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Clinton picks Kaine as her running mate
Rural Maynard family escapes burning home
Tim Huber's attorney argues lack of probable cause in seeking dismissal of murder indictment
Confusion on procedure takes new Willmar position off council table
Relay for Life Kandiyohi County
Commentary: Latest VA fix creates new ills
Tribune Opinion: Willmar benefits from 'Moving Health Forward'
Letter: A credit to sports writing
Letter: Criticism of Peppin unwarranted
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Clinton picks Kaine as her running mate
April 26, 2016
Prince left no will, potentially complicating matters regarding estate
Music superstar Prince left no will when he died last week, his sister said in court documents filed Tuesday. The sister, Tyka Nelson, asked...
April 26, 2016 - 1:38pm
Commentary: The adolescent president
WASHINGTON — Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received...
April 26, 2014 - 12:00am
April 9, 2014
Commentary: A tax reformer’s big fight
WASHINGTON — The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron...
April 9, 2014 - 2:00am
November 14, 2012
Commentary: Starting all over again
November 14, 2012 - 2:22am
July 2, 2012
Commentary: Court gives conservatives a victory for the long haul
WASHINGTON -- Conservatives won a substantial victory on Thursday. The physics of American politics -- actions provoking reactions -- continues to move the crucial debate, about the nature of the American regime, toward conservatism. Chief Justice John Roberts has served this cause. The...
July 2, 2012 - 12:00am
February 24, 2012
Commentary: Romney and Santorum are not formidable candidates
WASHINGTON -- The Midwest begins on the western slopes of the Allegheny Mountains, around Rick Santorum's Pittsburgh, birthplace of the Ohio...
February 24, 2012 - 12:00am
January 18, 2012
Commentary: Snapshot of a new conflict of civil rights and protection
LOS ANGELES -- Shawn Nee, 35, works in television but hopes to publish a book of photographs. Shane Quentin, 31, repairs bicycles but enjoys photographing industrial scenes at night. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department probably wishes both would find other hobbies.
January 18, 2012 - 12:00am
December 21, 2011
Commentary: Newt would be an Obama win
WASHINGTON -- When discussing his amazingness, Newt Gingrich sometimes exaggerates somewhat, as when, discussing Bosnia and Washington, D.C., street violence, he said, "People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz." (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 16, 1994). What...
December 21, 2011 - 12:00am
December 17, 2011
Commentary: Government is a drain on economic liberty of all
WASHINGTON -- In 1927, seven years before the board game was created, Washington state decided to play monopoly. It gave a private interest the exclusive right to operate a ferry on 55-mile long Lake Chelan in the northern Cascade Mountains.
December 17, 2011 - 12:00am
December 10, 2011
Commentary: Ron Paul as a third-party candidate will hurt GOP
WASHINGTON -- On Oct. 12, 1948, the campaign train of Tom Dewey, Republican nominee against President Harry Truman, pulled into Beaucoup, Ill., where, from the rear platform, he would speak to about 1,000 people. Before he began, the engineer mistakenly caused the train to lurch a...
December 10, 2011 - 12:00am
December 9, 2011
Commentary: The anti-business nature of Obama's health plan
LOS ANGELES -- In 1941, Carl Karcher was a 24-year-old truck driver for a bakery. Impressed by the large numbers of buns he was delivering, he scrounged up $326 to buy a hot dog cart across from a Goodyear plant. And the war came. So did millions of defense industry workers and their...
December 9, 2011 - 12:00am
August 25, 2011
Commentary: Wisconsin's Gov. Walker to keep on his liberal battle
MADISON, Wis. -- The residues of liberalism's Wisconsin Woodstock -- 1960s radicalism redux: operatic lamentations, theatrical demonstrations and electoral futilities -- are words of plaintive defiance painted on sidewalks around the state capitol. "Solidarity forever" was perhaps...
August 25, 2011 - 12:00am
July 29, 2011
Commentary: When government fails it tends to expand even faster
WASHINGTON -- August is upon us, beaches beckon, and Michele Bachmann has set the self-improvement bar high.
July 29, 2011 - 12:00am
May 27, 2011
Commentary: Will Republicans hold the cards in the 2012 election?
WASHINGTON -- Asked three weeks ago if he would like to run for president, Mitch Daniels replied, "What sane person would like to?" His decision against running, following Haley Barbour's and Mike Huckabee's decisions, illuminates a political asymmetry: Liberals think government,...
May 27, 2011 - 12:00am
March 29, 2011
Commentary: College entrance daze has become a student lottery
WASHINGTON -- For many families, this is March madness -- the moment of high anxiety concerning higher education as many colleges announce their admittance decisions. It is the culmination of a protracted mating dance between selective institutions and anxious students. Part agony,...
March 29, 2011 - 12:00am