WILLMAR, Minn. — Jason Duininck has 20 jobs available right now at Duininck Inc. for applicants with a commercial driver's license. He's concerned those jobs may not be filled. His company is not alone. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, in the next decade central Minnesota is projected to have just over 4,000 job openings to fill — a combination of new positions and departing heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has confirmed that a series of five tornadoes swept across west-central Minnesota last week, damaging several farm sites and small-town businesses, and uprooting trees. All of the tornadoes were ranked as EF-1, with winds that ranged from 88 mph to 100 mph. The storm started brewing just before midnight on Sept. 19 in Chippewa County, where a short-lived tornado with winds of 88 mph traveled about 2 miles across the south side of Montevideo, according to the weather service report.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Saying that the nation's farm economy is on the brink of a crisis and needs a strong safety net, people from a variety of backgrounds offered ideas Thursday, July 27, in Willmar about what should be included in the next farm bill. The current farm bill expires in September 2018, and with $10 billion in proposed cuts looming for the program, there's concern the safety net will have more holes than it does now.