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Dayton offers proposal for 25 percent reduction in health insurance premiums
What to do when a health crisis pushes you over the limit
Police: Shots fired at law officers, protesters pepper sprayed as pipeline protest site turns tense
Minnesota BEST robotics competition Friday, Saturday at NLS
Winning in court, losing on the ground: Uncertainty clouds U.S. voting rights
Gophers deal 21 with Brooks, Smith combo
Card girls CC team clinches fifth-straight state trip
Timberwolves' free agency waiting game already working out
Dubnyk makes 38 saves in Wild win over Sabres
National ranking not on teams' mind
Great Swedish Adventure begins and features woman with Willmar roots
Willmar native on 'The Voice'
1960's icon Bobby Vee dies at Minnesota care facility
Prince’s legendary vault is now open; song due out in November
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
Pope Francis the manager - surprising, secretive, shrewd
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Social Security Administration declared a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2017
An Epic journey
Kenley Jo Krogfus
Myron F. Koosmann
Wallace V. Ashburn
Carroll and Donna Sarsland letter: The best choices for NL-S School Board
Bob and Joanne Thurston latter: Baker is the best voice for his district
Tribune 2016 Endorsement: Elect Fernando Alvarado to Willmar's Ward 3 seat
Cindy Regan's letter: Clinton's corruption runs deep
Tribune 2016 Endorsement: Elect Julie Asmus to Willmar's Ward 2 seat
February 19, 2016
Letter: Why unionize child care providers?
I received a letter from the Senate today specifically stating that if the unionization of family child care providers passes, I may be required to pay union dues to AFSCME. I had already sent in my ballot in but are others aware of the track record of this request in other states...
February 19, 2016 - 1:00am
September 10, 2015
Midwest Opinion: Gov. Walker reformed unions, not classrooms
Here’s the thing to remember about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s education reforms.
September 10, 2015 - 4:00am
July 2, 2015
Obama jabs Republican candidates in Wisconsin
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin — President Barack Obama ripped the policies of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and poked fun at the large crop of Republican presidential candidates Thursday, injecting himself into the race to find his successor in 2016. The Democratic president, who had...
July 2, 2015 - 11:50pm
June 27, 2014
Letter: Strange use of union dues?
We all need inspiration, but sometimes it’s hard to come by. Such must be the situation for AFSCME, the union representing Minnesota’s state, county, and municipal employees. In Council 5’s June newsletter, “Action Update,” is an invitation to attend Labor Movie Night....
June 27, 2014 - 4:00am
July 19, 2013
Judge considers unionization of child care workers in Minn.
By Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- A federal judge is considering whether a union organizing effort should continue among Minnesota’s home childcare workers. Judge Michael Davis Thursday heard the state defend the law and opponents say the unionization...
July 19, 2013 - 8:34am
March 11, 2011
Wisconsin gov. officially cuts collective bargaining
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker succeeded Friday in taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from the vast majority of the state's public employees, quietly capping weeks of contentious debate and delivering an epic defeat to the labor movement with a...
March 11, 2011 - 11:29am
March 8, 2011
Letter: A failure of integrity
Integrity: being honest without compromise or corruption. I am saddened after watching the debacle in the state of Wisconsin with school teachers and MD's lying by calling in sick so they could protest at the state Capitol. Does it make one wonder just what is being taught in these...
March 8, 2011 - 12:00am
March 2, 2011
Letters: A new paradigm for unions?
A polarizing debate is raging about unions. Currently confined to public-sector unions, the debate will no doubt extend to the private sector as well. Initially unions were formed to address safety and fair wage issues. Once these were largely resolved, unions bargained for benefits....
March 2, 2011 - 12:00am
February 23, 2011
Commentary: Walker shows fiscal seriousness, Dems show they are government
MADISON, Wis. -- Hitherto, when this university town and seat of state government applauded itself as "the Athens of the Midwest," the sobriquet suggested kinship with the cultural glories of ancient Greece. Now, however, Madison resembles contemporary Athens. This capital has been...
February 23, 2011 - 12:14am
February 22, 2011
Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warned today that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights isn't passed soon. Walker said in a statement to The Associated Press that the layoffs...
February 22, 2011 - 12:30pm
February 16, 2009
Letter: Make the right budget cuts
Our governor, Tim Pawlenty, wants to cut health programs, so let's start with his health benefits and those of our politicians. Our public and political employees make out like bandits compared to private-sector employees and their benefits. Pawlenty has hinted for a public employee...
February 16, 2009 - 12:00am