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Heavy storms lead to flash flooding in central Minn.
Docs facing more parents who refuse to vaccinate kids
Traffic deaths rise 7.2% in 2015; almost half involved no seat belt use
U.S. immigration agency to review private prison deals; shares slide
Freak lightening storm kills 323 reindeer in Norway
Finally, the Wolves might give the Target Center two good teams
Roundup: Rockets advance in Class C state tournament
Anderson repeats in Match Play tourney
Vikings open new stadium with preseason win
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
Kenneth C. Hensch
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Barbara A. Erickson
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cohen: The alchemy of turning bribes into gifts
Thomas: Where there's smoke there is fire
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Updated: Five injured in three-vehicle crash in Willmar
August 13, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Don't hold your breath long for a special session
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are supposed to be meeting Friday, but is anyone optimistic? Little these "leaders" have done in the past year or so suggests even a glimmer of hope a deal can be brokered, a special session can be held and the critical work left...
August 13, 2016 - 1:00am
August 10, 2016
Tribune Opinion: It is time for the Kandiyohi County Fair
The annual Kandiyohi County Fair opens today and runs through Saturday. It is four days of fun for everyone. And there is a lot going on. Today...
August 10, 2016 - 2:02am
August 8, 2016
Midwest Opinion: Time has come for permanent home for future Olympics
Hosting the Olympics is a boondoggle no city should want. Over the course of two and a half weeks, the Olympics lure hundreds of thousands of tourists to the host cities, supposedly resulting in billions of dollars of tourism revenue and economic impact. Is it worth it? Will the cities...
August 8, 2016 - 1:30am
August 5, 2016
Opinion: Willmar's local option sales tax plan has worthy projects
After several months of study and debate, the Willmar City Council has decided to place a new local option sales tax before the voters on the Nov. 8 ballot. The final proposal has a $10 million target plus finance costs for specific projects for improvements to Robbins Island, the...
August 5, 2016 - 7:54am
August 3, 2016
Opinion: Proposed Kandi Mall project is a positive deal
The $6.5 million rehabilitation project at the Kandi Mall in Willmar took another step toward reality Monday as the Willmar City Council voted...
August 3, 2016 - 4:00am
August 2, 2016
Editorial: Donald Trump was wrong in his Khan criticism
Donald Trump continues to display his inability to keep quiet when criticized and has opened an unwinnable debate with the Muslim American parents...
August 2, 2016 - 2:00am
July 27, 2016
June 27 cartoon by Steve Benson
Hillary Clinton: "United we stand." Steve Benson is a cartoonist for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Arizona. You can comment on this cartoon...
July 27, 2016 - 12:00am
Midwest Opinion: Unity among Democrats is just laughable
Democrats who are assembled in Philadelphia for their national convention seem to be taking a page from last week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland: They are putting on smiley faces about unity, but there is none.
July 27, 2016 - 12:00am
July 22, 2016
Tribune Opinion: Willmar benefits from 'Moving Health Forward'
Willmar has yet another opportunity to move onward as a community with its selection as a pilot program for the "Moving Health Forward" initiative. Our community is fortunate to partner with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and have the partner investment of $2 million to...
July 22, 2016 - 3:00am
July 21, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Put the brakes on hit-and-runs in Minnesota
You walk back to your parked car after spending an hour shopping or dining out and you discover it now has a big dent. There is no other worried driver at the scene, no note, just that ugly dent and the feeling you have of being violated. And if you're a hit-and-run victim, that's...
July 21, 2016 - 3:00am
July 20, 2016
Midwest Opinion: The heat is on, so just cool it
The upper Midwest is in for hot and humid conditions for at least the next couple of days. A record or two might be broken. Happens every year. So does the hype. Media, including The Forum, tend to greet "extreme" weather as if it were the first time it's ever happened. Yet, the records...
July 20, 2016 - 3:00am
July 18, 2016
Midwest Opinion: Everyone should have The Talk
Around America, there's much discussion about black parents having The Talk—the dialogue where they sit down with their youngsters, especially their sons, and explain how crucial it is to cooperate with police in order to avoid getting shot. But here's the thing: Everybody should...
July 18, 2016 - 3:00am
July 13, 2016
American Opinion: As a police officer, I am sworn to protect all
Friends, let this sink in. A teacher is writing her lesson plans for the next week and every few minutes, the principal calls her room to make sure she isn't dead. A nurse is making rounds, handing out medication, and every few minutes, the charge nurse calls his phone to make sure...
July 13, 2016 - 4:59am
July 12, 2016
Midwest Opinion: How police can respond to mistrust
Some policy responses to last week's police shootings and shootings-of-police will take years to put in place. But others can be rolled out within months. Here are two, both of them drawn from a striking op-ed in The Washington Post titled "The low-hanging fruit of police reform"...
July 12, 2016 - 12:45pm
July 11, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Beware, it's election season and polling time
All those ear-to-ear grinning, hand-grabbing, stickers-sticking politicians in your local summer parade should have tipped you off: It's election season. Yes, yes, Election Day is still four months off, but Minnesota's primary election — to narrow the fields of candidates in...
July 11, 2016 - 1:00am