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Willmar soldiers return home
Governor to receive invite to tour Appleton prison
Records for Aug. 27
New London depot makes another historic move
Community steps forward to help as water recedes
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
NLS volleyball team wins two at Albany Invite
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
Molitor proceeding with caution on Mauer return
Maybe Bridgewater should just take a knee until Week 1
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
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
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Harold (Bill) William Wright
Cartoonist Opinions for Aug. 27
Letter: Our declining moral values
Why can't political ads be truthful?
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Letter: Nutrition must start early in life
July 13, 2016
Board, teachers to try again for contract settlement in Willmar
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board and its teachers union may be nearing a resolution of their ongoing contract dispute. The two sides plan...
July 13, 2016 - 12:15am
May 25, 2016
NLS teachers to vote on Q-comp plan
NEW LONDON — Teachers in the New London-Spicer School District begin voting today on a proposed quality compensation agreement. The voting ends Friday. Known as Q-comp, the plan promotes professional development — such as classroom observations and teacher evaluations — and...
May 25, 2016 - 12:22am
May 20, 2016
Licensing staff crunch blamed for shortage of teachers
ST. PAUL — A budget gap at the Minnesota Board of Teaching is slowing efforts to improve the state’s educator-licensing system, seen as key to help remedy a statewide teacher shortage. Erin Doan, the board’s executive director, said a $16,000 budget gap has staff members voluntarily...
May 20, 2016 - 5:30am
April 30, 2016
Quality-linked pay advances in NLS School District
NEW LONDON — A plan that would link a teacher’s salary with student achievement is advancing in the New London-Spicer School District. After submitting its quality compensation — or Q-comp — plan to the Department of Education in February, the district made revisions requested...
April 30, 2016 - 12:02am
April 14, 2016
Letter: Willmar teachers need support
Every community needs a strong school system. Willmar has that strong school system. Willmar teachers are dedicated, highly educated individuals...
April 14, 2016 - 12:10am
April 11, 2016
Willmar School District strategic plan starts with employee involvement
WILLMAR — A room full of employees and administrators began the first steps last week toward a new strategic plan for the Willmar Public Schools....
April 11, 2016 - 12:05am
April 7, 2016
Bridging the gap: When teachers are white, but students are not
BLOOMINGTON — In a state where the vast majority of teachers are white and a growing number of kids are not, schools are trying to figure out...
April 7, 2016 - 5:30am
March 14, 2016
Willmar superintendent proposes studying tradition of laying off/rehiring non-tenured teachers
WILLMAR — More than 100 non-tenured teachers will be receiving their pink slips from Willmar Public Schools this spring. At the Willmar School...
March 14, 2016 - 11:34pm
February 29, 2016
New London-Spicer music teachers Sherry and Brian Pearson to retire
NEW LONDON — After guiding thousands of students into the world of music, a dynamic teaching duo in the New London-Spicer School District...
February 29, 2016 - 12:58am
Willmar may apply for funding for teacher merit pay
WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools teachers have asked the School Board to look at the possibility of implementing an alternative teacher pay...
February 29, 2016 - 12:05am
September 8, 2015
Midwest Opinion: High praise for work of teachers
Good teaching should be recognized and rewarded.
September 8, 2015 - 4:00am
April 13, 2015
Teacher mentoring program begins this fall in the Willmar Public Schools
WILLMAR — An organized effort to provide mentoring and training for beginning teachers will begin this fall in the Willmar Public Schools. A group of staff members in the district presented an update on the plans at Monday’s School Board meeting. The proposal will be funded...
April 13, 2015 - 11:00pm
November 11, 2014
Ebola fears sting Minnesota children of West African heritage
Liberia’s economy was the assignment and Tarlee, a student at a suburban Minneapolis high school, had worked hard on her class presentation. To spice it up, she even brought in a traditional Liberian meal to share. Then she saw the fear. One classmate warily eyed the meat —...
November 11, 2014 - 11:45pm
October 10, 2014
Teachers approve tentative agreement; School Board will consider agreement at Monday meeting
WILLMAR — Willmar’s teachers have approved a tentative agreement on a 2013-15 union contract with the Willmar School Board. If the School Board approves the agreement at its Monday meeting, the two-year contract will be ratified and signed a little more than eight months before...
October 10, 2014 - 11:56pm
Schools welcome nearly 40 new staff
WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools started the school year with a total of 39 new teachers and a handful of new administrators. Add in new employees...
September 10, 2014 - 11:26pm