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'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
'My Ocean': On the Ordway Prairie in west central Minnesota
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
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
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
R. Vernon Benson
Stanley A. Nelson
Linda Kay Larson
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Commentary: The path ahead for Hillary Clinton
Commentary: For Trump to Lose, GOP must let Clinton win
Commentary: Trump: Seeking victory through fear
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Commentary: Ted Cruz holds his nose
April 29, 2015
Willmar schools serve 1.2 million meals a year
WILLMAR — The food and nutrition service at Willmar Public Schools serves more than a million meals a year, but it’s taken a small budget hit because kids don’t seem to like this year’s new healthier snacks. Program director Annette Derouin and dietitian Danaca Johnson provided...
April 29, 2015 - 5:55am
New round of nutrition guidelines coming for schools
WILLMAR — New federal regulations will bring more changes to school nutrition programs next year, including a new program that could do away with some of students’ favorite snacks. Food and Nutrition Director Annette Derouin provided an update on the changing regulations for...
April 29, 2014 - 11:35pm
March 15, 2014
House OKs plugging school lunch funding hole
ST. PAUL — Minnesota students would be guaranteed school lunches if senators agree with a House vote.
March 15, 2014 - 5:00am
February 26, 2014
Willmar schools stops practice of refusing meals to kids with no money in lunch accounts
WILLMAR — There will be no more tray-pulling in Willmar schools. Students with no money in their lunch accounts will no longer have their lunch trays taken from them in front of their classmates. “We decided we’re not going to take trays away from kids, and we’re going...
February 26, 2014 - 5:01pm
February 24, 2014
Letter: Another student’s lunch pulled
I am writing about school meals. This is a frustrating issue for me. I would have a hard time agreeing that only eight meals have been thrown away as I know of two instances myself plus the one written about in the paper. A lot of the problem has to do with the school district not...
February 24, 2014 - 6:00am
February 22, 2014
Editorial: It’s time to review no lunch policy
The recent report that examined Minnesota school district policies regarding student lunches when accounts have fallen into deficit put a harsh spotlight on the no lunch practices occurring in some school cafeterias. The idea that a tray of food would be pulled away from a student...
February 22, 2014 - 6:00am
Letter: Pulling trays is bullying
Some things are puzzling me about this business of depriving children of the regular lunch for lack of funds. My wife and I are retired educators who worked for the Willmar Schools. The practice of pulling student lunches started long before I retired in 2003 and was still clearly...
February 22, 2014 - 5:00am
Letter: Parents, be part of the solution
Parenting is an awesome responsibility. After reviewing and reflecting on the recent articles and editorials regarding school lunch issues, I feel challenged to write this letter. It is with a compassionate heart I am encouraging parents (myself included) to reflect on modeling. Parents,...
February 22, 2014 - 5:00am
February 19, 2014
Letter: Shame on school officials
“Obscene” is described in Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Tenth Edition as “… abhorrent to morality or virtue… repulsive by reason of crass disregard of moral or ethical principals…” What Maddie Stenglien saw in the Willmar Senior High School last Wednesday,...
February 19, 2014 - 5:00am
February 18, 2014
Letter: A commendable student act
I do not know Maddie Stenglein personally, however I wish to extend my congratulations to this young lady for the courageous, courteous, and commendable act that she exhibited in the school lunch line. Her family, the Spicer and Willmar communities, and the entire region should take...
February 18, 2014 - 3:00am
Letter: Incompetence in the lunch line
From all accounts printed in the West Central Tribune and through online comments on Facebook, a ridiculous level of incompetence is running rampant at the Willmar Public School District, among others. Perhaps other area schools should be grouped in with Willmar in that statement,...
February 18, 2014 - 3:00am
February 15, 2014
Willmar student saw another’s lunch taken away, bought it for him
WILLMAR — Maddie Stenglein was standing in line to get a cheeseburger for lunch Wednesday at Willmar Senior High when she saw a “lunch lady” take a tray out of a boy’s hands and set it aside. Stenglein, 17, said she didn’t know the boy, but she could tell he was embarrassed....
February 15, 2014 - 5:00am
Letter: The truth on school lunches in Willmar
Thursday morning I read an article in the West Central Tribune about lunches being taken away from kids in school. I would like to say that Wednesday, I was in school at the Willmar Senior High and I watched a lunch lady take the lunch right out of a boy’s hands after he typed...
February 15, 2014 - 4:00am
July 18, 2013
Cooks recount horror of Indian school lunch deaths
PATNA, India (AP) -- Soon after they served the daily free lunch they had prepared for dozens of children at a rural Indian school, the two cooks...
July 18, 2013 - 6:51am
July 17, 2013
21 children die after eating school lunch in India
PATNA, India (AP) -- At least 21 children died and more than two dozen others were sick after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide, Indian officials said Wednesday.
July 17, 2013 - 7:03am