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Meet the new Pet of the Week: Cirkus (w/video)
Searcher finds missing 9-year-old: 'The look on her face was priceless'
Beautiful day for Applefest
Two Minnesota tribes authorized to kill 10 moose this fall
Two adults, 4-year-old injured in rollover on I-94
Blizzard hockey: Steel run past Alex
Blizzard hockey: Alex routs Rochester 8-0
8-5A Football: Cards to face winner of Spuds, Lumberjacks
5AA football: Osakis to face Benson in section quarterfinals
6A volleyball: Chargers four seed in subsection tourney
In Pursuit of a Dream is performed across the area
The Bible: More reliable than any story in history
Celebrate the harvest with Applefest
Births - Oct. 21, 2016
Births - Oct. 14, 2016
Engaged - Schwab and Ronning
Engaged - Schmitz and Volesky
A memorable moose in Alaska
DNR Release: Lake Carlos State Park to offer snowshoe-lacing workshop
From the stand: Doe tagged on a perfect evening
Mike Frisch: Find the fish first
Lake Miltona hosting pro musky world championship
Daniel Curtis Larson
Lorraine M. Essler
Allan D. Olk
Eunice Mae Lydia Backlund
LETTER: Kulp shows strength, determination
LETTER: Sen. Westrom listens to constituents
LETTER: Westrom willing to 'go to the mat'
LETTER: Vote for growth and opportunity
IT'S OUR TURN: What does asthma feel like?
How to manage box elder bugs
2017 Minnesota Gardening calendars are now available
Wheat council seeks candidates for board of directors
Five ways to protect your garden from deer
Crops benefit from proper application of livestock manure
LAPW announces 2016 Employers of the Year
Alexandria among cheapest cities for car insurance
FAST adds large robotic welder to Glenwood facility
Alexandria credit unions team up to volunteer
Chamber Ambassadors visit three businesses
hires and promotions
On The Street
August 31, 2016
New effort seeks to draw people home
A new local initiative is ripping up and reinventing the old saying, "You can't go home again." It's encouraging people who have left West-Central...
August 31, 2016 - 12:00am
August 24, 2016
New effort tries to draw more people into area
The city of Alexandria will hold a public meeting to present a new regional effort of recruitment in West Central Minnesota sponsored by West Central Initiative. It will take place Friday, August 26 at 10 a.m. at Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway. "This is an opportunity to partner...
August 24, 2016 - 12:00am
November 13, 2015
COMMENTARY: West Central Initiative is your Swiss Army knife for regional development
By Brad Barth, President, West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls Have you ever worked on a project you can’t complete because you don’t have the right tool? In community and economic development, the same thing can happen. West Central Initiative (WCI) is a regional community...
November 13, 2015 - 12:00am
October 23, 2013
Early childhood initiative celebrates 10 years
Ten years ago, West Central Initiative (WCI), along with its five sister Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIF), formed the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative (ECI). Thanks to a grant from The McKnight Foundation, the MIFs helped establish 90 community and county coalitions throughout...
October 23, 2013 - 8:50am
July 31, 2013
Boyer joins West Central Initiative board
West Central Initiative (WCI) welcomes Jessica Boyer to the WCI board of directors. Boyer is executive director of the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties and has lived and worked in Alexandria for seven years. She is an active member of the community through Lakes Area Professional...
July 31, 2013 - 12:00am
July 18, 2012
TSMA awarded grant form West Central Initiative
Tri-State Manufacturers' Association (TSMA) is one of six recipients of West Central Initiative's (WCI) first Competitive Workforce Grant awards. The new program will improve the economy of West Central Minnesota by providing one year of start-up funding for workforce development...
July 18, 2012 - 12:00am
July 11, 2012
WCI unveils new logo
West Central Initiative (WCI) has officially unveiled a new logo.
July 11, 2012 - 12:00am
November 7, 2010
Group tries to wipe out poverty
What does it take to wipe out poverty in Minnesota? A major step, says the group, A Minnesota Without Poverty, is to bring key players to the table - nonprofits, government officials, businesses, faith communities and concerned citizens throughout the state - to develop action plans. On...
November 7, 2010 - 11:58am
November 6, 2010
Meeting will address regional transportation needs
West Central Initiative (WCI) is hosting an open house to gather public input on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's future investment priorities for public transit in Greater Minnesota. The open house is Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at WCI, 1000 Western Ave., Fergus Falls....
November 6, 2010 - 1:40pm
November 5, 2010
Meeting will gather ideas about public transit
West Central Initiative (WCI) is hosting an open house to gather public input on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's future investment priorities for public transit in Greater Minnesota. The open house is Wednesday, November 10 at 10 a.m.
November 5, 2010 - 12:00am
October 22, 2010
West Central Initiative ranks in list of top public foundations
West Central Initiative (WCI) is ranked ninth on the Minnesota Council on Foundations' (MCF) newly released list of the state's top 25 community and public foundations for 2009. It is ranked 48th on MCF's top 50 Minnesota grantmakers by assets for 2009. WCI is a regional community...
October 22, 2010 - 12:00am
October 15, 2010
Alexandria photographers shine in 'Creating a Better Tomorrow' contest
Alexandria residents made a strong showing in West Central Initiative's photo/video contest, "Creating a Better Tomorrow for West Central Minnesota,"...
October 15, 2010 - 12:00am
June 16, 2010
Still time to enter WCI's photo contest
There's just one month left to enter your photos and videos in West Central Initiative's (WCI) "Creating a Better Tomorrow" contest. WCI is seeking photo and video entries that illustrate the theme: "Creating a Better Tomorrow for West Central Minnesota." The online contest runs...
June 16, 2010 - 12:00am
June 4, 2010
County gets mixed news about economy
Douglas County commissioners received good - and not-so-good - news from West Central Initiative representatives at last Tuesday's regular board meeting. The representatives - Greg Wagner and Tom McSparron - discussed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), which...
June 4, 2010 - 12:00am
June 2, 2010
Economic development strategy for region open for public review
The regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), which is compiled yearly by West Central Initiative for nine counties in west central Minnesota, is available for public review and comment until June 21. Access the document at www.wcif.org/?CEDS. If you need a print...
June 2, 2010 - 12:00am