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Minnesota's 2014 top teacher uses experience to help other educators --EMDASH-- and parents
MN chief justice worries about legislative budget plans
Prairie Woods Environmental Center Earth Day 2017
American Crystal Sugar offers bonuses if labor deal set by May 22
Push continues to enlist customers for Kandiyohi County broadband project
Superior Hiking Trail Association hires new leader
The Wild didn't get the job done
Wild couldn't produce in playoffs
Blues oust Wild on Paajarvi OT goal
Local Roundup: Cards tennis team clips Litchfield
Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in his car
Adam Sandler to make rare appearance in Minnesota
Carrie Fisher won't appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Hollywood's Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner file for divorce
MTV to revive reality series 'Fear Factor'
Focus 2017: Spotlight on Public Service
'Kitchen Witches': Comedy opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar chain of lakes focus of Wednesday's public meeting
Earth Day 2017 celebrated April 22 in west central Minnesota
'Camper Cabins' guide to great outdoors
James Francis Grossman
Marvin I. Braegelman
Janice Seime Schei
Orville E. Lien
Fielding Questions: How to grow peas on a patio
Picking apples: How to decide which variety to plant
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Cartoonist Opinions published April 22
Commentary: Our newspaper is adjusting with some changes
Jen Wetterling- Martin Bridal Shower
March 24, 2017
Audit: Minn. welfare programs have lax eligibility checks
ST. PAUL — A review by Minnesota's legislative auditor has found that some of Minnesota's welfare programs do a poor job of ensuring benefits don't go to ineligible people — a finding that could have political implications as lawmakers shape the state's budget. Republicans who...
March 24, 2017 - 8:19pm
May 6, 2015
Fraud prevention saves Kandiyohi County money
WILLMAR –– Compared to the thousands of public assistance cases that are processed every year in Kandiyohi County for such things as cash support, food support or medical assistance, the number of people who fraudulently receive services is very small. But through rigorous investigations...
May 6, 2015 - 10:56pm
December 17, 2012
West central Minn. school officials preparing to talk to students and review their emergency plans
WILLMAR — Principal Nathan Cox gathered with his staff before school started Monday at Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar. “The unthinkable has happened,” he told them, and they had a conversation about what to say to children who asked about the school shooting that occurred...
December 17, 2012 - 11:25pm
December 7, 2012
Letter: Welfare for some farmers?
During this year’s harvest, my best ever, the radio was awash with pundits analyzing this past election. Amongst all that noise, I heard this: “The farm bill represents one of the largest income redistribution programs in the U.S. today.” When I think of government redistributing...
December 7, 2012 - 12:00am
November 1, 2012
Humane Society: rescued mares to be released to homes; prognosis poor for colt
WILLMAR -- A spokesperson for the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties said Thursday the prognosis for a rescued colt is "poor at best," while the two mares that were rescued were being released to homes on Thursday. According to Bobbie Bauman, director of operations,...
November 1, 2012 - 1:51pm
October 29, 2012
Neglected horses surrendered to Willmar, Minn., shelter; help sought with veterinary costs
WILLMAR -- Three horses are in the care of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties after being surrendered over the weekend by their Kerkhoven owners. The two mares and one colt were suffering from neglect and in need of veterinary care, Steve Gardner, chairman of the...
October 29, 2012 - 5:26pm
August 30, 2011
Pennock couple gets jail, probation for welfare fraud
WILLMAR -- A Pennock couple was both sentenced to jail time, probation and community service work on amended charges of theft for collecting more than $27,000 in state benefits while they owned property and received workers compensation and Social Security payments. Norma Vallejo...
August 30, 2011 - 12:00am
May 14, 2011
Commissioner follows footsteps of family service workers for a day
WILLMAR -- After accepting a hefty information packet that included advisories and messages in bold print with words like "must" and "required,"...
May 14, 2011 - 12:00am
March 5, 2011
Letter: Singling out the poor
He looks indignant as he stands at the lectern in the photo that appears on page 3 of the Jan. 21 edition of the West Central Tribune. In the background and in the photo above are other indignant-looking people. The caption explains that the fellow at the microphone is Republican...
March 5, 2011 - 12:00am
Woman faces 14 felonies
WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Willmar woman made her first court appearance Thursday on 14 felony charges for allegedly claiming more than $8,000...
February 5, 2011 - 12:00am
January 21, 2011
Partnership between co. and Workforce Center has successes and challenges
WILLMAR -- A partnership between Kandiyohi County's Family Services Department and the Job Service/Workforce Center has helped people leave welfare and enter the job force, but there are challenges and changes that need to be addressed. In a report this week to the Kandiyohi County...
January 21, 2011 - 12:00am
Lawmakers call for tightening of welfare payments
ST. PAUL -- Two Republican legislators want to crack down on what they call welfare waste, but Democrats say their idea likely would cost more...
January 21, 2011 - 12:00am
January 15, 2011
Pennock couple charged with welfare fraud, perjury
WILLMAR -- A Pennock couple made their first court appearances Thursday on welfare fraud and perjury charges for allegedly collecting more than $27,000 in state benefits while they owned property and received workers compensation and Social Security payments. Norma Vallejo Hernandez,...
January 15, 2011 - 12:00am
November 24, 2010
Video: HSUS report on abuse allegations at Willmar Poultry Co.
Here is the video report from the Humane Society of the United States on its allegations of routine abuse and cruelty at Willmar Poultry Com...
November 24, 2010 - 12:52am
Turkey abuse at Willmar hatchery is alleged by Humane Society
WILLMAR -- An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States has documented what the organization alleges is routine abuse...
November 24, 2010 - 12:00am