Outstate News (12-16-12)

Franken: Farm bill can get done. (Marshall)

Torkelson/Kalis: Farmed out: Number of farmers in new Legislature at a record low. (Mankato)

Gottwalt/Hann/Marty: GOP legislators who pushed MinnCare cuts under scrutiny for ties to insurers. (MPR)

Senjem/Metzen: Senators pay bill, pledge to keep fighting Brodkorb lawsuit. (MPR)

Senjem/Koch: State Senate revisits ex-aide’s case as costs rise. (AP)

Rep. Tom Rukavina retires-A common man with uncommon character. (HTF)

MN House releases committee assignments. (MPR)

Sparks/Scheid/Tomassoni/Skoe: Austin senator will chair ag committee. (AgriNews)

Poppe/Hamilton/Otremba: Poppe says she’s advocate, educate about agriculture. (AgriNews)

Sparks/Poppe: Mower County has two ag committee chairs. (AgriNews)

Daudt/Bakk/Hann/Thissen: Democrats say they are ready to control, not overreach. (ForumNews)

Thissen/Hann/Daudt/Bakk: Minnesota leaders off to a rocky start at legislative ‘preview’. (MinnPost)

Thissen/Hann: Capitol Chatter: Leaders disagree about the facts. (ForumNews)

Al Franken doesn’t want mobile app companies to sell your location data without permission. (CityPages)

Al Franken’s bill to curb cyberstalking gets committee approval. (PioneerPress)

Franken says today is not the day to talk gun control. (MPR)

Peterson: Canada wants joint effort to clean Red River, Lake Winnipeg. (ForumNews)

AP source: Boehner offers millionaire tax hike. (AP)

Redistribution of funds — outstate group wants more Legacy park money for rural Minnesota. (Detroit Lakes)

City gets $200,000 gift from IRRRB. (Ely)

It hurts unions, but does it help states’ economies? Benefit of right-to-work laws hard to measure. (Moorhead)

Food stamp debate divides health, hunger advocates. (MPR-Rochester)

Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP. (AP)

Xcel Energy granted rate hike; $9 more per month on average. (AP)

Gruenhagen Letter: State surplus is $2.5 billion, not a $1.1 billion deficit. (Glencoe)

Letter: Gottwalt’s actions raise some concerns. (St. Cloud)

Franken Column: A bipartisan farm bill will help avert cliff. (Albert Lea-Faribault-Rochester)

Column: Good case that farm bill would add to deficit. (Mankato)

Column: ‘Early voting’ would be inferior to what state has. (Red Wing)

Column: Senate filibuster changes could backfire on Democrats. (Mankato)

Column: Republicans dug their own hole with Latinos. (Worthington)

Editorial (Fritz-Jensen): State legislators need to serve on education committees. (Northfield)

Editorial: Carlson was right, MN GOP was wrong. (Grand Forks-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: The road system in Minn. is bloated. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Consider issues for transit and transportation. (St. Cloud-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Swanson reins-in debt collectors. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Where’s the outrage from rural America? (Duluth)

Editorial: Minnesota tosses ball to the DFL. (Moorhead)

Editorial: State shouldn’t wash hands of Rushford-Peterson school dilemma. (Rochester)

Editorial (Otto-Ritchie-Swanson-Dayton): Terrible message from Executive Council on exploratory mining. (Virginia)

Editorial: Walz takes House members to task. (Winona)

Editorial: Early sign favors reform of Minnesota’s sex-offender program. (Grand Forks)