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Briefs: Former Obama aide calls Trump a 'psychopath'
Second case of switched babies shakes Canadian community
More bodies located beneath rubble in Italy quake zone
Wild about wine: Carlos Creek expands into Xcel Energy Center, other Twin Cities venues
National Guard soldiers return to Willmar after Kuwait deployment
Finally, the Wolves might give the Target Center two good teams
Roundup: Rockets advance in Class C state tournament
Anderson repeats in Match Play tourney
Vikings open new stadium with preseason win
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
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
Barbara A. Erickson
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Kenneth C. Hensch
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Letter: Nutrition must start early in life
Why can't political ads be truthful?
Dionne: Why Clinton Republicans matter
Parker: The GOP's Trumpian deflation
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Update: Shots fired outside Zorbaz in Spicer early Sunday
July 13, 2016
Letter: Rep. Miller truly cares about us
The word "compromise" is very subjective. For partisan Democrats, some of whom have recently written attack letters against Rep. Tim Miller, compromise means "you should do exactly what the Democrats want."
July 13, 2016 - 1:30am
July 12, 2016
Letter:The light rail boondoggle
Gov. Dayton, acting like a cry-baby, won't call a special session to fix a technical issue with the bipartisan tax bill and deal with the bonding issues because he can't get his pet project—southwest light rail funding. That 12-mile stretch of light rail will cost $16.2 billion...
July 12, 2016 - 2:00am
July 9, 2016
Letter: Don't believe the fact spinners
Trust but verify. Here are some facts you can verify regarding the bonding bill. Over the past few weeks I've noticed a coordinated attack against our local legislators. Candidates Andrew Falk and Mary Sawatzky's supporters are spreading falsities, not facts.
July 9, 2016 - 1:00am
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
May 23, 2016
Transportation, bonding fail at end of Minnesota Legislature
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators came to St. Paul with hopes to pass a good many bills, but they failed to approve two major issues, transportation...
May 23, 2016 - 8:50am
Tick tock, tick tock: Last minutes of 2016 Legislature
ST. PAUL -- Shouts, desperate attempts to make last-minute changes and general chaos ended late Sunday attempts to increase Minnesota transportation and public works funding. Minnesota lawmakers failed to hit their midnight target to pass the measure, meaning that short of a special...
May 23, 2016 - 1:35am
May 22, 2016
Pieces slowly fall into place at Legislature
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans entered the 2016 legislative session with dreams of passing a slimmed down version of their $2.2 billion tax-cut plan that failed in 2015. They got a $258 million tax cut for the next year. Democrats arrived in St. Paul on March 8 with dreams of...
May 22, 2016 - 11:21pm
Tax-cut bill first to pass as Minnesota lawmakers face midnight deadline
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House passed legislation cutting taxes Sunday afternoon, the first of four major bills on the final day lawmakers can take action. Also, negotiators approved a plan to increase spending $167 million over the existing two-year, $42 billion budget. However,...
May 22, 2016 - 4:12pm
May 21, 2016
Minnesota tax cuts, budget advance; transportation, bonding going slow
ST. PAUL -- Bills cutting taxes and increasing spending looked on Saturday like they will pass the Minnesota Legislature as bills funding transportation and public works projects crawled toward a midnight Sunday deadline. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said that legislation...
May 21, 2016 - 10:36pm
May 20, 2016
Dayton warns that tax, budget deal not done
ST. PAUL — State lawmakers appear ready to cut Minnesotans’ taxes nearly $260 million before they leave for the year Monday, but Gov. Mark Dayton said he will veto the plan if he does not get provisions he wants in a spending bill. Legislative leaders announced the tax relief...
May 20, 2016 - 10:49pm
May 11, 2016
Minn. House committee backs allowing Prince’s heirs rights to profit
ST. PAUL — Prince’s likeness and name should belong to his heirs, whoever the courts decide they are, an attorney for his estate told Minnesota lawmakers Tuesday. “What this law would do, it would clarify that this right of publicity would continue after death and it would...
May 11, 2016 - 12:15am
May 5, 2016
The ‘socialist’ Democrats
I read the letter to the editor from Harlan Broers of Clara City and needless to say it gives one quite a chuckle. First of all, if the Republicans are so fiscally irresponsible, why is our socialist Gov. Dayton insisting on spending $800 million on a new prison when there is a perfectly...
May 5, 2016 - 12:34am
April 30, 2016
With talks set to begin, Minn. lawmakers optimistic on transportation funding
ST. PAUL — How Minnesota can provide billions of dollars to fix roads and provide for other transportation needs in the next decade may become...
April 30, 2016 - 12:54am
Reopening of Appleton prison still alive after Minnesota House vote
APPLETON — A proposal that would reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton took its biggest step forward to date.
April 30, 2016 - 12:11am
March 21, 2016
Capitol Chatter: Little money available for pre-kindergarten classrooms
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants to increase education spending $77 million in the next year, mostly for his plan to offer classes for 4-year-olds. But there is a catch. Many school officials say they are running out of room, especially after lawmakers last year passed...
March 21, 2016 - 12:00am