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Reps.-elect Dave Baker and Tim Miller gear up for the legislative session
New state policies encourage adoption
Legislative notebook: Broadband answers vary broadly
GOP could change with Republican House control
Records published Dec. 26
College Football: Report states Gopher tight end may opt for draft
College Football: Georgia’s Gurley to enter NFL draft
NBA: Faried leads Nuggets over Wolves
Boys Basketball: Willmar rallies past Benson to earn first win
Boys Basketball: BOLD edges BBE in OT
After slogging through a mammoth roster of fabulous tunes, the Tribune’s musical misfits are back with their songs of the year list
New London, Minn., Little Theatre gets a facelift
History-oriented films top SAG nominations
Christmas classic opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in Willmar, Minnesota
Latest issue of Business 2 Business is available online
Betty Lou Haats
Edmund R. Koppy
Richard A. Cain
Earl N. Schultz
James E. Rowberg
Toast the new year with a Champagne-tasting party
Schmidt — Hagen
Peterson — Spanier
Slagter — Sportel
Raatz — Kinney
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Letter: Bob Enos has extreme views
Letter: No inconsistency by BNSF
Midwest Opinion: Nomination for Norway displayed a poor choice
Editorial: A little bit of help goes a long way
December 8, 2014
Nine indicted on federal drug charges involving meth
MORRIS — Nine people in two states, including two people from Stevens County, have been indicted on federal drug charges for the possession and distribution of methamphetamine in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. For the last 21 months, the Stevens County Sheriff’s...
December 8, 2014 - 8:59pm
December 7, 2014
Bachmann has no plans for a quiet retirement
Washington — At a rally in front of the Capitol last week, U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachman returned to a style that, four years ago, made her a...
December 7, 2014 - 9:46pm
Winter road limits increase for central frost zone
ST. PAUL — Winter truck load increases begin today on unrestricted highways in the central frost zone, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. ehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during...
December 7, 2014 - 9:28pm
December 5, 2014
Groups seek share of new money
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s $1 billion budget surplus, which some say really is not a surplus, is attracting drools from organizations thinking there may be money available. Before the “surplus” even was announced, the 5 Percent Campaign said it planned a Monday news conference...
December 5, 2014 - 10:49pm
‘Till the cows come home...
Red Wing police responded to a report of loose cattle around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 61 and Plum Street. Officers corralled the six Holstein cows near the ADM processing facility, seen in the background, while the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Department contacted...
December 5, 2014 - 10:48pm
December 4, 2014
Southwest Minnesota will lack medical cannabis distribution site
MONTEVIDEO — The two companies chosen to produce medical cannabis in Minnesota will be opening eight distribution sites for patients, with...
December 4, 2014 - 10:20pm
Cottage Grove man charged with stealing front-door deliveries
STILLWATER — A Cottage Grove man complicated local residents’ Christmas shopping when he allegedly nabbed packages containing headphones...
December 4, 2014 - 9:59pm
Minnesota: $1 billion state budget surplus predicted
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators and governor will have a bit more to spend in the next two years.
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December 4, 2014 - 11:00am
December 3, 2014
Man misidentified in murder case settles with KSTP
COLD SPRING — A man who was arrested for and later cleared of killing a Minnesota police officer has reached a settlement with KSTP-TV in a defamation lawsuit over on-air statements that identified him as the officer’s killer. The lawsuit, filed in April, “has been amicably...
December 3, 2014 - 11:40pm
Minnesota to release its two-year budget forecast this morning
ST. PAUL — The wraps are about to come off a top-secret report that lays the groundwork on what likely will be a $40-billion, two-year Minnesota state budget. What is called the state “budget forecast” will be unveiled to the public at 11 a.m. today in the state Capitol, a...
December 3, 2014 - 11:38pm
December 2, 2014
Minnesota tree makes it to D.C.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree — an 88-foot white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake — was lit Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol...
December 2, 2014 - 11:42pm
Baker elected assistant majority leader of House
ST. PAUL — Rep.-elect Dave Baker, R-Willmar, was elected Tuesday by members of the House Republican Caucus to serve as an assistant majority leader. Baker will be the lone first-term member to serve on the leadership team for the House Republican majority. The Willmar businessman...
December 2, 2014 - 11:36pm
BNSF expects to restore service stalled by Wadena derailment by Thursday
WADENA — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways is expected to have both tracks open by Thursday, while at least partial service resumed Tuesday, after a derailment of 32 train cars about 6:30 a.m. Monday four miles northwest of Wadena. An army of workers and heavy equipment was...
December 2, 2014 - 11:16pm
December 1, 2014
Body of missing woman found NEW ULM — The body of a New Ulm woman who has been missing for five days have been found. Karen Schroeder, 51, left her home on foot Nov. 24 and wasn't seen again. New Ulm Police say searchers found Schroeder's body Saturday in Flandrau State Park,...
December 1, 2014 - 11:34pm
Companies could supply Minnesota with medical marijuana as soon as July
ST. PAUL — Two companies will supply Minnesotans with certain ailments medical marijuana beginning next year, but some patients will be forced to drive hours if they want to take part in the new state program. The state Health Department announced Monday that Cottage Grove-based...
December 1, 2014 - 11:05pm