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Willmar soldiers return home
Governor to receive invite to tour Appleton prison
Records for Aug. 27
New London depot makes another historic move
Community steps forward to help as water recedes
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
NLS volleyball team wins two at Albany Invite
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
Molitor proceeding with caution on Mauer return
Maybe Bridgewater should just take a knee until Week 1
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
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
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
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Harold (Bill) William Wright
Cartoonist Opinions for Aug. 27
Letter: Our declining moral values
Why can't political ads be truthful?
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Letter: Nutrition must start early in life
March 26, 2015
Letter: Where was Rep. Baker?
With more and more oil trains coming through Willmar by the day, rail safety is a huge public safety issue for our city. It shouldn’t have to be a partisan issue, but apparently Dave Baker wants to make it one. Gov. Dayton, legislators and local mayors held an important press conference...
March 26, 2015 - 10:50am
March 16, 2015
Koenen, Baker to hold local meeting
NEW LONDON — Local legislators will hold a town hall meeting Saturday in New London. Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar will host a listening session from 8:30 to 10 a.m at McKale’s Family Restaurant in New London, 10 Ash Street NE. The meeting will...
March 16, 2015 - 11:52pm
February 28, 2015
Letter: Baker isn’t what he claims
Candidate Dave Baker promised us during the campaign that he would strive to “change the laws to limit the horrible negative ads that are ruining our political process.” Then Rep. Baker moved to block the law that would have required those who came up with said ads to disclose...
February 28, 2015 - 6:00am
February 22, 2015
GOP legislators’ focus turns outstate
ST. PAUL — If rural Minnesota lawmakers get their way this session, a lot more taxpayer dollars soon will start flowing out of the seven-county...
February 22, 2015 - 11:00pm
February 9, 2015
Keeping propane on the front burner: Baker brings committee to Willmar for hearing on expanding propane storage and affordability
WILLMAR –– The term “perfect storm” was heard repeatedly at a legislative hearing Monday in Willmar to describe the sudden price spike...
February 9, 2015 - 11:14pm
February 6, 2015
Propane fix in the works
ST. PAUL — The low temperature in Willmar a year ago Monday was 11 below zero, with the high reaching 3 above. The frigid temperatures came during a near record-cold winter that drained many Minnesotans’ propane supplies, which led to a lot of talk about record-high propane costs. This...
February 6, 2015 - 11:04pm
January 20, 2015
Local legislators to conduct town hall meeting Saturday in Willmar
WILLMAR — Local legislators will conduct a town hall meeting with District 17 constituents Saturday morning in Willmar. Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, will host the session from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at The Goodness Coffee House, 333 Litchfield...
January 20, 2015 - 11:06pm
December 28, 2014
Reps.-elect Dave Baker and Tim Miller gear up for the legislative session
WILLMAR — Between managing life on the home front, running to St. Paul to find a place to live and meet with GOP leadership and holding numerous...
December 28, 2014 - 9:18pm
December 2, 2014
Baker elected assistant majority leader of House
ST. PAUL — Rep.-elect Dave Baker, R-Willmar, was elected Tuesday by members of the House Republican Caucus to serve as an assistant majority...
December 2, 2014 - 11:36pm
November 1, 2014
Letter: Baker is disappointing
I have been rather disappointed in Dave Baker’s campaign against Mary Sawatzky right from the start. His campaign signs went up very early in the summer stating “State Representative Dave Baker” which was a lie right off the bat. Some of Mary’s signs said “Mary Sawatzky...
November 1, 2014 - 4:01am
October 31, 2014
Letter: Baker has rural values
As a lifelong resident of west central Minnesota I’m very concerned and saddened with the way the political landscape has changed in Minnesota. As populations have shifted, we have lost more and more influence to the Twin Cities metro area. I believe this has occurred to the detriment...
October 31, 2014 - 10:00am
October 30, 2014
Letter: Sawatzky speaks for us
The Chamber (of Commerce) has framed the local House election exactly right. If you are wealthy and privileged, vote for Dave Baker who will vote to lower taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans. If you are like the rest of us and want a representative that speaks for all of...
October 30, 2014 - 11:30am
Letter: Replace DFL office holders
Many people have less interest in the election this year because we do not choose our president. It has been said that the president’s policies are on the ballot this year, which may be why he sent his wife to Minnesota last week to stump for the Democratic candidates. What are...
October 30, 2014 - 10:30am
Letter: Baker is what we need
Political ads and other letter writers talk about how their candidate will lower taxes, raise minimum wages, build more roads and more. These are very pertinent topics but as a small business owner and rural resident I have had other concerns — electric vehicle regulations and...
October 30, 2014 - 8:30am
Letter: Baker is better candidate
I was touched by Olivia Baker’s letter to the editor regarding her father Dave. I am one of the people that know Dave and Mary Baker well and have witnessed their tireless fight against drug addiction. It is inspiring. My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Dave on the...
October 30, 2014 - 8:05am