Outstate News (12-31-11)

State GOP $2 million in debt. (Strib)

MN GOP Secretary-Treasurer David Sturrock resigns. (CityPages)

Koch/Senjum/Lillie/etal: Scandal fallout decimates Senate GOP election team. (PIM)

Should the media report Brodkorb rumors in Koch scandal? (MinnPost)

Martin: DFL in the red too. (MPR)

Amy Koch gay apology – Sorry for ruining your marriage. (City Pages)

Solberg: DFL Christmas party raises food shelf funds. (Aitkin)

Lieder’s not ready to ride off into the sunset. (Crookston)

Marquart/Langseth/Lanning: Minnesota Rep. Marquart says won’t seek District 9 Senate seat. (Moorhead)

Pine City official looks to challenge GOP Rep. Crawford in House District 8B. (PIM)

Schomacker: [Former Commissioner] Short has eyes on Dist. 22A seat in ’12. (Marshall)

Hamilton: Holck seeks DFL endorsement [in Dist 22B]. (Worthington)

Gauthier Announces Re-Election Bid. (WDIO)

Hayden: Susan Allen aims to be first American Indian woman legislator. (MPR)

Clark/Mariani/Abeler/etal: New MN anti-immigrant law targets the sick. (DailyPlanet)

Sen. David Senjem of Rochester elected new Senate Majority Leader. (ECM)

Choice of Senjem moves GOP Senate caucus one step toward middle. (MinnPost)

Senjem: Rochester senator elected to make ‘fresh start’. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Senjem/Koch: Senate Minority Leader Bakk calls for further review of Koch scandal. (ECM)

Koch: Area conservatives frustrated with MnGOP troubles. (New Ulm)

Runbeck: Lawmakers scrutinize 40-year-old ‘Minnesota Miracle’ (Fergus Falls-MPR)

Zellers says 2011 causes Minnesota little pain. (ForumNews)

Bakk busy, but has a better December. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Zellers: Attention in St. Paul to turn to government reform. (ForumNews)

Sparks says he plans to focus on bonding bill. (Albert Lea)

Gunther: 2012 session: Stadium, bonding bill on agenda. (Fairmont)

Rep. Murray:?Jobs a priority in 2012. (Austin)

Sen. Franken Releases Details About T-Mobile, Motorola Carrier IQ Use. (PCmag)

Gov. Mark Dayton leaves tumultuous political year with a smile. (ECM)

GOP elects Shortridge as party chair. (St. Cloud)

Shortridge elected new Minnesota GOP boss. (AP)

Politico: Pawlenty made one of worst political blunders of 2011. (CityPages)

Garofalo Letter: Schools will benefit from GOP budget. (St. Cloud)

Gottwalt Letter: State’s surprise budget surplus an opportunity. (St. Cloud)

Kiel Letter: Why local governments must cut spending. (Grand Forks)

Letter (Franson): Local governments to ‘wake-up’? (Alexandria)

Letter: Requiring photo ID is not fair practice. (Bemidji)

Letter (Hancock-Carlson): ‘No new taxes’ pledge can be deceiving. (Bemidji)

Column (Sarcasm): Merry Christmas from LeMieur. (Little Falls)

Column (Klobuchar-Franken-Cravaak-Kline): Minnesota wolves to be delisted. (Aitkin)

Column: Sen. Kubly announces new laws taking effect. (Granite Falls)

Column: This time, Tea Party overplayed its hand. (Alexandria)

Column: Negative national story doesn’t fit the Sparboe Farms we all know. (Litchfield)

Column: Small farms provide big opportunity. (Litchfield)

Column: Wind energy isn’t reducing carbon emissions. (Duluth)

Column: Biodiesel stimulated local economies. (Owatonna)

Editorial (Koch): Shame on legislators for losing focus. (Winona-Albert Lea-Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Senjem has big challenges ahead. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Zellers-Bakk-Koch): Minnesota GOP has work to do. (ForumNews)

Editorial (Bakk-Senjem): Don’t play politics with Koch case. (Worthington)

Editorial (Senjem): A good choice for Senate GOP. (Mankato)

Editorial: WE casino plan makes sense. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: State right to manage wolves. (Mankato)

Editorial (Limmer): Cellphone ban logical but impractical. (Mankato)

Editorial: Welcome back, partisan politics. (Marshall)

Editorial: Michele Bachmann is no Margaret Thatcher. (Willmar)