Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- To prevent a possible run on banks at the height of the financial crisis four years ago, Congress expanded government insurance for certain bank deposits to include totals above the usual $250,000 limit. Now that the ceiling is about to be re-imposed, community banks fear they'll lose customers to bigger banks and want Congress to come to their rescue. They are being opposed by conservative groups, among others, who say that the Transaction Account Guarantee program is no longer needed and discourages the wealthy investing in the economy.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks edged higher Monday on Wall Street after a strong sales report from McDonald's offset concerns about the surprise resignation of Italy's prime minister. Investors also waited for developments in crucial U.S. budget talks. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 18 points at 13,173 at 2:53 p.m. EST. The index traded within a range of less than 60 points throughout the day. The Standard and Poor's 500 was up less than a point at 1,418. The Nasdaq composite was up three points at 2,981.
NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Football just got himself a way cooler nickname: Johnny Heisman. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football's top individual prize Saturday night after a record-breaking debut.
IRVING, Texas - Police charged Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent with intoxication manslaughter Saturday after he flipped his car in a pre-dawn accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the Dallas suburb, hours before Brent was to be on a team flight to Cincinnati for the Cowboys' game Sunday against the Bengals.
A winter storm is bearing down on west central Minnesota and the upper Midwest tonight through Sunday evening. A National Weather Service forecast late Saturday afternoon said blizzard conditions are expected across western Minnesota Sunday afternoon and evening. A powerful winter storm is organizing across the Dakota, according to the National Weather Service, and will begin affecting western Minnesota tonight and eastern Minnesota after Midnight.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — City officials in Aberdeen have notified a long-delayed beef processing plant that is trying to get up to speed that it is violating its wastewater permit. The Northern Beef Packers plant allegedly has failed to monitor pollutants and properly operate its treatment lagoons. It also does not have a certified wastewater supervisor on staff. City Attorney Adam Altman says that the violations are not acceptable. Plant officials declined comment. The plant won't be fined but has been given 10 days to start fixing the problems.
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PHILADELPHIA — The Minnesota Twins have acquired right-handed pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May from the Philadelphia Phillies today in exchange for center fielder Ben Revere. The 25-year-old Worley was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie in 2011 and helping the Phillies win their fifth-straight National League East Division title. He had elbow surgery in September, but is expected to be ready for spring training. May, 23, was 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA at Class AA Reading.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s budget will face a $1.1 billion shortfall, state officials announced this morning.