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Minnesota tornado captured on video
'It's incredible:" Bemidji resident Sarah Taylor has seen improvements for her condition after using medical cannabis oil
Rare second set of triplets a surprise for ND rancher
Motorcycle crash victim says gear saved his life
Records for Aug. 29
Finally, the Wolves might give the Target Center two good teams
Roundup: Rockets advance in Class C state tournament
Anderson repeats in Match Play tourney
Vikings open new stadium with preseason win
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
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
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
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
Barbara A. Erickson
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Kenneth C. Hensch
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Klobuchar: The cost of the EpiPen price increases
Letter: Nutrition must start early in life
Why can't political ads be truthful?
Dionne: Why Clinton Republicans matter
Parker: The GOP's Trumpian deflation
May 23, 2016
Minnesota investors, workers continue to pay steep toll in oil field business debacle
At least 42 employees of a North Dakota oilfield service company that folded a year ago are still owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid wages...
May 23, 2016 - 9:11am
May 22, 2016
Comparable worth study gets underway for Kandiyohi County’s employees
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County recently completed the first phase in an in-depth comparable worth study of employee job classifications and is moving to the next step. County staff gave a progress report Tuesday to the County Board of Commissioners. It’s one of many updates the board...
May 22, 2016 - 11:32pm
January 29, 2016
Willmar City Council increases some employees’ wages
WILLMAR — At the Jan. 19 meeting, the Willmar City Council approved wage increases for department directors and confidential employees. City Administrator Larry Kruse, in a later interview with the West Central Tribune, said the last time wages were looked at was 2009. “They really...
January 29, 2016 - 11:23pm
January 23, 2016
More money for nursing homes in Minnesota changed attitudes in one year
ST. PAUL — Cami Peterson-DeVries was intense when she pleaded with Minnesota lawmakers to find money so that nursing homes could boost worker...
January 23, 2016 - 12:33am
January 4, 2016
The good and bad of Minnesota’s economy
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s economy is a study in contradictions. So much of the news looks good: near record-low unemployment, overall wage payments rising, few signs of the recession remain. But there also are warning signs: manufacturing, mining and farm economies lag; some parts...
January 4, 2016 - 12:36am
December 28, 2015
Utilities Commission OKs two-year wage adjustment for nonunion employees
WILLMAR — Nonunion employees at Willmar Municipal Utilities will receive the same two-year, 2.5 percent wage increase as unionized utility employees will receive under action taken Monday by the Municipal Utilities Commission. The adjustment for years 2016 and 2017 for nonunion...
December 28, 2015 - 10:29pm
March 24, 2015
Minn. House passes minimum wage curbs
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House passed a bill Monday night that would allow employers to pay a lower wage to workers who make more than $4 per hour in tips.
March 24, 2015 - 11:10am
Minimum wage fight reignites in House
ST. PAUL — After a highly partisan and contentious debate last spring that resulted in raising Minnesota’s minimum wage, a Republican House...
February 24, 2015 - 11:29pm
November 19, 2013
U.S. labor costs point to still-benign inflation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. labor costs rose marginally in the third quarter, pointing to tame wage inflation that should allow the Federal Reserve to maintain its bond-buying program to stimulate the economy. The Employment Cost Index, the broadest measure of labor costs, increased...
November 19, 2013 - 9:15am
September 12, 2013
U.S. consumer bureau warns employers, banks on payroll cards
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer watchdog warned on Thursday that employers cannot require workers to be paid using prepaid payroll cards, which are used as an alternative to traditional paychecks or directly depositing wages.
September 12, 2013 - 2:49pm
August 29, 2013
U.S. fast-food workers plan nationwide strikes over wages
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fast-food workers across the United States are expected to stage their largest strike to date on Thursday in an almost year-long...
August 29, 2013 - 7:31am
March 21, 2013
Survey: Low-wage workers missing out on training
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that...
March 21, 2013 - 8:00am
March 20, 2013
Survey: Low-wage workers gloomy about future
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep 2007-09 recession - but few are bragging....
March 20, 2013 - 8:00am
February 1, 2012
Letter: Nothing learned since 9/11
In response to Chad Ridler (Public Forum, Jan. 23), I said 80 percent of the world's poinsettias were grown in Africa, and then shipped to Holland. The United States is not the whole world like some people think. Also Mexico has a reputation for being one of the lowest paying countries....
February 1, 2012 - 12:00am
March 21, 2009
Rice settles with three employee unions
WILLMAR -- Contracts were settled this week with three of Rice Memorial Hospital's employee unions, giving workers a 3.5 percent pay increase this year and a 2.5 percent increase next year. The contract agreements were approved Wednesday by the hospital board of directors.
March 21, 2009 - 12:00am