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Woman charged with Willmar assault that ended in brain injury
Pope warns media over 'sin' of spreading fake news, smearing politicians
Gov. Dayton: Session deadline? What deadline?
Minnesota hunter's death being investigated as homicide
Family establishes reward fund in Iron Range man's unsolved death
Willmar WarHawks respond in force to Kennedy Elementary second grader's letter
Cards 3-0 after victory over Dassel-Cokato
Cardinal girls can't hold off Northern Lakes
Gophers slip past New Jersey team to go to 8-1
Becker hands Card girls first loss
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Read Live it! December-January issue
Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
Ronald A. Olson
Luella O. Carlson
Janet L. Pearson
Marsall Kim Brinton
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Treat all ladies with respect
Minnesota Opinion: Free Vikes-tix perk 'looks bad' for all
Estrich commentary: Living in the Trump twilight
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
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