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Records published Aug. 26
Two Kandiyohi County churches close their doors this weekend
He's un-fur-gettable: Minnesota State Fair mascot dishes on staying cool, big huggers and Goldy ties
Hundreds challenge human pyramid limits at Indian Hindu festival
Assange says WikiLeaks to release 'significant' Clinton campaign data
BKMS tennis team runs record to 6-0
Bridgewater calms concerns about sore shoulder
Cabrera leads Tigers past Twins, 9-4
Willmar tennis opens season with sweep
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
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Study finds 50 children per day nationwide injured in stroller, carrier accidents
10 tips to avoid summer sabotage of diet, exercise
Reader News: A five-generation photo
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
Paul J. Willems
Connie Lee Ulferts (Key Carelli)
Carol J. Hansen
Trump's new evolving immigration plan is no 'flip-flop'
Populism Even Republicans Can Get Behind
Commentary: A nice column about Donald Trump
Cartoon by Chris Britt
National Guard soldiers returning to Willmar on Saturday after 10-month deployment
June 14, 2010
Commentary: Everyone becomes a pundit in the twitter age
SAN DIEGO -- As a newspaperman in what some consider the twilight of the age of print, it feels as if I'm being "punked." In any case, I'm pretty sure that Ashton Kutcher is messing with me. More precisely, the movie star and the movement he represents are messing with my livelihood...
June 14, 2010 - 12:00am
June 10, 2010
Commentary: Arizona's declining image
SAN DIEGO -- Several weeks ago, after a column critical of President Obama, a woman wrote to say that she agreed with me.
June 10, 2010 - 12:00am
June 8, 2010
Commentary: Arizona's immigration law: A rebuttal to a bad law
June 8, 2010 - 12:00am
June 5, 2010
Commentary: Ariz. has a hornet's nest with new immigration law
SAN DIEGO -- A reader demands that the media stop pussyfooting around and call the new Arizona immigration law what it is: "The Mexican Removal Act." Too harsh? Not if you saw a recent story by a Phoenix television station that examined hundreds of e-mails exchanged between supporters...
June 5, 2010 - 12:00am
May 28, 2010
Commentary: There is far, far too much sermonizing on immigration
SAN DIEGO -- For many Americans, the only thing that makes them angrier than having illegal immigrants stream in from Mexico is getting a lecture from the President of Mexico about on how to treat the new arrivals. Of course, Americans feel differently when we're doing the lecturing....
May 28, 2010 - 12:00am
May 6, 2010
Commentary: Clueless on immigration in the U.S.
SAN DIEGO -- Just in time for Cinco de Mayo -- or as President Obama mistakenly referred to it at a White House reception last year marking the Mexican holiday, "Cinco de Cuatro" -- the chief executive is delivering a clear message to the nation's embattled Latino community: "You're...
May 6, 2010 - 12:00am
April 17, 2010
Commentary: A double standard when it comes to our heritage
SAN DIEGO -- As someone who writes often about immigration issues, I'm accustomed to hearing readers complain about those who insist on looking backward and obsessing over their heritage. They have little tolerance for those who seem intent on separating themselves from the rest of...
April 17, 2010 - 12:00am
April 10, 2010
Commentary: The U.S. lifeboat is leaking
SAN DIEGO -- Senate Republicans are once again going to extreme measures to force a national conversation about fiscal discipline. In a dramatic turnaround from the years where they were in the majority, when they gave a green light to tax cuts and war spending with no idea of how...
April 10, 2010 - 12:00am
April 6, 2010
Commentary: One for clarity and honesty
SAN DIEGO -- What's gotten into Lindsey Graham? The Republican senator from South Carolina has been working with New York Democrat Chuck Schumer to achieve what Graham calls the "tough heavy lift" of immigration reform. The two have spelled out the basic framework of the legislation,...
April 6, 2010 - 12:00am
March 30, 2010
Commentary: Second guessing concerning Calderon's war in Mexico
SAN DIEGO -- The dust-up with Israel has some folks wondering if the Obama administration is going out of its way to be unfriendly to America's friends. Add Mexico to the list. How galling it must be for Mexican President Felipe Calderon -- who is locked in a bloody war with drug...
March 30, 2010 - 12:00am
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
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