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U.S. jobless claims decline from five-month high
CIA: Russia intervened to help Trump win
Wall Street again marks new highs in post-election run
Litchfield police officer facing DWI charges
Holiday Express rolls through Kandiyohi County
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
October 28, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court to hear sex offender social media ban case
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up a case testing free speech rights in the digital age, agreeing to decide whether a North Carolina law banning convicted sex offenders from Facebook and other social media sites runs afoul of the Constitution. The justices agreed...
October 28, 2016 - 4:52pm
October 6, 2016
Supreme Court asked to suspend Willmar attorney
WILLMAR—A petition has been filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court seeking the suspension of Willmar attorney George E. Hulstrand, Jr....
October 6, 2016 - 7:06pm
August 29, 2016
Wermerskirchen honored for elder law practice
WILLMAR—The research team at Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of lawyers, has chosen Mark Wermerskirchen, of Willmar, as a 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyer in the practice area of elder law. No more than 5 percent of Minnesota lawyers receive this honor. Super Lawyers...
August 29, 2016 - 12:29pm
June 23, 2016
Supreme Court rules on drunk driving tests
WASHINGTON — States can force suspected drunken drivers to take breath tests without first obtaining a warrant but cannot require them to take a more invasive blood test, the U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday in a ruling that impacts laws in 11 states, including North Dakota and...
June 23, 2016 - 11:26pm
June 15, 2016
Judges back North Dakota, say Minnesota overreached with coal plant law
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota overstepped its authority in a 2007 law that restricts buying electricity from North Dakota coal-fired power plants, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The Next Generation Energy Act violates the U.S. Constitution's provision allowing only Congress to regulate...
June 15, 2016 - 6:00pm
May 23, 2016
Minnesota auto body shop owner says insurance agents using tactic illegal in state
MOORHEAD — The owner of Lloyd's Auto Body in Moorhead is fed up with "steering"— when customers are advised, or coerced, by their insurance...
May 23, 2016 - 3:27pm
May 11, 2016
Tax bill: family leave to more Internet taxes
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislative tax negotiators gained more topics to discuss Wednesday when senators approved 37-30 a tax bill containing items ranging from requiring many businesses to provide paid family leave to expanding Internet sales taxes. The provisions of the bill authored...
May 11, 2016 - 8:41pm
May 10, 2016
Quick Prince protection bill appears in Legislature
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators are hurrying to protect Prince's name, voice and likeness less than three weeks after the state's most famous...
May 10, 2016 - 5:30am
April 12, 2016
Transgender bathroom bill generates emotional testimony, but little else
ST. PAUL — A proposal to require transgender people to use the bathroom of their birth sex drew passionate testimony from both sides at the Minnesota Legislature Tuesday, but appears to be dead for the year. The measure, similar to controversial bills passed in states such as North...
April 12, 2016 - 11:10pm
April 11, 2016
Minnesota House lights up over fireworks
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House lit up fireworks legislation Monday, but Senate Democrats and Gov. Mark Dayton are expected to douse the red glare. The House voted 73-56 Monday to allow the same type of fireworks in Minnesota that residents now travel to Wisconsin, South Dakota and...
April 11, 2016 - 11:00pm
December 23, 2015
Records published Dec. 24
This is the record summary for Dec. 24 Vehicle rolls over on U.S. Highway 212 GRANITE FALLS (Staff reports) — A driver was taken to Granite Falls Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries after her vehicle left U.S. Highway 212 north of Granite Falls and rolled around 6:28 a.m....
December 23, 2015 - 10:34pm
December 16, 2015
Rules could price small towns out of police body cameras
ST. PAUL — Legislation to regulate video taken with police body cameras may make them so costly that small communities will not be able to afford them. While federal funds can supplement local money to buy the cameras, some at a Minnesota legislative meeting Wednesday said that...
December 16, 2015 - 10:18pm
July 30, 2015
Texting and driving fines to increase
ST. PAUL — In addition to putting lives in danger, drivers who habitually text and drive on Minnesota roads will be facing heftier fines starting Saturday. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the first citation for texting while driving will remain at $50 and second...
July 30, 2015 - 11:01pm
July 29, 2015
Lawmakers consider allowing National Guard members to carry firearms without permits
ST. PAUL — State lawmakers discussed the possibility of allowing Minnesota National Guard members to carry firearms without permits at a public hearing Wednesday. The information-only hearing came two weeks after a shooting at a Chattanooga, Tenn., military recruiting center that...
July 29, 2015 - 11:17pm
May 7, 2015
Senators vote to end online lottery games
ST. PAUL — Minnesota senators left no doubt they think the lottery director overstepped his authority in allowing online games as they voted...
May 7, 2015 - 11:39pm