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Willmar Middle School Principal Simenson wins statewide recognition
Willmar School Board to select new member Monday
USDA program connects school cafeterias with local farmers
Willmar city budget passes but mayor refuses to sign in protest
Bus route from Willmar to Litchfield to begin in February
Boys basketball: Wildcats smoke Melrose
Boys basketball roundup: BOLD rallies past ACGC
Girls basketball roundup: NLS’ Thunstedt scores 2,000th in win at EVW
Women's basketball: Warriors ride by Range
Men's basketball: Norsemen edge Warriors
‘Nuncrackers’ opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in Willmar, Minn.
‘Come, Lord Jesus’ theme of Calvary’s Advent Festival this year
Taylor Swift sweeps top prize at American Music Awards
'Lend Me A Tenor': Comedy production on stage through Saturday at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minn.
Auto sales rise in November, boosted by discounts
Chrysler's November sales rise 16 percent, top expectations
Earlier-than-usual online deals to steal Cyber Monday thunder
Spam, Skippy give boost to Hormel's 4Q results
Fiat says no Chrysler IPO in 2013
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Hats Off from Redeemer
Letter: Did anyone go outside except to shop over holiday weekend?
Letter: Perhaps EDC board member wishes to live in metro area
Letter: Praise for Willmar mayor, council protecting tax dollars
Letter: Get to know Mayor Yanish (link fixed)
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
August 31, 2012
Minnesotans fortunate to have four major biomes
I remember the first time I spent a few days in the beautiful bluff country of southeast Minnesota. It was about nine years ago. I was able to take a little time from business and explore some of the grandeur of this lovely part of the state by driving the countryside and visiting...
news / outdoors
August 31, 2012 - 5:53pm
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