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Opening eyes to danger on the road
Willmar hospital and clinic seek affiliation with CentraCare of St. Cloud
Minnesota heroin dealer found guilty in first of 4 deaths
Residents of halfway house found two men dead from overdoses - their drug counselors
Minnesota lawmakers plan to wrap up special session Thursday as hundreds protest
Vikings still don't know if Bridgewater will ever play in NFL again
Twins' Hughes may not miss many games
Former Minnesota high school hockey star, current Penguins veteran Cullen playing Game 7 like it's his last
NFL eases celebration rules. One player already planning a TD party
Murphy: Michael Floyd the fresh face of old news at Vikings camp
Former Arkansas Gov. takes 'Huckabee' from Fox News to religious broadcaster
Ellen DeGeneres lands new Netflix stand up special
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
'Last Man Standing': 20th Century Fox TV to seek new home for Tim Allen comedy
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
Stories needed to create 'Milan: The Musical!'
Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
Vinyls unveiled for traffic signal boxes in Willmar
David J. Peterson
Marilyn Ruth Rusthoven
Dr. Richard Clausen
Commentary: Federal power spins its ever-growing web
Parents of slain DNC staffer: Stop politicizing our son's murder
Port: Democrats already running campaign commercials on behalf of Heidi Heitkamp
Harrop: 'Bro Culture' companies may do poorly by being bad
Garrison Keillor: One more modest proposal
January 1, 2010
State plan's phase one leaves out Little Crow Transit (Minneapolis to Willmar) passenger service, endorses high-speed rail to Chicago
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota transportation officials are going on the record in support of a high-speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Chicago, but leaves out of phase one the Little Crow Transit Way (Minneapolis to Willmar) passenger service concept. However, the statewide...
January 1, 2010 - 1:48am
December 19, 2009
KAT won't leave bowlers stranded in 2010
WILLMAR -- A group of bowlers who depend on public transportation to get home after their Monday night games won't be left stranded in 2010. The Kandiyohi Area Transit's joint powers board agreed Friday to make a bus and driver available for two hours each Monday night for the bowlers,...
December 19, 2009 - 12:00am
November 25, 2009
KAT announces its evening taxi service will cease at the end of this year
WILLMAR -- The evening taxi service that is subsidized by the Kandiyohi Area Transit system will end at the end of the year. KAT's expansion committee will look for options to fill the evening transportation gap. KAT currently pays RideNet $20 an hour to provide taxi service from...
November 25, 2009 - 12:00am
October 28, 2009
For KAT employees, health insurance hike takes its bite
WILLMAR -- A 33 percent increase in health insurance costs will be passed onto Kandiyohi Area Transit employees, who have also been told not...
October 28, 2009 - 12:00am
October 16, 2009
Meeker County supports Little Crow Transit Corridor study
LITCHFIELD -- A resolution to study a passenger rail route in west central Minnesota was approved Tuesday by the Meeker County Board of Commissioners. The resolution, which was adopted at the request of Rep. Dean Urdahl, directs the Minnesota Department of Transportation to "continue...
October 16, 2009 - 12:00am
September 25, 2009
Editorial: Transit funding is hit hard in rural MN
Rural transit services in west central Minnesota and around the state are facing growing funding problems just as rider demand is increasing. The demand is increasing for several reasons: - Rural Minnesota has an aging population. - Rural residents are learning to utilize transit...
September 25, 2009 - 12:00am
July 22, 2009
KAT plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary this week
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi Area Transit system will be celebrating its 10th anniversary Thursday afternoon at the Becker Street Market. Representatives from KAT will be at their new bus stop, the Becker Street Station, from 3-5 p.m. Thursday to promote KAT, answer questions and serve...
July 22, 2009 - 12:00am
June 15, 2009
Funding needs to keep pace with increased need for transit services
WILLMAR -- An aging population, increasing gas prices and a growing immigrant population that can't afford multiple vehicles to drive to work...
June 15, 2009 - 12:00am
May 27, 2009
State budget woes keep KAT cautious
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi Area Transit has been told not to expect a funding increase next year. The transit system is also bracing for potential cuts this year as it waits for Gov. Tim Pawlenty to finalize his unallotment of 2009 program funding. "We're definitely on alert to see...
May 27, 2009 - 12:00am
May 9, 2009
KAT prepares for new fixed route for workers
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi Area Transit is preparing to launch a new bus route that is designed to get workers to work on time -- and then take them back home. KAT was awarded federal funding to initiate the Job Access and Reverse Commute program in Willmar.
May 9, 2009 - 12:00am
April 29, 2009
Kandiyohi Area Transit receives a new $66K bus due to economic stimulus funds
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi Area Transit will benefit from the federal economic stimulus package. Transit Director Tiffany Collins said Tuesday that KAT will receive a new bus in August that will be totally funded with federal stimulus money. Usually, 80 percent of the cost of a new transit...
April 29, 2009 - 12:00am
April 8, 2009
MnDOT seeks input on rail and transit plans
MnDOT seeks input on rail and transit plans Public input is being sought for development of a statewide freight and passenger rail plan.
April 8, 2009 - 7:18am
February 7, 2009
Local governments consider cutbacks in KAT funding
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi Area Transit system may have to operate on fewer dollars from local government donors. At a joint powers meeting Friday, members of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners and Willmar City Council who sit on the KAT board said they may reduce their annual...
February 7, 2009 - 12:00am
January 28, 2009
KAT officials entertain using bus shelter in downtown Willmar as community billboard
WILLMAR -- Willmar's new downtown bus shelter could eventually serve as a community billboard. Electronic message boards that operate on three sides of the Becker Bus Station, located at Becker Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest, will be available to advertise community functions,...
January 28, 2009 - 12:00am
December 30, 2008
Touted KAT employee has been named replacement for Groothuis
WILLMAR -- Tiffany Collins, who has been second in command at the Kandiyohi Area Transit since it was started in 1999, was hired Monday as transit...
December 30, 2008 - 12:00am