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Saltwater shrimp grown on the prairie
Records published Aug. 30
Minnesota teacher under investigation found dead on island with husband
MPCA seeks comment on water quality reports for Chippewa River Watershed
Heavy storms lead to flash flooding in central Minn.
Card girls dominate Shocky Strand cross country race
Cardinal volleyball has state on its mind
Berger gets his turn at center
MURPHY: Bridgewater shows there's no reason to panic
Chargers like stadium better than new turf
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
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
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
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
George Michael "Mike" McCarthy
Lawrence "Larry" Frederick Harding
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cohen: The alchemy of turning bribes into gifts
Thomas: Where there's smoke there is fire
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Updated: Five injured in three-vehicle crash in Willmar
August 12, 2016
Legislative candidates assess session during Kandiyohi County Fair forum
WILLMAR—Six candidates from three local legislative races shared their views on issues and participated in some mild political sparring during a forum Friday morning at the Kandiyohi County Fair. There are fewer than 90 days left before the general election Nov. 8 and local...
August 12, 2016 - 11:11pm
June 22, 2016
Letter: The most mismanaged session ever
Here we go again! In a letter to the editor by Rep. Dave Baker and Sen. Lyle Koenen, they call for "immediate action" by Gov. Dayton so that "important bills can be corrected, adjusted properly, and executed with the governor's signature to do what is best for our citizens."
June 22, 2016 - 3:32am
June 15, 2016
Unfunded school mandates questioned
NEW LONDON — Unfunded mandates for all districts and special grants for select school districts that were approved this legislative session...
June 15, 2016 - 11:46pm
June 4, 2016
Commentary: More to do at Legislature
The 2016 Legislative Session has concluded, and while we accomplished a great deal, I’ll readily admit that we’ve got more to do. I’m pleased...
June 4, 2016 - 2:00am
March 16, 2016
National Guard officer from Olivia to challenge Koenen in November election
OLIVIA — Andrew Lang, a Minnesota National Guard officer, pilot and Renville County employee from Olivia, announced this week he’s seeking...
March 16, 2016 - 10:35am
February 24, 2016
Legislative town hall meeting set for Saturday morning in Willmar
WILLMAR — A meeting to discuss the upcoming legislative session will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Willmar. Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, will hold the joint town hall meeting at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center, 1604 South First Street...
February 24, 2016 - 11:07pm
February 23, 2016
NLS school board discusses education issues with lawmakers
NEW LONDON — A shortage of K-12 grade teachers, a threat of losing the ability to offer college-level classes and 3-1/2-hour standardized reading...
February 23, 2016 - 11:27pm
February 10, 2016
Sen. Koenen to host town hall meeting
BENSON — Sen. Lyle Koenen, together with Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, will host a town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Benson Public Library meeting room. Koenen, a Clara City DFLer, said the meeting will focus on the upcoming legislative session and issues “that matter...
February 10, 2016 - 10:27pm
November 17, 2015
Citizens in west central Minnesota speak out on rising health insurance costs
OLIVIA — Legislators heard the pain that rising health care insurance premiums are causing those who are buying individual policies this year. Small...
November 17, 2015 - 11:33pm
July 9, 2015
Kandiyohi County Board meets with legislators
WILLMAR — During a face-to-face dialogue Tuesday with local legislators, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners left no doubt about their priorities: infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. The half-hour discussion with Sen. Lyle Koenen and Rep. Dave Baker ranged over...
July 9, 2015 - 12:00am
June 17, 2015
Town Hall meeting set for Saturday
WILLMAR — Sen. Lyle Koenen, D-Clara City, and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, will conduct a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building Auditorium in Willmar. The local legislators will speak with residents of District 17 about...
June 17, 2015 - 12:00am
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
March 16, 2015
Koenen, Baker to hold local meeting
NEW LONDON — Local legislators will hold a town hall meeting Saturday in New London. Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar will host a listening session from 8:30 to 10 a.m at McKale’s Family Restaurant in New London, 10 Ash Street NE. The meeting will...
March 16, 2015 - 11:52pm
February 23, 2015
Area lawmakers vie for trails bills to protect towns
SAINT PAUL — A bill that would require 80 percent of all residents and 80 percent of all landowners living or owning land adjacent to a proposed trail or park to provide written approval before state funds could be awarded to a project is not moving forward in the legislature, according...
February 23, 2015 - 11:57pm
January 20, 2015
Local legislators to conduct town hall meeting Saturday in Willmar
WILLMAR — Local legislators will conduct a town hall meeting with District 17 constituents Saturday morning in Willmar. Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, will host the session from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at The Goodness Coffee House, 333 Litchfield...
January 20, 2015 - 11:06pm