this year to strengthen its presence in Canada, creating more than 7,500 jobs including construction. The investments include more than $376 million for store projects, $91 million for distribution...
February 4, 2014 - 9:00am
January 22, 2014
Target cuts 475 jobs in Minnesota offices, spokeswoman says
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Target Corp (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is cutting 475 jobs at its offices in Minnesota, where it is based, a spokeswoman for the third-largest U.S. retailer said on Wednesday.
January 22, 2014 - 2:26pm
January 14, 2014
U.S. holiday sales up 3.8 percent, retail federation says
NEW YORK - U.S. retail sales rose 3.8 percent during the 2013 holiday season, compared with 3.5 percent last year, the National Retail Federation said on Tuesday. The disappointing showing reflected on the extent of discounting retailers resorted to as consumers held back spending...
news / nation
January 14, 2014 - 10:41am
January 9, 2014
Discounts slam retailers' holiday season profits
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many large U.S. retailers slashed their earnings forecasts on Thursday because of steep discounts they offered during the holidays to persuade reluctant consumers.
January 9, 2014 - 2:08pm
Family Dollar results show lower-income shoppers still pressured
(Reuters) - Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit and gave a tepid outlook for the current period after it discounted more than it had originally planned to win shoppers in the key holiday shopping ...
January 9, 2014 - 9:56am