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State Department to approve Keystone pipeline permit
Quilt for a cop at Willmar Middle School
British-born UK parliament attacker ID'd, had been investigated over extremism concerns
Girl, 13, accused of leading SD police on high-speed chase in stolen SUV
Utah man killed in London attack, wife injured, relative says
United States celebrates first World Baseball Classic title
Injured Lavine, his upbeat attitude still part of Timberwolves
Minnesota-born Lundquist chose broadcasting over the ministry 50-plus years ago
Bluejays ready to roll
Phil Hughes recalls visiting pitching guru Tom House
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'The Big Bang Theory' spinoff 'Young Sheldon' officially ordered at CBS
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
Play our Basketball Brackets Challenge
Milton M. Hamann
Marian A. Hanson
Ruth O. Jones
Hoops on Hops: Delve into the wide range of beer books
Port: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls criticism over #NoDAPL protests response “inaccurate and offensive”
American wines are gaining in popularity
Lost Italian: It all starts with Pasta Aglio e Olio
Swift: The new 'Maximum Overdrive': Could our appliances be too smart?
April 7, 2016
Swift County to sell $7.8 million in bonds for broadband internet project
BENSON — The Swift County Commissioners took the next step to secure a $7.8 million general obligation bond that will provide up-front money to expand broadband internet to rural homes and businesses in the eastern half of the county. At the meeting Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners...
April 7, 2016 - 11:34pm
March 15, 2016
Kandiyohi County awards contract for broadband feasibility study
WILLMAR — Work will start soon on a feasibility study intended to help Kandiyohi County move forward with better broadband access. The County Board of Commissioners awarded a consulting contract Tuesday to Communication Network Engineering of Fargo, North Dakota, to carry out the...
March 15, 2016 - 11:42pm
March 4, 2016
Rural Minnesota to dominate another legislative session
ST. PAUL — Greater Minnesota issues dominated much of the legislative debate in 2015 and likely will again this year as control of next year’s Legislature could be decided in rural areas. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders fielded a question about what a successful rural...
March 4, 2016 - 11:45pm
February 18, 2016
Rural childcare access to be discussed at meeting Wednesday
WILLMAR — The availability of affordable childcare in rural Minnesota is the topic of a legislative listening session that will be held Wednesday in Willmar. The meeting will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, 610 NE Highway 71 in Willmar. Hosted by local...
February 18, 2016 - 11:03pm
February 16, 2016
County considers proposal for public Wi-Fi hotspots
WILLMAR — A proposed partnership between Kandiyohi County and MVTV Wireless could bring free Wi-Fi “hotspots” to rural areas of the county that lack Internet access. It won’t solve the county’s most pressing issues with broadband but it would help fill some of the immediate...
February 16, 2016 - 11:49pm
February 11, 2016
Rural sex assault victims often receive less care
ST. PAUL — Greater Minnesota sexual assault victims are less likely to receive adequate care, a new study shows. “Our current response is...
February 11, 2016 - 11:20pm
Mental health care concerns providers, policy makers
WILLMAR — A roundtable discussion with lawmakers Thursday at Rice Memorial Hospital centered around mental health and the challenges facing...
February 11, 2016 - 11:07pm
January 29, 2016
Legislators continue support for Appleton prison
GRANITE FALLS — A Swift County task force working to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton has remained optimistic despite Governor...
January 29, 2016 - 12:09am
January 19, 2016
State Democrats, Republicans agree on rural goals, but not the means
ST. PAUL — Democratic and Republican legislators agree on many goals for rural Minnesota, but often differ on how to reach them. House Democrats...
January 19, 2016 - 11:49pm
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