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WILLMAR — More than 50 community members volunteered their time Thursday to help decide how donations to the local United Way will be distributed for the 2012-13 year. The United Way of West Central Minnesota’s annual “Community Review Day” brings representatives from area nonprofit agencies seeking United Way funding into a room with the volunteer panel members, who ultimately rank the applications and recommend dollar amounts to be awarded.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week and remained near historic lows, a trend that has supported a recovery in housing. By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week and remained near historic lows, a trend that has supported a recovery in housing.
WILLMAR – Blowing and drifting snow this morning has most of Minnesota under a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. The National Weather Service says brisk northwest winds at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 30, will persist this morning, causing blowing and drifting snow.
WILLMAR — White-out conditions are being reported by drivers in and around Willmar this afternoon. Kandiyohi County pulled its plows at 3 p.m. due to adverse weather conditions and plows won’t be back out until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Minnesota Department of Transportation plows are still out this afternoon, but driving conditions are not good.
WILLMAR — The blizzard warning for the Willmar area has been cancelled and replaced by a winter weather advisory . Olivia, Granite Falls, Litchfield and Redwood Falls are among the areas now under the advisory.
WILLMAR – Intermediate snowfall totals from the National Weather Service range from less than an inch up to 4 inches so far, but the reports from observers and spotters are scattered. Carlos in Douglas County reported 4 inches, and Kimball in Stearns County reported 3.5 inches. There is a report of 1.5 inches from Redwood Falls. The blizzard warning due to the new snow and high winds continues in western Minnesota until 1 a.m. Tuesday.
WILLMAR – Travel is not advised this morning in much of west central Minnesota due to heavy snow and reduced visibility, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says on its 511 traveler information website .
WILLMAR — Willmar, Benson, Montevideo, Olivia and Litchfield are among the area cities in a winter weather advisory beginning overnight tonight.
WILLMAR -- Icy patches and blowing snow in west central and southwest Minnesota are making driving conditions difficult in some places. Much of the region is rated as fair by the Minnesota Department of Transportation , and scattered roadways are rated as difficult. State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow has reported on Twitter today that troopers have been responding to vehicles off the roadway, as shown in the photo here by Hawick.
WILLMAR — Willmar, Benson, Olivia, Montevideo and Litchfield are among the regional cities in a winter storm watch issued this afternoon by the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.