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Xcel, FAA research using drones to inspect electric lines
Alaska man injured in morning rollover in New London Township
High speed chase ends in Willmar with arrest of juvenile
Convictions published Feb. 21
County proposes new traffic option for wye corridor
Girls Basketball: Cards streak by Alex
Blackhawks close in on first-place Wld with win in St. Paul
Boys Basketball: Montevideo overpowers YME
Boys Basketball: Dragons edge NLS
Boys Basketball: Eisenbacher's double-double leads ACGC
New London Little Theatre Review: 'Opal's Million Dollar Duck' is genuine
'9 to 5' one for the ages -- even in Willmar: Musical on Barn stage through Feb. 26
Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80
Golden Globe Awards: 'La La Land' Breaks Record for Most Win
Streaming overtakes U.S. digital music sales for first time: Nielsen
Around our region published Feb. 22
Many Americans unaware of important heart health numbers: survey
Slow cooker recipes for easy meals on weeknights
Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios
Reader News: Diaper Bears for Hope Pregnancy Center
Howard J. Powers
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Willmar Commentary: America's predictable pension crisis
Harrop commentary: Trump has media crying ... all the way to the bank
Parenting Perspectives: Let your kids choose -- or pave -- their own paths
January 12, 2011
Franken pushes rural jobs, small business in Minnesota
Growing small business will create new jobs -- and new tax revenue, says U.S. Sen. Al Franken.
January 12, 2011 - 9:21am
December 9, 2010
Fire near Litchfield destroys shed, bales, machinery
LITCHFIELD -- A shed, cornstalk bales and several pieces of haying machinery were damaged or destroy by fire around 10 a.m. Wednesday at a rural Litchfield residence. According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, deputies and fire crews were called to a fire in a shed at 16235...
December 9, 2010 - 9:32am
October 26, 2010
Letter: Jobs for rural Minnesota
There is a lot of talk this election year about jobs. Everyone says we need more jobs here in west central Minnesota. As a retired resident of Appleton Township, having lived here since 1943, I agree. In 1995, I began work at Prairie Correctional Facility in the automotive maintenance...
October 26, 2010 - 12:00am
September 15, 2010
Broadband grant funds available for those in the local area
WILLMAR -- Local organizations have a chance to apply for grants to help them increase both access to broadband and the use of broadband technology. About $100,000 in grant funding is available. The money comes from the C.K. Blandin Foundation's Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities...
September 15, 2010 - 12:00am
August 3, 2010
Access to broadband a step closer for residents of rural area
APPLETON -- Folks living outside of Appleton are on the verge of being able to do what their neighbors living outside of smaller towns like Cerro Gordo or Chokio already take for granted. They will be able to replace the scratch, screech and pings of dial-up Internet access with...
August 3, 2010 - 12:00am
July 2, 2010
Letter: ACMC: 'We were not involved'
There have been several articles in area papers related to a recent settlement involving the Federal Trade Commission and medical providers in rural southwest Minnesota. As CEO of Affiliated Community Medical Centers, I feel compelled to reassure the public that while we understand...
July 2, 2010 - 12:00am
July 1, 2010
Willmar men face assault charges for allegedly beating man
WILLMAR -- Two Willmar men made their first court appearances Wednesday on third-degree assault charges for allegedly beating a man early Tuesday...
July 1, 2010 - 12:00am
June 21, 2010
Health care co-op agrees to antitrust settlement with FTC
A group of doctors and hospitals in southwestern Minnesota has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that prohibits anticompetitive tactics the group allegedly used to increase health insurance reimbursement rates. Under a proposed settlement order, the Minnesota...
June 21, 2010 - 12:00am
June 15, 2010
Latest jobs bill has help for rural residents
MONTEVIDEO -- In terms of what it could mean for rural development, Sen.
June 15, 2010 - 12:00am
April 20, 2010
Minnesotans find prospects for Cuban agricultural trade if relations are normalized
WILLMAR -- A 90-mile flight from Miami, Fla., to Havana, Cuba, brought 36 rural Minnesotans on what seemed like a trip back in time, but left...
April 20, 2010 - 12:00am
April 6, 2010
Providing access to dotcom economy, one tower at a time
GRANITE FALLS -- Broadband connectivity is a "must have'' for economic growth. Yet in large swaths of rural west central and western Minnesota, that connectivity remains hard to have, or very expensive. That's changing fast, tower by tower. "We're getting this service to where...
April 6, 2010 - 12:00am
March 31, 2010
Health care reform bill debated by audience at local forum
WILLMAR -- Most of the people who attended a forum Tuesday in Willmar on rural health care coverage said they know someone who's struggling to...
March 31, 2010 - 12:00am
March 13, 2010
Willmar area ag leaders travel to Cuba
MARSHALL -- Ten people from west central Minnesota were part of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program international mission from Feb. 15 to 25 to Cuba. The participants included Roger Imdieke of New London, Jim Molenaar of New London, Joe Borgerding of Belgrade,...
March 13, 2010 - 12:00am
March 5, 2010
A plan for rural survival
It will soon be clear that our economy won't replace most of the good jobs shipped overseas. This may become even clearer at about the same time that the Chinese take our credit cards away. And, if the peak oil people are correct, then we will need a plan. I am proposing that we,...
March 5, 2010 - 12:00am
February 22, 2010
Fire destroys rural Paynesville home
PAYNESVILLE -- A home in rural Paynesville was destroyed in a fire Sunday despite the efforts of firefighters who were at the scene for nearly 15 hours. The Paynesville Fire Department responded to the fire at 1:23 a.m. at 19253 Rosemary Road in Eden Lake Township. They were on the...
February 22, 2010 - 12:00am