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1960's icon Bobby Vee dies at Minnesota care facility
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Cindy Regan's letter: Clinton's corruption runs deep
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Colleen Thomson Michels letter: Schwantes is committed to public service
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August 20, 2013
Opinions on guns continue to divide
ST. PAUL — Gun opponents testified Tuesday that they felt uncomfortable earlier this year when they knew gun advocates were packing in the Capitol, but a key opponent admitted he likely will not win a gun ban. Gun proponents far outnumbered opponents in the meeting, called to...
August 20, 2013 - 11:54pm
July 16, 2013
AG strongly criticizes stand-your-ground laws
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday strongly criticized stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he is in danger to use deadly force in self-defense.
July 16, 2013 - 4:19pm
June 27, 2013
Juvenile arrested after standoff in rural Lac qui Parle County, man faces gun charges
MADISON — A male juvenile was arrested after an 8-hour armed standoff with law enforcement Monday in rural Lac qui Parle County. According to a news release from County Sheriff Rick Halvorson, officers were investigating a report that Kevin Ernest Morris, 40, of rural Dawson,...
June 27, 2013 - 10:28am
May 3, 2013
Arrest made after FBI search of Montevideo, Minn., home finds guns, bombs
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man was arrested on a firearms charge Friday after federal authorities found Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and guns during a search of his Montevideo home, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit. By Amy Forliti Associated...
May 3, 2013 - 10:58pm
May 1, 2013
5-year-old boy accidentally shoots 2-year-old sister in Ky.
BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky with a rifle he had received as a gift last year, authorities said. The children's mother was home at the time of the shooting Tuesday afternoon but had stepped...
May 1, 2013 - 12:11pm
April 29, 2013
Editorial cartoon by Bruce Plante
April 29, 2013 - 12:00pm
April 24, 2013
Letter: The NRA isn’t the bully
First off, I’d like to thank Harold Petersen for his excellent letter in the April 22 paper. As I read this, President Obama’s Rose Garden speech was on KWLM. I had already watched this on television. I think it’s really pathetic for a president to go before the world...
April 24, 2013 - 12:00am
March 13, 2013
Letter: Guns and saving ‘just one life’
It can be tough to deal with emotions following news of a murder, especially when victims were children or others who could not defend themselves. Something has to be done. We must take action. If our actions result in only saving one life, isn’t it worth it? Recognize those lines?...
March 13, 2013 - 1:00am
Letter: A man of unvarnished facts
Wow! John Burns really is a man of unvarnished facts. He knows about my characteristics and beliefs, even though we have never met. Ed Mickelson Atwater
March 13, 2013 - 1:00am
March 8, 2013
Letter: Facts needed in gun debate
In a letter that appeared on this page on Feb. 20, I stated the fact that Americans kill their fellow Americans and themselves with their guns at a rate that far exceeds that of any other developed nation. I noted that the causes of this national disgrace cannot be such factors as...
March 8, 2013 - 12:21am
February 27, 2013
Sentencing set for Willmar, Minn., man after he pleads to multiple felonies
WILLMAR — David Lawrence Pillatzki Jr., 36, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three felony charges for possessing a firearm after conviction of a violent crime, for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and for fifth-degree drug possession. Pillatzki also pleaded guilty...
February 27, 2013 - 10:44pm
February 20, 2013
Letter: Our murdurous gun culture
Guns don’t kill people. People with guns do kill people, and themselves. People can kill people with knives, baseball bats, or frying pans. However, guns are much more effective at killing because that is their purpose and what they are designed to do. That is why modern armies...
February 20, 2013 - 12:00am
February 6, 2013
Letter: The facts on gun sales
A frequent letter-writer recently wrote 40 percent of guns sold at gun shows are unregistered. Those I know who regularly attend gun shows find the 40 percent number so far off it’s laughable. However, the more the lie is repeated and unanswered, the more it becomes believable....
February 6, 2013 - 6:00am
January 18, 2013
Letter: Keeping our schools safe
Keeping the focus on what will the response be if and when an armed intruder manages to get inside a school facility: You understand that I am still a very firm believer in an immediate action plan that eliminates the threat. Making it common knowledge that there is a secure weapon...
January 18, 2013 - 9:30am
Editorial: Debate on on guns to continue in 2013
The announcement Wednesday by President Obama of his 23-point plan to address gun violence has launched a new chapter in the divisive gun debate. It has been nearly two decade since the gun debate was so hot. Among Obama’s proposals is a call for better access to mental health services,...
January 18, 2013 - 6:15am