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Former Watson mayor pleads guilty to burglary
Landfill fees to change Jan. 1
Public open house for roundabout set for Thursday
Minnesota potato salad thief pleads guilty
Negative tone of White House race sours young voters
WCT Sport Show: 5A tournament filled with state contenders
WCT Sport Show: Willmar preps for TRF, four locals vie for 6AAA section
Roundup: Cardinals volleyball team 2-2 at Moorhead Invite
Timberwolves could win 50 games... or miss playoffs
Managers win measure of credit for World Series showdown
1960's icon Bobby Vee dies at Minnesota care facility
Prince’s legendary vault is now open; song due out in November
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
Rolling Stones to release new album in December
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
Now is the perfect time for houseplant tasks
Social Security Administration declared a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2017
An Epic journey
Spooktacular: The whole family can help make ghostly yard ornaments
David O. Johnson
Kathleen H. Diederich
Donna G. R. Gilman
Presidential Endorsement: This time for president, none of the above
John Gehrking letter: Sawatzky is a typical politician
Paul Hoffer letter: Lang is ready to serve his district
Dionne commentary: Trump is not a GOP aberration
Estrich commentary: Trump is the uncontrollable man
November 5, 2014
Baker elected to House in 17B
WILLMAR — Rep. Mary Sawatzky narrowly lost her re-election bid to the House of Representatives in District 17B by a margin of 214 votes in a hard-fought race against Willmar businessman Dave Baker. In unofficial results, Baker, a Republican, had 7,807 votes and Sawatzky, a Democrat,...
November 5, 2014 - 2:31am
October 3, 2014
Local candidate forum: Sawatzky, Baker tackle jobs, taxes, transportation and political leadership
WILLMAR — Candidates vying for the District 17B House of Representatives seat met Friday in a forum sponsored by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber...
October 3, 2014 - 11:31pm
August 17, 2014
Mental health: Gaps in care discussed at legislative roundtable
WILLMAR –– There are not enough beds, services or money to meet the staggering needs of adults suffering from chronic mental illness and...
August 17, 2014 - 11:06pm
May 30, 2014
Willmar’s Dave Baker files for local house seat
WILLMAR –– Willmar businessman Dave Baker filed for election Thursday in St. Paul for the House of Representative seat for District 17B. As...
May 30, 2014 - 12:21am
January 24, 2014
Willmar businessman Dave Baker will seek Republican nod to challenge Sawatzky in House race
WILLMAR –– Willmar businessman Dave Baker announced this afternoon that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Minnesota House of...
January 24, 2014 - 1:10pm
May 20, 2013
Tough Minnesota legislative session comes to a close
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Democrats had enough members to pass nearly anything they wanted, but this legislative session remained about as contentious as any other. It was not necessarily a surprise to many Democrats, who say their party contains a variety of opinions and members from...
May 20, 2013 - 7:22pm
May 9, 2013
Willmar, Minn., Rep. Sawatzky appointed to transportation policy conference committee
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Mary Sawatzky was appointed to serve on the omnibus transportation policy conference committee that could be put to work if the House and Senate pass different versions of the transportation bill. The committee has the job of negotiating differences to reach a compromise....
May 9, 2013 - 7:17pm
Update: 4 in Minn. House GOP break ranks vote yes on gay marriage, DFL'er Sawatzky votes no
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Four Minnesota House Republicans have broken party ranks to pass a gay marriage bill, with two Democrats voting against it. Thursday's 75-59 vote to legalize same-sex marriage sets up a Monday vote in the Senate, where supporters say they have sufficient backing. No...
May 9, 2013 - 4:02pm
Gay marriage in Minn.: Falk will vote yes; Sawatzky will vote no
ST. PAUL – Rep. Andrew Falk, a DFLer from Murdock, said in a statement emailed Wednesday night that he intends to vote in favor of a House...
May 9, 2013 - 9:38am
April 8, 2013
Local projects on list for Dayton’s bonding plan
WILLMAR — Money to extend a bike trail from New London to Sibley State Park and funds to install a decontamination system on Green Lake to rid boats of aquatic invasive species are included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed $750 million bonding bill. “I’m absolutely thrilled,”...
April 8, 2013 - 11:12pm
March 17, 2013
Health care center stage at New London legislative forum
NEW LONDON — The state’s proposed health insurance exchange system required under the federal Affordable Care Act took center stage at a...
March 17, 2013 - 10:38pm
Will, Minn., Rep.-elect gets legislative appointments before start of session
ST. PAUL — Rep.-elect Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, has been appointed to serve on the Education Policy, State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs and the Transportation Policy committees when the 2013 legislative session convenes Jan. 8. House Speaker-designate Paul Thissen announced...
December 17, 2012 - 11:44pm
Willmar, Minn., lawmaker gets legislative appointments before start of 2013 session
ST. PAUL – Rep.-elect Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, will serve on the Education Policy, State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs and the Transportation Policy Committees when the 2013 legislative session convenes Jan. 8. House Speaker-designate Paul Thissen announced the...
December 17, 2012 - 12:00am
November 2, 2012
Letter: Sawatzky's zebra mussel plan
We are a state which prides itself on protecting our natural resources, including our lakes and rivers. The 900,000 licensed watercraft in Minnesota speak to the fact that our citizens enjoy our public waters. Kandiyohi County's privately-owned lake cabins and residences contribute...
November 2, 2012 - 12:58am
Letter: Sawatzky, DFL bad on taxes
Minnesota is at a crossroads this election year. Many dollars are being spent by the Minnesota DFL and out-of-state interests. They're spending a fortune on negative mailers. Ever wonder where they get so much money and what they want? Locally one candidate says she thinks we need...
November 2, 2012 - 12:39am