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Lawmakers advance two anti-abortion bills, but Dayton says he'll veto them
Tribal members, SD dance family among 15 charged in dealing in eagle, migratory bird trafficking
Brainerd family says final goodbyes to man who was missing for more than 2 years
Man whose boat crashed on Minnesota river found alive
Local Roundup: Halvorson repeats
RU Game: Hanson, Rudie commit to D-I schools
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Local Roundup: Willmar softball team drops pair to Tech
Dozier's three-run double provides Twins with 3-2 win
'Flip or Flop' stars returning for multiple episodes of HGTV show amid divorce
Elton John recovering from 'potentially deadly' bacterial infection
Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in his car
Adam Sandler to make rare appearance in Minnesota
Carrie Fisher won't appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Intestinal diseases increasing in Canadian children
Younger hot flashes may signal heart risk later
Focus 2017: Spotlight on Public Service
'Kitchen Witches': Comedy opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar chain of lakes focus of Wednesday's public meeting
Iris M. Hanson-Cain
Dennis R. Erdman
Minnesota Opinion: Now is not the time to sit out, play politics
George Will: The 'Oh, never mind' president
Susan Estrich: The Amazon 1-Star System
Letter: U of M proud of local partnerships
Swift: Taxes must be particularly taxing
Jen Wetterling- Martin Bridal Shower
February 6, 2013
Proposed charter amendment would require Willmar, Minn., council to appoint city attorney
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council will hold a public hearing March 4 on a City Charter amendment that for the first time would require the council to appoint a city attorney. The amendment is recommended by the Charter Commission. The city attorney amendment is one of many charter...
February 6, 2013 - 11:33pm
November 7, 2012
UPDATE: Vote tallies hold, Minnesotans say no to both amendments
ST. PAUL -- As of 7:12 a.m., the vote tallies continued to show that Minnesotans had rejected both the marriage and voter ID amendments. The unofficial morning numbers from the Secretary of State's office showed that 98.98 percent of ballots, 4,060 of 4,102 total precincts, had been...
November 7, 2012 - 8:02am
November 6, 2012
Minn. marriage amendment battle costliest ever
ST. PAUL -- A battle about whether to define marriage as only between a man and woman produced the most expensive Minnesota constitutional amendment campaign ever, but regardless of the outcome nothing will change soon. As voters entered polling places Tuesday, it appeared the question...
November 6, 2012 - 7:41pm
November 3, 2012
Letter: Voter ID is fraud, vote no
Here are a few things to think about before you vote on the proposed Voter ID amendment to the Minnesota constitution. The amendment is a purely Republican proposal. Only Republicans voted for it in the Minnesota House and Senate. All Democratic senators and representatives voted...
November 3, 2012 - 12:02am
November 2, 2012
Peace Garden Mama blog: Having the gay marriage conversation
November 2, 2012 - 9:13am
November 1, 2012
Letter: It's common sense to vote no
Before you vote on the proposed voter ID amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, stop to consider what organizations oppose the amendment. The League of Women Voters and AARP both urge you to vote no. Both Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services oppose the amendment. In...
November 1, 2012 - 12:31am
October 31, 2012
Letter: Vote yes on marriage
As I drive around Willmar, I am noticing some signs that urge a "no" vote on the Marriage Amendment, even one on a church lawn. Don't limit the freedom to marry, the signs add. A current "Vote No" telephone script targeting seniors suggests "I'm a person of faith. One of the values...
October 31, 2012 - 9:21am
Letter; Vote 'yes' on marriage
I am reminded of a song that I learned as a little child called "The Wise Man and the Foolish Man." The wise man built his house upon the rock and the foolish man built his house upon the sand. You know the end results of such construction. On what foundation are you building your...
October 31, 2012 - 9:00am
Letter: 'Yes' for marriage issue
Why would anyone want to change the definition of marriage? Marriage is more than love and commitment -- it is about ensuring the well-being of our children and our society. How marriage is defined will not only affect how children view the importance of mothers and fathers in the...
October 31, 2012 - 8:59am
October 29, 2012
Letter: Stop voter fraud
Certain people get desperate when they think they are going to lose. They make up half-truths and tell lies. They substitute their reality for the truth. The voter ID amendment is getting saturated with falsehoods now before the election. Whether it's Joan Growe, former Secretary...
October 29, 2012 - 8:54am
Letter: Vote no on marriage issue
I will start by saying that I don't normally follow politics very closely, and I don't voice my opinion very often, but I can't sit idly by and not make my voice heard about the Minnesota Marriage Amendment issue. I'd like to take a few moments to share some reasons why I'm voting...
October 29, 2012 - 12:50am
October 26, 2012
Editorial: Vote 'no' on poor plan for voter ID
Our state constitution is the basis of Minnesota's government and the rights of all its citizens, including the right of every citizen of legal age to vote. These rights are why Section 1 of the Minnesota Constitution's Bill of Rights simply reads: "Government is instituted for the...
October 26, 2012 - 10:06am
October 25, 2012
Editorial: Vote 'no' on state marriage question
In the Declaration of Independence of 1776, our founding fathers wrote that every American was "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Minnesota citizens in 1857 approved our State Constitution,...
October 25, 2012 - 7:20am
October 4, 2012
GOP senators accuse Ritchie of misleading Minnesotans about amendment
ST. PAUL -- Two Republican state senators today filed paperwork alleging Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has misled Minnesotans about a proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show photographic identification. Sens.
October 4, 2012 - 11:57am
September 12, 2012
Willmar, Minn., area residents discuss ways to stop gay marriage amendment
WILLMAR -- About 20 area residents met Tuesday to learn how they could try to defeat the proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would...
September 12, 2012 - 12:00am