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Melania Trump will be back in spotlight, apparently to her surprise
Records published Oct. 28
NLS approves additional help in kindergarten classrooms
New London cyclist's life remembered in court; driver in accident sentenced
Hacked emails show Clinton aides surprised at 2015 email revelations
Gophers deal 21 with Brooks, Smith combo
Card girls CC team clinches fifth-straight state trip
Timberwolves' free agency waiting game already working out
Dubnyk makes 38 saves in Wild win over Sabres
National ranking not on teams' mind
Great Swedish Adventure begins and features woman with Willmar roots
Willmar native on 'The Voice'
1960's icon Bobby Vee dies at Minnesota care facility
Prince’s legendary vault is now open; song due out in November
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
Now is the perfect time for houseplant tasks
Social Security Administration declared a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2017
An Epic journey
Spooktacular: The whole family can help make ghostly yard ornaments
Kenley Jo Krogfus
Myron F. Koosmann
Wallace V. Ashburn
Tribune 2016 Endorsement: Elect Fernando Alvarado to Willmar's Ward 3 seat
Cindy Regan's letter: Clinton's corruption runs deep
Tribune 2016 Endorsement: Elect Julie Asmus to Willmar's Ward 2 seat
Colleen Thomson Michels letter: Schwantes is committed to public service
Suzie Richter letter: Get informed, then go and vote
September 24, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Don't take emergency care for granted
It's so easy to take for granted all those who respond to emergency situations. Ambulance crews are like electricity. They're expected to be there, no matter the time of day or night, no matter the conditions. Instead of flipping a switch, those who urgently need medical care call...
September 24, 2016 - 2:12am
September 15, 2016
Midwest Opinion: Minnesota struggles on mental health problems
While other states aren't making new investments to treat mental illness or are even cutting programs, "We've done a lot as a state investing in mental health," Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said in aninterview Tuesday with the Duluth News Tribune....
September 15, 2016 - 7:52am
September 13, 2016
School's back in session; proceed with care
No doubt you've already noticed: City streets in west central Minnesota and across the state are a bit more congested during the morning rush to work and the afternoon drive home; yellow buses everywhere; and kids galore, on bikes, on foot, and sometimes darting out from between parked...
September 13, 2016 - 9:49pm
July 27, 2016
Midwest Opinion: Unity among Democrats is just laughable
Democrats who are assembled in Philadelphia for their national convention seem to be taking a page from last week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland: They are putting on smiley faces about unity, but there is none.
July 27, 2016 - 12:00am
July 20, 2016
Midwest Opinion: The heat is on, so just cool it
The upper Midwest is in for hot and humid conditions for at least the next couple of days. A record or two might be broken. Happens every year. So does the hype. Media, including The Forum, tend to greet "extreme" weather as if it were the first time it's ever happened. Yet, the records...
July 20, 2016 - 3:00am
July 18, 2016
Midwest Opinion: Everyone should have The Talk
Around America, there's much discussion about black parents having The Talk—the dialogue where they sit down with their youngsters, especially their sons, and explain how crucial it is to cooperate with police in order to avoid getting shot. But here's the thing: Everybody should...
July 18, 2016 - 3:00am
July 12, 2016
Midwest Opinion: How police can respond to mistrust
Some policy responses to last week's police shootings and shootings-of-police will take years to put in place. But others can be rolled out within months. Here are two, both of them drawn from a striking op-ed in The Washington Post titled "The low-hanging fruit of police reform"...
July 12, 2016 - 12:45pm
July 6, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Beware of business 'vanity awards' from nowhere
A scam is going around again that local business should be aware of. Businesses are notified that they've won a "best of" award for the city they're located in. Sounds good, right? Who doesn't like to win an award? However, to receive the award, business owners are told they must...
July 6, 2016 - 4:00am
Midwest Opinion: Age is not a big issue in presidential campaign
The age factor in the presidential campaign has turned out to be no factor at all. The three candidates left standing are, in popular parlance, senior citizens. They qualify for Social Security and Medicare benefits. They are grandparents. Should he win, Donald Trump would be 70...
June 6, 2016 - 3:00am
March 15, 2016
Midwest Opinion: High-price, high-aid tuition model does work
Forum News Service The trouble with “free college” is that it would be hugely expensive, might hurt the world-leading quality of American...
March 15, 2016 - 3:00am
September 10, 2015
Midwest Opinion: Gov. Walker reformed unions, not classrooms
Here’s the thing to remember about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s education reforms.
September 10, 2015 - 4:00am
September 8, 2015
Midwest Opinion: High praise for work of teachers
Good teaching should be recognized and rewarded.
September 8, 2015 - 4:00am
May 19, 2015
Midwest Opinion: API’s oil safety lawsuit is not at all helpful
While the primary purpose of the American Petroleum Institute is to advocate for its member oil companies, it is disappointing that the institute’s narrow focus all but dismisses matters of public safety.
May 19, 2015 - 5:00am
April 13, 2015
Midwest Opinion: Franken, Klobuchar should join swing Democrats on Iran bill
President Barack Obama would do America a great service if he were to show the courage of his convictions, and seek Congress' approval of his nuclear agreement with Iran. And Minnesota's senators would do the president a great service if they were to help persuade him to make...
April 13, 2015 - 5:14am
December 22, 2014
Midwest Opinion: Nomination for Norway displayed a poor choice
From Forum News Service A recent editorial from a Midwest newspaper. Nomination for Norway displayed a poor choice Before Minnesota Nice and North Dakota Nice, there was (and still is) Norway Nice. But don’t underestimate the Norwegians. The Germans did that in World...
December 22, 2014 - 6:00am