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Republican wins Montana special election despite assault charge
Twins emphasis on nutrition goes down to farm club level
Minnesota teacher's lawsuit over high school assault dismissed
Minnesota man found guilty in attempt to kill his ex-wife at work
UPDATE: Dispute over trail detours final Minnesota legislative work
James, Cavs KO Celts, set up rematch vs. Warriors
United's Venegas, front office don't see eye-to-eye
Wild's owner sees no need to rebuild
Kunitz scores 2 as Penguins edge Sens in Game 7
Prep Baseball: Dragons blanked in season-ender
Former Arkansas Gov. takes 'Huckabee' from Fox News to religious broadcaster
Ellen DeGeneres lands new Netflix stand up special
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
Memorial Day travel volume expected highest since 2005
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
Mary Ann Nagel
Marlyn W. Wacholz
Marlys J. Mithun
Manworld tried extra hard this week to tell women 'no.' We weren't listening.
Five startling things Betsy Devos told (or wouldn't tell) Congress
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Dionne: The wider Trump scandal
Cartoon by Steve Benson
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
January 17, 2013
NRA president says group accepts background checks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the National Rifle Association says the organization has no problem with tighter background checks of gun purchasers. But association president David Keene also says too much emphasis has been placed on banning certain firearms. In an interview on "CBS...
January 17, 2013 - 10:59am
January 16, 2013
Document: White House release of Obama plan on gun violence
Here is a copy of the White House release on gun violence announced today by President Obama. White House release on gun violence - Jan. 16 by
January 16, 2013 - 11:45am
Updated: Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package, signs 23 executive orders
January 16, 2013 - 11:18am
January 12, 2013
Letter: Don’t blame the guns
My heart is saddened and grieved at the tragedies that have taken place in our country. I believe God also is saddened and grieved. I am not writing as someone who has not experienced gun violence in our family, because we have. Gun control, an issue again. It hurts innocent people...
January 12, 2013 - 12:00am