Outstate News (11-22-15)

Kelly/Dibble: For small Minnesota cities, road aid is little help. (St. Paul-Moorhead)

Urdahl/Miller/Koenen: Lawmakers agree about transportation needs, not funding. (Willmar)

Marquart: Cities urged to fight for state aid. (Alexandria)

Thissen/Franken: Political chatter: Again, property taxes head up; Railroads fight back; Franken tries again; Revenue up again; LGA remains priority. (ForumNews)

Newman: Senate office building controversey – Newman not ready for move to new building. (Litchfield)

Dayton: Administration won’t demand Senate GOP office move. (AP)

Bakk/Daudt: Senate joins Dayton in backing Range unemployment special session. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Hayden: DFLers look to aid black Minnesotans in special session. (MPR)

Daudt/Peppin: GOP wants mining, oil pipeline in special session talks. (MPR)

Daudt/Bakk/Dayton: Daudt wants assurances before Minnesota special session. (ForumNews)

Sparks/Bennett/Daudt/Walz/Dayton: Sparks, Bennett agree screening needed for Syrian refugees. (Albert Lea)

Daudt/Dayton: Republicans increase demand to pause refugee flow. (ForumNews)

Dayton Decries Political ‘Showmanship’ Over Syrian Refugees. (AP)

Baker: Session equips rural first responders with tools to treat drug overdose victims. (Willmar)

Stumpf/Rosen: Montevideo rallies for veterans’ home. (Willmar)

Stumpf: Senate committee tours route of railroad wye. (Willmar)

Cornish: State group approves slashing sentences for drug offenders. (AP)

Benson: MNsure selects candidate to lead insurance exchange. (AP)

Lenczewski/Davids/Thissen: Key state legislator on tax issues to resign, takes new job. (AP)

Bishop/Kiscaden/Doug Johnson: Retired legislator: ‘A lot of lessons’ in new book. (Rochester)

Sanuelson: Meet the 6 who want to fill the Brainerd Mayoral position. (Brainerd)

MN07 Independence Party: non-profit hero Kevin Winge exploring challenge to Collin Peterson. (BSP)

Kline/Sviggum: [2ndCD] Kittelson vies for Congress. (Red Wing)

Kline/Howe/Myhra: GOP debate offers vast differences in style, if not substance, among CD2 candidates.(MinnPost)

Kline/Walz/Nolan/Peterson/et al: Walz joins Republicans to back tougher refugee screening. (Rochester)

Rep. Emmer has a novel idea: actually declare war before fighting one. (MinnPost)

Franken’s Senate Secret Santa hits 5th year of bipartisan giving. (TheHill)

Franken: Mortgage-free home dedicated to injured veteran. (KARE)

Klobuchar, Franken push anti steel-dumping bill. (Duluth)

Klobuchar, Franken, Nolan tout paper import measures. (Brainerd)

Simon: Park Rapids stop one on final leg of Secretary of State 87-county tour. (Park Rapids)

Swift County wins $4.95 million state broadband grant. (Benson)

Greater Minnesota Broadband Grants: HTC gets $424K for Gentilly Township. (Crookston)

State to fund Itasca County rural broadband proposal. (MnBrown)

Groups discuss housing woes. (Red Wing)

Forest Service backs land exchange for PolyMet mine site. (Duluth)

Forest Service issues draft decision on PolyMet land swap. (Timberjay)

Mineral leases latest mining pressure point. (Timberjay)

Cliffs to idle Northshore Mining through first quarter of 2016. (HTF)

Mining/logging job losses mount as state rate declines. (Virginia)

High yields, low prices for local farmers in 2015 harvest. (Morris)

Drazkowski Letter: Legislative pages serve as well as learn. (Red Wing)

Hamilton Letter: ‘Costly debacle’ of MNsure must cease. (Worthington)

Letter (Backer-Marquart): Thankful McNamar is running for legislature again. (Morris)

Bettermann Letter: Response to being called a liar. (Alexandria)

Letter: Nolan does little for state’s mining industry. (Duluth)

Letter: Nolan offers only rhetoric on PolyMet and pollution. (Timberjay)

Nolan Column: Budget deal good for those on Medicare. (Aitkin)

Drazkowski Column: Ask local gov’t why property taxes are rising. (Albert Lea)

Franken Column: Don’t delay mental health help. (St. Cloud)

Column: Leaving a legacy – Bruce Dayton highlighted family’s commitment to philanthropy. (Timberjay)

Column: BLM officials hear competing visions of the future. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Daudt-Melin-Anzelc-Dayton): Get jobless benefits done, period. (Virginia)

Editorial (Bakk-Daudt): Special session is looking more likely. (Rochester)

Editorial (Dayton): Minnesota shows compassion, Wisconsin fear in message to refugees. (Winona)

Editorial: Legislature needs to get local government aid on track. (Fergus Falls-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: [Broadband] It’s just smart tax policy. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: In Minnesota, we’re smart and taxed. (Detroit Lakes)

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Outstate News (11-15-15)

Hann/Bakk/Massman: Minnesota GOP senators don’t want offices in new building. (ForumNews)

Hann/Bakk: Senate GOP to stay put for now, spurn new office building. (AP)

Bakk/Daudt: Dayton seeks special session for unemployed miner benefits. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Daudt: Dayton seeks special session for steelworkers. (AP)

Thissen/Martin: DFLer abruptly quits race after saying ‘ISIS isn’t necessarily evil’ (Strib)

Martin: Candidate ends campaign after Twitter comments on ISIS. (MPR)

Kresha/Sheran: Lawmakers say state not putting child safety first in abuse cases. (ForumNews)

PolyMet EIS done, but project still faces hurdles. (MnBrown)

Tomassoni/Nolan/Dayton/Landwehr: Debate heats up with final PolyMet review. (Timberjay)

Morse/Dayton/Landwehr: Environmentalists urge more comments on PolyMet. (ForumNews)

Otto/Johnson/Fraser/Dayton/Oberstar/et al: How the specter of the decades-long fight over the BWCA hangs over PolyMet. (MinnPost)

Daudt/Bakk: Gov. Dayton asks for extension for REAL ID compliance. (ForumNews)

Sen. Jensen discusses education, health care in Owatonna. (Owatonna)

Sen. Scott Newman addresses School Board Monday. (Litchfield)

Baker/Johnson/Garofalo: Chronicles of broadband: Assistant Majority Leader Dave Baker confused about what year it is. (BSP)

Miller/Baker/Wiger/Thissen/Marquart: Peculiar postcards hit mailboxes in greater Minnesota House districts flipped in 2016. (BSP)

Samuelson: 6 men apply to fill mayor vacancy in Brainerd. (Brainerd)

Laine/Bernardy/Goodwin: Sen. Barb Goodwin won’t run again. (MPR)

Norton/Waltman: Sauke to run for Minnesota House in 2016. (Rochester)

Petersen/Abeler/Thompson/Ingebrigtsen/Newman/Rosen/Westrom: GOP endorses candidate in race to fill Petersen vacancy in Minnesota Senate. (Strib)

Senator Al Franken tours farm that’s implemented Rural Energy for America Program. (KTTC)

U.S. Senator Al Franken visits local farms utilizing REAP. (KIMT)

Franken/Klobuchar: Officials praise collaboration to secure $10M federal grant for Willmar railroad wye. (Willmar)

Franken/Klobuchar: Federal Grant will Start Willmar Rail Yard Realignment. (KSTP)

Franken/Klobuchar/Baker: Ceremony in Willmar announces TIGER Grant. (KWLM)

Sen. Franken reintroduces Location Privacy Protection bill to prevent smartphone apps from targeting abuse victims. (WDAY)

Franken: Your apps know where you are, but do you know who they’re sharing that information with? (MinnPost)

Franken: ‘Refocus our efforts’ on defeating ISIS. (Rochester)

Bruce Dayton dies at age of 93. (St. Paul-Detroit Lakes)

Bruce Dayton dies, father of governor and leader of retail giant. (ForumNews)

Lt. Gov. Smith announces free admission to state parks on Black Friday. (Brainerd)

Zelle: Increase in state transportation funding gap projected over next 20 years. (HTF)

Passion for liberal arts and sustainability important for next University chancellor, Kaler says. (Morris)

Sexual harassment case spurs Minnesota Public Safety payout. (AP)

Duluth businesses brew up controversy_Member of anti-PolyMet coalition says opposition to Range project misunderstood. (Virginia)

Iron Range mines could see boost from Brazilian disaster. (MnBrown)

Agri-Growth, AGree launch water quality partnership. (AgriNews)

Senate bill would drop protections for wolves in MN. (AP)

Fertilizer plant planned for Grand Forks will minimize plumes. (Grand Forks)

Animal rights investigator says issues stem from push for speed. (Austin)

QPP vows changes following video’s release. (Albert Lea-Austin)

Farmers can get monarch-saving money. (ForumNews)

Letter: Questioning Nolan’s support of veterans. (Brainerd)

Letter (Backer-McNamar-Betterman): MNsure among lowest premiums in nation. (Alexandria)

Franken Column: Many ways to remember our veterans. (Pine City-Rochester)

Davids Column: It’s time to admit mistakes about MNsure. (Albert Lea-Worthington)

Baker Column: Feasibility study is vital step for broadband in Kandiyohi County. (Willmar)

Sheran Column (DeKruif): Health care is not “free stuff”… It is very expensive. (Mankato)

Column (Gunther-Klobuchar): A special visit from a U.S. Senator. (Blue Earth)

Column (Nolan-Landwehr): Views on PolyMet final Environmental Impact Statement. (Duluth)

Column: Xcel’s solar slow walk casts shade on energy savings for thousands. (MinnPost)

Editorial (Tomassoni): Open government? Not even in Minnesota. (Duluth)

Editorial (Daudt): Don’t grade government on a curve. (Rochester)

Editorial (Torkelson-Dahms-Considine): Invest in those who take care of the disabled. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Zelle): New urgency for roads, bridges. (Alexandria)

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Outstate News (11-8-15)

Editorial: Have some beet sugar, it’s GMO disease free. (Grand Forks-Detroit Lakes)

Kelly/Dibble/Zelle: Minnesota road costs jump as lawmakers debate how to pay for it. (St. Paul-Duluth)

Davids: Sharp words exchanged over MNsure budget. (St. Paul-Detroit Lakes)

Nornes/Ingebrigtsen/Landwehr: Big fish stir up controversy: Minnesota DNR muskie stocking plan draws ire of lake residents. (Fergus Falls)

Hackbarth/Tomassoni: Public shut out from Mille Lacs fisheries meetings. (Brainerd)

Loon: Minnesota teacher licensing reform gets conflicting reports. (St. Paul-Duluth)

Tomassoni/Metsa/Nolan/Franken/Klobuchar/Zelle: Long-awaited Highway 53 bridge project to begin. (Hibbing-Virginia)

Tomassoni/Metsa/Zelle: Officials gather for Highway 53 project groundbreaking. (Duluth)

Metsa/Tomassoni: Virginia wants outside lobbyist. (Virginia)

Stumpf/Rosen: Which projects will get bonding money? (Rochester)

Reinert/Simonson: Duluth lawmakers look to ‘package’ bonding requests. (Duluth)

Senjem/Loeffler: Your input is wanted on art displays at state Capitol. (ForumNews)

Pugh/Whelan: MN state representatives attend Wallbuilders’ ProFamily Legislators’ Conference in Dallas. (BSP )

Franken: Senator solicits veterans stories for Library of Congress collection. (Princeton)

Sen. Franken To Introduce Anti-Stalking App Bill. (WCCO)

With Politico interview, Franken embraces national role as key Democratic fundraiser. (MinnPost)

Franken gets serious about flipping Senate to Democrats. (Politico)

Klobuchar, Franken urge renewal of student loan program. (Brainerd)

Franken/Nolan/Paulsen/Klobuchar/et al: Obama blocks Keystone pipeline, ending debate for rest of term. (MinnPost)

John Kline proves again he’s Minnesota’s most anti-gay congressman. (City Pages)

Dayton cancels trip to be with father. (ForumNews)

Dayton/Landwehr: PolyMet review calls for cleanup assurance, water monitoring. (AP)

Dayton says mine, community need interaction. (ForumNews)

Landwehr/Dayton: PolyMet primer: Where we go from here. (Duluth)

Key question in PolyMet mine fight: Whose data to trust? (MPR-Albert Lea)

Anzelc/Bakk/Tomassoni: Dayton wants financial review. (Timberjay)

Environmental report on NW Minnesota transmission line released. (ForumNews)

MN deer hunting still in rebound mode. (Detroit Lakes)

Minnesota DNR provides buffer mapping project details and timeline. (HTF)

Bird flu ‘a possibility but not a certainty’ (AgriNews)

USDA: Chicken, turkey farms affected by bird flu can restock. (AP)

EU farmers share concerns of US farmers. (AgriNews)

Urdahl Letter: A response to Rep. Mahoney’s criticism. (Litchfield)

Letter: Rick Nolan has a proven record. (Aitkin)

Letter: Nolan should rethink putting trucks on I-35. (Duluth)

Letter: McNamar understands needs of schools. (Alexandria)

Franken Column: Remembering our veterans. (Worthington)

Column (Franken-Oberstar): Honor veterans’ legacies, not decorations. (Duluth)

Schmit Column: Prepare to grow rural Minnesota economies. (Red Wing)

Atkins-Metzen Column: Veterans owed more than thanks – state owes them money, too. (Pine City-Worthington)

Ken Peterson Column: Apprenticeship – Workforce training for today and tomorrow. (Alexandria)

Column: Sandra Peterson was a rare, remarkable woman, who deserves more attention. (ECM)

Column: Railroads are improving on a strong record of safety. (Alexandria)

Column: Are there really two Minnesotas? (Alexandria)

Column: Minnesota will make sure mining done safely. (Duluth)

Column: Dayton’s due diligence – Governor deserves credit for taking an in-depth look at PolyMet proposal. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Landwehr-Dayton): DNR did great job on PolyMet – Thorough, objective analysis on vital project. (Virginia)

Editorial: Embrace PolyMet’s milestone. (Duluth)

Editorial (Franken-Klobuchar): Help Senate ‘get to 60’ on GMO labeling. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Time is right for Austin’s bonding requests. (Austin)

Editorial: Conservation proves to save some big money. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Cancer study on meat lacks context. (Moorhead-Alexandria)

Editorial: Train safety too important to put off. (Winona)

Editorial: Keystone XL delay is a setback for public safety in Minnesota. (Austin)

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Outstate News (10-25-15)

Obituary: Rep. Sandra Peterson (Strib)

Sandra Peterson dies; former head of state teachers’ union also served four terms in Legislature. (Strib)

Obituary: Rep. Leo Reding (Austin)

Reding/Pelowski/Johnson/Martin: Friends and family remember a ‘classic public servant’ (Rochester)

Daudt/Bakk: Dayton wants study of PolyMet. (AP)

Dayton looks for answers in mine tours – Says PolyMet decision ‘most momentous, difficult and controversial’ (Timberjay)

Editorial (Dayton-Smith): Dayton all-in to control PolyMet decision – Seeking outside legal firm unnecesary and costly tactic. (Virginia)

State Sen. Petersen faces questions over campaign funds. (MPR)

Goodwin/Shoen/Dehn: Abandoned prison gets new support. (ForumNews)

Bennett/Schomacker: Nursing home leaders thank legislators for passage of bill with increased funding. (Austin)

Daudt/Baker: Minnesota Capitol comes to NLS. (Willmar)

Torkelson/Scalze: Minnesota lawmakers hit the road on bonding tours. (St. Paul-Grand Forks)

Garofalo/Newberger: Republicans want China to reduce emissions before Minnesota does. (City Pages)

Miller/Senjem/Nelson/Drazkowski/Pelowski: Political Notebook: Should Senate Republicans stay or go?; Money in politics. (Rochester)

Franken/Walz: Capitol Chatter: Hurdles remain to reopen private prison; City liquor stores do well; College loans stop; Counties join eCourtMN; More ignore bus law; Walz demands VA testimony. (ForumNews)

Franken seeking students interested in attending military academy. (KIMT)

Franken slams cyberbill over privacy protection. (WashExam)

Franken: Democrats On Indian Affairs Committee Support Fast-tracking Tribal Energy Development. (HuffPost)

Franken/Nolan/Klobuchar: Minnesota lawmakers claim unfair Canadian paper imports. (Duluth)

Delegation shreds illegal paper imports – Franken, Klobuchar and Nolan testify before International Trade Commission. (Virginia)

Franken/Dayton/Klobuchar: D.C. fetes Fritz for his efforts with vice presidency. (ForumNews)

Klobuchar, Franken, celebrate mental health grant. (Brainerd)

Kline: Tragic harvest: The farm is one of the deadliest workplaces. (Strib-Winona)

Swanson: Attorney general seeks nursing home resident protection. (ForumNews)

Zelle: MNDOT Commissioner: Long-range transportation plan a must. (Bemidji)

Ritchie: MN bids for world’s fair. (MnDaily)

Gov. Dayton criticizes shift of oil shipments through Twin Cities. (ForumNews)

Dayton orders swifter inspections of oil rail routes. (AP)

Dayton suggests Sanders is not a real Democrat. (MPR)

Norm Coleman announces he has cancer. (ForumNews)

Lobbyist: Small legislative gains bode well for future. (Fergus Falls)

Range War: Essar, Cliffs clash shows Mesabi at crossroads. (MnBrown)

Minnesota reaffirms commitment to reducing greenhouse gases. (HTF)

Enbridge, PUC turn to Minn. Supreme Court for ruling. (ForumNews)

Ducks shot in Minn. test negative for deadly bird flu. (AP)

Prime October conditions have farmers nearing harvests’ end with strong yields, but prices are lagging. (Austin)

Mahoney Letter: Urdahl opposed Job Creation Fund. (Litchfield)

Letter: Franson challenged to explain her denial of climate change. (Alexandria)

Letter: Schmit’s and DFL’s stance on MNsure costs too much. (Red Wing)

Letter (McNamar-Dayton): Minnesota is the 2015 Top Business State in the U.S. (Morris)

MN Chamber Letter: Bridge the gap on transportation; State needs new strategy for funding infrastructure. (Austin-Detroit Lakes)

MN Deer Hunters Assn Letter: Minnesota reaps huge benefits from hunting. (Winona)

Thissen Column: GOP leaves communities disconnected. (Albert Lea)

Franson Column: Blame governor and Democrats for no increase in Social Security. (Alexandria)

Gruenhagen Column: Obamacare, MNsure are failing Minnesotans. (Glencoe)

Heintzeman Column: Wolf protections should be reconsidered. (Brainerd)

Paul Anderson Column: New EPA water regulations cause ripples. (Alexandria)

Nolan Column: Saving the land and water conservation fund. (Aitkin)

Franken Column: What a real conversation about mental health looks like. (Rochester)

Column: Capitol’s paintings should go – The elimination of this artwork is essential to maintaining Minnesota’s political integrity. (MnDaily)

Editorial: Warrantless blood test is worrisome. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Dayton): Northstar rail should be extended to St. Cloud. (St. Joseph)

Editorial (Klobuchar-Heitkamp-Franken): Misguided filibuster blocks Sanctuary Cities bill. (Grand Forks)

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Outstate News (10-18-15)

Pelowski/Dean Johnson/Arne Carlson: Turmoil swirls around U of M president. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Quam/Liebling: Should you be able to ‘pick and choose’ [same sex] customers? (Rochester)

Quam/Gazelka: Duane Quam wants to talk religious freedom. Or is it discrimination? (CityPages)

Hann/Stumpf/Cohan: Minnesota’s new Senate offices — the building that became a campaign theme — are almost ready. (MinnPost)

Thissen: Why members of the House aren’t going to be able to pee inside next session. (CityPages)

Knoblach/Kleis: Dayton: Don’t like immigrants? Get out of MN. (St. Cloud-Detroit Lakes)

Knoblach/Kleis: Dayton, officials, citizens discuss racial tensions. (Sartell)

At St. Cloud forum with governor, Knoblach shares support for North Star line extension. (BSP)

Davids/Lourey/Benson: MNsure expects smoother enrollment. (ForumNews)

Stumpf: Senate Bonding Committee heading to dam sites. (Austin)

Pelowski/Davids/Miller: Rushford-Peterson breaks ground on new school. (Preston)

GOP presidential hopefuls courting Daudt. (MPR)

Election for Branden Petersen’s state Senate seat to be Feb. 9. (MinnPost)

Senator Al Franken gets a grasp on Duluth housing crisis. (NorthlandNews)

Sen. Al Franken wants college textbooks to be free, online. (KMSP)

Al Franken is helping to collect Minnesota veterans’ stories. (BMTN)

Franken encourages applicants for military service academies. (Brainerd)

Franken discusses rural skills gap. (St. Cloud)

Sen. Franken Discusses Health Care ‘Skills Gap’ During St. Cloud Visit. (WJON)

Franken: Charter-Time Warner merger under fire. (TheHill)

Franken to write about life on Capitol Hill. (Strib)

Franken/Peterson/Klobuchar: Conserving the great outdoors: Minn. fund has ended, some want it back permanently. (ForumNews)

Franken/Peterson/Nolan/Klobuchar: POET general manager, board members speak with government officials on Capitol Hill. (BCN)

Klobuchar: Senate Dems push new gun control laws. (MPR)

Kline/Howe: Candidates plow own money into [2nd CD] congressional race. (AP)

Swanson: Minnesota AG seeks protection for nursing home residents. (ForumNews)

Auditor raises new question about Dayton. (AP)

Minnesota’s unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent in September. (HTF)

Gov. Dayton, officials meet with Essar to negotiate repayment. (MnBrown)

Cliffs CEO threatens to close a Minnesota taconite operation. (AP)

PolyMet mine plan draws pro and con rallies. (ForumNewss)

Enbridge, PUC ask Minnesota Supreme Court to take up Sandpiper pipeline case. (Brainerd)

U.S. Courts temporarily block implementation of WOTUS: Groups respond. (AgriNews)

Pheasant season off to hot start. (Duluth)

Farmers work on harvesting bumper crop. (Blue Earth)

Anderson Letter (Lueck): Propane affordability will be revisited by legislature. (Aitkin)

Anderson Letter (Franson-Backer): Propane more affordable in Greater Minnesota, but more changes needed. (Alexandria)

Anderson Letter (Backer): Legislature did good work on propane affordability. (Morris)

Anderson Letter (Backer): McNamar helping middle class families get ahead. (Alexandria)

Anderson Letter (Hancock): Legislature improved affordability, accessibility of propane. (Bemidji)

Anderson Letter: Green works hard to make propane affordable. (Detroit Lakes)

Backer Letter: Morris Area School District a winner in legislative session. (Morris)

Thissen Letter: Letter: GOP has disconnection on broadband. (Worthington)

Letter (McNamar): House Republican majority did nothing on taxes. (Morris)

Letter: Baker falls short on broadband. (Willmar)

Letter (Baker): No broadband support for Willmar? (Willmar)

Letter: Recognition for Rep. Baker. (Willmar)

Letter: Glad to see Jay McNamar running for election again. (Fergus Falls)

Letter: Walz made ‘unbelievable’ vote on abortion measure. (Worthington)

Letter: Agreeing with Nolan on Iran deal. (Aitkin)

Letter: Nolan will continue fight for the middle class. (Duluth)

Kresha Column: State Republicans have broadband plan. (St. Cloud-Worthington-Grand Forks)

Lueck Column: Exploring lands that support schools. (Aitkin)

Column: Flex-fuel pumps allow us to breathe easier, save money. (Litchfield-Morris)

Column: Land and Water Conservation Fund a bipartisan success. (Duluth)

Column (Ecklund): Time to talk honestly about those man camps. (Timberjay)

Editorial: We are pleased with governor’s 2 mine visits – Eagle in Michigan represents modern facility; Gilt Edge looks at the past. (Virginia)

Editorial (Ecklund): 3A: Strong vote for copper/nickel mining. (Virginia)

Editorial (Nolan-Cravaack): Mills to try again – Fleet Farm scion changes hair style, but new policies would be more welcome. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Dayton-Zelle): Highway 14: Expedite funding for corridor of commerce. (Mankato-Austin)

Editorial: Appleton prison a win-win for state. (Benson)

Editorial: Drop in unpaid hospital care benefits everyone. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Important LWCF needs to be reinstated. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Legislators, heed the loved ones of the dead and pass gun laws. (Sartell)

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Outstate News (9-6-15)

Mack/Kelly: Citation: two lawmakers caught ‘making out’ in park; lawmakers: ‘completely false’ and a ‘lie’ (St. Paul)

Minnesota Reps. Tim Kelly, Tara Mack ticketed for “Making out” in a car. (CityPages)

Kelly/Mack: Lawmakers will fight citations for ‘making out’ in park. (Red Wing)

Mack/Kelly: #LegislatorLivesMatter plot thickens as Kelly tells local paper citation is “rotten politics” (BSP)

Mack/Kelly: Daudt said he supports Kelly and Mack. (Rochester)

Lawmakers won’t fight fines for ‘making out’ in park. (MPR)

Kelly/Mack: Kelly agrees to pay fine, but denies allegation. (Red Wing)

Mack/Kelly: Capitol Chatter: Lawmakers pay ‘making out’ fines; Obama thanks Kline; Funny Franken (ForumNews)

Loon/Hann/Hausman/Murphy/Marty/Moe/Kelliher: Does Gov. Mark Dayton’s often-tense relationship with legislators help or hurt him? (MinnPost)

Lueck: Public has say on Enbridge proposal. (Aitkin)

Dill: Big mix of candidates, intrigue in House 3A special election. (MnBrown)

Amorosia runs for State Rep. 25A. (Byron)

Second Democrat seeks to take on Quam. (Rochester)

Hornstein/Franken: Better communications may mean safer oil trains. (ForumNews)

Franken: Broadband ‘as important as textbooks’ (ForumNews)

Franken: MN veterans are being recruited to tell their stories for Veterans History Project. (HTF)

Franken: Talking Points: How Should The U.S. Respond To The Refugee Crisis? (WCCO)

Franken Encourages Job Training Programs within Local Businesses. (KSTP)

Klobuchar, Franken, Nolan announce $600K grant for Brainerd airport. (Brainerd)

Franken/Klobuchar/Nolan/McCollum: It’s who you know: the Minnesota delegation’s ties to the Democratic presidential field. (MinnPost)

Kline will not run in 2016. (Red Wing)

Drazkowski/Atkins/Franken: Kline’s retirement announcement stuns 2nd District. (Rochester)

Kline/Garofalo: Report: Mary Pawlenty weighs Minnesota congressional bid. (AP)

Kline/Atkins/Drazkowski/Hansen/Albright: Gerson grabs CD2 spotlight as others weigh options. (MPR)

Walz-Emmer: Congressmen want to know why St. Cloud VA report was shelved. (AP)

ND oil shipments by rail drop with falling oil prices. (Moorhead)

TransCanada pipeline fire reported in northern Minn. (ForumNews)

Rising levels of nitrate in Minnesota drinking water are a costly challenge for homeowners. (St. Paul – Grand Forks)

Poultry producers prepare for potential fall flu outbreak. (ForumNews)

Corn crop stands tall at end of season. (St. Joseph)

Buffer law draws a crowd at Minnesota meeting. (Willmar-AgWeek)

MFU involved in variety of activities at the fair. (AgriNews)

Minnesota Farm Bureau grows Minnesota crops at the state fair. (AgriNews)

Letter (Backer): Fund education right from the start. (Morris)

Letter (Backer): Students sucker punched by tuition hikes. (Morris)

Letter (Kresha): Republicans fail rural broadband. (Little Falls)

Letter (Baker): Legislative help begins at home. (Willmar)

Letter (Baker): Legislation reduces chance for home-owned solar. (Willmar)

Letter: Support clean energy to boost local jobs. (Austin)

Letter: DFL members should support ranked-choice voting. (Duluth)

LaDuke Column: Dear Governor Dayton. (Brainerd)

Swanson Column: Fake check scams persist. (HTF)

Norton-Dettmer Column: Students’ return to school raises need for safe routes. (Rochester)

Rarick Column: How did your school benefit from 2015 session? (Pine City)

Newman Column (Collin Peterson): Update on summer legislative issues. (Glencoe)

Column (Franken-Nolan-Klobuchar): If steel dumping is illegal, why don’t we stop it? (HTF)

Column: Investments in our education will pay dividends for years. (Little Falls)

Column: Things I’ve learned about corn. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: [BWCA] Land exchange, not purchase. (Ely)

Editorial: EPA letter good news for PolyMet. (Virginia)

Editorial (Newman-Dayton): Talks over help for Mille Lacs sputter. (Glencoe)

Editorial (Kline): Getting elected is now full-time job. (Glenwood)

Editorial: Making room for the grain trains. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Action welcome to improve Minnesota’s water quality. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: On Labor Day, jobless numbers don’t tell the whole story. (Owatonna)

Editorial: Tax change raises state’s business-friendly grade. (Litchfield)

Editorial: State needs to keep building mental health care. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Sen. Heitkamp makes right call on Iran accord. (Moorhead)

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Outstate News (8-30-15)

Melin/Tomassoni/Metsa/Smith/Nolan/Klobuchar/Rukavina/et al: Thousands show solidarity at United Steelworkers rally. (HTF)

Franken/Klobuchar/Nolan/Smith: Tensions rise as steel talks approach deadline. (Strib)

Eken: In search of a senate majority leader in MN, Sen. David Hann visits DL to rally Republican troops for 2016. (Detroit Lakes)

Cities honor Marquart, Eken with distinction award. (Detroit Lakes)

Jensen: Agritourism law protects farmers from lawsuits. (TheLand)

Gruenhagen encourages applications for grants for broadband services. (Glencoe)

Koenen/Miller: MN17A lawmakers meet privately with Swift Co, CCA & lobbyists about private prison lease. (BSP)

Capitol Chatter: Dayton calls ND’s approach to climate change ‘Neanderthal’; Comparing Walker with Pawlenty; Klobuchar for president?; Dayton relaxed. (ForumNews)

District 3A special election set for Dec. 8 – Primary will be held Sept. 29; at least four candidates seeking David Dill’s seat. (Timberjay)

A Q&A with Al Franken. (Grand Forks)

Al Franken: Most of what Congress does isn’t sexy. (CBS)

Franken/Klobuchar: Find politicos at the Minnesota State Fair. (St. Paul)

Immigrant rights group to protest during Klobuchar book event at St. Paul church. (MinnPost)

Martin: Sen. Chuck Schumer to speak Oct. 3 at DFL Founder’s Day Dinner. (MinnPost)

Martin: MN GOP blasted over gun tweet following Virginia murders live on TV. (City Pages)

Dayton says protest planned outside fair is ‘inappropriate’ (AP)

Dayton: Peaceful marchers find gates closed to state fair. (St. Paul-Duluth)

Landwehr/Dayton: DNR redoubles Mille Lacs Lake walleye management efforts. (Brainerd)

Landwehr/Dayton: DNR unveils changes aimed at mending Mille Lacs relations. (AP)

Dayton: Governor’s fishing, deer hunting openers shine spotlight on northeastern MN. (HTF)

Presidential candidates address delegates at DNC meetings. (Brainerd)

No quick answer for UCare in fight to maintain contracts. (AP)

State Office of Medical Cannabis to hold community sessions around state. (HTF)

New invasive species found in Minnesota lakes puts squeeze on plants, fish. (Mpls-Duluth)

BWCAW land swap awaits EIS – Exchange between state, federal governments aims to generate school revenue. (Virginia)

Paper shows PolyMet runoff could reach BWCA after all. (MnBrown)

PolyMet denies access for wetlands research by U of M scientist. (MinnPost)

Frederickson: State’s turkey industry and avian influenza recovery featured at the Minnesota State Fair. (AgriNews)

Farmers prepare for possible fall avian influenza outbreak. (ForumNews)

Wright County finalist is 62nd Princess Kay. (AgriNews)

Marquart Letter: Backer should have made broadband a priority. (Morris)

Letter (MarquartThissen-Backer): Broadband isn’t just nice, it’s essential. (Morris)

Kaler Letter (Sparks-Bennett-Poppe): U of M impact reaches all of state. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Klobuchar supports disabled, not unborn. (Pine City)

Column (Franken-Klobuchar): Minnesota’s senators can help keep the Internet tax-free. (Rochester)

Erickson Column (Dayton): Long-term fix needed for Mille Lacs Lake. (Aitkin)

Dean Johnson Column: U of M addressing Teague affair. (Willmar)

Column: New Amtrak train would boost local economy. (Red Wing)

Column: PolyMet regulators need a second opinion on water flow. (Timberjay)

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Outstate News (8-23-15)

Editorial: Dill – Loyal friend, persistent advocate. (Ely)

Editorial: David Dill – Longtime legislator left a remarkable legacy in the North Country. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Dill made a difference. (International Falls)

Editorial: David Dill – Love of family and good policy. (Virginia)

Editorial: Politics needs more in the middle like Dill. (Duluth)

Column: Ally of the outdoors, Dill will be dearly missed. (Strib)

Bakk: David was my wingman. (International Falls)

Dill made a difference, say many. (International Falls)

Dill honored as larger than life ‘every man’ (Virginia)

DFLers already running in 3A special election. (MnBrown)

Ecklund seeks House District 3A seat. (International Falls)

County commissioner announces for Dill seat. (Duluth)

Second candidate announces run for Dill’s Minnesota House seat. (Duluth)

Three DFLers line up to run for District 3A – Rob Ecklund, Heidi Omerza, Bill Hansen want David Dill’s seat. (Timberjay)

House Speaker Kurt Daudt goes Martha Stewart at taxpayers expense. (City Pages)

Daudt/Bakk: GOP adds $2 million to Capitol furnishings budget. (AP)

A modest, hole-in-one proposal to resolve Speaker Daudt’s $10,000 office door problem. (BSP)

Dayton: Walleye special session sleeps with fishes. (MPR)

Nelson/Schmit/Norton/Pierson: Little support among local lawmakers for Mille Lacs special session. (Rochester)

Thissen/Marquart: Broadband grants bring access for rural residents, more funding and reforms needed. (Morris)

Marquart/Thissen/Murphy/Sawatzky: When the Internet goes down: Legislators get earful about lack of broadband in rural areas. (Willmar)

Campaigned against it in 2014: in legislative update, Miller joins choir for rural broadband. (BSP)

Backer/Dean: Increase in nursing home funding will go to staff wages and benefits at West Wind Village. (Morris)

Nuclear plant worker to challenge Schmit in Senate District 21. (Rochester)

Thompson/Zellers/Seifert: Walker names Minnesota co-chairs. (MPR)

Franken: Thick coats, thin skins: Why Minnesotans were outraged by a recent Washington Post report. (WashPost)

Video: U.S. Sen. Al Franken on rail issues. (International Falls)

Franken hears about rail issues. (International Falls)

Al Franken tackles telecomm issues, Iran deal. (Grand Forks)

Sen. Al Franken tours Mayo labs, delivers meals, visits with education officials in Rochester visit. (KTTC)

Sen. Franken, Rep. Betty McColllum head to Africa. (HotDish)

Sen. Al Franken meets with laid off steel workers in Eveleth. (NorthlandNews)

Nolan/Klobuchar: Solidarity in Steel Rally and March Draws Iron Range Together. (WDIO)

Nolan/Klobuchar: ‘We’re not moving backwards’ – Rally for fair contract. (Virginia)

Nolan/Walz: Veterans sound off about health care at Duluth forum. (Duluth-Worthington)

Nolan/Kline/Franken/Klobuchar/et al: Rep. Rick Nolan – I support the Iran deal. (Strib)

Peterson/Boehner: Speaker of the House takes DL fishing trip. (Detroit Lakes)

Pogemiller/Dayton: Beer vendor helped lobby for the St. Paul Saints ballpark. (AP)

Minnesota counties, Otto tangle over audits. (MPR)

Landwehr: DNR will enforce state rules on Chippewa ricers. (ForumNews)

UMM Chancellor Jacquie Johnson announces retirement. (Morris)

Minnesota lost 3,900 jobs in July, unemployment rises to 4 percent. (MinnPost)

Tax and spin: Most families in Wisconsin, it turns out, would save on taxes by moving to Minnesota. (MinnPost)

MNsure tackles tech problems. (AP)

State’s decision on UCare will force local enrollees to change health plans. (Willmar)

2 Minnesota helicopters, crew dispatched to Washington fire. (AP)

Agency: PolyMet discharge would flow north to BWCA – Fundamental miscalculations in water model render EIS results invalid. (Timberjay)

MCEA attorney talks sulfide mining. (Timberjay)

Pipeline’s polarized views; Public speaks up on Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (Park Rapids)

State’s wolf population appears to be stable. (Timberjay)

New water buffers mandated by Gov. Dayton. (Litchfield)

New buffer-law money requires local spending decisions. (Pipestone)

What blend wall? Minnesota drivers already use more than 10 percent ethanol. (MnCornerstone)

Letter (Sparks-Poppe): Stay vocal after disappointing state [environmental] session. (Austin)

Letter (Gruenhagen): Republicans’ policies only exacerbate education problem. (Hutchinson)

Letter (Walz): Republicans threaten Social Security. (Worthington)

Letter (Franken-Klobuchar): New federal rules protect Minnesota’s clean water. (Duluth)

Klobuchar Column: Iran nuclear deal is ‘our best available option’ (Grand Forks)

Franken Column: Yes on Iran deal. (Virginia)

Column: Sen. Al Franken takes a stand on U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. (Grand Forks)

Schmit Column: Farmers have a strong crop taking shape. (Red Wing-Rochester)

Column (Hackbarth-McNamara): Mille Lacs special session: Dayton angled, and legislators didn’t bite. (Strib)

Column (Kresha-Gazelka): Local legislators key in work for rural school facilities. (Little Falls)

Zelle/Doman/Link-Stine Column: Railway safety continues to be high priority. (Alexandria)

Assn of MN Counties Column (Franken-Klobuchar): Federal water rule will hurt counties. (Duluth)

Column: Friends of the Headwaters has issues with Line 3. (Park Rapids)

Column: Enbridge committed to public safety, environmental stewardship. (Bemidji)

Smith Column: Rural broadband is not just nice, it’s necessary. (Morris-Litchfield-Red Wing-St. Cloud)

Column: U.S. needs a strong Renewable Fuel Standard. (Minnpost-Glenwood)

Editorial: Emmer’s changed approach benefits district. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Daudt): Don’t stall on solution to sex offender ruling. (Mankato-Albert Lea-Austin)

Editorial (Nolan): Momentum building to broaden broadband. (Duluth-Park Rapids)

Editorial: Clean Power Plan is local issue, too. (Litchfield)

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Outstate News (8-9-15)

State Representative David Dill dies. (Ely)

State Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, dies from cancer at age 60. (Virginia)

State Rep. David Dill dies. (MPR)

Iron Range-area lawmaker dies of cancer. (MnBrown)

State Rep. David Dill of Crane Lake dies of cancer at age 60. (Duluth)

Northern Minnesota State Rep. David Dill dies from cancer. (Strib)

State Rep. David Dill dies of cancer at 60. (St. Paul)

Kiel: Local Government Aid dominates Coalition of Greater?Minnesota Cities talk at city hall – Even with a big surplus, House GOP?tried to cut funding, CGMC official says (Crookston)

Legislative session disappointment for greater Minnesota cities, lobbyist says. (Morris)

Eken/Franson/Frederickson: Minnesota takes slow route on hemp, frustrating some farmers. (AP)

N.D. hemp researchers look to Canada for advice. (WesternProducer)

Anderson/Otto: GOP leader calls for probe into state auditor. (AP)

Hackbarth spars with Dayton in statement. (Brainerd)

Landwehr: DNR further tweaks Mille Lacs bass rule to encourage fishing. (Brainerd)

Documents: Tribal members sought ban on keeping Mille Lacs walleye. (MPR)

McNamara: With executive order, Dayton creates citizen board to advise pollution control agency. (MinnPost)

Schmit/Drazkowski: Rail company speaks out. (Red Wing)

Melin/Marty/Sieben/Miller/Lourey/Zerwas/Knuth/et.al: Lawmakers’ median age is a decade older than it was 20 years ago. (St. Paul-Fergus Falls)

Franken: Senate Dems call for vote on pope’s climate statement. (TheHill)

Sen. Franken: Newly Announced Clean Power Plan Will Help Address Growing Threat of Climate Change. (RER)

Franken/Nolan/Paulsen/Walz/et al: The GOP has controlled both houses of Congress for seven months. How’s that going? (MinnPost)

Peterson expects turkey vaccine soon. (Willmar)

Walz-Peterson: Frustration over water rules continues. (Willmar)

Nolan introduces steel requirement in pipeline bill. (Brainerd)

U.S. Rep. Emmer joins Gov. Dayton’s Mexican trade mission. (MinnPost)

Miller rules out run against Walz in 2016. (Rochester)

Klobuchar still backing Clinton. (Virginia-AP)

Soils Lab showcases pollinator research during meeting of Minnesota honey producers. (Morris)

Healthy soils, healthy world: ARS Scientists share research at Field Day. (Morris)

Letter (Dayton): Buffer law out of Germany or Russia. (Moorhead)

Letter: Walz votes against American people. (Albert Lea-Winona)

Letter (Kresha): Republicans failed middle class. (Little Falls)

Letter (Sparks-Senjem-Jensen-Bly): “Big Ag’ still ignoring opposing opinions. (Worthington)

Letter: Purging the name doesn’t lessen the impact of sulfide mining. (Timberjay)

Letter: Prevailing wage law not to blame on broadband. (Worthington)

Poppe Column: Rural broadband is an essential investment. (Albert Lea)

Simon Column: Stay restless in seeking democracy. (Morris)

Zelle Column: Railway safety continues to be a high priority for Minnesota. (Morris)

Column: Prevailing wage levels playing field. (Worthington)

Editorial: Dayton caves on citizens panel – Bypasses bipartisan legislative effort that even he signed into law. (Virginia)

Editorial (Gruenhagen): State funding for roads in small cities. (Glencoe)

Editorial (Franken): Mental health needs highlighted. (Park Rapids)

Editorial (Franken-Nolan-Klobuchar): President should use pen on steel issue. (Virginia)

Editorial: Minn. is No. 1 in child well-being, but for how long? (Rochester-Albert Lea)

Editorial: EPA rule reaction excessive. (Moorhead)

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Outstate News (8-2-15)

State Rep. David Dill battles cancer. (Timberjay)

State Rep. Dave Dill hospitalized. (Duluth)

State Rep. Dill battles illness. (Ely)

Range-area lawmaker Dill faces serious cancer. (MnBrown)

Baker/Urdahl: Legislator says special session led to better deal for schools. (Litchfield)

Rarick wants to challenge Clean Water Act. (Pine City)

Torkelson/Miller/Dahms: Buffer law: New legislation frustrates some, but lawmakers urge compliance. (Willmar)

Torkelson/Marty: Farmers face 2018 buffer deadline. (AgriNews)

Franson/McNamara/Anderson/Backer/Ingebrigtsen: Farmers speak out against new water rules. (Alexandria)

Hackbarth/Erickson/Nolan: Dayton sees ‘resentment’ from public at walleye forum. (Brainerd)

Hackbarth/Petersen/Bakk: Some lawmakers push back on need for Mille Lacs special session. (MPR)

Hackbarth: Mille Lacs Band says it will suspend walleye net fishing on Mille Lacs Lake. (AP)

Bakk/Daudt/Thissen/Hann/et al: Sports commission sloth leaves politicians scrambling to pass the buck. (CityPages)

Bakk/Daudt: MN Jobs Coalition Legislative Fund’s biggest donor in flipping House vows to take Senate. (BSP)

Franken: Report highlights healthcare delivery issues in MN’s rural communities. (HTF)

Franken: Schools need more mental health counselors. (MPR)

Franken energy legislation advances in U.S. Senate. (Brainerd)

Franken: Senate committee passes broad energy reform bill. (AgriPulse)

Sen. Al Franken Urges For Boost In Biodiesel Volumes For 2016 And 2017. (KEYC)

Sen. Franken: Mining Layoffs Fueled By ‘Unfair Dumping’ (KQDS)

Sen. Franken on Cliffs plan to idle United Taconite. (Grand Rapids)

Franken: To get support for education bill, senators conjure lost art: Compromise. (WashPost)

Franken questions facial recognition technology. (Kenyon)

Al Franken: Is Apple rigging the music-streaming business? (CityPages)

Klobuchar/Nolan/Franken: Lawmakers solid behind Planned Parenthood. (Virginia)

Peterson/McCollum/Nolan/Walz/Emmer/et al: U.S. House votes to ban state GMO food labeling laws in overwhelming vote. (Strib)

Kline will head No Child Left Behind committee. (St. Paul-Worthington)

John Kline supports bill allowing women to be fired for having sex. (CityPages)

Bachmann sitting on millions in campaign cash. (St. Cloud)

Ortman’s campaign fined by FEC, sued by vendors for unpaid bills. (Strib)

McElroy: Minn. ushers in region’s top minimum wage. (AP)

Kiscaden: Dayton names panel to study future of MNsure, MinnesotaCare. (AP)

EPA accepts pro-RFS comments on last comment day, but NFU says lobbying will continue. (AgWeek)

Senators introduce voluntary food labeling bill. (AgWeek)

Bill to support ag exports to Cuba passes in Senate Appropriations Committee. (AgWeek)

Farmfest gears up for annual run, Aug. 4-6. (AgriNews)

Farmfest forum schedule. (AgriNews)

Growing [latino farm] business. (Austin)

Area officials, farmers promote Latino ag coop. (Austin)

Gruenhagen Letter: Minnesotans deserve better than failed MNsure. (Glencoe)

Letter (Nornes-Ingebrigtsen): Legislators need to be held accountable. (Fergus Falls)

Nolan Column: House playing transportation ‘Kick the can’. (Pine City)

Nolan Column: Medical miracles paid for with American oil. (Aitkin)

Nolan Column: Social Security and Medicare: Earned benefits we need to protect. (Duluth)

Torkelson Column: Minnesota benefits from new budget laws. (Alexandria)

Liebling Column: Reining in HMOs will control Medicaid costs. (Rochester)

Lueck Column: Storm damage hits our neighbors. (Aitkin)

Column (Daudt-Lueck): Gas tax, an exercise in gutlessness. (Aitkin)

Column: Dayton should push to restructure IRRR board. (Timberjay)

Column (Otto): Take another look at state auditor’s duties. (ECM)

Column: Railroads investing hundreds of millions to enhance safety in Minnesota. (Duluth)

Editorial (Franken): Mental health needs in rural MN highlighted. (Park Rapids-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Nolan): Washington abandoning U.S. workers. (Virginia)

Editorial: Emission rules: Minnesota on target to reduce carbon pollution. (Duluth)

Editorial: Keep light rail line on time and on budget. (ECM)

Editorial: The need for safer tankers is clear. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Prison-sentencing policies long overdue for change. (St. Joseph)

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