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Minnesota budget talks go on behind closed doors, as legislators plan to work past midnight deadline to get work done
Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence
Minnesota man may have fallen off bluff into Mississippi after police chase
Hargreaves returns to prison pending civil commitment hearing
Trump's budget proposal slashes spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years
Kepler, Sano lead Twins' comeback win over Orioles
How UND 'happy-go-lucky guy' became a key player for Penguins in playoffs
Cooler weather made for less stress in Scheels Fargo Marathon
Zimmer to take time off from Vikings after 8th eye surgery
Vikings gave Michael Floyd a chance. 'Now it's up to him,' says his mother.
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
ABC's 'American Idol' reboot lands pop music superstar as first confirmed judge
'Scandal' will end next year, ABC president confirms
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
Lisa Rierson Axelson
Michel H. Hinrichsen
Michael Thomas Cullen
Richard G. Black
Minnesota Opinion: Taxing charitable donations is just wrong
Letter: Book doesn't belong in classroom
Letter: Reinvest in higher education
Thomas: Will America ever learn?
Mike McFeely: For Ailes, the goal was to turn back the clock
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