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Two Kandiyohi County churches close their doors this weekend
Italy quake death toll hits 250 as rescuers search demolished towns
Trump, Clinton spar over who is best for minority voters
Records published Aug. 26
He's un-fur-gettable: Minnesota State Fair mascot dishes on staying cool, big huggers and Goldy ties
BKMS tennis team runs record to 6-0
Bridgewater calms concerns about sore shoulder
Cabrera leads Tigers past Twins, 9-4
Willmar tennis opens season with sweep
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
Paul J. Willems
Connie Lee Ulferts (Key Carelli)
Carol J. Hansen
Commentary: Trump 'charm' offensive will not work with women
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cartoon by Gary Markstein
Trump's new evolving immigration plan is no 'flip-flop'
National Guard soldiers returning to Willmar on Saturday after 10-month deployment
April 7, 2014
House, Senate agree on minimum wage increase
ST. PAUL -- Legislative leaders agreed to raise the Minnesota minimum wage to $9.50 an hour in 2016, with lower wages for small businesses, those undergoing training, teens and some foreign workers. The deal announced today includes a provision that beginning in 2018 all wages would...
April 7, 2014 - 1:08pm
Does bullying bill bully Minnesota’s schools?
ST. PAUL — Republicans say that an anti-bullying bill actually increases bullying.
April 7, 2014 - 11:08am
April 5, 2014
MInnesota House goes for property tax breaks
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House wants to cut taxes $103 million more than the state already has this year, with half of the relief coming in property taxes. A bill representatives passed 125-0 Friday adds to $443 million in tax cuts already approved. The new bill is “heavily...
April 5, 2014 - 2:00am
April 2, 2014
Minnesota taxpayers may once again file returns
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials say they are ready to accept tax returns again and software companies have updated their products to take into account newly approved state tax breaks. Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans and Gov. Mark Dayton this morning said work is completed after...
April 2, 2014 - 12:01pm
April 1, 2014
House looks at $850 million bonding bill, with $125 million more in cash
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House will consider borrowing $850 million for public construction and using part of a state budget surplus for another $125 million in projects, but the lawmaker whose job it is to write the bills says that is not enough money,. "The one defining word...
April 1, 2014 - 11:53am
Pope County Commissioner Gordy Wagner exploring run in House District 12B
GLENWOOD — Pope County Commissioner Gordy Wagner of Glenwood is exploring a possible run for the District 12B Minnesota House of Representatives seat currently held by Paul Anderson, Republican of Starbuck. According to a news release, Wagner told delegates at the Pope County DFL...
April 1, 2014 - 5:30am
March 31, 2014
Analysis: The art of building a bill in Minn. Legislature
ST. PAUL — You can just see the commercial: “State Rep. Michael Beard refused to vote for a bill giving Minnesota’s transportation system a much-needed $50 million boost.”
March 31, 2014 - 6:30am
March 27, 2014
House committee OKs transportation bill with $15M for potholes
ST. PAUL — Fixing ice-cold roads and preventing red-hot railcars are Minnesota lawmakers’ transportation priorities.
March 27, 2014 - 12:30am
March 26, 2014
Minnesota Opinion: Pursue compromise on medical marijuana
DULUTH — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton long has been opposed to legalizing marijuana, siding with law-enforcement concerns that legalization, even for medical reasons, opens the door to a rise in drug use and drug-related criminal activity.
March 26, 2014 - 12:01am
March 20, 2014
Legislature inches toward tax cuts
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers edged closer to passing millions of dollars in tax cuts today.
March 20, 2014 - 1:32pm
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
March 20, 2014 - 6:00am
March 19, 2014
Senate tax bill arrives after Dayton complains about fellow Dems stalling
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday used his first public appearance since Feb. 8 to accuse fellow Democrats who lead the Senate...
March 19, 2014 - 1:00am
March 15, 2014
Judge orders change, Minn. sex offender program remains same
ST. PAUL — A federal judge’s pressure on Minnesota officials to change how the state deals with sex offenders does not appear to be producing results.
March 15, 2014 - 12:00pm
House OKs plugging school lunch funding hole
ST. PAUL — Minnesota students would be guaranteed school lunches if senators agree with a House vote.
March 15, 2014 - 5:00am
March 11, 2014
Panel approves Minn. online voter registration bill
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s online voter registration system moved a step closer to winning the Legislature’s blessing Monday.
March 11, 2014 - 8:00am