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Clinton tabs Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate
Rural Maynard family escapes burning home
Tim Huber's attorney argues lack of probable cause in seeking dismissal of murder indictment
Confusion on procedure takes new Willmar position off council table
Relay for Life Kandiyohi County
Richards lifts Glenwood past BOLD and into state tournament
KRA revs up after weather delays
Roundup: VFW I heads into playoffs on hot streak
Sano breaks slump, leads Twins to victory
Stingers' rally fall short in loss to La Crosse
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'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
Frye -- Birkland
Dahl -- Schow
Lippert -- Marcus
How has the past affected today's outdoors heritage?
Doty — St. Aubin
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
Robert J. Swanberg
Evelyn "Evie" M. Mulder
Carol Ann Ringler
Ardis E. Smith
Myrtle M. Knutson
Commentary: Latest VA fix creates new ills
Tribune Opinion: Willmar benefits from 'Moving Health Forward'
Letter: A credit to sports writing
Letter: Criticism of Peppin unwarranted
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
February 3, 2011
Swift County begins mapping survey in Camp Lake Township
BENSON -- A slow process to map Swift County townships with a global positioning system will take another step forward this year. At their meeting Tuesday, the Swift County Commissioners approved an $18,280 contract with GIS Midwest of Willmar to complete a survey of Camp Lake Township. It...
February 3, 2011 - 12:00am
January 20, 2011
Swift County seeks grant for possible purchase of OHV parkland
BENSON -- If a federal grant is approved and if local landowners are willing to sell, Swift County might be able to triple the park acreage they own in Appleton and make a popular off-highway park a permanent asset. "We're testing the water right now," said Mike Johnson, director...
January 20, 2011 - 12:00am
January 10, 2011
Farmland values rising
WILLMAR -- Farmland values in west central Minnesota are continuing to climb to new, historic highs, assessors in the seven-county area around Willmar report. The rising values come despite some angst over whether the values might represent a bubble in the making. "Is this the new...
January 10, 2011 - 12:00am
January 7, 2011
Pleas entered in pot sale case involving 11-year-old child
BENSON -- Four of the five people charged with drug sale, possession and child endangerment pleas in Swift County District Court for their roles in a marijuana deal that involved an 11-year-old child have entered guilty pleas. Everett James Quigley, 32, of Kerkhoven, pleaded guilty...
January 7, 2011 - 12:00am
January 6, 2011
Swift Co. receives $500K grant for 800-megahertz radios for fire personnel
BENSON -- A major federal grant will help equip Swift County firefighters with new emergency radios. The Swift County Board of Commissioners were told Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security is providing a $521,197 grant to be used...
January 6, 2011 - 12:00am
January 4, 2011
Diversification allows regional family seed company to continue to see growth
MURDOCK -- The farm fields north of Murdock lie fallow and snow-covered, but the winter scene is anything but quiet. There's a drum beat of hammers at the Falk Seed Farm, where a warehouse and adjoining loading dock are under construction. By spring, the site, which is about the...
January 4, 2011 - 12:00am
December 23, 2010
Swift County officials give themselves a bump in pay
BENSON -- The Swift County Commissioners approved a 3.5 levy increase for 2011 and approved salary increases for themselves and most of the county's employees. Following the truth-in-taxation hearing Tuesday night, the commissioners ap-proved the $8.2 million levy. The budget was...
December 23, 2010 - 12:00am
December 14, 2010
No contract settlements in Swift County
BENSON -- Contract negotiations are continuing in Swift County between union employees and the county commissioners. So far there's been no agreements reached with any of the unions representing county employees. The county is currently offering a "slight increase" in salaries in...
December 14, 2010 - 12:00am
November 4, 2010
Gimse: 'It was a very good night' for GOP in Minnesota
WILLMAR -- With the exception of Republican Bruce Vogel's upset of 14-year legislative veteran Al Juhnke in House District 13B, voters in west...
November 4, 2010 - 12:00am
November 3, 2010
Area county commission and county office results
Unofficial results for races for county commissioner and county offices: Chippewa County Commissioner District 3 Mark Dahl - 394 votes, 44 percent Dennis L.
November 3, 2010 - 8:34am
Wednesday morning results of area sheriff's races
Area voters have elected Scott Hable in Renville County, John Holtz in Swift County, Jeff Norlin in Meeker County, Tim Riley in Pope County and Rick Halverson in Lac qui Parle County. Unofficial results show the following results in area races for county sheriff: Renville County As...
November 3, 2010 - 7:25am
November 2, 2010
Reporter votes again in Minnesota for first time after living in Florida and abroad
Tribune multimedia reporter Jannet Walsh votes for the first time in her home state of Minnesota after living many years in Florida and abro...
November 2, 2010 - 10:16pm
October 27, 2010
District 20A: Backer believes healthy jobs climate is key for state
GRACEVILLE -- Jay Backer wants to pack twice the punch in St. Paul. Backer and his twin brother, Jeff, are both campaigning for the state Legislature....
October 27, 2010 - 12:00am
October 22, 2010
Arrest made in Swift County copper thefts
BENSON -- The Swift County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect Thursday evening in connection with a series of recent burglaries in which copper and metal fittings were stolen from unoccupied vacant homes and abandoned farmyards. Sheriff John Holtz said the suspect is being held...
October 22, 2010 - 6:41pm
October 7, 2010
Candidate forum in Benson scheduled Oct. 19
BENSON -- A candidates' forum featuring state legislative races and Swift County sheriff and commissioner races is being hosted by the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce. It will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Benson Junior High Auditorium, 1400 Montana Ave. Invited legislative candidates...
October 7, 2010 - 2:15pm