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Math, reading scores stall in latest round of Minnesota testing
Man arrested after high-speed chase in Minnesota, pleads guilty to killing woman in Michigan
Motorist hits 115 mph as he leads trooper on I-94 chase
Former Willmar teacher charged for allegedly striking student
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
Vikings extend contract of head coach Mike Zimmer
Freeman's four hits, five RBIs fuel Braves' 9-7 win
Towns embracing Minnesota as home
Peterson helping teammates set sights on Super Bowl
Stingers can't catch Express
Small town Lake Lillian gears up for big time production
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
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
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Anita "Ricky" Hoyt
Harvey Lee Peterson
Harry E. Lindbloom
Audrey O. Forkrud
Will: The path ahead for Hillary Clinton
Commentary: For Trump to Lose, GOP must let Clinton win
Commentary: Trump: Seeking victory through fear
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Commentary: Ted Cruz holds his nose
July 19, 2016
Open house slated Friday for new Willmar rehab center
WILLMAR -- The Rice Rehabilitation Center will host an open house Friday to introduce its new $5 million facility to the public. Open house hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Friday. Guests will have an opportunity to tour the new rehab center and meet the staff. Weather permitting, a handprint-on-canvas...
July 19, 2016 - 11:45pm
November 30, 2015
Former Willmar teacher to serve three years in prison for sexual relationship with female student
WILLMAR — A former Willmar Senior High School teacher will serve three years in prison for his criminal conviction stemming from a sexual relationship...
November 30, 2015 - 3:28pm
February 26, 2014
Willmar School District decides to stop denying meals to kids who have empty lunch accounts
WILLMAR — There will be no more tray-pulling in Willmar schools. Students with no money in their lunch accounts will no longer have their...
February 26, 2014 - 10:56pm
December 3, 2013
Kandiyohi County Commissioners to forgo raises in 2014
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners opted Tuesday against giving themselves a raise for 2014. Instead, they voted unanimously to keep their pay at the same level — $28,989.83 — next year. The county commissioners’ per diem of $70 for attending meetings also will...
December 3, 2013 - 11:17pm
November 5, 2013
Willmar Council OKs process to reacquire property interest in airport land
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council has authorized a process to alter or eliminate a permanent easement that officials say the city incorrectly granted for a parcel of land acquired for the new airport. The process was approved 5-0 with two council members abstaining. The council...
November 5, 2013 - 11:58pm
Task force works to narrow facilities ideas for Willmar Schools
WILLMAR — Members of a facilities task force continued their efforts Monday to envision Willmar’s public schools in 2023. The group has been meeting since September to develop a 10-year facilities plan for the district. At each meeting, the members go through a brainstorming...
November 5, 2013 - 11:57pm
EDC board member calls for dissolving joint powers agreement between city, county
WILLMAR — Saying the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is failing to serve the city’s best interests,...
November 5, 2013 - 11:39pm
September 17, 2013
Willmar School District task force to develop 10-year facility plan
WILLMAR — A task force working to develop a 10-year facility plan for Willmar Public Schools kicked off a series of meetings this week. About 30 people attended the group's first meeting. They received information about the district's finances and the current facilities.
September 17, 2013 - 11:41pm
August 20, 2013
Willmar, Minn., City Council keeps status quo; does not act on study's organizational recommendations
WILLMAR -- A majority of Willmar City Council members discussed but did not act during a special Tuesday night session on any recommendations in a consultant's $25,000 organizational study that a minority of council members said would create operational efficiencies.
August 20, 2013 - 11:34pm
July 30, 2013
Willmar woman murdered at rural residence, sheriff seeking information
WILLMAR - A 79-year-old Willmar woman was found murdered Monday in her residence. According to Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog, deputies...
July 30, 2013 - 11:33pm
July 24, 2013
Overhaul keeps Willmar, Minn., power plant steam turbine spinning
WILLMAR - A once-every-five-year overhaul project finds the steam turbine that produces some of Willmar's electricity at the 65-year-old city...
July 24, 2013 - 11:08pm
June 25, 2013
Bremer grant to support local awareness, services for Parkinson's disease
WILLMAR -- A new website providing resources and information on Parkinson's disease is part of a recently launched initiative to make Willmar a Parkinson's-friendly community for people with the disease and their families. The effort is funded by an Otto Bremer Foundation grant to...
June 25, 2013 - 11:20pm
June 13, 2013
Drought monitor still shows drought conditions, may have helped spring planting
WILLMAR -- Even with the numerous heavy wet snows in April and May and seemingly abundant rainfall, west central Minnesota is still in a moderate...
June 13, 2013 - 11:39pm
June 12, 2013
Willmar, Minn., man pleads to burglary charge for mall incident
WILLMAR -- Robert Friedgen, 57, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a third-degree burglary charge for breaking into the Centre Point Mall in downtown Willmar and causing thousands of dollars in damages to several businesses. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District...
June 12, 2013 - 11:36pm
June 6, 2013
Rice Hospital in Willmar, Minn., starts tackling financial challenges
WILLMAR -- Leaders at Rice Memorial Hospital are looking for ways to tighten the hospital's cost structure, starting with an effort to pare expenses in each department by 2 percent in upcoming months. It's the beginning of a cost-centered initiative that will unfold over months and...
June 6, 2013 - 11:44pm