Outstate News (10-19-14)

Endorsement: Rukavina’s experience makes him right choice. (Duluth)

Endorsement: Walz grabs the moderate vote and deserves to be re-elected. (Albert Lea)

Endorsement: ECM Editorial Board supports re-election of Congressman Tim Walz. (ECM)

Endorsement: Experience gives Emmer the nod in 6th District vote. (ECM)

Endorsement: Folks of the Second District will get a fairer shake from Obermueller. (ECM)

Endorsement: 5th District Congress: Return Ellison to two more years. (ECM)

Endorsement: The nod in the 4th goes to incumbent Betty McCollum. (ECM)

Endorsement: Paulsen our choice in the Third. (ECM)

Endorsement: For governor, Mark Dayton. (Strib)

Endorsement: State voters oughta re-elect Auditor Otto. (ForumNews)

Endorsement: Severson can assure fair, accurate voting. (Duluth)

Poll: 3 Weeks To Election Day, Republican Challenger Mills Atop Democratic Incumbent Nolan in MN-08. (SurveyUSA)

GOP poll: Peterson behind Westrom. (ForumNews)

Scott/Runbeck/Osmek/Dayton: GOP targets Met Council as campaign issue. (MinnPost)

Yarusso/Isaacson/Daudt/Thissen/Halverson: Key suburban districts may decide control of Minnesota House. (MPR)

Savick touts record in House while seeking her 2nd term. (Albert Lea)

Urdahl: District 18A candidates differ on education policy, taxes. (Litchfield)

27B candidates differ on state’s direction – Schminke looking to restore balance to St. Paul; Poppe: Investing in people is right decision. (Austin)

Radinovich, Lueck square off on televised debate. (Brainerd)

Radinovich schools opponent on tuition freeze after Lueck forgets his generation’s advantage. (BSP)

Kelly takes on forum solo. (Red Wing)

MN 2B: Steve Green on freezing tuition; or, the U of MN is moving to become a two-year college. (BSP)

Schomacker: Minnesota House District 22A race [candidates Q&A]. (Pipestone)

Simon/Severson: The invisible race: Minnesota secretary of state job up for grabs. (MPR)

Simon/Severson/Ritchie: Minn. secretary of state race lacks attention. (AP)

Franken/Klobuchar/Dayton: Minnesota leaders seek federal rail help. (ForumNews)

Franken: MN needs ‘center of excellence’ to handle possible Ebola cases. (MPR)

Franken/Bly: Senators Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren visit Carleton College. (Northfield)

Warren Stumps For Franken At Carleton; McFadden In Central MN. (CBS)

U.S. Senate race, in person, on the issues: Al Franken. (Strib)

U.S. Senate race, in person, on the issues: Mike McFadden. (Strib)

McFadden, Franken seize on pressure issues. (AP)

Franken/Poppe: McFadden outlines plan at Austin stop. (Austin-Albert Lea))

Franken/Dayton: Michelle Obama to campaign in north Minneapolis. (AP)

Walz, Hagedorn testy in their final debate. (Austin)

Collin Peterson shrugs off political attack ads. (Hutchinson)

Peterson/Westrom: GOP targets Dem House districts that supported Romney in 2012 election. (AP)

Coleman group to spend against Peterson. (MinnPost)

Nolan: Vice President Biden adds Duluth stop to Minnesota visit. (ForumNews)

Biden to campaign for Nolan at Hibbing Community College. (MnBrown)

Nolan Responds to KSTP/SurveyUSA Poll, says Race ‘Going Down To The Wire’ (KSTP)

Johnson/Dayton: Different strokes for different governor candidates. (ForumNews)

Johnson/Dayton: Middle class, gun control highlighted in latest gubernatorial debate. (MPR)

Dayton, Johnson differ over budget surplus policy. (AP)

Johnson, Dayton trade jabs over jobs, insurance. (St. Paul-Worthington)

Johnson/Dayton: Independence candidate unhappy not being in debate. (ForumNews)

Promises, promises: revisiting Mark Dayton’s 2010 campaign pledges. (MinnPost)

Hillary Clinton is Minn.-bound to help Dayton. (AP)

Oberstar/Sertich/Dayton: $28 million regional wastewater treatment facility opens near Chisholm. (HTF)

Minnesota’s health commissioner says hospitals would be ready for Ebola. (St. Paul-Worthington)

Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.1% in September. (MinnPost)

Iron Ore Alliance addresses rail delays during Governor’s roundtable. (HTF)

Ag, mining, labor and business coalition calls for action on pipeline. (AgriNews)

Pheasant numbers decent on southwestern Minnesota hunt. (Alexandria)

Letter: Kiel, Green betray Polk County. (Crookston)

Letter: Persell supports investments in the very young. (Bemidji)

Letter: Firefighters value Savick. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Savick part of successful DFL. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Savick gets and spends out of area. (Albert Lea)

Letter: McNamar needs to recall his roots. (Fergus Falls)

Letter: McNamar contributions come from outside MN too. (Morris)

Letter: Rukavina shows common sense and hard work. (Timberjay)

Letter (Simon-Nornes): Dan Severson’s flip-flopping not right. (Fergus Falls)

Letter: Vote Franken, Nolan to maintain mail service. (Duluth)

Letter: Nolan gives much needed straight talk. (Virginia)

Letter: Vote David Lillehaug for Supreme Court Justice. (Detroit Lakes)

Simon Column: Right to vote requires protection. (Duluth)

Swanson Column: Attorney general enforces rules for consumers. (Duluth)

Newman Column: Voters demand nonpartisan attorney general. (Duluth)

Dawkins Column: I’ll stand up to corporate interests. (Duluth)

Melin Column: I will work to continue progress of moving Minnesota forward. (Duluth)

M. Murphy Column: Keep DFL in charge to maintain momentum. (Duluth)

Editorial (Dayton-Perpich): ‘Huckster’ has no place in PolyMet discussion – Governor erred badly in comment during debate in Duluth. (Virginia)

Editorial (Franken-Klobuchar-Dayton): Railroads aren’t getting it done. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Sertich is right, tourism and mining can co-exist and Ely is living proof. (Ely)

Editorial (Johnson): Dayton has delivered for Greater Minnesota. (Crookston)

Editorial: Choosing not to vote will not be the solution to ‘partisanship’ (Glenwood)

Editorial: Time to consider online voting. (Austin)

Editorial: Online voting a sensible alternative. (Fergus Falls)

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Outstate News (10-12-14)

Endorsement (Nolan-Mills): 8th District will choose between two good men – We endorse them both. (ECM)

Endorsement: Ignore the critics: The choice is Mills. (ForumNews)

Endorsement (7A): This is the right race for Hall, her energy. (Duluth)

Endorsement (7B): Simonson sparkled in his first term. (Duluth)

Poll: In Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District, Incumbent Democrat Peterson, Going for 13th Term, Leads GOP Challenger Westrom. (SurveyUSA)

Poll: In MN, Franken’s Troubles Appear to be Over as McFadden’s Support Fades; Dayton Now Above 50% in Statehouse Re-Elect Fight. (SurveyUSA)

Fritz/Petersburg: Most regional House candidates say ‘no’ to GMO labeling. (Owatonna)

Petersburg/Fritz: House candidates take questions from biker organization. (Faribault)

Daudt/Johnson: Minnesota’s tax take below projection for quarter. (AP)

Hansen/Wagenius/Falk: Making Minnesota nice for pollinators. (Willmar)

Atkins: Rail congestion costs farmers. (AgriNews)

Transportation at the Minnesota Legislature: Dibble dabbles in beets, talks transportation. (Crookston)

McNamar/Murphy: McNamar shares plans for tuition, tax relief in upcoming session. (Morris)

Daudt/Savick: Office issue trips up DFLer Savick. (MPR)

Sawatzky and Baker face off in debate. (Willmar)

Falk: Familiar opponents spar over differences in race for District 17A. (Willmar)

Falk: MN17A: Miller imagines mention of WESA is a “War on Women” attack on all Republicans. (BSP)

Theis/Hosch: DFLers: GOP-friendly St. Cloud House district in play. (St. Cloud)

Gruenhagen: District 18B candidates differ on economy, education. (Hutchinson)

Gruenhagen: Candidates forum set for Oct. 14. (Glencoe)

Kiel: DFL Candidate Eric Bergeson Draws Scrutiny for Off-Color Columns. (CityPages)

Dayton commits to full term if voters re-elect him. (AP)

Johnson/Dayton: Momentum changes in governor race. (Detroit Lakes)

Johnson/Dayton: Governor candidates get more specific in varied Moorhead debate. (ForumNews)

Dayton uses debate to propose increasing gas tax. (MinnPost)

Dayton walks back from gas sales tax. (MPR)

Dayton, Johnson differ over education spending. (MPR-Moorhead)

Dayton/Johnson: Candidates would treat outstate same as Twin Cities, but different. (ForumNews)

Jeff Johnson: Plotting a measured path to the Minnesota governor’s office. (Strib)

Dayton/Johnson: Governor campaign notebook: Ag property tax cut not likely. (ForumNews)

Political notebook (Johnson/Dayton/Franken/Nolan): Has governor’s race turned to Minnesota nasty? (ForumNews)

Clinton stumps for Dayton and Franken. (PioneerPress-Willmar)

Clinton rallies students at Northrop – The former U.S. president expressed support for Gov. Dayton and Sen. Franken on campus Friday. (MnDaily)

Franken: Clinton calls on young Minnesotans to vote. (AP)

Q & A with Al Franken: Candidate shares his record on issues affecting East Africans. (TCDP)

As election nears, Franken raises $4.2 million. (MPR)

Al Franken more flush with cash than Mike McFadden for final month. (PioneerPress)

Franken: STB orders more extensive reporting from railroads. (AgWeek)

In first term, Franken makes tech his niche. (AP)

Obermueller/Sviggum: Maher undaunted by steep odds in ousting Kline. (Rochester)

Obermueller/Sviggum: Bill Maher Visits Northfield to Oust Congressman John Kline from Power. (CityPages)

‘Blue Dog’ vs. ‘Young Gun’: Peterson, Westrom fight for Minn.’s 7th Congressional District. (Moorhead)

For first time in years, Collin Peterson’s seat is a battleground. (MinnPost)

Walz, Hagedorn define differences in debate. (Rochester)

Nolan and Mills tangle in Duluth debate. (MinnPost)

Nolan and Mills go after each other in Duluth congressional debate. (MPR)

Nolan: Only one debate in MN-8, but stark differences show. (MnBrown)

Biden to campaign for Nolan. (MPR)

Under the radar, secretary of state race offers similar names — and big policy differences. (MinnPost)

Simon/Severson: Secretary of state forum gave a refreshing take on campaign politics and civil discourse. (MinnPost)

Landwehr/Sertich/Stine: PolyMet EIS could be done by spring. (Ely)

Hennepin Sheriff Candidate Eddie Frizell Calls for an End to the Stanek “Dictatorship” (CityPages)

Dawkins: Green Party candidate to visit FF. (Fergus Falls)

Ness says he won’t seek a third term as Duluth mayor. (Duluth)

Eve of the opener: Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener begins today in Worthington. (Worthington)

Minnesota to pay for all juniors to take ACT. (Duluth)

Connect Itasca redoubles effort to expand rural broadband. (MnBrown)

Fond du Lac Band’s clean air effort brings backlash. (Duluth)

It’s time to move back to B5. (AgriNews)

EPA extends WOTUS comment period. (AgWeek)

Johnson leaves deer hunters group for Lessard-Sams council. (Duluth)

Letter: A suggestion on [Forum News] endorsements. (Moorhead)

Letter: Rukavina’s honesty, experience still in style. (Duluth)

Letter: Rukavina would be fair to everyone. (Timberjay)

Letter: Vote for experience, vote Tom Rukavina. (Timberjay)

Letter (Savick): Another new tax is the solution? (Albert Lea)

Letter: Savick gets work done in St. Paul. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Persell has been effective on tax issues. (Bemidji)

Letter: Faust honest, hard-working. (Pine City)

Letter: McNamar is the right choice for students. (Fergus Falls)

Letter: Radinovich’s salary. (Brainerd)

Letter: Ward’s help appreciated. (Brainerd)

Letter: Re-elect Glenn Gruenhagen. (Glencoe)

Letter: Kiel: A strong defender of rural Minn. (Crookston)

Letter: MNsure helped his family and small business. (Glenwood)

Otto Column: Working for Minnesota free of fear and favor. (Duluth)

Rukavina Column: Who’ll represent Range next on County Board? (Duluth)

Johnson Column: Lip service doesn’t support mining, jobs. (Duluth)

Dayton Column: Minnesota better off, with more to be done. (Duluth)

Simonson Column: We’re back on track, with more to do. (Duluth)

Anzelc Column: Much needed to sustain Minnesota’s rise. (Duluth)

Torkelson Column: Time to prioritize state roads and bridges. (Worthington)

Column: Copper-nickel mining isn’t a political issue. (Duluth)

Column: Death Panel, the Republican way. (Aitkin)

Column: Tribes, tackling a big issue, offer lessons for the rest of us. (Timberjay)

Column (Erhardt): In Edina, the politics realign with the people. (Strib)

Column: The state of the state is … not really Dayton’s doing. (Strib)

Editorial (Johnson/Dayton): Grappling for governor. (Duluth)

Editorial (Sertich-Stine): Wild rice standard. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Swanson): Lewis & Clark an issue for Newman. (Worthington)

Editorial: ACTs not the best choice for all students. (Fergus Falls-Austin)

Editorial: Need candidate data? Check Project Vote Smart. (St. Cloud-Austin)

Editorial: Job-growth statistics show brighter path. (St. Joseph)

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Outstate News (10-5-14)

Endorsement (District 3A): Voters from just north of Duluth all the way to International Falls can support Dill. (Duluth)

Endorsement: Re-elect Peterson in the 7th. (ForumNews)

Endorsement: Johnson for change in Minn. (ForumNews)

Endorsement: New voice for Minnesota in Senate. (ForumNews)

Poll: Minnesota Senate: Franken (D) 49%, McFadden (R) 41% (Rasmussen)

Dem poll on 8th CD: Nolan widening lead on Mills. (HotDish)

New poll has Dayton at 50 percent, leads Johnson by 10. (HotDish)

[Retiring] Brynaert used softer style to help reform school testing. (Mankato)

Fritz/Frederickson: Rail slowdowns have widespread impact. (ForumNews)

Hoppe/Dayton/Rothman: With 4.5% average increase, MNsure rates to remain lowest in nation. (MinnPost)

Local candidate forum: Sawatzky, Baker tackle jobs, taxes, transportation and political leadership. (Willmar)

Full accounting: Sawatzky fact checked Baker’s claim about families moving from Minnesota. (BSP)

Sawatzky/Yarusso/Ward/Radinovich: Outside groups running ads in legislative races. (MPR)

Savick: A look at southeast Minnesota’s hottest House race. (Rochester)

Urdahl: District 18A candidates want to bring Minnesota forward. (Hutchinson)

Michele Bachmann’s Gay Marriage Comments Are Actually Pretty Shrewd. (CityPages)

Obermueller/Sviggum: Maher brings campaign to unseat Kline to Northfield. (Rochester)

Rep. Nolan plans Congress Comes to You meetings. (HTF)

Nolan: Candidate forum Tuesday. (Duluth)

Nolan: On Eve of Big Game, DFL Goes Hard After Stewart Mills for Being a Packers Fan. (CityPages)

Dayton/Nolan/Franken/Johnson: Political notebook: What do MNsure numbers mean?; Hair style on trial; Early ballots flying out; Clinton coming; Sunday sales support. (ForumNews)

Nolan/Franken/Klobuchar: Politicians, public to rally Monday in effort to save Duluth postal center. (Duluth)

Peterson/Franken/Dayton: Peterson asks Army Corps to revisit diversion plan with northern impact. (AgWeek)

McFadden, Franken mine for greater Minnesota votes. (ForumNews)

A slow and sarcastic first McFadden-Franken debate. (MinnPost)

McFadden tries to cast Franken as rubber stamp for Obama. (MPR-Albert Lea)

McFadden goes at Franken’s record in first debate. (MinnPost)

President Clinton to headline Oct. 10 rally for Dayton and Franken. (MinnPost)

U of M prof picks up on curious visual message in MNGOP Dan Severson’s SOS campaign logo. (BSP)

MNsure, mining and not tackling tax reform: what Gov. Mark Dayton says he’d do in a second term. (MinnPost)

First debate shows Dayton, Johnson differences. (ForumNews)

Tame Dayton-Johnson debate focuses on small-bore issues. (MinnPost)

Second gubernatorial debate planned for Oct. 8. (Morris)

Dayton and Johnson differ on direction for schools. (MPR)

Johnson/Dayton: Death penalty politics enter governor’s race. (MPR-Rochester)

Johnson: No, Minnesota is not ‘dead last’ in the Midwest in job growth. (MinnPost)

Dayton allows more transport of diesel. (ForumNews)

Welle: The evolution of an artist. (Willmar)

Lessard: Former Minn. state legislator measures up ND Measure 5. (Moorhead)

Craig Clark offered city admin job. (Austin)

Minnesota’s medical marijuana industry start-up shrouded in secrecy. (MPR-Brainerd)

Outstate cities plan to challenge state water regulations. (Strib-Austin)

New Magnetation plant produces first pellets. (HTF)

Minnesota pheasant outlook is down, so hunt early. (Duluth)

Despite possible late start, farmers looking at good crops. (Austin)

Speaker urges ag to engage. (Willmar)

Minnesota West program helps farmers manage risks. (Worthington)

Letter: We’re fortunate to have Reps. Kiel and Fabian. (Crookston)

Letter: We need to keep Kiel’s voice for rural Minnesota in St. Paul. (Crookston)

Letter: McNamar backed by out-of-state donors too. (Morris)

Letter: Ward helped us. (Brainerd)

Letter: District 21A needs Kelly in Legislature. (Red Wing)

Letter (Betterman): Letter: Writer doesn’t understand healthcare exchange. (Morris)

Letter (Jeff Johnson): Uniquely qualified. (Brainerd)

Letter (Peterson-Westrom): Attack ad is like ‘the pot calling the kettle black’ (Glenwood)

Letter (Peterson): Irritated with attack ads by national parties. (Litchfield)

Letter: Stop muddying the water on Waters of U.S. rule. (Detroit Lakes)

Walz Column: Fuel standard good for U.S. economic engine. (Worthington)

Franken Column: Minnesota needs improved rail service. (Worthington)

Nolan Column: Rebuild middle class to achieve American Dream. (Duluth)

Mills Column: ‘Hunting Camp Doctrine’ will make district better. (Duluth)

Sandman Column: Vote for your family, the environment and veterans. (Duluth)

Column (Franken): Election Day is coming and I disappointed the DCCC again. (Timberjay)

Column: Right, left: One topic, two viewpoints – Immigration reform. (Aitkin)

Editorial: ‘The minerals aren’t going anywhere’ – Quote from Gov. Dayton sending a terrible message on jobs. (Virginia)

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Outstate News (9-28-14)

Endorsement: [District 5B] Pick Anzelc’s focus on education, taxes. (Duluth)

Endorsement: Melin is effective for Range district [6A]. (Duluth)

Endorsement: [District 3B] Good reasons to re-elect Murphy — one last time. (Duluth)

Column (Rukavina-Dill-Nolan): Here’s what I know about our commissioner candidates. (Timberjay)

Atkins/Dayton: Early snapshot of 2015 MNsure premiums coming up. (AP)

Ellison/Hayden: Sen. Barb Goodwin Calls Out Ellison, Other Prominent DFLers Over Nonprofit Scandal. (CityPages)

Goodwin/Hayden/Ellison: State senator blasts fellow DFLers for role in Community Action scandal. (MinnPost)

Norton/Davids/Senjem/Lenczewski/Dayton: Politics might complicate DMC funding fix. (Rochester)

Savick/Mahoney/Murphy: REG applauds the legislature. (Albert Lea)

Franken/Nolan/Hamilton/Weber/et al: Capitol chatter: Campaigns fill email boxes with URGENT messages. (ForumNews)

Petersburg: House candidates split on teacher tenure. (Owatonna)

Dorholt/Knoblach/Thissen: DFL in fight to retain House. (MPR-Fergus Falls)

Emmer/Howe: DFLers search for traction in Bachmann district House race. (MPR)

Franken’s campaign recipe: lot of policy, dash of humor. (Strib)

McFadden, Franken seek votes from greater Minnesota. (ForumNews)

Franken/Peterson/Walz: Vilsack: Direct farmer payments out, new safety net in. (ForumNews)

Franken/Peterson/Walz/Klobuchar: Franken hosts agriculture secretary in Minnesota. (AP)

U.S. Senate candidates Franken, McFadden to debate in Duluth. (Duluth)

Franken: McFadden lays out plan to replace health care law, cut health care costs. (AP)

MNGOP Rips Franken… for Voting, with McCain, to Cut Obama’s Military Spending. (CityPages)

Senate candidate makes swing through Pine City. (Pine City)

Walz/Downey: Klobuchar does not want attorney general job. (ForumNews)

Nolan: Democrats target Mills’ wealth — will it work? (MinnPost)

Rick Nolan Criticized for Carelessly Toting AR-15. (CityPages)

Obermueller: Minnesota’s 2nd District, real challenge for Bill Maher and Maher’s “Flip-a-District” contest. (MPR-Brainerd)

Independence Party’s Nicollet struggles to be noticed in uphill bid for governor. (Strib-Duluth)

Johnson: GOP candidate for governor talks business, education in Owatonna. (Owatonna)

Dayton, Johnson differ on campaigns, issues. (ForumNews)

National conservative group plans anti-Dayton push. (MPR)

Johnson/Emmer: [Dayton] Running Ahead, as if Behind. (Virginia)

Johnson: Gov. Mark Dayton has touted his office’s achievements more than his politics in his first attempt at a second political term. (St. Paul-Grand Forks)

Ritchie: Early voting with absentee ballots now underway. (HTF)

Norm Coleman Now Lobbying for Gov’t that Doesn’t Allow Women to Drive. (CityPages)

Hutchinson home to unusual campaign signs. (Hutchinson)

World’s Largest Hot Dish happens! (Alexandria)

Deer hunts will take place at some state parks. (HTF)

Legal Marijuana Could Bring in $46 Million Annually for Minnesota, Study Says. (CityPages)

Union official: Sandpiper project at risk Minnesota commission voted to study other routes. (ForumNews-Fergus Falls)

BNSF: Keystone won’t harm rail business. (Moorhead)

Crude oil transport concerns
Railroads offer benefits along with drawbacks.
(Granite Falls)

MnDOT seeks farmers willing to leave standing corn rows. (AgriNews)

Extension launches 2014 Farm Bill dairy education seminars. (AgriNews)

Letter (Peterson): Westrom needs to be honest about his spending. (Morris)

Letter (Simon): Severson’s comments questioned. (Brainerd)

Letter (Hamilton): Candidate with MS will take part in debates. (Worthington)

Letter: Writer’s attack on Hamilton ‘tacky’ (Worthington)

Bettermann Letter: McNamar voted to bring Obamacare to Minnesota. (Morris)

Letter: Proud to support McNamar. (Morris)

Letter: Al Doty tempers idealism with reality. (Little Falls)

Letter: Where does Doty stand on education? (Little Falls)

Letter: Kresha defends 9B rural interests. (Little Falls)

Letter: Kresha’s vote speaks louder than words. (Little Falls)

Letter (Ward-Radinovich): Words have meaning. (Brainerd)

Letter: [Mark] Anderson has common sense. (Brainerd)

Letter: Let’s keep what works; don’t go backward. (Mora)

Franken Column: Minnesota needs federal action on railroads. (Grand Forks)

Column: Farmers grow enough corn for food and fuel. (AgWeek)

Column: Can pig farmers be good environmental stewards? (MinnPost)

Column: Candidates should fight for Greater Minnesota. (Park Rapids-Pine City)

Editorial: Rep. Sundin lets down constituents. (Duluth)

Editorial (Franken-Thissen): Student debt relief is worth exploring. (Strib-Austin)

Editorial (P. Anderson-Westrom): Our area should take opportunity for funding. (Glenwood)

Editorial (Johnson-Dayton): Road funding is a priority. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Nursing homes – Local taxpayers shouldn’t have to make up for state funding shortfalls. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities says unique challenges pose risk to rural Minnesota. (Glenwood)

Editorial: MNsure uncertainty. (New Ulm-Owatonna)

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Outstate News (9-21-14)

Poll shows slipping support for PolyMet. (MnBrown)

Minnesota Poll: Franken leads McFadden by double digits. (StarTribune)

Abeler/Benson/Hann: GOP legislators’ surprisingly nuanced response to PreferredOne’s decision to quit MNsure. (MinnPost)

Dill hits daily-double endorsements; Mills goes after Nolan; Steelworkers official returns fire. (Virginia)

Melin: [6A] Candidate faces lawsuit for sawing garage in half in ongoing property dispute. (Duluth)

MN17B: Mental health roundtable participants applaud Sawatzky’s determination. (BSP)

McNamar/Anderson: House District 12A candidates to debate Sept. 25. (Morris)

Johnson: Dayton shows ‘breathtaking incompetence’ (ForumNews)

Johnson: Dayton campaign calls Johnson’s MNsure charges a ‘smear’ (MinnPost)

Johnson makes health plan woes central to Minn. governor campaign. (AP)

Johnson/Emmer/Dayton: Governor challenger happy with poll numbers. (ForumNews)

Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson visits Redwood Falls. (Redwood Falls)

Johnson/Severson: GOP’s top office hopefuls call for change. (Red Wing)

Dayton, Johnson agree to debates. (ForumNews)

GOP governor hopeful Johnson replaces campaign chief. (MPR)

Mark Dayton Takes Credit for Historically Low Unemployment Rate… But Should He? (CityPages)

Dayton on statewide campaign trail for the last time. (Brainerd)

Nolan/Oberstar/Cravaack/Martin: Democrats and their allies focus on changing 8th District. (Brainerd)

U.S. Rep. John Kline Named Worst Congressman in Bill Maher’s “Flip a District” Contest. (CityPages)

Westrom wields Obamacare in bid to topple Peterson. (Litchfield)

Clark/Emmer: Without Bachmann, 6th District race is off radar. (St. Cloud)

Tom Emmer Campaign Signs Weren’t Allowed at Target Field, Twins Officials Say. (CityPages)

Al Franken, Mike McFadden schedule 3 debates. (PioneerPress)

McFadden presses Franken for more Senate debates. (MPR-Brainerd)

Franken: McFadden bashes Obamacare in visit to Albert Lea. (Albert Lea-Austin)

Franken/Peterson/Klobuchar: Paul Bunyan Communications announces ‘GigaZone’ network. (Bemidji)

Franken-Ritchie: Minnesota early voting starts. (ForumNews)

Ritchie: ‘No excuse’ absentee balloting starts today. (MPR)

Minnesota jobless rate drops to 4.3 percent. (Hutchinson)

29 potential medical marijuana makers vie for two opportunities in Minnesota. (ForumNews)

LCP works with Great River Energy on solar project. (HTF)

CHS expands Glenwood Propane Terminal. (Glenwood)

New WCROC scientist studies microbes for renewable fuels. (Morris)

Milk margin program explained at Sept. 24 session. (Hutchinson)

Rep. Peterson Letter: NRCC TV ad is misleading. (Detroit Lakes-Moorhead)

P. Anderson Letter: Working together can bring about positive response to tragic death. (Glenwood)

Letter: Dean Urdahl helps protect the outdoors. (Hutchinson)

Letter: Vote Fritz for continued progress. (Faribault)

Letter (McNamar): Promises not kept. (Morris)

Letter (Erickson): Out-of-state contributions to candidate questioned. (Bemidji)

Letter: Kresha’s bad habit affects us. (Little Falls)

McFadden Letter: Franken asleep at the switch. (Moorhead)

Letter: Nolan appreciates clean water. (Brainerd)

Letter: Efficiencies must come first in transportation. (Austin)

Letter: Farmers want to share their reasons for using GMO seeds. (Rochester)

Schmit Column: School is back in session, and Minnesota is back on track. (Rochester)

EPA Column: Clean water proposal aims to help farmers. (Bemidji-Morris-Worthington)

Column: One more time: Farmers grow enough corn for food and fuel. (Alexandria-Detroit Lakes)

Column: Candidates should fight for Greater Minnesota issues. (Alexandria)

Column: Election is important for women and families. (Duluth)

Column (Dayton-Franken): Minnesota Poll: This is the fall of our acquiescent discontent – It also suggests that Republicans have focused on the wrong statewide race. (StarTribune)

Column (Daudt-Murphy-et al): Time-tested tea leaves bode well for Minnesota GOP – But unchallenged candidacies do not reflect well on participatory democracy. (StarTribune)

Editorial (Dayton-Johnson): Road funding is a priority. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Job stats both good and bad, but solutions elusive. (Little Falls)

Editorial: What’s the plan?
How does sowing division help to improve Ely’s economy?
(Timberjay)

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Outstate News (9-14-14)

Editorial: Let’s make ‘Hot Dish’ the ‘State Food’ (St.Joseph)

Poll: Gov. Dayton leads GOP’s Johnson by double digits. (Strib)

Radinovich: Thissen to address DFL fundraiser. (Aitkin)

Nolan: Star of Stewart Mills’s Latest Ad Has Off-Color Facebook Page. (CityPages)

Mills says Nolan supports too many regulations. (MPR)

Obermeuler: Maher targets Kline in ‘Flip a District’ (MPR)

Tea Party extremism? Severson slammed public schools for programming “socialist values” (BSP)

Erickson/Nolan/Franken/Oberstar: Race for 8th is defined by diverse demographics. (Duluth)

Johnson, Backer visit with local Republicans. (Morris)

Dayton blasts Johnson at union event. (MPR)

Dayton, Johnson agree to debates. (ForumNews)

First gubernatorial debate scheduled for Oct. 1. (Morris)

Johnson/Dayton/Martin: Minn. governor race drifts to talk of payback, tea party ties. (AP)

Minnesota governor candidates divided on pot laws. (MPR-Moorhead)

Franken: McFadden backs air strikes against Islamic State. (AP)

Franken/Nolan: Risky business: Is McFadden’s CEO experience an asset or liability in the Minnesota Senate race? (MinnPost)

Franken/Nolan: Lawmakers: Minntac’s permit likely to be OK’d. (Virginia)

Franken/Klobuchar: Minnesota farmers beg Congress, transportation officials to fix rail problems. (Strib)

Franken/Ritchie: Minnesota early voting starts next week. (ForumNews)

Peterson/Walz/Nolan/McCollum/et al: Capitol Chatter: Ag wins water vote. (ForumNews)

Rep. Nolan plans area meetings. (HTF)

Dayton/Klobuchar: Propane still difficult to secure. (Park Rapids)

Minnesota propane outlook improves, but officials will monitor. (ForumNews)

Minnesota will take time to study pipeline route alternatives. (ForumNews)

Rail delays knock Minnesota power plant units offline. (MnBrown)

USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records. (AP)

Area crops still need some time. (Redwood Falls)

Drones find niche in local agriculture. (Willmar)

Letter (Dornholt): Despite explanation, Knoblach brochure troubles. (St. Cloud)

Letter: Appreciates Radinovich’s level-headed approach. (Aitkin)

Letter: Savick worked hard for Dist. 27A. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Rep. Savick was not a driving force. (Albert Lea)

Letter (McNamar): Legislators should know what they are voting for. (Morris)

Letter: Kresha supports children and moms. (Little Falls)

Letter: Hagedorn is just another Washington insider. (Worthington)

Column: Al Franken Drops a Truth Bomb On The Senate: Citizens United Is Money Laundering. (PoliticsUSA)

Column: Plea to Sen. Franken: tell us a joke. (MinnPost)

Column: A little reported story…Obamacare is actually working. (Timberjay)

Column: Is the party over for the Independence Party? (MinnPost)

Column: With 30,000 Minnesota jobs at risk…Address the real cause of Northern Long-Eared Bats’ imperilment. (Ely)

Editorial (Franken): Is McFadden his own guy, or is someone pulling his strings? (Crookston)

Editorial: Simon vs. Severson. (Worthington)

Editorial: Governor’s visit was productive. (Moorhead)

Editorial: Less than two months to learn about candidates. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Medical marijuana law needs change. (MnDaily-Owatonna)

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Outstate News (9-7-14)

KSTP/SurveyUSA Poll: Franken Leads McFadden in US Senate Race. (KSTP)

Poll: Dayton, Franken still hold healthy poll leads. (Virginia)

Poll: Dayton, Franken lead in polls. (Strib)

Poll: KSTP/SurveyUSA cross tabs/results. (SurveyUSA)

Polls: Minnesota Senate – McFadden vs. Franken. (RCP)

Poll: 2014 Minnesota State Fair poll results. (HIS)

Anzelc/Falk/Ward/et.al: Capitol Chatter: Conservative group focuses on defeating 12 DFL representatives. (ForumNews)

Liebling: Rochester legislative candidates cautious on Zip Rail. (Rochester)

Hansen/Wagenius/Frederickson: Pollinators need protection. (AgriNews)

Marquart: In Moorhead visit, Dayton hears concerns about flood diversion. (ForumNews)

Sen. Weber seeks more technical training for students. (Windom)

Abeler/Hosch/Berglin/Jennings: MN07: Torrey Westrom voted to cut child protection services funding in 2011. (BSP)

Daudt: HD12A: Backer thinks depression created by Satan stealing pleasures, making us want stuff. (BSP)

FitzSimmons/Franken/Peterson/Johnson/et al: The Emmer Effect: GOP banks on big win in 6th to boost candidates statewide. (Minnpost)

Walz optimistic on manufacturing. (Albert Lea)

Peterson: as the ranking democrat on the House Agriculture committee, ‘I’ve got a lot of say’ (Willmar)

Peterson: Signup begins Sept. 2 for Margin Protection Program. (AgriNews)

Rep. Peterson expects funding resolution, as conflict resumes over ag appropriations. (AgWeek)

Peterson: STB hearing testimony shows little hope for timely fix. (AgWeek)

Nolan/Franken/Dayton/Johnson/Peterson/Westrom: Northern, western Minnesota could affect political season. (ForumNews)

Franken visits Minntac, presses for more jobs. (HTF)

Al Franken seeks crackdown on terrorist recruiting. (St. Paul)

Sen. Al Franken looks to the late Paul Wellstone for inspiration. (LATimes)

Al Franken takes Senate job seriously (he’s still funny in private). (LATimes)

Franken: Incumbent vs. newcomer partially defines U.S. Senate race. (ForumNews)

Franken, McFadden trade campaign jabs in Senate race. (St. Paul-Moorhead)

New Al Franken ad criticizes Mike McFadden’s corporate move to Bermuda. (Strib)

Franken: Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm’s merger. (AP)

Franken, McFadden slug it out over Minnesota’s connections to radical Islam. (CityPages)

Franken/Dettmer: Foreign policy, tax debate stoke Senate race. (AP)

DFL chairman: Campaign looking up – Martin has found found his voice of victory, not doom. (Virginia)

Downey: Survey finds Republicans’ biggest concern is not what you think it is. (MinnPost)

Durenberger to give eighth annual McCarthy Lecture. (St.Joseph)

Rural districts struggle to lure new teachers. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Medical marijuana makers sought for Minnesota. (ForumNews)

Bachman’s owners intend to apply to be state certified pot growers. (MinnPost)

Minnesota ex-offenders recycle barns, learn skills. (MPR-Crookston)

Minnesota hires rail inspectors along oil route. (AP)

Officials ask federal board to help on rail delays. (AP)

Potato harvest in full swing. (AgriNews)

Southern Minn. growers: Early apples are ready. (AP)

Hormel highlights strategies at conference. (Austin)

Letter (Kresha): Thank educators, not politicians. (Little Falls)

Letter (Kresha): People like DFL legislation. (Little Falls)

Letter: COACT endorses Doty. (Brainerd)

Letter (Dist 7A): Schultz will help everyday working families. (Duluth)

Letter (Dist 7A): Schultz will be a leader for Minnesota education. (Duluth)

Letter: Nolan, Obama birds of a feather. (Park Rapids)

Letter (Walz): Letter: Hagedorn will be a voice for our district. (Worthington)

Kline Column: Senate, act on school legislation. (Red Wing)

Column: Left, right – One topic, two viewpoints – TOPIC: Education. (Aitkin)

Column (Otto-Entenza): Primary: No local DFL consensus on copper-nickel. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Successful Minnesota State has done exceptionally well under Dayton, DFL Legislature. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Franken must be smiling. (Moorhead-Willmar)

Editorial (Dayton-Johnson): Road funding needs to be a priority. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Returning Ely to its mining roots. (Ely)

Editorial (Walz): Hard-working Hagedorn. (Worthington)

Editorial: Railroad delays an issue. (Willmar-Worthington)

Editorial (Newman): Paying to pave the Dakota Rail Trail. (Hutchinson)

Editorial: ‘Redskins’ is a slur, no matter the arguments. (Rochester-Albert Lea)

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Outstate News (8-24-14)

Rasmussen Poll: Dayton and Franken lead GOP rivals. (MPR)

Franken/Dayton/Johnson: GOP Candidates Trailing in Latest Governor, Senate Polls. (KAAL)

Franken/Klobuchar: Minnesota’s Senators Welcome Steel Decision. (AP)

Franken: As McFadden courts votes on the Range, DFL raises Chinese steel comments. (MinnPost)

Franken: In Minnesota Senate race, McFadden has promises of outside money, hopes for more. (AP)

Why Al Franken Should Not Be Worried (Too Much) (WSJ)

Franken And McFadden To Debate Three More Times Before Election. (UpTake)

Franken/Dayton/Downey: Twist on fair politics: GOP vs. GOP. (ForumNews)

MNGOP kicks endorsed candidate Michelle MacDonald out of party’s State Fair booth. (CityPages)

GOP Supreme Court candidate banned at fair booth. (AP)

Walz: Fillmore County GOP chairman: Hagedorn doesn’t deserve endorsement. (Rochester)

Walz: Congressional hopeful stands by old blog posts. (AP)

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to help families bring meningitis vaccine across the Canadian border. (MinnPost)

Peterson/Franekn/Klobuchar: $300,000 grant invigorates airport project. (DetroitLakes)

Peterson/Nolan/Franken: Capitol Chatter: Minnesota House races get noticed; Gay wedding allowed; ‘Stick on a stick’ (ForumNews)

Dayton declines Johnson’s request for debates. (Austin)

Dayton/Johnson/Franken: Politicians forage for votes at Minnesota fair. (AP)

Dayton: Former Gov. Arne Carlson says Vikings stadium should be an election issue. (St. Paul-Willmar)

Dayton pushes education, labor-force agenda. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Kelly/Dayton: Locals talk rail safety specifics. (Red Wing)

Garofalo/Norton/Senjem: State lawmaker seeks to block Zip Rail project. (Rochester)

Gazelka: Senator: Settlement shows flipside of same-sex marriage. (St. Cloud)

Saxhaug/Rosen: State Senate forms task force aimed at rural communities. (Bemidji)

Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, “I’ll blow your head off” when contacted by gun rights group. (CityPages)

Dave Thompson to host new political show evenings on AM 1130. (CityPages)

Christmas tree at U.S. Capitol will come from Minnesota. (BMTN)

Minnesota State Fair’s livestock barns stay real (and rural). (AgWeek-St. Paul)

Minn. dairy industry crowns 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way. (AgWeek)

Bounteous or bare? Area fall harvest outlook is partly cloudy, with a chance of rain. (Winona)

Letter: We need Doty again in St. Paul. (Little Falls)

Letter: Kresha sidesteps partisanship. (Little Falls)

Letter(Westrom): Letter: Peterson has served well. (Willmar)

Column: Sharp contrasts separate Johnson and Dayton. (ForumNews)

Column: What recovery? Workers are telling the Federal Reserve to get real. (MinnPost)

Column: Biodiesel a long-term solution to energy needs. (AgWeek)

Editorial (Franken-Dayton-Johnson): It’s uphill for Minnesota GOP in 2014. (ForumNews)

Editorial: Why the Faribault Daily News won’t endorse candidates this fall. (Faribault)

Editorial: We welcome education train. (Red Wing)

Editorial (Franken-Johnson-Dayton): What! No debates at State Fair. (Virginia)

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Outstate News (8-17-14)

Metsa/Rukavina/Franken/McFadden: Iron Range rally targets U.S. Senate candidate McFadden over foreign steel comment. (Duluth)

Metsa/Melin/Rukavina/Franken: Foreign steel dispute: McFadden campaign calls hypocrisy on DFL lawmakers. (NorthlandNews)

Metsa/Melin/Rukavina/Begich/Franken/McFadden: U.S. Senate candidates clash over Keystone pipeline steel. (HotDish)

Metsa/Melin/Rukavina/Franken/McFadden: Foreign steel issue heats up. (Virginia)

Melin: Franken and challenger McFadden still sparring over U.S. vs. imported steel. (BMTN)

Column: What’s that odor? U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden stepped in it big time on Chinese steel issue. (Virginia)

McFadden 2-steps on [gas tax] stance during St. Cloud stop. (St. Cloud)

Franken: McFadden campaign on Mike’s insta-flip flop: “Mike isn’t a polished politician” (CityPages)

Peterson/Nolan: Capitol Chatter: Politicians fake news sites; McFadden backs tax? No; June primary discussed; Big money, big problem? (ForumNews)

Franken/Abeler/McFadden: Junior senator candidates tackle ag questions at Farmfest. (AgriNews)

Franken/Abeler/Mcfadden: U.S. Senate, Congressional candidates debate farm politics. (Redwood Falls)

Klobuchar and Franken: Save four of Minnesota’s snail mail processing centers. (MinnPost)

McNamar: Jeff Backer takes District 12A Republican primary. (Morris)

Peterson: GOP congressional candidate Torrey Westrom says 48 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes. (CityPages)

1stCD Analysis: Hagedorn went west for primary win. (Mankato)

Zellers/Seifert/Martin/Downey: Republicans fall in behind Johnson. (ForumNews)

Johnson/Dayton/Martin: Governor race could be ‘Minnesota nice’ (ForumNews-St. Paul)

Analysis: Sharp contrasts separate Johnson, Dayton. (ForumNews)

Otto trounces Entenza in auditor race. (MinnPost)

MNGOP deputy chair Chris Fields criticized for tasteless tweets about Robin Williams’s death. (CityPages)

MnSCU deal offers 7 percent faculty salary increase over 2 years. (St. Paul-Austin)

In Minnesota, some schools get more for their money but student demographics matter, too. (Grand Forks)

Wild rice harvesting season opens Aug. 15; most areas not yet ready. (HTF)

Tractor races bring family fun and country life to Kernel Days. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Kresha voted against rural transportation. (Little Falls)

Letter (Walz): Republicans failed to support Miller. (Winona)

Letter: Boehner, Mills are out of touch with the common person. (Bemidji)

Column: It’s time to end America’s love affair with prisons. (Timberjay)

Column: State pension system needs serious reforms. (Detroit Lakes)

Column (Dayton/Johnson/Bakk): That Senate office building has a bull’s-eye painted on it. (Strib)

Editorial (Franken/Johnson/Dayton): It’s uphill for GOP in Minnesota. (Moorhead)

Editorial: School lunches – Feds, state, and local schools taking steps to improve access to meals. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Minnesota has started treating sexually exploited children as victims, not criminals. (Duluth)

Editorial: Move crops up on railroads’ priority list. (Grand Forks)

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Outstate News (8-10-14)

Endorsement: For GOP governor: Scott Honour. (Virginia)

Endorsement: For DFL State Auditor: Entenza. (Virginia)

Endorsement: Kahn over Noor in heated Minnesota House race. (StarTribune)

Drazkowski: High-speed rail expert tells fair crowd that Zip Rail shouldn’t go. (Red Wing)

Thissen/Persell/Eriscson: Let’s talk taxes: DFLers encourage tax credit applications. (Bemidji)

Thissen: North Country Food Bank/Farm to Food Shelf Program: Farmers help get food to families in need. (Crookston)

Kahn: Why Minnesota’s longest-serving lawmaker is fighting for her political life. (MinnPost)

Benson/Bradley: Campaign complaint filed against Wright. (Rochester)

Persell, Pederson to face off in primary Tuesday. (Bemidji)

McNamar: District 12A Republicans have primary choice Tuesday. (Morris)

Johnson draws fire as GOP primary nears. (AP)

Jeff Johnson wants to see government change. (Hutchinson)

Honour: The state requires ‘bold vision’ (Red Wing)

Zellers: Minnesota’s competitiveness vital. (Red Wing)

Seifert would tap reserve for roads as governor. (MPR)

Zellers/Seifert/Johnson: GOP race for governor; here’s a look at four candidates. (St. Paul-Alexandria)

Seifert/Johnson/Zellers: Republican governor candidates split on greater Minnesota issues [at FarmFest]. (ForumNews)

Seifert/Johnson/Zellers: GOP governor hopefuls attack each other as primary nears. (MPR)

Johnson/Zellers/Seifert: Minnesota primary will test GOP’s endorsement value. (St. Paul-Grand Forks)

Seifert/Johnson/Zellers/Dayton: Candidates face off during Farmfest forum. (Redwood Falls)

GOP candidates say Minnesota should be more like Kansas and Wisconsin. The numbers say otherwise. (MinnPost)

Otto/Entenza/Dayton: Intense, expensive race for the usually obscure auditor’s office. (AP)

Otto/Enrenza/Kuisle/Johnson/Seifert/Housley/et al: A crash course on primary candidates who have visited Owatonna. (Owatonna)

Franken: McFadden blasted on steel issue. (Virginia)

McFadden: Build Keystone Pipeline With Foreign Steel If Cheaper. (UpTake

Franken, McFadden clash on energy issues at Farmfest – Keystone and American-made steel. (MinnPost)

Franken/Dayton/Newman/Peterson/et al: Capitol Chatter: McFadden’s Chinese steel comment at Farmfest thrown back at him by Democrats; Where’s the difference?; No [special] session decision; What did he [Dayton] say; Politicalfest notes. (ForumNews)

Abeler: Challengers want to link Franken with Obama [at FarmFest]. (ForumNews)

Abeler: Senate candidates focus on Franken at Farmfest debate. (MPR)

Franken tours RELCO plant in Willmar: Company paid workers to learn the skills they would need. (Willmar)

Franken visits Worthington. (Worthington)

Sens. Franken, Portman, Baldwin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Future Propane Shortages. (PolNews)

Portman, Franken work together to help eradicate homelessness among students. (ClermontSun)

Emmer puts 2010 behind him in 6th District bid. (AP)

Peterson/Walz/Westrom/Emmer/et al: U.S. House candidates agree, but disagree. (ForumNews)

With little policy difference, Westrom hopes to pin Peterson to national Democrats. (MinnPost)

Peterson, Sinner talk grain train delays. (Worthington)

Walz, Republican opponents debate at Farmfest. (Rochester)

Miller, Hagedorn vie for right to face Walz. (Austin)

Walz: Republicans vying for District 1 congressional seat. (Mankato)

Nolan: Boehner to raise money for Mills at Grand View. (Brainerd)

Nolan: The (pipe)line that divides: Politicians weigh in on Sandpiper crude oil system. (Bemidji)

Nolan: Hubbard Broadcasting’s decision to pull anti-Stewart Mills attack ad sparks controversy. (CityPages)

Ritchie: Secretary of State reminds voters of upcoming primary election. (ECM)

Dalrymple urges Dayton to speak with local leaders about diversion. (Moorhead)

Ventura’s award ruled reasonable. (St. {Paul-Worthington)

UMM named most effective public, four-year institution in Minnesota. (Morris)

Rep. Cassell Letter: Marty Seifert as governor would understand outstate needs. (Alexandria)

Letter: Irrigation concerns in Bonanza Valley. (Morris)

Column: Making the most of Farmfest. (Redwood Falls)

Editorial (Dayton): [ND] Governor needs to speak out [on Diversion]. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Rail delays demand solutions. (St. Cloud-Albert Lea)

Editorial: If it’s bad, Obama surely caused it. (Sartell)

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