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Willmar School Board meets Monday
Man found dead under television at Minnesota home
Woman, five children rescued from Alexandria townhome fire
Truck hits State Patrol car, injuring trooper, then drives off
Willmar teen gets probation, community service for bomb threat
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
'Prairie Angels' makes a timely arrival in Renville County
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
November 4, 2016
Strong job growth, rising wages boost December rate hike prospects
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers maintained a strong pace of hiring in October and boosted wages for workers, which could effectively seal...
November 4, 2016 - 12:22pm
September 2, 2016
Workshop on OT rules set for Sept. 15
WILLMAR—A team from Christianson & Associates will explain new overtime regulations and salary threshold increase from the Department of Labor during a workshop from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Willmar Conference Center. The new regulations will go into effect on Dec....
September 2, 2016 - 9:05am
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