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Prosecutors: 'Uber' of sex trafficking rings busted in Twin Cities; also stretched into ND
Ivanka Trump becomes unpaid White House employee
'I will ... become a chicken': French artist who spent a week inside a rock is now hatching eggs
White House says Trump to sign broadband privacy repeal
Missing Minnesota teen found safe in North Dakota
Wild coach says Parise's eye 'looks pretty black and blue' but expects star to return soon
Mauer's spot in batting order will vary, but don't expect him near top
UND cuts women's hockey, men's and women's swimming
Vikings S Smith undergoes ankle surgery
Zach Parise takes high stick to the face; prognosis unclear
'Trading Spaces' returning to TV
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
Play our Basketball Brackets Challenge
Violet Gurtrude Swanson
Keith L. Sorenson
Delores A. Larson
Ethel L. Anderson
LeRoy H. Koenen
Parenting Perspectives: Why I worry about what others think of me
Farmers leading progress on buffer requirement
Pinke: Rally around rural communities
Positively Beautiful: Health and wellness trends popping up everywhere
Swift: Hairstyling technique not all it is wrapped up to be
Dave & Vivian Swanson
August 11, 2009
Commentary: Red states are no better than blue states
With team after team turning him down, the question regarding Michael Vick, thrower of football and killer of dogs, is not whether he will return to the NFL or even whether he should return but whether he would be back already if he were just a wee bit younger and could still thread...
August 11, 2009 - 12:00am
July 29, 2009
Commentary: Why would anyone try to tackle health care?
When the Pulitzer committee called to say that I had won the Prize for being the only syndicated columnist, or for that matter touch-typist, who had not had an exclusive interview with Barack Obama, I was shocked.
July 29, 2009 - 12:00am
July 7, 2009
Commentary: A specter of what could have been if Palin had won
In his novel "The Plot Against America," Philip Roth imagined that Charles Lindbergh, an isolationist and an anti-Semite (but a hell of a flyer), ran for president in 1940 and beat Franklin Roosevelt. In his novel "Fatherland," Robert Harris imagined a Britain that had succumbed to...
July 7, 2009 - 12:00am
May 12, 2009
Commentary: What if Cheney is right?
Blogger Alert: I have a written a column in defense of Dick Cheney. I know how upsetting this will be to some Cheney critics, and I count myself as one, who think -- in respectful paraphrase of what Mary McCarthy said about Lillian Hellman -- that everything he says is a lie. Yet...
May 12, 2009 - 12:00am
May 5, 2009
Commentary: A litmus test that counts
As the time approaches for President Obama to choose a successor to Justice David Souter, the term "litmus test" will be heard throughout the land. The White House will deny applying any such thing, but the nominee will undoubtedly be chosen according to where she stands on abortion,...
May 5, 2009 - 12:00am
April 7, 2009
Commentary: Sacrificing wealth in order to serve in our government
The recent headlines about Lawrence Summers had it all wrong. They announced with an implied breathlessness that he earned around $8 million last year -- much of it from the hedge fund D.E. Shaw. Here's what I would have written: "Man Takes More Than $7.9 Million Cut In Pay." Somewhere...
April 7, 2009 - 12:00am
March 18, 2009
Commentary: The mocker should also look in his own mirror
What Jon Stewart needs is Jon Stewart. He could use a droll comedian to temper his ferocity and correct him when he's wrong, as he was about the financial media, particularly CNBC and its excitable analyst Jim Cramer. They didn't cover up the story of financial shenanigans. They didn't...
March 18, 2009 - 12:00am
March 5, 2009
Commentary: A new rage will impact America's landscape
Last weekend's book section of the Financial Times contained a capsule review of Stefan Zweig's "The Post Office Girl," a novel written in the aftermath of the First World War and just recently translated into English. This is an immensely good thing, but really why I mention Zweig...
March 5, 2009 - 12:00am
February 24, 2009
Commentary: Israel must look to first president for guidance
The day after the U.N. created the state of Israel, the country's first president, Chaim Weizmann, found time to work on his memoir, "Trial and Error." In it, he issued a warning to the Israeli leaders of today: "I am certain that the world will judge the Jewish state by what it will...
February 24, 2009 - 12:00am
February 17, 2009
Commentary: The place to change must begin with the lobbyists
We might as well start with Judd Gregg because, in a way, he is at the heart of the problem. The first time I met him was in New Hampshire, during the 2000 Republican primary, when he came into the kitchen of a high school to tell me and another journalist that what we had just heard...
February 17, 2009 - 12:00am
February 3, 2009
Commentary: Good 'change' will include significant reform as well
The new Obama administration could use a rewind button. Hit it and we'd go back to those wonderful days of a couple of weeks ago when history was made, change was in the air and all of Washington tingled with anticipation. Now, though, we have one Cabinet nominee who did not pay all...
February 3, 2009 - 12:00am
January 27, 2009
Commentary: Our past can be a bit scary for all
"The past is a different country. They do things differently there." So goes a very wise aphorism that needs to be applied to the current debate over whether those who authorized and used torture should be prosecuted. In the very different country called Sept. 11, 2001, the answer...
January 27, 2009 - 12:00am
January 20, 2009
Commentary: As the world waits for his arrival, the world keeps ...
By morning of this first day, even before he awoke, the overseas markets - the Nikkei, the DAX, the FTSE 100 - had moved and the world had changed. He kissed his wife and headed for the shower. While the water was running, the situation at Citigroup remained frightening, and when...
January 20, 2009 - 12:00am
January 13, 2009
Commentary: One mortgage illustrates America's record of greed
The French have the comely Marianne, the British have the fetching Britannia, and we have the welcoming Lady Liberty. May I now suggest, at least for the duration of the current recession, a new feminine emblem of our times: Marvene Halterman of Avondale, Ariz. At age 61, after 13...
January 13, 2009 - 12:00am
January 6, 2009
Commentary: Is this what childhood dreams should be?
Nearly a year ago, I was in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, where, on almost any day, you could see the current war coming. "The next Middle East war may start over Sderot," I wrote back then. I came by my prescience the hard way -- in a bomb shelter. That day, three Qassam rockets...
January 6, 2009 - 12:00am