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No draft for women in $618.7 billion annual defense bill heading to Obama
Landmark survey finds U.S. transgender people harassed in public restrooms
Man facing 16 felonies for alleged kidnapping, assault of Willmar woman
Santa comes early to Jefferson
Solar garden planned north of Brainerd
WCT daily sports schedule
2016 Tribune Boys Basketball Previews
Boys Basketball Previews: Cards' Slagter always puts team first
Wild hold off Leafs' surge
Peterson may remain out of commission if Vikings are out of contention
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
Harlow D. Skindelien
Marlene M. Baumann
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Dionne commentary: The disempowered majority in U.S.
Will commentary: Trump's Carrier ploy is not conservatism
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Parker commentary: Donald Trump's demagogic illogic
Thomas commentary: Remembering Pearl Harbor at 75
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
January 29, 2016
Legislators continue support for Appleton prison
GRANITE FALLS — A Swift County task force working to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton has remained optimistic despite Governor...
January 29, 2016 - 12:09am
September 25, 2015
Minnesota prisons overcrowded, but have lower rates than most states
ST. PAUL — Minnesota imprisons 194 people per 100,000 population, fourth lowest in the country, but the prison numbers are increasing the fifth fastest in the country. The next lowest number of prisoners in the region is North Dakota, with 214 per 100,000; the country’s average...
September 25, 2015 - 11:00pm
June 7, 2015
Capitol Chatter: Pre-special session grumbling loud this year
ST. PAUL — There always is plenty of grumbling among legislators near the end of a regular session when deals are being cut behind closed doors, and it gets even louder during special session preparation when most legislators are back home waiting for news. It may be even worse...
June 7, 2015 - 11:14pm
City seeks $3M to complete levee upgrade
MONTEVIDEO — Hundreds of volunteers risked their lives to stack 1 million sandbags and save Montevideo from certain disaster in the flood of...
November 7, 2013 - 11:19pm
August 22, 2013
Educators talk to legislators about state tests
WILLMAR — Educators across Minnesota are pleased with the Legislature's move to pay for all day, everyday kindergarten, and they appreciate...
August 22, 2013 - 11:20pm
July 10, 2013
Minnesota legislators tout bills that benefit seniors
WILLMAR -- Based on the applause from senior citizens who met with local lawmakers Wednesday at a Willmar care center, there's appreciation for...
July 10, 2013 - 11:11pm
Legislators have eye on closure of Willmar, Minn., nursing home
WILLMAR -- The announced closure of the Willmar Care Center, a 52-bed skilled nursing home in northwest Willmar, was on the radar of legislators who met with senior citizens Wednesday in Willmar. Rep. Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, said there was concern that the facility, which she...
July 10, 2013 - 11:07pm
February 9, 2012
Stadium planners awaiting Ramsey County, Minneapolis
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators are in the third week of what many leaders say will be a 10-week legislative session, but plenty of questions remain about constructing a Minnesota Vikings stadium. Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said a group of legislators working on the stadium...
February 9, 2012 - 12:00am
February 7, 2012
Letter: Don't believe all you read
A recent letter to the Public Forum gave credit to local legislator Bruce Vogel for his legislative updates. Living in the far northwest region of Kandiyohi County (13A), I've been cast in with folks from Pope and parts of Stearns County and am not in Vogel's district. However, I...
February 7, 2012 - 12:00am
July 13, 2011
Public invited to share shutdown concerns with lawmakers during Monday listening session in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR -- Legislators from west central Minnesota have been invited to attend a legislative listening session Monday morning in Willmar. The session is sponsored by the Willmar Area League of Women Voters. It is intended to provide nonprofit agencies, government service providers,...
July 13, 2011 - 12:00am
July 2, 2011
Editorial: It is time to send a message
It is the Fourth of July weekend as west central Minnesota and the rest of the county celebrates in honor of the birth of America. It time to remember the sacrifices of our Founding Fathers as they created the United States. Democracy has never been a pretty or efficient form of...
July 2, 2011 - 3:43pm
February 5, 2011
Message to legislators: Repeal mandates
WILLMAR -- Dave Baker offered a bit of a challenge to local legislators Friday. For every new mandate the Legislature approves this year, 10 existing ones should be repealed. Baker, chairman of the public policy committee for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, made the...
February 5, 2011 - 12:00am
October 15, 2010
Minnesota legislators preparing for one-day, disaster-relief session
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators head back to St. Paul on Monday to approve spending disaster-relief funds in what is supposed a neat, clean afternoon affair where lawmakers hear the proposal, vote for it and go home. At least that is what Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he and legislative...
October 15, 2010 - 12:00am
May 16, 2010
Pawlenty, lawmakers make budget moves
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are making progress in balancing the state budget's $3 billion deficit as a midnight deadline looms. The governor late this afternoon proposed cutting spending to help balance the state budget, but setting aside controversial...
May 16, 2010 - 6:06pm
January 12, 2010
NLS begins its annual budget cut process, approves Race to the Top
WILLMAR -- The New London-Spicer School Board on Monday approved a resolution directing the district's administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions. Thus begins the timeline for budget cuts for the 2010-11 school year. Superintendent Paul Carlson...
January 12, 2010 - 12:00am