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Prosecutors want police conduct expert to testify at Minnesota police officer's manslaughter trial
Minn. legislators weigh increasing penalties for blocking highways during protests
Teenager supporting veterans around Minnesota with clothing
Two vineyards challenge Minnesota grape law
Subsidy cuts could mean 'death spiral' for small airports in upper Midwest
Rubio's three FTs send Wolves past Pacers
Local Roundup: Jackson earns All-America honors
U.S. women's team settle pay dispute, avoid boycott
Gimenez hardest transition to Twins may be getting son on the bandwagon
Tonkin polishing new cutter in Twins bullpen
'Trading Spaces' returning to TV
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'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
Violet Gurtrude Swanson
Keith L. Sorenson
Delores A. Larson
Ethel L. Anderson
LeRoy H. Koenen
Parenting Perspectives: Why I worry about what others think of me
Farmers leading progress on buffer requirement
Pinke: Rally around rural communities
Positively Beautiful: Health and wellness trends popping up everywhere
Swift: Hairstyling technique not all it is wrapped up to be
Dave & Vivian Swanson
Man taken to crisis center after standoff in rural Watkins
LITCHFIELD -- A rural Watkins man was taken to Woodland Crisis Center in Willmar after a two-hour standoff with police Saturday afternoon. According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, deputies attempted to serve civil process, divorce papers, around 3:25 p.m. Saturday at a residence...
March 28, 2011 - 8:43am
February 10, 2011
Editorial: Rural access plan overhaul is needed
The Federal Communications Commission chairman Monday released an overhaul plan for the long-criticized program that helps bring telephone service to remote rural areas. The primary purpose of Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposed overhaul is to focus on expansion of high-speed...
February 10, 2011 - 12:00am
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