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U.S. jobless claims decline from five-month high
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Wall Street again marks new highs in post-election run
Litchfield police officer facing DWI charges
Holiday Express rolls through Kandiyohi County
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WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
November 23, 2011
Commentary: We all have things to be thankful for this year
Thanksgiving Day remains a special holiday across America. It is an important time for family and for giving thanks for all our blessings. In...
November 23, 2011 - 12:00pm
June 17, 2011
Commentary: TP'd now in Washington; Laugh or spray fox urine?
WASHINGTON -- We woke up the other morning to the lovely sight of toilet paper waving in the breeze. Actually, we woke up to the jarring sound of insistent doorbell ringing, followed by even more insistent knocking. The police were at the door, summoned by a concerned neighbor who...
June 17, 2011 - 12:00am
June 16, 2011
Commentary: No therapy can explain away shame of Weiner
WASHINGTON -- The arc of modern scandal is depressingly familiar. Transgression followed by exposure, perhaps accompanied by a fleeting detour into denial. Then tearful confession and, finally, the inevitable journey to rehab. Didn't you know, from the moment the story broke, that...
June 16, 2011 - 12:00am
May 25, 2011
Commentary: In defense of the wife who balked
WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' decision not to run for president offers the perfect opportunity to lament the increasingly intrusive nature of modern politics and to praise politicians who place family considerations over personal ambition. I think I'll pass. It's true...
May 25, 2011 - 12:00am
May 13, 2011
Commentary: Candidate Daniels would push Obama
WASHINGTON -- I hope Mitch Daniels runs for president. Let me go further: I hope he wins the Republican nomination. I can't imagine voting for him. But Daniels' presence would improve the 2012 campaign. He'd make Barack Obama a better candidate. The current Republican field runs...
May 13, 2011 - 12:00am
March 19, 2011
Commentary: Parents behaving badly
WASHINGTON -- Tiger Mom, meet Lawsuit Mom. The Tiger Mother, aka Yale Law School professor Amy Chua, sought to assure her children's success in a way that she described as quintessentially Asian: She pushed, bullied and at times insulted them into achieving. Lawsuit Mom, Nicole...
March 19, 2011 - 12:00am
February 9, 2011
Commentary: Getting under your 'skins' a bit
WASHINGTON -- American parents owe a debt of gratitude to the upstanding corporate citizens at Viacom's MTV for their series of public service announcements illustrating the dangers of illegal drugs, excessive drinking and casual sex.
February 9, 2011 - 12:00am
January 8, 2011
Commentary: A speaker with very little in expectations
WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi spoke of combating climate change, ensuring college affordability, expanding access to health care, ending the war in Iraq. Newt Gingrich envisioned a balanced budget amendment, welfare reform, tax cuts, deregulation, term limits. John Boehner promised...
January 8, 2011 - 12:00am
December 23, 2010
Commentary: 'Help' for Barbour's distortion
WASHINGTON -- It's too bad for Haley Barbour that he's not in my book group. Sure, the Mississippi governor and potential presidential candidate might feel a little out of place. He would be the only man -- and, as it turns out, the only Republican. But Barbour might have saved...
December 23, 2010 - 12:00am
November 18, 2010
Commentary: Stewardship by illusion
WASHINGTON -- It was, or so I thought, a dandy column idea: an imaginary, missing chapter of George W. Bush's "Decision Points," in which the former president would admit to having made the wrong call on taxes. The imaginary but completely delusional: My inner Bush would not regret...
November 18, 2010 - 12:00am
November 10, 2010
Commentary: Democrats' problem is more than just talking
WASHINGTON -- The day after his shellacking, the bruised president offered a sober, tripartite analysis of voters' message. First, he said, voters are fed up with Washington partisanship and special-interest politics. Second, they feel insecure and uncertain, about their economic...
November 10, 2010 - 12:00am
October 21, 2010
Letter: Top qualities in a senator
As a retired educator, I like what Larry Rice stands for. He's interested in lifelong learning in a broad range of areas, evidenced by his going back to school in his late 40s to earn both an MBA as well as a law degree. That tells me he truly values education and educational opportunities...
October 21, 2010 - 12:00am
October 15, 2010
Commentary: They all do it and it stinks
WASHINGTON -- As the election drew closer, outside groups run by some of the party's canniest political operatives pumped millions of dollars into key races. Newly formed and with innocuous-sounding names, they ran slashing attack ads. Party leaders on the other side cried foul, complaining...
October 15, 2010 - 12:00am
October 12, 2010
Ruth Speh, who joined Christianson and Associates, PLLP of Willmar in 2000 as a tax preparer and joined the estate planning department in 2009, has successfully completed requirements for the nationally recognized accredited retirement advisor designation sponsored by the Accreditation...
October 12, 2010 - 12:00am
September 16, 2010
Commentary: The scary results in midterms
WASHINGTON -- Partisan Democrats are delighted about Christine O'Donnell's Republican primary victory over Rep. Mike Castle in the race for the open Delaware Senate seat. I'm despondent. From the Democratic point of view, the defeat of the moderate, well-known Castle turns what...
September 16, 2010 - 12:00am