Outstate News (12-17-10)

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack talks about the importance of ‘Dream Act’ for rural communities and Ag workforce. (Foodorama)

PolitiFact: Pawlenty’s Pants are on Fire [regarding Goverment worker salaries].(MPR)

Buesgens resigns as State Government Finance Chair. (MPR)

The House GOP: A comedy of errors. (MnPub)

Tomassoni: State board takes stake in PolyMet mining project. (MPR)

McNamama/Wagenius/Hackbarth: Rep. McNamara takes over environmental committee. (MPR)

Hann/Michel/Koch/Murphy/Kelley: GOP-led Minn. Senate has say on Dayton cabinet. (AP)

Gunther/Rosen: Lawmakers put emphasis on jobs. (Fairmont)

Fischbach: Reproductive rights groups anticipate tough legislative session. (MnIndy)

Bakk: Senate DFL caucus fills leadership slots. (PIM)

Paper Trail: Senate DFL committee wish list. (PIM)

Walz speaks out on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. (MnIndy)

Representative Kline Eyes Way to Stop Rule Restricting For-Profit Colleges. (Bloomberg)

Paulsen picks Willmar native to run communications shop. (ForumNews)

Klobuchar: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal vote will succeed Saturday. (MnIndy)

Prettner Solon ready for duties as lieutenant governor. (Duluth)

Dayton says Medicaid delay `totally unacceptable’. (AP)

Koch/Michel/Bakk/Rosen: Dayton, GOP senators differ on stadium, seek to cut permitting time. (ForumNews)

Koch/Michel/Solon: Gov.-elect Mark Dayton, Senate leaders at least starting out on bipartisan note at the Capitol. (MInnPost)

Dayton, Senate GOP leaders meet. (MPR)

Wattson added as Dayton’s general counsel. (HotDish)

Dayton: What Emmer’s internal numbers showed – and a plea to the media. (MinnPost)

Swanson: Minn. sues firm over claims of help with tax debts. (MPR)

Seagren: [Education] Commissioner tours Owatonna Options program. (Owatonna)

Ethanol And Biodiesel Tax Credits Approved. (AmFuels)

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: ‘A government takeover of health care’. (Politifact)

Local Let’s Go Fishing chapter wraps up successful season. (Marshall)

Atwater couple get MFU’s Lifetime Family Achievement Award. (AgriNews)

Drazkowski Column: ‘U’ brain trust goes too far. (RedWing)

Column: Dear Santa, replace Bachmann. (St. Cloud)

Column: Pawlenty wishes he’d have run again; will he pursue the presidency? (Duluth)

Column: How did Pawlenty help the Northland? (Duluth)

Editorial (Dayton): Minnesota needs a budget commission. (Grand Forks)

Editorial (Dayton): Take a fresh look. (Austin)

Editorial: Babies get attention at state Capitol. (Albert Lea-Mankato)

Editorial: Klobuchar aids wolf delisting. (Bemidji)

Editorial: Pawlenty touts strong Minnesota as he leaves. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Pawlenty changed Minnesota. (Moorhead)