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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Outstate News (7-19-15)

Knoblach/Baker/Daniels/Fritz/Dornholt/sawatzky/Peppin: Some DFL lawmakers who lost in 2014 aim for rematches. (MPR-Willmar)

Schoen: State lawmaker gets job with medical cannabis firm. (MPR)

State Rep. Schoen takes job with medical marijuana provider. (St. Paul)

Schoen: Legislator, advocate for medical marijuana law takes job with cannabis firm, Leafline Labs. (Strib)

Dibble: Medical marijuana still not easy to get for some. (AP)

Petersen/Hosch/Moua/Buesgens/Abeler/MelinBeard: The high cost of being a Minnesota legislator. (MinnPost)

Poppe/Lesch: New law requires large breeders to be licensed. (AgriNews)

Quam: Some Rochester officials deliberately making traffic worse. (Rochester)

Al Franken visits Winona, talks mental health challenges in criminal justice system. (Winona)

Franken: Rural Health Faces Critical Shortages, Barriers. (WDIO)

Franken, Paulsen team up to save federal funds for mental health services in Minnesota. (Strib)

Franken/Peterson/Nolan/et al: Minnesota seeks work permit exemption to new Canadian work permit. (Grand Forks)

Franken/Peterson: Local members of Congress concerned, cautious with Iran nuclear deal. (Moorhead)

Rep. Peterson hits back at critics: ‘I don’t … need to spend a nickel to get elected’ (ForumNews-Willmar)

Westrom: MN07: Which lucky soul will spend a nickel to run against 13 term congressman Collin Peterson? (BSP)

Peterson sees value in Export-Import Bank. (Litchfield)

Dayton, Nolan visit damaged resorts, meet aid workers. (Brainerd)

Downey/Martin: Minnesota voters give most cash by far to Clinton. (Fergus Falls)

Minnesota adds 2,900 jobs in June. (HTF)

DNR has updated PolyMet timeline. (Timberjay)

Protest planned after Moorhead mom breast-feeding at pool told to cover up. (ForumNews)

The many misconceptions about Minnesota’s new buffer program. (MinnPost)

Toll of bird flu in Minn. approaching $650M. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Vaccine not at top of federal avian flu response plan. (ForumNews)

Hann Letter: Sen. Skoe is out of touch on political pay raises. (Detroit Lakes)

Letter (Ingebrigtsen): Senator has short memory. (Alexandria)

Letter: Why retirees leave Minnesota. (Brainerd)

Column: Why can’t DFLers realize Dayton is no Perpich? (Virginia)

Column (Daudt): Dayton’s pay raises threaten DFL. (MnDaily)

Column: We don’t need more tar sand oil pipelines. (Brainerd)

Column: Protecting water quality is not a game. (Alexandria)

Column: Despite article’s thrust, farmers understand, care about environmental challenges. (Pipestone)

Column: Today’s farms are greener than grandpa’s. (Strib)

Column: Rural communities will continue high hopes. (Albert Lea)

Column: Regulating mining – Petition reveals a state government captured by a major industry. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Franken-Nolan-Emmer): Thawing relations with Cuba is an opportunity for Minnesota. (Duluth)

Editorial (Otto-Carlson): Legislative black eye: State Auditor dealt a mean hand. (ECM)

Editorial: Labor shortage needs multi-faceted fix. (Grand Forks – Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: ‘High-tax’ Minnesota is No. 1 [business state]. (Moorhead-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Extremists trying to change rules [regarding Polymet]. (Virginia)

Editorial: School trust lands – Change in law and policies won’t make a difference for schools. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Election process shouldn’t be a joke. (Fergus Falls)

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Doug Peterson Column: Biofuels are better for environment, rural economy. (St. Cloud)

Grassley Column: Ethanol a scapegoat for what’s really wrong. (AgWeek)

Lourey/Mack: Minnesota health care problems not fixed by ruling. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Dill/Tomassoni/Bakk: Rustic restroom in northern Minnesota to get $300,000 upgrade – Iron Range legislator says it’s needed, but neighbors question use of state funds. (Strib).

State Sen. Matt Schmit shares state updates during commissioners’ meeting. (Rochester)

Melin: Medical pot sales to begin in Minnesota, but fight not over. (AP)

Thissen/Clark/Ellison/Klobuchar/McCollum/et al: Minnesota politicians respond to same-sex marriage ruling. (MinnPost)

Franken/Klobucher/Kline/Paulsen/Walz/Ellison: Minnesota politicians react to Obamacare ruling. (MPR)

Franken: Ranier rail bridge safe. (International Falls)

Franken: Sugar faces attack from corn refiners. (WashPost)

Burr, Franken present bill to quicken FDA review process for new devices. (RiponAdvance)

Franken/Klobuchar: U.S. Olympic committee selects Minnesota venue as an Official Training Site for the U.S. Olympic Curling Team. (ECM)

Peterson/Klobuchar/Franken: Minnesota lawmakers, activists weigh in as Congress ponders delisting gray wolves. (Strib)

Simon: County, Secretary of State work together to stop domestic violence. (Little Falls)

Commissioner Rukavina plans July outreach meeting in Brimson. (HTF)

Regents finalize tuition hikes. (MnDaily)

Minnesota’s neediest schools have fewer tenured staff. (St. Paul-Detroit Lakes)

North Dakota abides same-sex marriage mandate. (Detroit Lakes)

Minnesota is America’s best state for business. (CityPages)

PolyMet clears another hurdle for copper-nickel mine. (Timberjay)

ADM, biofuels supporters challenge U.S. ethanol ‘blend wall’ (AgWeek)

Letter (Bennett): Representative had good 1st session. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Hackbarth isn’t fooling all of the voters. (Duluth)

Letter (Anderson-Ingebrigtsen): No tax break is a slap in the face to veterans. (Alexandria)

Franken Column: Making rail safety a top priority in MN. (Detroit Lakes-Little Falls-Morris-St. Cloud-Rochester-Willmar-Worthington)

Klobuchar Column: To remain global leader, U.S. must invest in biomedical research. (Duluth)

Nolan Column: Time to restore democracy in America. (Aitkin)

Walz Column: Embrace what a Minnesota summer has to offer. (Austin)

Schmit Column: Session puts Minnesota in strong position. (Red Wing)

Ingebrigtsen Column: Editorial missed the mark about legislation. (Alexandria)

Torkelson Column: Rural Minn. benefits from state budget laws. (Albert Lea-Worthington)

Craig Clark Column: Session didn’t deliver on high hopes. (Austin)

Cramer Column: Stand up against EPA’s overreach on carbon regulations. (Grand Forks)

Column: Nice guy Marty not nice for the Iron Range – His excessive views on environment often at odds with region. (Virginia)

Column: Put simply: our broken roads are broke! (Glencoe-Worthington)

Column: Heavy tax could hurt, not help, railroad safety. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Minimum wage hike good for MN. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Nursing homes – Finally, a funding boost that will make a difference. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Keeping the faith on PolyMet – Major step forward taken toward final EIS. (Virginia)

Editorial: Good day for basic civil rights. (Moorhead)

Editorial: Pope’s climate talk a big step forward. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (6-21-15)

Editorial (Schultz): Non-metro areas snubbed in session. (Duluth-Alexandria-Worthington)

Editorial: The 2015 Legislature’s failures for west central Minnesota. (Willmar)

Editorial: Outstate gets small wins at Capitol – While legislators articulated big needs for outstate during the election, those needs went largely unfilled. (Mankato)

Editorial: Was special session good for Greater Minnesota? (Detroit Lakes)

Daudt/Dorman/Seifert: Outstate interest groups say the Minnesota Legislature disappointed them – Rural communities expected more after they helped the GOP gain a majority in the House. (Strib)

Sparks/Poppe/Dorman: Municipal officials, rural lobbyists blame lawmakers for poor Greater Minnesota session. (Albert Lea-Austin)

Dorman/Seifert: Coalition says Legislature did very little for Greater Minnesota. (Detroit Lakes)

Marquart/Saxhaug/Peterson: Agreement lacking on Legislature greater Minnesota accomplishments. (ForumNews)

Mahoney/Dorman/Gottwalt: With session over, did rural Minnesota’s GOP bet pay off? (MPR)

Greater Minnesota officials not pleased – Legislative session given an ‘Incomplete’ grade. (Virginia)

Editorial: Dayton did Senate leader Bakk no favors. (Little Falls)

Editorial: Range lawmakers: Job well done – Senate Majority Leader Bakk was especially effective. (Virginia)

Scalze/Bonoff/Rest: Despite dissent, Bakk retains post as DFL Senate Majority Leader. (Strib)

Carlson/Goodwin/Pappas/Dibble/Bonoff/Eken: DFL senators divided over Bakk’s leadership in wake of special session. (MinnPost)

Poppe/Bakk/Drazkowski/Liebling/Nelson: Special session ends with anger. (AgriNews)

Column: Bakk in the crossfire as Dems revolt over his tactics. (Timberjay)

Loyal DFL senators rally around Bakk – Tomassoni praises Range lawmakers; Sen. Marty broke deal on special session. (Virginia)

Eken fights MPCA, says costs could break Greater MN cities. (Detroit Lakes)

Solar, wind backers feel burned after MN lawmakers OK new ‘grid fee’ (MPR-Owatonna)

Tomassoni/Rukavina/Oberstar/Wellstone: Iron Range solar deal generating cash and controversy. (Strib)

Tomassoni: The lobbying cycle that limits Iron Range progress. (MnBrown)

Gruenhagen/Urdahl/Newman: Reception mixed on new education bill. (Hutchinson)

Anzelc: As Minnesota taconite producers cut their costs, labor contracts are next. (Duluth)

Bennett looks back on 2015 session. (Austin)

Bakk/Jesson: Judge to Minnesota: Fix program or sex offenders may be released. (ForumNews)

Baker: Farmers should consider relief loans. (Willmar)

What online public records reveal about Rep. Denny McNamara’s real estate partnership. (BSP)

Rep. Peggy Bennett serves as judge. (Albert Lea)

Franken reacts to RFS. (KIMT)

Franken: MN Eligible for Ethanol Pump Grant Dollars. (KFGO)

Sen. Franken to Postmaster General: Stop the deterioration of postal service across NE Minnesota. (Grand Rapids)

Franken blasts PayPal about user agreement. (HTF)

Sen. Franken Speaks Out Against Payday Loans In St. Paul. (WCCO)

Franken’s staff talks rural health care during meeting at The Hormel Institute in Austin. (Albert Lea-Austin)

Franken staff to lead health care discussion in Worthington. (Worthington)

Franken, Stanek: Inmates with mental illness are ‘society’s dirty little secret’ (Strib)

Klobuchar, Franken Announce $5.75 Million to Support Job Training Programs in Minnesota. (Brainerd)

MnSCU freezes 2-year tuition; Rises coming at 4-year schools. (St. Paul-Austin)

State changes marijuana law. (Alexandria)

MnDOT: No EIS for Highway 169, project may even start year sooner. (Ely)

Pope’s climate-change encyclical puts GOP candidates in an awkward place. (MinnPost)

General Mills executive: Producing food while preserving planet is the issue of our time. (Morris)

Requirements of proposed buffer strip bill have strict timeline. (Morris)

Enrollment for ARC and PLC safety-net programs underway. (Benson)

Programs give farmers incentive to create bee habitat. (Benson)

Avian flu outbreaks slow, but impact still being felt. (Benson)

State money heads to bird flu victims. (ForumNews)

McNamar Letter (Peppin): Letter: DFL legislature helped turn Minnesota around. (Morris)

Letter (Norton-Liebling): Rep. Davids seems to use special session to change his theme. (Rochester)

Letter (Stumpf-Fabian-Hancock-Dill-et al): Area legislators stood with cooperatives [on net metering]. (Bemidji)

Letter: Dayton’s vision was better for our region. (Worthington)

Letter: Pipelines better than tankers for moving oil. (Duluth)

Nolan Column: Postal consolidations, a plan to cut service. (Aitkin)

Walz Column: The great outdoors offers something for everyone and benefits all. (Faribault)

Franken Column: Rail safety must remain key priority in Minnesota. (Rochester-Winona)

Klobuchar Column: Boosting exports to Cuba, creating jobs in Minnesota. (Detroit Lakes-Hutchinson)

Kelly Column: Insisting on gas tax dooms long-term road funding. (Red Wing)

Urdahl Column: ‘Unusual’ legislative session was also productive. (Hutchinson)

Bennett Column: Reviewing the success, looking ahead to 2016. (Albert Lea)

Column: Tax hikes aren’t the answer to government problems. (Hutchinson)

Column: Minnesota officials bowing to demands of mining companies. (Duluth)

Editorial (Chamberlain): Stop the secret deals. (Worthington)

Editorial (Anzelc): Broken process – Legislators rightfully upset over this session’s special interest orgy. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Bakk-Daudt-Cohen): Post-session job 1: Create a doable transportation plan. (ECM)

Editorial: DWI law tightened; Sunday sales loosened. (Glencoe)

Editorial (Daudt-Bakk-Otto-Dayton): Legislative silliness mocks the transparency of government. (Glenwood)

Editorial: Freedom Act should make you shake your head. (St. Cloud-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Job surplus in Alexandria has impact. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Climate effects wildlife. (Moorhead)

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Outstate News (6-7-15)

Editorial: In wake of fail, finish in St. Paul. (Duluth)

Editorial (Daudt-Bakk-Dayton): State government theater slogs toward climax. (ECM)

Editorial: ‘Requirements’ of special session are ridiculous. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Urdahl-Newman): Dayton disappoints. (Litchfield)

Editorial (Frans): Another government shutdown looms. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Dayton, GOP reach tentative agreement. (Glencoe)

Daudt/Bakk/Hann/Pelowski/Nelson: Chaotic sessions, last-minute votes: Is there a better way to run the state Legislature? (MinnPost)

Bakk/Pappas/Carlson/Daudt/Anderson/Otto/et al: Hasty 3 a.m. decision triggered Minnesota’s budget impasse. (Strib)

Column (Bakk/Pelowski/Nelson/Otto/et al): Minnesota’s last-minute legislating makes a mess of things. (Strib)

Otto: Rochester state audit exemption in political spotlight. (Rochester)

Daudt/Peppin/Hortman/Stumpf/Torkelson/Morse: Everything ready for special session other than auditor issue. (ForumNews)

Daudt/Stumpf: Lawmakers go public with budget agreements. (AP)

Daudt/Davids: Capitol catch-up: Road to special session has been more like a roller coaster. (PioneerPress)

Bakk/Torkelson/Daudt/Hann/Marty/et al: Session draws closer as leaders shape budget. (AP)

Dahms: Buffer legislation likely to emerge from special session. (Willmar)

McNamara/Morse: How the MPCA’s Citizens’ Board did itself in. (MinnPost)

Daudt/Dayton: FF lawyer against disbanding MPCA: Citizens’ environmental board on legislative chopping block. (Fergus Falls)

Dill/Tomassoni/Marty/Dibble: Pro-industry planks overload environment bill. (Timberjay)

Anzelc/Saxhaug/Persell: Cass County hears legislators’ view of session. (Brainerd)

Hornstein on one-sided language: bad process leads to bad provisions in enviro budget bill. (BSP)

Bakk: Highway 53 funding part of bonding bill deal. (MnBrown)

Reinert/Daudt: Notebook: Pre-special session grumbling loud this year. (ForumNews)

Vogel: Le Sueur commissioners press legislator on failure to bolster transportation funding. (LeCenter)

Schmit/Hansen: Agritourism legislation becomes law. (AgriNews)

Reinert: New law requires University of Minnesota show how it allocates money among campuses. (Duluth)

Franken: Northland agencies sharpen efforts to prepare for railroad emergencies. (Duluth)

Franken struck by paradoxes in Cuba. (KARE)

Sen. Al Franken Ready To Improve Relations With Cuba. (KEYC)

Franken finds sandwich shop’s noncompete rule ridiculous. (Strib)

Klobuchar: Senate passes Franken-backed bill reforming NSA surveillance. (MinnPost)

Sen. Al Franken is demanding information from FBI on surveillance flights. (Strib)

Sen. Franken’s statement on new Renewable Fuel Standard proposal. (AgriNews)

Peterson: RFS announcement a setback for rural America. (AgriNews)

Franken/Peterson/Nolan/Walz/Klonuchar/et al: Minnesota’s water war: Battle brews over needs of tourism, agriculture. (Strib)

Urban and rural areas suffer as Minnesota’s inequality grows. (MinnPost)

Kaler recommends tuition hike. (MnDaily)

Minnesota receives $38 million in federal grants for Veterans homes. (HTF)

Medical marijuana: Sick, dying, and waiting for doctors. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Sandpiper pipeline receives one of two permits for construction. (Detroit Lakes)

Fabian/Green/Hancock/Kiel/Lueck/Lipman: Opposition bashes judge’s pro-Sandpiper report. (Park Rapids)

Mille Lacs Band vows to fight Sandpiper. (Brainerd)

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness land dispute sees early signs of progress. (Strib)

EPA announces volume requirements for RFS. (AgriNews)

EPA proposes reduced ethanol blends. (Benson)

Avian flu strikes 40th Kandiyohi County farm. (Willmar)

Collin Peterson Letter: Time to get serious about transportation funding. (Alexandria)

Peppin Letter (McNamar): Backer has delivered for western Minnesota. (Morris)

Letter: Nolan is strong ally in steel dumping fight. (Duluth)

Nolan Column: House approves amendment to defense bill. (Aitkin)

Pelowski Column: Chaos and pointless debate: Is this what Minnesotans want? (Hutchinson-Rochester-Worthington)

Column (Nelson): There must be a review period before voting on bills. (St. Cloud)

Bly Column: Legislative session ends with much left to be done. (LeCenter)

Column (Erickson-Ray-Loon-Clausen): Legislators offer frank, surprising views on education. (ECM)

Column: Remember NAFTA and CAFTA? Well, here comes SHAFTA. (Worthington)

Column: Is it time for a real Cuban cigar? (Blue Earth)

Editorial (Otto-Dayton): State Auditor’s snit latest ridiculousness. (Virginia)

Editorial (Daudt-Johnson-Dayton): Lack of road funding disappoints. (Mankato)

Editorial: ‘Build the Sandpiper pipeline,’ edit boards agree. (Park Rapids)

Editorial: Railroad safety. (Timberjay)

Editorial: MN’s medical marijuana problematic. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (5-31-15)

Dill/Anzelc/Lueck/Melin/Metza/et al: The Iron Range Way in St. Paul. (Virginia)

Daudt/Bakk/Anzelc/Metsa/Dill: Partial government shutdown possible. (Timberjay)

Daudt: Dayton calls latest budget talks disappointing. (MPR)

Daudt: Dayton drops pre-kindergarten plan to settle unfinished state budget. (ForumNews)

Daudt/Peppin/Miller: House GOP stomps on dignity of transgender kids to troll Dayton in ed bill dealmaking. (BSP)

Garofalo/Dibble: Vetoed jobs bill would have blown $1.3 million hole in MN Highway User Tax Distribution Fund. (BSP)

Daudt/Baker/McNamara/Bly/et al: With more budget vetoes, shutdown preparations begin. (ForumNews)

Dayton vetoes ag funding bill. (AgriNews)

Gruenhagen/Newman: Legislators: Gas tax hike would hurt more than help. (Glencoe)

Dill/Phillips: Area winners in new IRRRB funding plan. (Timberjay)

Daudt: Minnesota’s Ex-felons Can Have Guns with Silencers, But They Can’t Vote. (CityPages)

Daudt/Morrow: Political Notebook: Reporters take all the information they can get in budget talks; Achievement gap; Walz picks manager. (ForumNews)

Hamilton presented with leadership award. (Worthington)

Sen. Franken: Student debt reforms will help graduates and the economy. (MinnPost)

Sen. Franken proposes measure on rail delivery. (Hibbing-Virginia)

Sen. Franken Introduces Bill To Protect Phone Data. (CBS)

Franken Advises Close Look at Charter-TWC. (Broadcasting)

Sen. Franken Returns from 5-Day Visit to Cuba. (KSTP)

Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar Want Higher Minimum Wage Yet Don’t Pay Their Interns. (CityPages)

Sen. Franken’s statement on new Renewable Fuel Standard proposal. (AgriNews)

Peterson: RFS announcement a setback for rural America. (AgriNews)

Walz touts benefits of investing in solar energy. (Rochester)

Peterson: Farmers analyze new federal water rule and wonder: Does it go too far? (ForumNews)

Dick Franson, frequent candidate, dies at 86. (MPR)

CN trestle burns, collapses near I-Falls. (Timberjay)

Taconite production taxes 101 – Is their distribution fair? (HTF)

What’s behind Mesabi Nugget’s long term idle? (MnBrown)

Solar-powered pedaling. (Park Rapids)

Hormel buys Applegate Farms. (Austin)

Corn drops, soybeans rise after EPA sets biofuel targets. (AgWeek)

Avian flu toll now counts 102 farms in Minnesota. (Willmar)

Turkey-producing county hit hard by ripple effects of Minnesota’s bird flu epidemic. (AP)

Egg shortage from bird flu trickling down to consumers. (Strib)

USDA offers $100M for ethanol pumps. (TheHill)

Collin Peterson Letter: Shovel-ready projects in the 7th District stand idle because no one is getting serious. (Crookston-Willmar-Litchfield)

Marquart Letter: ‘Every vote I take’ is for rural MN. (Detroit Lakes-Moorhead)

Persell Letter (Hancock): A different take on estate tax cut. (Bemidji)

Letter: Bennett worked diligently in session. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Fabian, Kiel deliver for northwestern Minnesota. (Grand Forks)

Letter (Bennett): There’s not enough education funding. (Albert Lea)

MnChamber Letter (Heinzteman-Lueck): Education has bipartisan support. (Brainerd)

Letter: Legislative session “a failure to voters” (Worthington)

Davids Column (Norton-Liebling-Daudt-Lenczewski-Nelson): DMC legislation problems started before recent session. (Rochester)

Sparks Column: Work on bills is ongoing in the Legislature. (Albert Lea)

Miller Column: Higher ed bill made important investments. (Winona)

Franken Column: Millions of Americans Are Struggling to Pay Student Loan Debt. (Time)

Tim Penny Column: Finding rural ‘brain gain’ in Minnesota. (Winona)

Column (Bakk-Daudt-Dayton): Special session represents ‘do-over’ for Greater Minnesota. (Faribault)

Column: Taconite production taxes 101 – Where the money goes: Everywhere. (HTF)

Column: Minnesota Republicans block the way of true progress. (Little Falls)

Column (Johnson-Thissen-Daudt): Roads, kids, taxes: Potential compromises. (Mankato)

Column (daudt-Bakk-Dayton): In special session, focus on outstate priorities. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Bridges need more funding. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: 2015 session shows importance of transparency. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Special session gives rural Minnesota one last chance. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Still time to salvage session for rural areas – LGA, broadband, sulfate standards, workforce grants at stake. (Virginia)

Editorial: Legislature frustration goes across the state. (Duluth-Willmar)

Editorial: Legislature fails to get job done – again. (Alexandria)

Editorial: End of session – An ugly finish that leaves state’s top priorities unaddressed. (Timberjay)

Editorial: MN lawmakers hit deadline with too much undone. (Strib-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Gov. Dayton vetoes education bill. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Universal pre-K has merit, but many questions remain. (ECM)

Editorial (Nolan): No fast track – Trans-Pacific Partnership puts corporations over people. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Allocated funds pass tuition freeze for community and technical colleges. (MnDaily)

Editorial: MN’s medical marijuana problematic. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (5-17-15)

Bakk/Daudt: Gov. Dayton threatens to veto budget over early education – Legislators locked in standoff with Dayton. (Strib)

Newman/Daudt/Bakk/Wiger/Nornes: Dayton, lawmakers remain at budget impasse. (PioneerPress)

Daudt/Bakk: Dayton promises to veto budget if passed without universal preschool. (MinnPost)

Bakk/Daudt: Dayton, leaders clash over school funding. (ForumNews)

Metsa/Tomassoni: Education impasse looms over session
Gov. – Dayton wants $150 million more funding, but deal already set, say leaders Bakk and Daudt.
(Virginia)

Bakk/Daudt: Minn. House DFL minority sides with Dayton on education veto threat. (Strib)

Loon/Wiger: U.S. Education chief pressures legislators on pre-K. (MPR)

Loon/Wiger/Daudt/Bakk: Education deal in hand, as Mark Dayton’s veto threat looms. (PioneerPress)

Bonoff/Nornes/Kelly/Lourey/et. al: Despite veto threat, lawmakers press ahead on budget. (MPR)

Bakk/Daudt/Thissen: Brewing budget deal spares health program, defers tax cuts. (Austin)

Carlson/Daudt/Torkelson/Bakk: Minnesota House Republicans craft last-minute bonding bill. (ForumNews)

Melin: Iron Range legislators, Dayton reach compromise over sulfate standards for wild rice. (MPR)

Schmit/Dorman: How the Legislature is cheating Greater Minnesota on broadband. (MinnPost)

Schmit/Dorman: The emperor has no bandwidth. (MnBrown)

Bakk/Daudt: ‘They jumped in the boat’ – Gov. Dayton hits the jackpot on opening day. (Timberjay)

Ray/Thissen: Supporters of immigrant driver’s licenses wait on fate of transportation bill provision. (MinnPost)

Tales from the goat trail: MoveMN.org sends postcard to voters in Rep. Tim Miller’s district. (BSP)

Sieben/Daniels/Cornish/Walz/Franken: Notebook: Leaders always leave little time for budget talks; Political payback?; One in, one out; Sibling bill signed; Ortman won’t run. (ForumNews)

Al Franken Eyes Case of Woman Fired for Resisting Tracking App. (CityPages)

MN Sen. Al Franken Talks Rail Safety Regulations. (KVRR)

Senator Franken on Minnesota Bird Flu Crisis: “We need to be doing everything we can” (KVRR)

Franken/Klobuchar/Paulsen/McCollum: Norwegians angry over U.S. envoy nominee. (Strib)

Franken/Kline: Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig administrators resign after student protest. (Park Rapids)

Peterson/Ellison/Paulsen: Minnesota’s two Democrats of different stripes bond over turkey hunting. (Strib)

Lipman: Enbridge decision will take a bit longer pending appeals. (Park Rapids)

Minnesota crop farmers could be facing losses this year. (Strib)

Renville chicken farm suffers Minnesota’s worst bird-flu toll. (Strib)

Avian flu casts long shadow over Swift, Kandiyohi counties. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Minnesota bans bird exhibitions. (ForumNews)

Minn. State Fair cancels poultry shows due to bird flu. (AP)

Hamilton Letter: Letter: Farmers prioritized in House ag finance bill. (Worthington)

Anzelc Letter: Stand up for greater Minnesota. (Brainerd)

Liebling Letter: House Republican budget makes compromise difficult. (Rochester)

Drazkowski Letter: Marquardt fights for Dems, not his constituents. (Detroit Lakes-Moorhead)

Kresha Letter (Heintzeman): Disappointed in Rep. Winkler. (Brainerd)

Peppin Letter (Backer): House majority leader visits Central Minnesota. (Alexandria)

Letter (Hancock): Hancock’s voting priorities are questionable. (Bemidji)

Letter (Franson): At what price is nursing home funding? (Alexandria)

Letter: Schmit addresses citizens’ needs. (Red Wing)

Letter: Kudos to Heintzeman. (Brainerd)

Letter (Drazkowski-Daniels-Jensen):
Let legislatures know what you think of reimbursement program. (Faribault)

McNamar Letter: Legislators are leaving rural communities behind. (Morris)

Letter: Urdahl in tough position with GOP caucus. (Litchfield)

Letter: House GOP spotlight on rural state fades. (Glencoe)

Gruenhagen Letter: GOP delivering on key issues. (Hutchinson)

Letter: Republican tax bill will cost the state in the years to come. (Morris)

Letter: Time is now for road funding. (Willmar)

Letter: We must stop wolves from killing dogs. (Duluth)

Letter: Why utility ‘net metering’ reform is needed. (Glencoe)

Sparks Column: Senate prepares to wrap up 2015 session. (Albert Lea)

Sundin Column: Minnesota House Republicans are betraying our trust. (Duluth)

E. Murphy Column: This year, make an enduring commitment to kids. (Crookston)

Bonoff-Clausen Column: Minnesota Senate leads the way on higher education. (Crookston)

Schmit Column: Betting on a balanced budget at state Capitol. (Rochester)

Gunther Column: Don’t be fooled, GOP is serving needs of rural areas. (St. Cloud)

Kuisle Column: Is Gov. Dayton?’s buffer strip proposal political payback? (Rochester)

Column: Greater MN Counties – Local roads and long-term funding this year. (Crookston)

Column: Invest state surplus in education, infrastructure. (Duluth)

Column: Legislators should approve these four good ideas. (ECM)

Column: Don’t worry, they will find a budget deal – in secret. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Big ooops by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith – It’s Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, not Fond du Lac Band. (Virginia)

Editorial: Highway 14 gains with DFL plan. (Mankato)

Editorial: More help needed for bird flu losses. (St. Cloud-Austin)

Editorial (Bakk-Daudt): When the governor catches fish, the opener is deemed a success. (Ely)

Editorial: Don’t fret over big weekend in St. Paul. (Little Falls)

Editorial: Kline and Franken provide bipartisan leadership on Indian schools. (Strib)

Editorial (Klobuchar-Franken): State’s U.S. senators should explain foreign policy stance. (Little Falls)

Editorial: So how did Greater Minnesota fare? – Details of budget deal will decide if promises met. (Virginia)

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