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Projections say Macron, Le Pen go through to runoff in French vote
Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal
Bill O'Reilly to Return With Podcast on Monday
North Korea says ready to strike U.S. aircraft carrier
Prep Baseball & Softball: Card baseball team falls to Big Lake
Local Roundup: CCS' Reid edges Cards' Hauser
Ibarra scores in Minnesota's win over Colorado
Hicks' five RBIs help power Tigers past Twins
Chappell birdies final hole to take Texas Open
Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in his car
Adam Sandler to make rare appearance in Minnesota
Carrie Fisher won't appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Hollywood's Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner file for divorce
MTV to revive reality series 'Fear Factor'
Focus 2017: Spotlight on Public Service
'Kitchen Witches': Comedy opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar chain of lakes focus of Wednesday's public meeting
Earth Day 2017 celebrated April 22 in west central Minnesota
'Camper Cabins' guide to great outdoors
Iris M. Hanson-Cain
Jackalee 'Jackie' Peterson
Dennis R. Erdman
Marvin I. Braegelman
Swift: Taxes must be particularly taxing
Fielding Questions: How to grow peas on a patio
Picking apples: How to decide which variety to plant
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Cartoonist Opinions published April 22
Jen Wetterling- Martin Bridal Shower
September 29, 2016
Senate approves funding bill to avert government shutdown
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate approved a stop-gap funding bill to avert a looming federal government shutdown on Wednesday after Republicans and Democrats agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its drinking water crisis. Lawmakers voted 72-26 to adopt the short-term continuing...
September 29, 2016 - 11:32am
September 27, 2016
Stopgap bill to avoid government shutdown fails Senate procedural vote
WASHINGTON—A stopgap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans both opposing the measure. The must-pass continuing resolution, which would keep federal...
September 27, 2016 - 4:45pm
May 23, 2015
With more budget vetoes, shutdown preparations begin
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed legislation funding state programs ranging from education to the parks, setting up a special...
May 23, 2015 - 6:55pm
October 17, 2013
Most in Washington are hopeful deal will lead to better results down road
ST. PAUL — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer summed up the past few weeks of federal political debates, including a 16-day government shutdown, like many...
October 17, 2013 - 11:42pm
Federal employees back to work as government reopens
WASHINGTON — In withering day-after criticism, President Obama declared Thursday that the 16-day partial government shutdown was a Republican-provoked...
October 17, 2013 - 11:37pm
October 16, 2013
Letter: Oh, for enlightened voters!
The performance of Congress was so dismal for so long that in desperation, as in the theater, when a legitimate act breaks down, we send in the clowns (in this case scenario, the Mad Tea Party) and things got even worse — far worse, in fact. So an apathetic electorate has decided...
October 16, 2013 - 5:00am
Letter: Foolish faith in government
They are at it again. What’s wrong with those Republicans in Washington, D.C.? They don’t think government-run health care will work. How foolish can they be? All them danged fools have to do is look at what a fine job of running Social Security and the postal service to see...
October 16, 2013 - 5:00am
October 15, 2013
Senate takes command of default talks, as House GOP balks at deal
WASHINGTON — Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed. Aides to both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...
October 15, 2013 - 11:49pm
Letter: Who’s representing us?
I must have missed something. The media and cartoonists are all blaming the Tea Party for the shutdown. The House Republicans passed a budget minus the funds for Obamacare, which according to media polls is opposed by 61 percent of the people but the Senate is upset and didn’t...
October 15, 2013 - 1:00am
October 14, 2013
Reid, McConnell optimistic on debt-shutdown deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national...
October 14, 2013 - 1:45pm
Senate seeks deal to avoid U.S. default as time runs short
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers in the Senate said on Monday they hoped to reach a deal soon to reopen the government and avert a looming...
October 14, 2013 - 10:43am
October 8, 2013
Obama says GOP must end threats on fiscal impasse
WASHINGTON — President Obama refused to give ground in a fiscal confrontation with Republicans on Tuesday, saying he would negotiate on budget issues only if they agree to re-open the federal government and raise the debt limit with no conditions. At a news conference, an...
October 8, 2013 - 10:51pm
October 7, 2013
U.S. remains in fiscal deadlock, but glimmer of hope emerging
WASHINGTON — A few faint glimmers of hope surfaced Monday in the U.S. fiscal standoff, both in Congress and at the White House, with President Obama saying he would accept a short-term increase in the nation’s borrowing authority to avoid a default. Separately, a Senate...
October 7, 2013 - 11:40pm
October 6, 2013
Partial federal shutdown puts payments to landlords for low-income tenants at risk
WILLMAR — Monthly payments to area landlords that subsidize low-income tenants could be put at risk if the partial federal government shutdown...
October 6, 2013 - 11:28pm
October 5, 2013
Editorial: Congress members should all donate their pay
As America’s federal government enters its fifth day of a shutdown today, there is a sliver of hope as pressure continues growing on both Republicans and Democrats. House Speaker John Boehner correctly told fellow GOP lawmakers Thursday that he would not allow this political...
October 5, 2013 - 3:00am