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More than 80 protesters arrested Saturday near Dakota Access Pipeline
Hundreds rally in Los Angeles against ND pipeline
Two candidate forums scheduled this week
Capitol Chatter: Minnesotans have more than 2 presidential candidates available
Two candidates vie Kandiyohi County Board seat
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
As 2017 looms, time to review your Medicare coverage
October 3, 2013
Govt. shutdown jeopardizes nutrition program for poor woman and children
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Jacob Quick is a fat and happy 4-month-old with a big and expensive appetite. His mother, like millions of other poor women, relies on the federal Women, Infants and Children program to pay for infant formula — aid that is now jeopardized by the government...
October 3, 2013 - 11:28pm
Another day, and U.S. govt. still at an impasse
WASHINGTON — President Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday to try to break a budget deadlock that has shut wide swaths of the federal government, but there was no breakthrough and both sides blamed each other. After more than an hour...
October 3, 2013 - 12:10am
October 1, 2013
Govt. shutdown impact on state remains spotty
ST. PAUL — The impact of a federal government shutdown on Minnesotans was spotty Tuesday, but an extended one would cause more widespread problems. State officials are examining the situation, and Commissioner Jim Schowalter of Minnesota Management and Budget activated the...
October 1, 2013 - 11:45pm
September 27, 2013
Senate set to OK budget bill, but fight not over
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate moved Friday toward approving legislation...
September 27, 2013 - 10:00am
Editorial: Congress needs to get this job done
Like mud through the hour glass, so are the days of our Congress … in other words, nothing much accomplished. As the hours count down, Congress is headed toward a federal government shutdown on Tuesday and exhausting its borrowing capacity two weeks later. Congress is tipping...
September 27, 2013 - 3:00am
October 31, 2012
Letter: Vogel took his pay
There are many reasons to vote for Mary Sawatzky over Bruce Vogel. Foremost, she has offered a positive message of collaborative legislating. She thinks that when we work together, we all do better. His message has been entirely negative, dishonest and simply mean. But the most...
October 31, 2012 - 9:24am
October 2, 2012
Letter: Don't forget the 2011 showdown
They hope that you have forgotten all about it because they are up for election in November. Although most states had budgetary problems during the Great Recession, Minnesota was the only state that shut down. It was the longest shutdown in state history and the longest shutdown...
October 2, 2012 - 10:00am
January 27, 2012
Contractors file claims for work lost during shutdown
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Claims against the state for interrupted road work during last summer's government shutdown are piling up. So far, 29 claims by highway contractors who lost work have been settled for $2 million.
January 27, 2012 - 10:19am
December 31, 2011
Year in Review: Top news stories of 2011 in Willmar, Minn., region
While a number of stories played a part in shaping the region during 2011, the No. 1 news story of the year is the alleged murder of an Albertville...
December 31, 2011 - 12:30am
July 30, 2011
Parks busy after shutdown
Following a two-week state government shutdown that forced state parks to close, campers were eager to book their camp sites for the rest of...
July 30, 2011 - 12:00am
July 23, 2011
Storm damage delays reopening western Minnesota's Upper Sioux Agency State Park
UPPER SIOUX AGENCY STATE PARK -- Some time next week, the soft sounds of conversations around campfires will return to the Upper Sioux Agency...
July 23, 2011 - 12:00am
July 19, 2011
All signs point to shutdown end as Capitol reopens
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Capitol doors swung open to the public this morning for the first time since June 30, one of several signs that a state government shutdown could be nearing an end. An even stronger sign was that three of the nine budget bills have been approved by Gov....
July 19, 2011 - 9:50am
July 16, 2011
Willmar School Board making levy decisions, seeking input from the public
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District will definitely ask voters this fall to replace a $498.49-per-pupil operating levy that expires at the...
July 16, 2011 - 12:00am
July 15, 2011
Letter: Something's gotta give
As I write this letter, Minnesota state government seems likely headed for a long-term partial shutdown. Our District 13A representative, Paul Anderson, should be commended for choosing to not accept his salary during the state government shutdown, and we should all demand that our...
July 15, 2011 - 12:00am
Letter: Trite statements don't help
This is regarding Kari Stadem's letter (Public Forum, July 11). I'm not disparaging her, but pointing out how short statements add nothing to solving Minnesota's political problems. Another short statement is "Let's shut down Stadem Farms and see if anyone starves." No one will so...
July 15, 2011 - 12:00am