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At least one reportedly dead in Las Vegas strip shooting
Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash
US confirms coalition airstrike in Mosul district; dozens of civilians believed killed
With health care bill dead, Republicans turn to taxes
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UMD's Toninato and Iafallo erase painful memory at Scheels Arena
Notre Dame upsets Gophers
Berrios proud to have played for Puerto Rico, even if it means starting season in minors
POWERS: Twins management right to evaluate team... but don't expect fans to wait for turnaround
Injury bug finally makes way to Twins camp
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'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
'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
Play our Basketball Brackets Challenge
Derald F. Rolfsmeier
Loren E. Meyer
Ruth O. Jones
'Bright sadness' describes Lenten journey at Fargo church
Planning the spring garden calendar
Fielding Questions: Rabbit damage can ruin evergreens
Commentary: Minnesota needs transportation investment
Midwest Opinion: A workable path to bipartisan health care reform
Dave & Vivian Swanson
April 4, 2012
Commentary: When will Romney be 'unzipped' to our view?
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney "unzipped" is the stuff of cartoonists' dreams. The image suggested came from none other than his wife, Ann, when a Baltimore radio interviewer asked whether it's true that her husband is stiff. Yes, do go ahead and cover the children's eyes. "Well, you...
April 4, 2012 - 7:00am
March 7, 2012
Commentary: The real Mitt can win
WASHINGTON -- Dear Mitt: Consider me a neighbor leaning over the picket fence. You have a picket fence, don't you? An ivy-covered wall? Fine,...
March 7, 2012 - 12:00am
January 21, 2012
Commentary: No place for empathy for GOP?candidate Gingrich
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January 21, 2012 - 12:00am
December 7, 2011
Commentary: A flick of the tongue is just another Gingrich fumble
WASHINGTON -- It is a rare day when Al Sharpton emerges as the voice of sagacity, but when Newt Gingrich has the microphone, all things are possible. Just four weeks out from the Iowa caucuses, and swinging like a trapeze artist over the heads of his fellow Republican contenders,...
December 7, 2011 - 12:00am
November 2, 2011
Commentary: A faulty memory is not a good Cain excuse
WASHINGTON -- Herman Cain searched his memory for details about what might have caused a woman in the 1990s to accuse him of sexual harassment. No, he couldn't remember her, not much at all. Then again, there was one time, he told me, when he stood next to the woman and noted that...
November 2, 2011 - 12:00am
August 17, 2011
Commentary: Rick Perry is more like George W. Bush Jr.
NEW YORK -- Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry can resist the comparison all he wants, but he's more like George W. Bush than George W. Bush. The comparisons were unavoidable. They've both been Texas governors. They're both fluent in Bubba and both unapologetically...
August 17, 2011 - 12:00am
May 31, 2011
Commentary: Solution to obesity is found
NEW YORK -- Once upon a time, Ma would say: "Sit up and eat your vegetables." Pa said: "Don't talk with your mouth full." Other common utterances included: "Go outside and play." And, "After you finish your chores." Families may not have been happier -- and family dinners may have...
May 31, 2011 - 12:59am
April 9, 2011
Commentary: Give the hysteria a rest
NEW YORK -- So why do Republicans hate art, the elderly and children? Hint: Same reason parents hate their children when they say, "No." We could just leave it at that, but this is too much fun. The demonizing of Republicans for trying to seriously address our desperately ailing...
April 9, 2011 - 12:00am
March 7, 2011
Commentary: Fatigue is already here for the 2012 election
NEW YORK -- This is doubtless heretical, but I'll say it anyway: I can wait to find out who the Republican presidential candidates will be. To be clear, I said "can," not "can't." Let's go further: I don't care who they'll be. At least not yet. I don't care because it's only March...
March 7, 2011 - 12:00am
February 21, 2011
Commentary: How do you cartoon a cartoon?
NEW YORK -- Now would be a very good time to be a cartoonist. Or perhaps not. As the late cartoonist Doug Marlette frequently lamented, "How do you cartoon a cartoon? We're living in 'Toon Town.'" On the other hand, sometimes only a cartoon character will do. There's hardly any way...
February 21, 2011 - 1:38am
February 8, 2011
Commentary: Watching Egypt from a country of free speech
NEW YORK -- The turmoil in Egypt has been a lesson in the fragility of a right we so often take for granted: To speak. It also has been a reminder to those who deride the "lamestream media" as the enemy, traitors and worse that many members of that maligned tribe are also very brave. A...
February 8, 2011 - 12:00am
January 15, 2011
Commentary: From Russia with envy
NEW YORK -- It is bracing, not to mention annoying, laughable and obnoxious, to hear a White House press secretary lectured by a Russian journalist about the parameters of free expression American-style. Adjectives sharpen their elbows as they vie to properly describe the Cold War-ish...
January 15, 2011 - 12:18am
December 9, 2010
Commentary: U.S. reality show: Gloom and doom
NEW YORK -- Pending catastrophe is not an easy notion to entertain, much less sustain. Americans moreover have a low tolerance for doom and gloom. We are the nation of optimism, after all. We elect leaders who promise hope and change. We are the shining city on a hill. But what happens...
December 9, 2010 - 12:00am
November 8, 2010
Commentary: 'I?am women, hear me roar'
NEW YORK -- Helen Reddy's iconic "I am woman, hear me roar" is more likely to cause a cringe than goose bumps these days -- more a comical anthem to bra-burning histrionics than the soundtrack to a serious movement aimed at greater equality. But when those same sentiments are voiced...
November 8, 2010 - 12:00am
November 1, 2010
Letter: Failing at-risk youths?
At the "Kids Count Coffee" Oct. 26, the attendees heard that there are homeless youth in our county. Youth means children 11 to teens 17! I asked Willmar Senior Principal Rob Anderson about the only group that listed as "below acceptable graduation rates," those on free and reduced...
November 1, 2010 - 12:00am