Outstate News (10-7-12)

Editorial: Take another look at Voter ID. (Mankato)

Editorial: Cost of voter ID program is too steep. (Fergus Falls)

Column: About that state ‘surplus’: It’s really a mirage. (Strib)

3A Endorsement: Return Rep. Dill’s quest for solutions. (Duluth)

6A Endorsement: Return Melin and her focus on jobs, education. (Duluth)

6B Endorsement: Here’s successor to Rukavina on Iron Range – Colangelo. (Duluth)

Thissen: Minnesota House minority leader makes stop in Marshall. (Marshall)

Howe: Keep campaign out of classrooms. (Red Wing)

Nelson/Rosenthal/Kruse/Anzelc/McElfatrick/Lillie/Fritz/Miller: Pocketbook issues dominating many key Minnesota legislative races. (MinnPost)

Brynaert and Shunkwiler outline voters’ choices in debate. (Mankato)

Sparks/Murray/Poppe: Candidates spar on state issues. (Albert Lea)

Sparks: Senate candidates fight red tape. (Albert Lea)

Koenen, Gimse differ on taxes, but share views in other areas. (Willmar)

Vogel: House 17B candidates like-minded on issues in rural Minn. (Willmar)

Parry/Newman: Voter ID complaint targets Ritchie. (AP)

Parry/Newman: GOP senators accuse Ritchie of misleading about amendment. (ForumNews)

Students, Franken gather for debate watch party. (MnDaily)

Franken Recognizes Eisenhowers’s Farm2School Program. (Hopkins)

Sen. Franken Learns About the Fuel That Propels TORCH. (Northfield)

Peterson holding out hope for a farm bill before year’s end. (Crookston)

Peterson: Rural issue talk rare in presidential campaign. (ForumNews)

Walz/Quist: 1st District candidates offer views in debate. (AgriNews)

Walz/Quist: Comment on veteran’s benefits causes clash in congressional campaigns. (Rochester)

Allen Quist directly contradicts himself on gay marriage, is called on it, refuses to clarify. (CityPages)

Campaign Notebook: Quist, Walz compete with ‘Twins of Evil’. (Mankato)

District 22: Oberloh visits with local voters. (Pipestone)

District 24: Jensen, Swedin seek Parry’s Senate seat. (Mankato)

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie promotes voter registration, website during UMM visit. (Morris)

Longtime Republican legislator K.J. McDonald has died in Watertown. (MinnPost)

Voting amendment debate produces familiar questions — but no agreement on the answers. (MinnPost)

Discussion on homosexuality and religion set Thursday in Willmar, Minn. (Willmar)

Owatonnans differ on marriage amendment. (Owatonna)

Discussion on marriage amendment is scheduled at Montevideo, Minn., church. (Willmar)

Local corn farmers drive economic development. (Jackson)

Letter: Gazelka chose to raise property taxes. (Little Falls)

Letter (Vogel-Gimse): Don’t forget the 2011 showdown. (Willmar)

Doug Johnson Letter: Former senator says he’ll be voting NO on photo ID amendment. (Timberjay)

Letter (Hancock): Show me the money from the surplus. (Bemidji)

Bakk Column: The cost of voter ID amendment may be higher than you think. (Timberjay)

Column: What’s Allen Quist’s true stance on veterans’ benefits? (Faribault)

Emmer Column: MN Legislature – We have a choice between two different visions for America. (Aitkin)

Strand Column: MN Legislature – Minnesota or Mississippi? We will choose from those models Nov. 6. (Aitkin)

Column: Losers pay for Vikings stadium. (Detroit Lakes)

Column: Concrete facts don’t exist for Voter ID amendment. (Red Wing)

Jodi Harpstead Column: Voter ID sounds simple, but it isn’t. (Winona)

Editorial: County GOPers are way out of bounds. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Catholic church’s latest fund-raising crosses the line. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Minorities help rural Minn. grow. (Willmar-Albert Lea-Owatonna)

Editorial: Closing the Northwoods – Molpus Woodlands Group should reconsider their tactics in tax dispute. (Timberjay)

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