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Chili fest begins Willmar Area Food Shelf’s month-long fundraiser
ACGC to start school before Labor Day
Retreat update, hearings on street work and utility rates on Willmar City Council agenda
Graves’ plane flying too low in final seconds, NTSB finds in early report
MnSCU backs Ridgewater president after faculty vote of no confidence
Prep Wrestling: Area has 10 entrants reach state semifinals
Girls Basketball: Cardinals win regular-season finale
Return of Garnett brings flashbacks
Butler, Bulls fight off Timberwolves
Boys basketball roundup: Bluejays knock off Lancers
Star Trek's 'Mr. Spock,' Leonard Nimoy, dies at 83
REVIEW: Barn’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ offers up a rousing good time
'Little Shop of Horrors' in full swing at The Barn
Smith triumphs with four Grammy wins, Beck gets best album
Odell "Red" Orland Reiten
Margie G. Bomstad
Kids and books in the kitchen
February/March edition of Live it! Magazine is now available online
Williams — DeRiso
Krueger — Lingle
Lund — Willenbring
Cartoon bu Catilino
Editorial: ‘Da Kid’ returns tonight, welcome
Letter: Willmar’s intellectual Taliban
Editorial: It’s time to speak on Hwy. 23 gap needs
Letter: Put salaries in perspective
December 30, 2014
Dayton focuses on education, transportation
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton plans to focus on education and transportation funding when the Minnesota Legislature opens next week, but said he welcomes anyone “to knock on the door” and offer suggestions for what else should be accomplished. “I’m open to anything,” the...
December 30, 2014 - 9:57pm
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
GOP could change with Republican House control
ST. PAUL — Rep. Steve Drazkowski is a firebrand for his strong right-wing speeches in the Minnesota House, mostly encouraging government to get out of people’s lives. While not personal, the Mazeppa Republican’s speeches are tough and, at times, controversial. Or at least...
December 28, 2014 - 7:34pm
December 26, 2014
Council member in fatal chase was ‘great’ public servant
FERGUS FALLS, — The high speed chase that left a Fergus Falls City Council member and Minnesota State University Moorhead instructor dead seems out of a character for the man, according to those who served with him. Mayor Hal Leland said Tim Rundquist, 52, who began his term in...
December 26, 2014 - 6:02pm
December 25, 2014
Used ag equipment values bounce back
MOORHEAD — An auction is a snapshot of how people are feeling, said Greg Peterson, known as Machinery Pete, who has been tracking auction prices on farm and construction equipment since 1989. And the prices of some used ag equipment dropped significantly from mid-August through...
December 25, 2014 - 11:57pm
Rural legislators prioritize care for the elderly, disabled
ST. PAUL — The top priority for many rural Minnesota legislators is to improve state funding sent to elderly and disabled care programs. House...
December 25, 2014 - 11:55pm
Early start to flu season results in third death in Minnesota
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Health said a third young person has died of influenza as the flu season hits early and hard. The Health Department confirmed the death Wednesday in detailing flu activity around the state during the past week. State infectious disease director...
December 25, 2014 - 11:46pm
December 24, 2014
Weather mild, a little snowy for Christmas
Weather for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is forecast to be a bit gloomy in west central Minnesota with a little snow. There’s a chance of freezing drizzle followed by fog on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day brings a chance of snow and sleet in the morning and a chance of...
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December 24, 2014 - 12:30pm
December 23, 2014
Republicans prepare new rural agenda
ST. PAUL — Republicans who will control the Minnesota House the next two years make it abundantly clear they will focus on rural Minnesota...
December 23, 2014 - 11:09pm
Lower prices will please propane users
Minnesotans who heat their homes with propane may find the next few months a lot easier on their budgets than last winter, when a tight supply and high demand sent prices surging. Since January, when propane sold for a stratospheric $4.61 a gallon in Minnesota, the price has dropped...
December 23, 2014 - 10:59pm
December 22, 2014
Cameras see more than skin deep
WILLMAR –– Like a relationship that looks OK on the outside but is deeply troubled under the surface, the physical bruises of victims of domestic violence may also be difficult to see. Without evidence of abuse, perpetrators can go uncharged and victims remain at risk. But a...
December 22, 2014 - 10:30pm
Norovirus strikes Minnesota
Norovirus has been hitting Minnesota hard this winter, with about 40 outbreaks reported to the Minnesota Department of Health since the beginning of November. The outbreaks have occurred in a variety of settings, such as restaurants, schools, nursing homes and private gatherings,...
December 22, 2014 - 10:27pm
Montevideo Police hope to solve year-old murder case
MONTEVIDEO — Today is the one year anniversary of a homicide in Montevideo that remains unsolved, although authorities remain hopeful of resolving the case. It was on this date around 10:15 p.m. that Montevideo Police found the body of Thomas Dickson, 64, in his upstairs apartment...
December 22, 2014 - 10:26pm
Daudt prepares to lead Minnesota House
ST. PAUL — Memories of 2011 remain fresh for Mark Dayton. That was when Dayton, Minnesota’s Democratic governor, faced a conservative Republican...
December 22, 2014 - 10:22pm