Outstate News (1-25-11)

Kubly diagnosed with ALS; senator focused on legislative duties. (Willmar)

Email to MNA: Sen. Scott Newman won’t meet with groups that endorsed Hal Kimball. (BSP)

New hip for Senator – David Tomassoni recovering. (Virginia)

Davids/Pelowski/Drazkowski/et.al: GOP-backed bill seeks mandatory voter ID. (Winona)

Rukavina/Davids/Gunther: Notebook: First budget-cut bill advances to Thursday vote. (ForumNews)

Carlson/Lenczewski/Holberg/Gunther: U budget cuts advance in House. (MnDaily)

Interview (Hansen): ‘My Outdoor Heritage Council dissent has been civil and respectful’ (MinnPost)

Dahms: Local sales tax issue headed back to Legislature. (Marshall)

Limmer/Bachmann: Dayton quick to criticize new health-related message from GOP lawmaker. (ForumNews)

Peterson: Media hype about State of the Union seating ‘foolish.’ (MPR)

Is Oberstar thinking about another run? (MPR)

Bachmann, Paulsen: Two radically different paths to power. (MPR)

Tea party to Bachmann: You don’t speak for the tea party. (MnIndy)

Boehner not shaken by Bachmann’s plan to rebut Obama’s talk. (St. Cloud)

Franken: Hot dish! (MPR)

Ex-Minn. governor Jesse Ventura sues over body scans, pat-downs. (AP)

Can Tom Sorel, MnDOT’s Mr. Fix-it, fill big financial hole facing Minnesota’s transportation system? (MinnPost)

PolyMet hires former MPCA Commissioner. (MPR)

MnSP receives nearly $400k in USDA funds – Biodiesel production declined in 2010. (Worthington)

American Crystal Sugar has outsize influence in DC. (MPR)

GOP opens new front in Minn. political map case. (AP)

Letter: Cravaack must be watched on PolyMet permitting. (Bemidji)

Column: Senator Newman: Politics at its worst. (RMBD)

M.Benson Column: Common-sense budget will dominate 2011 session. (Rochester)

Editorial: Didja hear? Amy likes Jeff and is gonna sit with him. (Duluth)

Editorial: Public employee pay freeze is sound policy. (Mankato)

Editorial: Cooperation needed to fight Chronic Wasting Disease. (Rochester)

Editorial: Permitting process changes – Friday [Legislative] hearing in Hibbing vital to area. (Virginia)

Editorial: Davids takes lead in tax law fixes. (Winona)

Editorial: Bachmann would be presidential long shot. (Worthington)