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Willmar School Board meets Monday
Man found dead under television at Minnesota home
Woman, five children rescued from Alexandria townhome fire
Truck hits State Patrol car, injuring trooper, then drives off
Willmar teen gets probation, community service for bomb threat
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'
'Prairie Angels' makes a timely arrival in Renville County
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
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
May 6, 2013
Action increases as gay marriage vote nears at Minnesota Capital
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Legislature votes on a proposal to legalize gay marriage are drawing near after a Monday night committee action handed the bill to the full House. The House Ways and Means Committee decided on a divided voice vote to move the bill along to what could be a...
May 6, 2013 - 11:39pm
May 5, 2013
Freshmen lawmakers find some surprises at Minn. Capitol
ST. PAUL — The public often sees lawmakers fight, debate and disagree. But new Minnesota legislators say people might not be getting the whole picture. By Danielle Killey Forum News Service ST. PAUL — The public often sees lawmakers fight, debate and disagree....
May 5, 2013 - 10:50pm
May 4, 2013
Editorial: Caution urged on increase of taxes
As Minnesota’s Legislature heads into its final weeks, the primary topic in St. Paul and around the state is the pending tax bill. There...
May 4, 2013 - 4:00am
May 3, 2013
Zebra mussels on construction barges halt work on St. Croix bridge
STILLWATER, Minn. — Work on the new St. Croix (KROY) bridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin has been halted after dead zebra mussels were found on six construction barges headed for the river. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident....
May 3, 2013 - 9:54am
May 2, 2013
Minn. caregivers rally to get increase in funding
ST. PAUL — Maple Lawn Nursing Home administrator Arlan Swanson said his organization is the biggest employer in Fulda, but his staff is struggling because he cannot give them raises after years of cuts and freezes in state funding. “I’m really proud of my staff,” Swanson...
May 2, 2013 - 11:28pm
May 1, 2013
Minn. Legislature may be changing state testing system
WILLMAR — It can take a Minnesota third-grader six to seven hours over several days to complete state-required tests in reading and math. High...
May 1, 2013 - 11:36pm
Undocumented immigrants could get financial aid, in-state tuition in Minnesota
ST. PAUL – Minnesota senators approved a plan that supporters say would bring the dream of attending college closer to reality for students...
May 1, 2013 - 11:30pm
Midwest, Plains economic survey index dips
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states dropped last month but continues to suggest improving economic growth for the region. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 56.8 in April, compared with 58.2 in March. The confidence...
May 1, 2013 - 7:37am
April 30, 2013
Health care marketplace board members ready to go to work
ST. PAUL — Phil Norgaard uttered words seldom heard in the meeting-filled Minnesota Capitol: “I can’t wait to get to some meetings.” The...
April 30, 2013 - 11:02pm
Rural Minnesota Democrats hold key on gun control
ST. PAUL — Rural Democrats’ opposition to changing Minnesota’s gun laws casts doubt on what legislation, if any, will pass this year to tackle gun violence. A group of at least eight Democrats from outstate Minnesota are standing firm against virtually any expansion of the...
April 30, 2013 - 10:52pm
April 27, 2013
Editorial: Vikings draft is good start for 2013
As snow fades away on this warm spring weekend, it is time to consider one of the important events of the year — the NFL draft. Minnesota’s favorite team — the Vikings — pulled off a major move Thursday night in securing two defensive firstround picks...
April 27, 2013 - 12:00am
April 23, 2013
Minnesota education bill is about more than education
ST. PAUL — A debate about education funding goes beyond helping individual students: There is widespread agreement that a better education...
April 23, 2013 - 11:29pm
April 22, 2013
Minnesota House debates health bill not knowing hospital impact
ST. PAUL — Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health-care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals around the state. Most Democrats favored the bill while most Republicans opposed it. Highlighting debate was an amendment by Rep. Will...
April 22, 2013 - 11:20pm
April 21, 2013
Millions at stake over breaches of Minnesota database
ST. PAUL — Liability claims for improper uses of Minnesota’s driver’s license database could reach several million dollars. Many cities, counties and state agencies involved in recent privacy breaches are backstopped by insurance and rainy-day funds that would soften the blow...
April 21, 2013 - 11:09pm
April 20, 2013
Another dusting of spring snow expected over weekend
WILLMAR – Enjoy the sunshine today because the forecast for Sunday and Monday – and much of next week – looks a bit dismal. According to the National Weather Service there’s an 80 percent chance of snow to hit the Willmar area over night. The good news is that accumulation...
April 20, 2013 - 7:21am