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Couple escape house fire north of Willmar
Catholic leaders told to come down from pulpit to deal with sexual abuse
State Department to approve Keystone pipeline permit
Quilt for a cop at Willmar Middle School
British-born UK parliament attacker ID'd, had been investigated over extremism concerns
United States celebrates first World Baseball Classic title
Injured Lavine, his upbeat attitude still part of Timberwolves
Minnesota-born Lundquist chose broadcasting over the ministry 50-plus years ago
Bluejays ready to roll
Phil Hughes recalls visiting pitching guru Tom House
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'The Big Bang Theory' spinoff 'Young Sheldon' officially ordered at CBS
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
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Milton M. Hamann
Marian A. Hanson
Ruth O. Jones
Hoops on Hops: Delve into the wide range of beer books
Port: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls criticism over #NoDAPL protests response “inaccurate and offensive”
American wines are gaining in popularity
Lost Italian: It all starts with Pasta Aglio e Olio
Swift: The new 'Maximum Overdrive': Could our appliances be too smart?
September 22, 2016
Commentary: Table is set for special session
Minnesotans have been delivered the disappointing news: "Special session talks are dead." For months, we watched as Gov. Dayton and legislative...
September 22, 2016 - 8:28am
September 11, 2016
Little progress as Mark Dayton, Kurt Daudt discuss special session
ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt talked about a possible special legislative session Friday but didn't resolve any of the issues still preventing it. Political leaders talked on and off all summer about a special session after lawmakers adjourned...
September 11, 2016 - 10:29am
September 10, 2016
Earl Pederson: If it looks like a duck ...
There's an old saying that if it looks like a duck, flies like a duck, swims like a duck, poops like a duck, it must a duck. Well, the same thing can be said about the Clinton Foundation. If it looks like pay to play, smells like pay to play, sounds like pay to play, it must be pay...
September 10, 2016 - 12:01am
September 9, 2016
Court: Minnesota lawmaker doesn't live in district, can't run in November
ST. PAUL—State Rep. Bob Barrett doesn't live in the legislative district he's elected to represent, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday....
September 9, 2016 - 9:42am
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