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Phone scam reported in Stearns County
Lawmakers consider adding 2 Minnesota veterans homes
Lunch with a Cop
Public criticizes current layout of Willmar Wye
Willmar teen is National Merit finalist
Bemidji coach issues apology for prep hockey brawl with Brainerd
Boys Basketball: 'Jacks top MACCRAY
Palmer, Bryan share Honda Classic lead
Local Roundup: Wildcats bounce back with vengeance
Junior Hockey: Two WarHawks heading to Hamline
New London Little Theatre Review: 'Opal's Million Dollar Duck' is genuine
'9 to 5' one for the ages -- even in Willmar: Musical on Barn stage through Feb. 26
Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80
Golden Globe Awards: 'La La Land' Breaks Record for Most Win
Streaming overtakes U.S. digital music sales for first time: Nielsen
'Fire & Ice': Diamond Edge figure skating show is Saturday, Sunday in Willmar
Around our region published Feb. 22
Many Americans unaware of important heart health numbers: survey
Slow cooker recipes for easy meals on weeknights
Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios
Keith L. Kendall
Lawrence "Junior" Johnson, Jr.
Perennials potentially damaged from early-season warmup
Little things make a big difference with gardening
Wishing loved one could let go of life should not bring guilty feelings
Tribune Editorial: Willmar City Council makes a good Holland decision
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
August 17, 2010
Commentary: Netanyahu's warning
JERUSALEM -- When Israel declared independence in 1948, it had to use mostly small arms to repel attacks by six Arab armies. Today, however, Israel feels, and is, more menaced than it was then, or has been since. Hence the potentially world-shaking decision that will be made here,...
August 17, 2010 - 12:00am
July 15, 2010
Commentary: The high price of hubris
WASHINGTON -- The story mocks a cliche: As they were leaving the Garden of Eden, Adam said to Eve, "Darling, we live in an age of transition." The first sentence of Barack Obama's letter introducing his new strategic review says Americans have often coped with "moments of transition"...
July 15, 2010 - 12:00am
July 5, 2010
Commentary: A nobody angling for a new Nevada political knockout
LAS VEGAS -- Sometimes provocative people become that way because they were provoked. Sharron Angle, 60, could be enjoying the 10 grandchildren she loves even more than her .44 magnum. Instead, she is the Republican nominee against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's quest for a fifth...
July 5, 2010 - 12:00am
June 7, 2010
Commentary: Familiar Washington dance: Prosperity-to-Hysteria Two-Step
WASHINGTON -- Jay Gould, a 19th-century railroad tycoon and unrepentant rapscallion, said he was a Democrat when in Democratic districts and a Republican when in Republican districts but that he was always for the Erie Railroad. Gould, emblematic of Gilded Age rapaciousness, was called...
June 7, 2010 - 12:00am
June 2, 2010
Commentary: Welcome to frugality theater by the Obama administration
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama, an unbeliever genuflecting before the altar of frugality, is asking Congress, as presidents do, to give him something like a line-item veto. Coming in today's context of his unrelenting agenda of expanding government, his proposal constitutes a counterfeit...
June 2, 2010 - 12:00am
May 22, 2010
Commentary: Politics as good as it gets in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- The candidate who on Tuesday won the special election in a Pennsylvania congressional district is right-to-life and pro-gun. He accused his opponent of wanting heavier taxes. He said he would have voted against Barack Obama's health care plan and promised to vote against...
May 22, 2010 - 12:00am
May 6, 2010
Commentary: Hostage to a timetable
MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The ticking clock does not disturb the preternatural serenity that Gen. David Petraeus maintains regarding Afghanistan. Officially, the U.S. Central Command is located here; actually, it is wherever he is, which is never in one place for very long.
May 6, 2010 - 12:00am
April 15, 2010
Commentary: No experience is needed
WASHINGTON -- Stiffening their sinews and summoning up their blood, pugnacious liberals and conservatives who relish contemporary Washington's recurring Armageddons are eager for a summer-long struggle over Barack Obama's nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens....
April 15, 2010 - 12:00am
April 12, 2010
Commentary: Facing a pension crisis
WASHINGTON -- A puzzle from Philosophy 101: If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? A puzzle from the prairie: If an earthquake occurs in Illinois and no one notices, is it really a seismic event? Gov. Pat Quinn called it a "political earthquake" when...
April 12, 2010 - 12:00am
April 2, 2010
Commentary: Shootout at the Ariz. corral
PHOENIX -- In 1994, when first running for Congress, J.D. Hayworth, who today is 51 and trying to wrest from John McCain, 73, the Arizona Republican Party's Senate nomination, went jogging in Washington wearing a T-shirt given to him by some Arizona loggers.
April 2, 2010 - 12:00am
March 26, 2010
Commentary: Now comes thermidor
"And everybody praised the Duke, Who this great fight did win." "But what good came of it at last?" Quoth little Peterkin. "Why that I cannot tell," said he, "But 'twas a famous victory." -- Robert Southey "The Battle of Blenheim" WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama hopes his famous...
March 26, 2010 - 12:00am
March 19, 2010
Commentary: Betting (again) on a new fix for education in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- Doubling down on dubious bets is characteristic of compulsive gamblers and federal education policy. The nation was essentially without such policy for grades K through 12, and better off for that, until 1965. In that year of liberals living exuberantly, they produced...
March 19, 2010 - 12:00am
February 8, 2010
Commentary: Charting our way back to the solvency of our country
WASHINGTON -- In 2013, when President Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor, is counting his blessings, at the top of his list will be the name of his vice president: Paul Ryan. The former congressman from Wisconsin will have come to office with ideas for steering the federal government...
February 8, 2010 - 12:00am
February 1, 2010
A lobe divided will not stand
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama tiptoed Wednesday night along the seam that bifurcates the Democratic Party's brain. The seam separates that brain's John Quincy Adams lobe from its Sigmund Freud lobe. The dominant liberal lobe favors Adams' dictum that politicians should not be "palsied...
February 1, 2010 - 12:00am
January 30, 2010
Letter: Climate and the human factor
Mankind does have a part in global warming and climate change. Crude oil, natural gas and coal-fossil fuels -- is stored energy from the sun.
January 30, 2010 - 12:00am