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Briefs: Former Obama aide calls Trump a 'psychopath'
Second case of switched babies shakes Canadian community
More bodies located beneath rubble in Italy quake zone
Wild about wine: Carlos Creek expands into Xcel Energy Center, other Twin Cities venues
National Guard soldiers return to Willmar after Kuwait deployment
Finally, the Wolves might give the Target Center two good teams
Roundup: Rockets advance in Class C state tournament
Anderson repeats in Match Play tourney
Vikings open new stadium with preseason win
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
Barbara A. Erickson
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Kenneth C. Hensch
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Cartoonist Opinions for Aug. 27
Letter: Our declining moral values
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Minnesota Opinion: The long wait for mental health care needs fixing
Thomas: Abolishing 'man' at Princeton
Update: Shots fired outside Zorbaz in Spicer early Sunday
September 8, 2015
Rural counties lack child abuse aid
ST. PAUL — Rural Minnesota counties are struggling to meet new state requirements aimed at quicker response to child abuse allegations. At times, rural law enforcement personnel are called into service at nights and on weekends to screen reported child abuse cases. They often are...
September 8, 2015 - 11:11pm
July 28, 2015
Dayton appoints new members to task force to expand high-speed Internet
ST. PAUL (Forum News Service) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has named seven new members to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, which is working to expand high-speed Internet in the state. The group will next meet Aug. 4 at Minnesota Farmfest near Redwood Falls to emphasize...
July 28, 2015 - 11:18pm
July 20, 2015
Oral health program targets Willmar region
WILLMAR — West central Minnesota is one of three rural regions targeted for a new five-year program known as the Minnesota Collaborative Rural Oral Health Project. The project is funded by a grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of...
July 20, 2015 - 11:43pm
June 16, 2015
Frontier Communications to improve rural Internet
WILLMAR — Frontier Communications Corp. accepted $27.5 million from the Connect America Fund to expand and support broadband to more than 40,000 rural Minnesotans. Kandiyohi County is projected to receive $114,635 of the support for expanded broadband deployment by Frontier. Yellow...
June 16, 2015 - 11:56pm
March 25, 2015
Food Charter group: Feed communities first
GRANITE FALLS — There is a bounty of healthy vegetables, fruits and meats raised on small farms in western Minnesota, but they are more often...
March 25, 2015 - 11:03pm
December 28, 2014
Legislative notebook: Broadband answers vary broadly
ST. PAUL — Most accounts indicate that rural Minnesotans demand better high-speed Internet service, but lawmakers who represent them are split on the issue. Some rural lawmakers make it a priority for the state to help fund expanding high-speed Internet, known as broadband, to...
December 28, 2014 - 9:12pm
August 4, 2014
Helping hands on the climb back up: When disaster strikes, veterinarian finds her solo practice is anything but
APPLETON — Dr. Rachel Bakeberg, D.V.M., made herself the exception when she graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary...
August 4, 2014 - 11:13pm
January 2, 2014
Rural churches offer traditional options with view of the outdoors
No matter how impressive an outdoor wedding ceremony may be, some couples just can’t imagine being married anywhere but inside a church. Fortunately,...
January 2, 2014 - 4:32pm
April 22, 2013
Long-distance woes plague phone calls to rural Minnesota
BEMIDJI, Minn. - At Up North Sports, about 20 percent of business comes over the phone. But that crucial tie to customers from across the nation...
April 22, 2013 - 7:50am
April 3, 2013
Greater Minnesota could find its voice through collaboration
Willmar Municipal Utilities Commissioner Carol Laumer says the topic of a speaker at a recent state utilities association conference was timely. The speaker from the Center for Rural Policy and Development of St. Peter discussed seeking solutions for Greater Minnesota’s future....
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
January 18, 2013
Midwest bankers survey suggests continued growth
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of rural bankers suggests that growth in farmland prices, cash rents and farm equipment sales remain strong despite the continuing threat of drought in 10 Midwestern and northern Plains states. A report on the Rural Mainstreet Index released Thursday...
January 18, 2013 - 8:15am
HealthBeat blog: Need health care, will travel
October 18, 2012 - 8:49am
October 17, 2012
From NY Life to Farmer's Wife blog: City girl adjusts to Minnesota winters
October 17, 2012 - 8:49am
October 8, 2012
Rural issue talks rare in presidential campaigns
ST. PAUL -- As they campaign, presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney pretty much ignore rural-specific issues. It is not that...
October 8, 2012 - 12:00am
October 3, 2012
From NY Life to Farmer's Wife blog: Take time to meet new people
October 3, 2012 - 8:48am