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Evelyn R. Yanish
Todd D. Johnson
Helen W. Olson
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
August 3, 2016
Willmar City Council rejects new stormwater compliance position
WILLMAR—Only two Willmar City Council members, Andrew Plowman and Shawn Mueske, voted this week to establish a new stormwater compliance...
August 3, 2016 - 11:50pm
July 5, 2016
New city of Willmar position would focus on permits, stormwater compliance
WILLMAR—When the Willmar City Council decided to abolish the city's assessing department in favor of a merged department with Kandiyohi County, the city wanted to make sure it also took care of its employees in that department. While all three were offered jobs with the county,...
July 5, 2016 - 12:15am
April 30, 2016
Western Minn. company with workers on strike says it will close
MORRIS (Forum News Service) — Aaron Carlson Corporation, whose carpenters have been on strike since April 11, will be closing its Morris location, the company said in a news release sent late Friday afternoon. The company, which has been making custom woodworking in the state for...
April 30, 2016 - 12:52am
April 13, 2016
Workers at western Minnesota cabinet making company go on strike
MORRIS -- A group of employees at Aaron Carlson Woodwork in Morris in western Minnesota are on strike, protesting what they say are unfair labor...
April 13, 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
March 1, 2016
Child care providers defeat mandatory union representation
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's subsidized child care providers overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to require a union to conduct their negotiations with the state. The vote was 1,014-392 in a Tuesday count by the state Bureau of Mediation Services from ballots mailed to providers last month....
March 1, 2016 - 9:30pm
October 22, 2015
Rice Memorial Hospital OKs new contract for RNs
WILLMAR — A new three-year contract has been approved with registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital, providing raises intended to keep the pay scale competitive with other hospitals in the market. The agreement gives the nurses a pay increase of 2 percent across the board in...
October 22, 2015 - 11:09pm
February 27, 2015
MnSCU backs Ridgewater president after faculty vote of no confidence
WILLMAR — Minnesota’s state college system has said it supports Ridgewater College President Douglas Allen. Allen came under fire at the end of the week when the community college’s faculty passed a vote of no confidence in his leadership Thursday evening. According to Sam...
February 27, 2015 - 11:52pm
Ridgewater faculty passes no-confidence vote in college president
WILLMAR — The faculty of Ridgewater College has said through a union vote Thursday that it has no confidence in the leadership of President...
February 27, 2015 - 3:26pm
February 26, 2015
Ridgewater’s faculty conducting no-confidence vote on college president
WILLMAR — Faculty members at Ridgewater were planning to conduct a no-confidence vote Thursday on the leadership of college president Douglas Allen. The results of the vote are expected to be released Friday morning, according to faculty union president Sam Nelson, a history instructor...
February 26, 2015 - 11:26pm
February 23, 2015
Medical marijuana workers unionize in Minnesota
ST. PAUL — The union that represents thousands of Minnesota food workers is celebrating its newest members: the state’s medical marijuana workers. Employees at Otsego-based Minnesota Medical Solutions have ratified a contract under the auspices of the United Food and Commercial...
February 23, 2015 - 12:15am
September 24, 2014
Letter: Why City of Willmar employees seek a union?
I saw that a group of Willmar city employees, who have been without a firm contract for several years, have petitioned to unionize. While I fully support the right of all emploees to unionize for their mutual benefit, I also believe that it should rarely be necessary. Employees...
September 24, 2014 - 8:00am
June 30, 2014
High court’s union decision threatens Minnesota law
ST. PAUL — Opponents to establishing unions for child care and personal attendant businesses say they think a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a related Illinois case also will result in overturning a 2013 Minnesota law.
June 30, 2014 - 10:26pm
April 18, 2014
RNs in midst of contract talks urge Willmar's Rice hospital to invest in its nurses
WILLMAR — Registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital made a show of solidarity Wednesday, showing up at a meeting of the hospital board of directors to give a statement about the progress of their union contract talks. But the 20 nurses, most of them wearing red Minnesota Nurses...
April 18, 2014 - 5:00am
March 19, 2014
Rice Hospital nurses say contract concessions could affect workforce
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association say they are deeply concerned about the tone set by hospital management’s concessionary proposals made in negotiations with nurses represented by the association. “The underlying message...
March 19, 2014 - 4:00am