Outstate News (2-23-11)

Winkler Column: GOP alternative to Gov. Dayton’s budget is higher property taxes. (Strib)

Rukavina/Tomassoni: Environmentalists object to IRRRB exemption. (Duluth)

Dill: Rep. Dittrich continues crusade for school trust land reform. (ECM)

Kelly: Red Wing lawmaker backs bill to delay repaying $1.4 billion owed to schools. (Rochester)

Quam: Byron lawmaker wants to give farmers, business owners a vote on local levies. (Rochester)

Hann/Goodwin: Health care exemption advances in Senate. (MnDaily)

Hann: GOP lawmaker backs off on trying to repeal Medicaid expansion. (MPR)

Miller/Howe/Murray/kriesel/Gazelka: Some in GOP open to new revenue as part of budget fix. (MPR)

Bakk/Reinert: Who’s Going To Run Against Cravaack In 2012 Congressional Race? (NorthlandNews)

S.Anderson: Redistricting meeting set for Friday in Rochester. (Rochester)

Senjem/Ellison: Students, pols rally to reduce proposed ‘U’ budget cuts. (MinnPost)

Peterson: FairTax plan presented Thursday. (Bemidji)

Franken: U Center offers a ‘3-D walk’ through a heart, seeks to accelerate medical device design. (MinnPost)

Dayton: Minn. lands $187M under federal health care law. (AP)

Dayton/Thompson: Minn. unions, gov. lend support to Wis. workers. (ForumNews)

Dayton: Hundreds rally in St. Paul to support Wis. unions. (MPR)

Dayton: Minn. unions rally in support of Wis. cause. (AP)

Capitol labor rally, with a ’60s flashback vibe, cheers Gov. Dayton’s spirited defense of public workers. (MinnPost)

Wis. Democrats filibuster to halt anti-union bill. (AP)

Poll: Americans favor union bargaining rights. (USAtoday)

U.S. ag producers face pumped-up fuel costs as oil nears $100. (AgNetwork)

USDA releases rural mapping tool. (MnIndy)

Magnus Letter: Dayton’s bad budget – it’s in the details. (Worthington)

Letter: Urdahl sets record straight. (Willmar)

Column: Dayton has right plan for Minnesota. (Winona)

Editorial (Drazkowski-Vogel): Public notices belong in newspapers. (Willmar)

Editorial (Drazkowski): Getting rid of the pay equity act is not solution. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Dayton): Are elderly unfair target for budget? (Bemidji)