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Fans gather to celebrate Dylan’s 75th birthday at his childhood home in Duluth
Teen banned from graduation 'not because she is pregnant but because she was immoral'
UMD lab helping combat raspberry-devouring pest
FBI agent from Minnesota who tracked down Versace serial killer dies at 71
$1 billion, bipartisan Minnesota bonding bill for mostly construction projects ready to go
NFL eases celebration rules. One player already planning a TD party
Murphy: Michael Floyd the fresh face of old news at Vikings camp
Twins tighten grip on first place, sweep Orioles
WCT Sports Show: Softball playoff predictions
WCT Sports Show: BOLD, NLS among baseball hopefuls
Former Arkansas Gov. takes 'Huckabee' from Fox News to religious broadcaster
Ellen DeGeneres lands new Netflix stand up special
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
'Last Man Standing': 20th Century Fox TV to seek new home for Tim Allen comedy
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
Stories needed to create 'Milan: The Musical!'
Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
Vinyls unveiled for traffic signal boxes in Willmar
Marilyn Ruth Rusthoven
Dr. Richard Clausen
Alpha G. Finden
Parents of slain DNC staffer: Stop politicizing our son's murder
Port: Democrats already running campaign commercials on behalf of Heidi Heitkamp
Harrop: 'Bro Culture' companies may do poorly by being bad
Garrison Keillor: One more modest proposal
Midwest Opinion: Local youth sports can help fight drug abuse
March 19, 2010
Commentary: Immigration, the sequel has returned
SAN DIEGO -- The immigration debate is back. And it's hard to find anyone who is pleased to see it return. Not Democrats, who see the immigration issue as one that divides their party, with labor on one side and Latinos on the other. Not Republicans, whose usual demand for a guest...
March 19, 2010 - 12:00am
March 10, 2010
Commentary; Down this road before
SAN DIEGO -- Just when you thought the health care debate couldn't get any more bizarre, it surpasses expectations. Now a Republican senator is drawing parallels with the debate over Social Security reform during the George W. Bush administration and warning a Democratic president...
March 10, 2010 - 12:00am
March 5, 2010
Commentary: Where the nanny and welfare state meet
SAN DIEGO -- At the intersection of the nanny state and the welfare state is a bill in the California Legislature that would make it easier for food stamp recipients to buy fruits and vegetables. The idea is part nanny because government, having fulfilled its other responsibilities,...
March 5, 2010 - 12:00am
February 22, 2010
Commentary: Fright night on the left
SAN DIEGO -- With the midterm elections approaching, liberal Democrats have a simple strategy for reaching out to Latino voters: fear and loathing. The idea is to convince Latinos to fear Republican candidates by telling them how much the GOP loathes them. It's insulting. Here you...
February 22, 2010 - 7:00am
February 15, 2010
Commentary: The voters are angry
SAN DIEGO -- President Obama's political stock is plunging. But not everyone is ready to accept it. A recent story about the findings of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll boasted a headline that read: "In poll, Republicans gaining political ground on Obama." Gaining ground? Are...
February 15, 2010 - 12:00am
February 8, 2010
Commentary: Flunking on public education reform
SAN DIEGO -- President Obama had been getting high marks in his first year in office for what seemed to be an insightful approach to education reform. Too bad he flunked the final. Give Obama credit for what he got right.
February 8, 2010 - 12:00am
January 30, 2010
Commentary: A missed opportunity on profiling
SAN DIEGO -- I, for one, would have liked to have seen President Obama condemn racial and ethnic profiling in his lengthy and otherwise far-reaching State of the Union address. I thought Obama was getting close to doing just that when -- in discussing the war on terror -- he rejected...
January 30, 2010 - 12:00am
January 20, 2010
Commentary: The joke is on Leno
SAN DIEGO -- Never mind pictures. Sometimes, a joke is worth a thousand words. Take this recent zinger from Conan O'Brien: "I just want to say to the kids out there watching: You can do anything you want in life. Unless Jay Leno wants to do it, too." Ouch. That's going to leave...
January 20, 2010 - 12:00am
December 18, 2009
Commentary: Growing up in the USA
SAN DIEGO -- For more than two centuries, part of being an American has often meant struggling to be something else. No offense intended. It's not that people are looking for ways to stop being American. If they were born here, they accept this as a given. It's just that they're...
December 18, 2009 - 12:00am
November 25, 2009
Commentary: To all the brats at the gate of today
SAN DIEGO -- When the make-love-not-war generation finally got around to having kids, they were so proud of their accomplishment that they fawned over the little darlings and protectively adorned their minivans with yellow caution signs that warned of precious cargo: "Baby on Board." Now,...
November 25, 2009 - 12:00am
November 23, 2009
Commentary: You can go home again
SAN DIEGO -- In the past, I've advised undocumented immigrants from Mexico to learn English, become legal, value education, refuse handouts, resist entitlement, and culturally assimilate. Now, given a disturbing trend tied to the wobbly U.S. economy -- one that turns the immigration...
November 23, 2009 - 12:00am
November 9, 2009
Commentary: Mark date for immigration bill
SAN DIEGO -- It's time to send Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York a slew of calendars. Here's why. One of my favorite stories from the civil rights movement involves James L. Farmer Jr., the co-founder of the Congress of Racial Equality, President Kennedy, and thousands of ballpoint...
November 9, 2009 - 12:00am
November 6, 2009
Commentary: What option is there for Afghan women?
BOSTON -- It's been 11 years since I looked through a photo album smuggled out of Afghanistan by a brave young woman. "This is a doctor," she said, pointing to one picture. "This is a teacher." It was impossible to tell one woman from another under the burqas enforced by their Taliban...
November 6, 2009 - 12:00am
Commentary: Tea-baggers were carpetbaggers
The Tea Party wing of the Republican Party had the perfect strategy for upstate New York's 23rd congressional district: 1. Support a candidate who doesn't live in the district -- in this case, Conservative Douglas Hoffman. Savage the local Republican choice, Dede Scozzafava, and...
November 6, 2009 - 12:00am
November 5, 2009
Commentary: When your actions do speak louder
SAN DIEGO -- Hotelier Larry Whitten should have known this much: When in New Mexico, do as the New Mexicans do. That sounds familiar. It's ironic that the cultural right -- i.e. those who feel insulted about having to "press one for English" and say that immigrants should adapt to...
November 5, 2009 - 12:00am