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House passes $500M tax cut; Dayton pushes for more reductions
U.S. job growth accelerates, weather cuts into hours worked
Another try at Sunday liquor sales in Minn. could start with 'baby step'
Jury finds Zumhofe guilty of all charges, security officers subdue him after escape attempt
Gains in U.S. job growth expected, but weather may weigh
Powers: Twins may have options to revive offense
Girls basketball: BBE rips Royalton
Boys Basketball: ACGC, BBE, NLS play for state tourney berths Friday
Zimmer: Signing Cassel a priority
Girls basketball: Lakers take down Tigers
Music Matters: West Central Tribune music afficionados take a look at the songs of 2013
Cardettes Dance Show is tonight at Kennedy Elementary in Willmar, Minn.
Willmar, Minn., Middle School stage production 'Alice in Wonderland Jr.' opens run tonight
Harold Ramis remembered as 'Buddha of Comedy'
Figure skating shows on ice this weekend at Willmar, Minn., Civic Center
Target warns data breach could hurt future profit
GM ratchets up truck discounts as U.S. sales skid
U.S. auto sales beat expectations, setting up strong March
For J.C. Penney, e-commerce is no easy fix
Macy's sticks to forecast despite slow Valentine's Day sales
W.C. Minn. YES! students enjoy ground-floor look at emerging economy based on passive solar technology (with video)
Mix it up with some quinoa
Willmar, Minn., curling officials headed to Switzerland for world competition
Staley — Coleman
Tollefson — Tomaschett
Arlene Mavis (Noor) Leuze
Arnold "Punky" L. Johnson
Donna Mae Gades
Marcella M. Breitkreutz
Loren August Peterson
Letter: More anti-bully rules not needed
Editorial: Council should OK Jennie-O proposals
Commentary: Let Willmar and county be the place for growth
Editorial: Kudos for end of the tray-pulling policy in Willmar
Letter: Rural MN is not like the metro
February 26, 2013
Minnesota lawmakers want to double funding to promote tourism
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s resorts, government and residents would benefit from a larger tourism marketing effort, supporters of a bill to double its state support told a House committee. Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, told the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday that his plan to spend...
news / state
February 26, 2013 - 11:31pm
September 22, 2012
World War II museum sents grand opening in Granite Falls, Minn.
The Fagen Fighters World War II Museum will host its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. There is no admission fee, and visitors are welcome to tour the museum at their leisure. No formal ceremony is planned, but First Officer Jeffrey Skiles of the "Miracle...
extra / region / world
September 22, 2012 - 8:22am
Fagen Fighters World War II Museum ready for takeoff in Granite Falls, Minn.
To appreciate how prized this collection of World War II aircraft is, know this: The new, 15,000-square-foot brick-faced hangar that holds them...
extra / region / world
September 22, 2012 - 8:00am
June 23, 2012
Disc golf coming to a town near you
GRANITE FALLS -- At last count there were 198 disc golf courses in the state of Minnesota, making them easier to find than the restaurant with the Golden Arches. Yet travel west of Willmar, and disc golf courses become very hard to find. Compared to other parts of Minnesota, west...
news / region / entertainment
June 23, 2012 - 12:00am
June 16, 2012
Kandiyohi County: 'Where the lakes begin'
WILLMAR -- It's no secret that Minnesota boasts some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in the United States, due in large part to the state's...
local / outdoors
June 16, 2012 - 12:00am
May 25, 2012
Minn. tourism expected to increase
ST. PAUL -- A pre-season survey conducted by Explore Minnesota Tourism and completed by more than 370 businesses shows that 34 percent of lodging and camping businesses expect higher occupancy this summer. The U.S. Travel Association expects a 1.5 percent national increase in domestic...
news / region
May 25, 2012 - 12:00am
September 24, 2011
Consider benefits of tourism 'on the farm'
ST. PAUL -- This fall, farmers will be diligently harvesting their crops: corn, soybeans, sugar beets and ... tourists. Tourists? Yes.
September 24, 2011 - 12:00am
May 2, 2011
Tight budgets thinned its ranks, but remaining members positive
APPLETON -- It is a challenge to keep a regional tourism collaborative together. Its member counties and communities sometimes have competing...
news / region
May 2, 2011 - 12:00am
June 16, 2009
Building awareness: Visitor spending feeds Willmar lakes area economy
WILLMAR -- For those visiting the Willmar lakes area on a day trip, weekend getaway or extended vacation, the focus is on having a good time. But for "Main Street'' businesses, the focus is on the bottom line, since these visitors bring dollars that significantly benefit the local...
June 16, 2009 - 12:00am
April 11, 2009
Editorial: Tourism merger is an idea to consider
Two Willmar-based tourism organizations are proposing to merge their efforts into one coordinated organization. This is an idea worthy of further consideration. Currently, there are two Willmar-based tourism efforts: - Tourism committee of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar...
opinion / editorials
April 11, 2009 - 12:00am
April 10, 2009
Tourism could get a boost if planned merger between EDC, visitors bureau goes ahead
WILLMAR -- Local tourism promotion could receive a boost under a proposal to merge the tourism committee of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission with the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. A proposal to integrate the two entities...
news / local
April 10, 2009 - 12:00am
October 2, 2008
Take time to Meander through the Upper Minnesota River Valley this weekend
Organizers promoted the first Meander, Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl in 2004 by pointing to the surprising number and variety of talented artists who choose to live and create their art in the region. Five years later, the bragging rights have only grown -- and so too have the...
October 2, 2008 - 12:00am