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Former college linebacker sues bars, attackers for injury in 2014 Mankato brawl
Anheuser-Busch to pay SEC $6 million to settle bribery charges
Evergreen likely to be biggest in Minnesota measured in Brainerd
Massive cash pouring into Minnesota legislative campaigns
Senate approves funding bill to avert government shutdown
WCT Sports Show: Dawson-Boyd loses but bears gifts
Wildcats Preview: NLS defense chomping at the bit
Cardinals Preview: Willmar to face state's top passing attack
Tiger Woods talking at Ryder Cup, but only to team
Another crash course for new left tackle Clemmings
Meander weekend features celebration of art, community
Celebrating the spirit of the landscape he loves
Brad Pitt expresses sadness over divorce filing
Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt
Ticket prices for Prince tribute concert start at $19.99
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Alec Baldwin is ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ new Donald Trump
Citizens getting caught up in Minnesota River cleanup
Northland Outdoors: A couple of shotgun experts find out what they've been missing in mourning dove hunting
Reader News: RAPID Coalition effort
Patrick Chandler Zimmermann
Inez L. Quigley
EJ Dionne: Clinton moves the election in her direction
Patrick Foley: Social Security not an investment
Cal Thomas: Advice for Donald Trump's second debate
Cartoon by Gary Markstein
George Will: Trump's rise reflects America's decay
America Opinion: In 2016, does a debate matter?
On Oct. 28, 1980, former California Republican Gov. Ronald Reagan and Democratic President Jimmy Carter held their only debate of the presidential campaign. The conventional wisdom was that Reagan needed to show himself to be unthreatening and a plausible commander in chief after...
7 hours 2 min ago
September 24, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Don't take emergency care for granted
It's so easy to take for granted all those who respond to emergency situations. Ambulance crews are like electricity. They're expected to be there, no matter the time of day or night, no matter the conditions. Instead of flipping a switch, those who urgently need medical care call...
September 24, 2016 - 2:12am
September 18, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Minnesota still needs special session
In Minnesota, there's a sense that the 2016 legislative session was a colossal waste. This is because lawmakers met for weeks and at multi-million-dollar expense, but failed to get much done. That frustration deepened in the months afterward, when lawmakers and the governor couldn't...
September 18, 2016 - 12:29pm
September 15, 2016
Midwest Opinion: Minnesota struggles on mental health problems
While other states aren't making new investments to treat mental illness or are even cutting programs, "We've done a lot as a state investing in mental health," Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said in aninterview Tuesday with the Duluth News Tribune....
September 15, 2016 - 7:52am
September 13, 2016
School's back in session; proceed with care
No doubt you've already noticed: City streets in west central Minnesota and across the state are a bit more congested during the morning rush to work and the afternoon drive home; yellow buses everywhere; and kids galore, on bikes, on foot, and sometimes darting out from between parked...
September 13, 2016 - 9:49pm
September 6, 2016
Midwest Opinion: Child labor history in rural America
You don't have to be the descendant of a Pullman striker or a "breaker boy" — a child who worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines — to appreciate the power of Labor Day. The Upper Midwest had its own share of workplace horrors that labor laws helped put right. Here's one...
September 6, 2016 - 1:30am
September 3, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Our health bills are high enough already
Aphysician who sees patients every day — patients with health insurance — Dr. Laura Dean of suburban St. Paul hears the complaint often. "I pay more and more and I get less and less," she said her patients are telling her. Can you relate? Most Minnesotans would nod yes....
September 3, 2016 - 2:15am
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