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'Top Gun 2' is Happening, Tom Cruise confirms
Another day, another missed Minnesota legislative deadline
Minnesota manufacturers' confidence high, but finding workers a challenge
Mom upset after bus makes unannounced stop at Dairy Queen on last day of school
Despite past disagreements, Pope Francis and Trump exchange gestures of peace
Prep Softball: Becker's late run sinks Willmar
Prep Baseball: Falcons close with a gem
Prep Baseball: Cards dazzle in win over Rocori
Local Roundup: Willmar tennis duo take sub-section title
Prep Baseball: BOLD firepower on display
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
'Last Man Standing': 20th Century Fox TV to seek new home for Tim Allen comedy
ABC's 'American Idol' reboot lands pop music superstar as first confirmed judge
'Scandal' will end next year, ABC president confirms
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
Stories needed to create 'Milan: The Musical!'
Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
Vinyls unveiled for traffic signal boxes in Willmar
Marilyn Ruth Rusthoven
Dr. Richard Clausen
Alpha G. Finden
Port: Democrats already running campaign commercials on behalf of Heidi Heitkamp
Harrop: 'Bro Culture' companies may do poorly by being bad
Garrison Keillor: One more modest proposal
Midwest Opinion: Local youth sports can help fight drug abuse
Letter: Getting even after the fact
January 29, 2010
Commentary: A 'reform' wisely struck down
WASHINGTON -- Last week's Supreme Court decision that substantially deregulates political speech has provoked an edifying torrent of hyperbole. Critics' dismay reveals their conviction: Speech about the elections that determine the government's composition is not a constitutional...
January 29, 2010 - 12:00am
December 28, 2009
Commentary: The vacuity of world's double triumps of climate treaties
WASHINGTON -- It was serendipitous to have almost simultaneous climaxes in Copenhagen and Congress. The former's accomplishment was indiscernible, the latter's was unsightly. It would have been unprecedented had the president not described the outcome of the Copenhagen climate change...
December 28, 2009 - 12:00am
November 9, 2009
Commentary: No climate for a change treaty
WASHINGTON -- Intelligent people agree that, absent immediate radical action regarding global warming, the human race is sunk. That is a tautology because those who do not agree are, by this definition, unintelligent. Britain's intelligent Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives scary precision...
November 9, 2009 - 12:00am
November 2, 2009
Commentary: Disclosure being used as liberal coercion
SEATTLE -- Conservatives here, a droll minority, say that under this city's quota system, when a conservative enters the city, one already here is required to leave.
November 2, 2009 - 12:00am
October 30, 2009
Commentary: Here's a dose of realism in today's war on drugs
WASHINGTON -- During his immersion in his new job, Gil Kerlikowske attended a focus group of 7-year-old girls and was mystified by their talk about "farm parties." Then he realized they meant "pharm parties" -- sampling pharmaceuticals from their parents' medicine cabinets. What he...
October 30, 2009 - 12:00am
October 13, 2009
Cartoon by Bruce Beattie
October 13, 2009 - 12:00am
Letter: A message from across the sea
From across the sea there came a message this morning that should be a call to action to everyone, from the least to the greatest in our purview.
October 13, 2009 - 12:00am
October 5, 2009
Commentary: Enter the White Queen
WASHINGTON -- Last Thursday, the president's "engagement" with Iran began. This Wednesday, the U.S. war in Afghanistan will enter its ninth year. And U.S. foreign policy is entering a White Queen phase. In "Through the Looking Glass," Alice says she is unable to believe the White...
October 5, 2009 - 12:00am
September 26, 2009
Commentary: A willowy weakness
WASHINGTON -- While in Pittsburgh, a sense of seemliness should prevent President Barack Obama from again exhorting the G-20, as he did April 2 in London, to be strong in resisting domestic pressures for protectionism. This month, invertebrate as he invariably is when organized labor...
September 26, 2009 - 12:00am
September 8, 2009
Commentary: It's time to leave Iraq, this is no time to loiter
WASHINGTON -- Since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq's cities, two months have passed, and so has the illusion that Iraq is smoothly transitioning to a normality free of sectarian violence. Recently, Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of U.S. troops there, "blanched" when asked if the war...
September 8, 2009 - 12:00am
September 2, 2009
Commentary: In Afghanistan, it's about knowing when to stop
WASHINGTON -- "Yesterday," reads the e-mail from Allen, a Marine in Afghanistan, "I gave blood because a Marine, while out on patrol, stepped on a (mine's) pressure plate and lost both legs." Then "another Marine with a bullet wound to the head was brought in. Both Marines died this...
September 2, 2009 - 12:00am
August 27, 2009
Commentary: It's a positive balance in the ledger of Edward Kennedy
WASHINGTON -- At the Democrats' 1960 convention in Los Angeles that nominated John Kennedy, his 28-year-old brother Ted was standing with the Wyoming delegation when it sealed the victory. He was then a sibling for minor missions. He would become the most consequential brother. His...
August 27, 2009 - 12:00am
August 20, 2009
Commentary: A pandora's box on speech
WASHINGTON -- It began with the proliferation of campus "speech codes" ostensibly designed to promote civility but frequently used to enforce political conformity. The new censorship accelerated with the McCain-Feingold legislation that licenses government regulation of the quantity,...
August 20, 2009 - 12:00am
July 29, 2009
Commentary: Cold shoulder is the rule in world's climate 'urgency'
WASHINGTON -- Unfortunately, China's president had to dash home to suppress ethnic riots. Had he stayed in Italy at the recent G-8 summit, he could have continued the Herculean task of disabusing Barack Obama of his amazingly durable belief, shared by the U.S. Congress, that China...
July 29, 2009 - 12:00am
July 1, 2009
Commentary: A health care 'fix' we'll likely live to regret?
WASHINGTON--"In the beginning," says a character in a Peter De Vries novel, "the earth was without form and void. Why didn't they leave well enough alone?" When Washington is finished improving health care, Americans may be asking the same thing. Certainly the debate will compel them...
July 1, 2009 - 12:00am