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WILLMAR — Minnesota is a major player in both domestic and international trade. For businesses, producers, manufacturers and consumers, the recent trade disputes with many of the United States' trading partners have caused questions and concerns to arise. "There have been a lot of questions about what all this means," said Ken Warner, president of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.
WILLMAR, Minn. — U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson doesn't have much hope that a new Farm Bill will be passed before Congress goes into recess this summer. Instead it is more likely that the current Farm Bill will be extended, locking in place most of the farm programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program until a new bill can be passed. "It shouldn't be this way," Peterson said during a visit Wednesday, May 30, to the Willmar West Central Tribune.
WILLMAR — A 2001 Freightliner semitractor and trailer, hauling dry fertilizer, overturned at the state Highway 23 and Kandiyohi County Road 5 intersection, spilling part of its load. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver Aaron Michael Wubben, 24, of Blomkest, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Wubben was wearing his seatbelt.
WILLMAR – Hormel Foods, the parent company of Jennie-O Turkey Store, announced plans Thursday to award stock options to its employees and raise starting wages to $13 an hour by the end of fiscal year 2018. Hormel said in its first-quarter earnings report it plans to use savings from the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to fund the new employee benefits. The company operates on a fiscal year that begins in November.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Hormel Foods has named Steve Lykken as the new president of Jennie-O Turkey Store, as current president Glenn Leitch becomes the executive vice president of Hormel's supply chain. "Steve has a strong track record of success in the food industry, especially given his tenure at Jennie-O Turkey Store," said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods, in a press release announcing the leadership changes.
BLOMKEST, Minn. — When the Damhof family retired from the dairy business here after 50 years of milking cows earlier this year, they didn't retire from raising livestock completely. Today, instead of Holstein dairy cows filling the barns, there are now tens of thousands of Pacific white shrimp being raised in what was once a calving barn. "It has been very rewarding, very successful," said Paul Damhof, who founded and operates Simply Shrimp LLC. Assisting him are members of his close-knit family.