Outstate News (2-4-11)

Berglin/Michele/Miller: The [GOP] rush to cut child protection. (MPR)

Robling: GOP Senate adopts piecemeal budget stategy they criticized DFL for in 2010. (Willmar)

Sparks/Robling/Dibble/et.al: Senate cuts $930 million from budget. (Albert Lea-AP)

Ingebrigtsen/Cohen/Skoe/Lourey/et.al: Negotiations near on first budget-cutting step. (ForumNews)

Cohen/Robling/Goodwin/Koch/et.al: Senate passes first budget bill of 2011 session. (ECM)

Downey/Magnus/Senjem: Spending cuts have GOP legislators worried – about reaction in their own districts. (MinnPost)

M.Benson: Voter ID bill stirs debate in committee hearing. (MPR)

Percell/McNamara/Hancock: Bemidji Day at the Capitol: Panel hears forestry questions. (Bemidji)

Rukavina re-appointed to IRRRB. (HTF)

Ward pushing for veterans home in area. (Brainerd)

Dayton says he plans to increase school funding. (AP)

Koch/Ortman: Dayton’s cabinet heavy on experience, light on politics. (MPR)

GOP Leadership Ignoring Bachmann. (FrumForum)

Veterans’ advocates angered by Bachmann’s proposal to cut budget. (St. Cloud)

Walz: Congress in Your Grocery Store. (Kimt)

Kline/Peterson: Abortion bill that redefined rape to be changed by author. (MnIndy)

Rep. Paulsen to hold town meeting in Rogers Monday. (MinnPost)

Klobuchar: Stanek not interested in 2012 Senate run. (MPR)

Gauthier Letter: Legislator [Garofalo] targeting funding for Duluth schools. (Duluth)

Letter: Benson, Senjem are wrong on civic center expansion. (Rochester)

Letter (Newman): A breach of ethical conduct. (Annandale)

Letter: Dayton should withdraw Aasen MPCA nomination. (Bemidji)

Dekruif Column: Early update on the Legislative session. (Northfield)

Editorial: Alternative licensing a good bill. (Bemidji)