Skip to main content
West Central Tribune
Trump says 'nothing funny' about 'Saturday Night Live' mockery
Trump inauguration protest groups demand access to Washington sites
Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs
Republican wins recount, GOP gains Senate control
KMS Marching Saints join mass band, choir at Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary
WCT daily sports schedule
2016 Tribune Boys Basketball Previews
Boys Basketball Previews: Cards' Slagter always puts team first
Wild hold off Leafs' surge
Peterson may remain out of commission if Vikings are out of contention
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Read Live it! December-January issue
Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Harlow D. Skindelien
Marlene M. Baumann
Dionne commentary: The disempowered majority in U.S.
Will commentary: Trump's Carrier ploy is not conservatism
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Parker commentary: Donald Trump's demagogic illogic
Thomas commentary: Remembering Pearl Harbor at 75
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
December 13, 2012
US retail sales rose 0.3 percent in November
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent more on autos, electronics and building supplies in November, and shopped more frequently online. The data suggests the economy is rebounding from disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.3 percent...
December 13, 2012 - 7:51am
December 3, 2012
Letter: A sound position on spending
Congratulations to Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish on his position on spending. If we had more leaders in city, county, state and federal government with spending concerns such as his, we likely would not be facing the financial cliff. Rowland Griffith New London
December 3, 2012 - 9:38am
November 23, 2012
Sense and Centsibility blog: Avoid overspending this holiday season
November 23, 2012 - 8:37am
October 12, 2012
Letter: Budget-balancing tricker
I am writing in response to a letter from Eric Nordstrom that appeared on this page Oct. 8. He criticizes my recent letter that suggests that we look closely at the role that Joe Gimse and Bruce Vogel played in shutting down Minnesota in the summer of 2011. At that time the only...
October 12, 2012 - 2:52am
September 8, 2012
Make the wise choice to avoid lifestyle inflation
When my wife and I first got married, we lived on a meager income. We lived in a run-down two-bedroom apartment and ate Hamburger Helper more than I'd care to admit. We managed to get by and live a happy life, even though we didn't have cable, rarely ate out and shared a cell phone. But...
September 8, 2012 - 12:00am
August 15, 2012
Letter: Why increase council pay?
Why, Mr. Mayor, are you proposing an increase in the budget of an 18.4 increase in the salaries of the mayor and councilpersons? Especially when you personally told me that you had originally requested from department heads and the administrator an across-the-board reduction of 10...
August 15, 2012 - 12:00am
March 27, 2012
NLS budget cuts upped to $258K, technology levy spending outlined
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board was presented Monday with a slightly increased list of potential budget cuts for the 2012-13 school year. The list now totals $258,517, which is higher than the initially expected range of $130,000 to $200,000 because the district...
March 27, 2012 - 12:00am
March 23, 2012
Real Money blog: 'No dollar days' add up over time
March 23, 2012 - 8:28am
Letter: Misuse of the legacy fund
I applaud the West Central Tribune in its recent editorial on the misuse of legacy funds by the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton. I first learned about this tragic abuse of power by our elected officials in an article written by Doug Smith in the Star Tribune. His information...
February 23, 2012 - 12:00am
Areavoices.com: Five easy ways to save money
Making some slight adjustments to your weekend routine can save you some green. Some chores typically done on weekends are necessary, but it's...
January 23, 2012 - 9:18am
November 25, 2011
Scrimp or splurge: Financial counselors advise a consumer reality check
WILLMAR -- Scrimp or splurge? As shoppers flock to the stores today for the holiday opener, financial counselors urge a reality check. Consumers...
November 25, 2011 - 12:00am
September 21, 2011
Letter: No help from the Tea Party
The Tea Party will be the downfall of this country. President Obama wants to create jobs for the unemployed and the Tea Party wants to cut jobs. Why don't you hear much about how the Republican Party (Tea Party) would create jobs? They would rather see the president's rating go down...
September 21, 2011 - 12:00am
July 7, 2011
Letter: More taxes won't fix budget
The shutdown could have been avoided. How many believe the legislators cut too much with their "all cuts" proposal? November's election was an outcry from the voters to bring back financial responsibility. The downturn in our economy exposed the belly of the beast and it is bloated....
July 7, 2011 - 12:00am
June 10, 2011
Letter: Paying a fair share of taxes
This is a quiz. In what American state do the 836 families with the highest income, those with annual income of more than $3 million, pay a total state and local tax rate of 9.7 percent of their income, while the more than one million households with annual income of $32,000 and less...
June 10, 2011 - 12:00am
Letter: Living within our means
On one of the major TV networks, there is a game show called "Jeopardy." On this show, the contestants have a series of questions to answer, and each player has to guess the correct answer. At the end they also have to decide how much money they want to put in jeopardy while they...
June 10, 2011 - 12:00am