Outstate News (12-30-12)

Editorial: Farm Bill matters more than many think. (Grand Forks-Detroit Lakes)

Lourey/Sieben/Bakk/Marquart/Sawatzky/Schmit/Hann/Dault: No shutdown ahead, but a tough session expected. (ForumNews)

Hann/Murphy/Bonoff/Gazelka/Davids/Bakk/Thissen/Goodwin/Hausman/Kiffmeyer: Can Minnesota state politics be bipartisan? (ECM)

Hamilton/Murphy/Thissen: Hamilton takes on task of defending rural Minnesota. (ForumNews)

Lourey/Ingebritsen/Eken: Health issues await 2013 legislative session; lawmaker says ‘there is a big pent-up demand’ (ForumNews)

Bakk/Thompson/McNamara/Seiben/Drazkowski: Minnesotans watch to see if state budget increases. (ForumNews)

Simon/Benson/Senjem/Norton/Ritchie: Lawmakers eye early voting, earlier primary. (Rochester)

Dibble/Davnie/Erickson/Mariani: Anti-bully forces try again at the Legislature. (MPR-Bemidji)

Langseth/Chamberlain/Senjem/Magnus: Taxpayers’ reimbursement of senators shows wide range. (HotDish)

Garofalo: Electoral College a learning experience. (ForumNews)

Koenen named Party whip in state Senate. (Benson)

Weber to serve on four Senate committees. (Worthington)

Radinovich: Local DFL club holds celebration. (Aitkin)

Franken/Klobuchar: Resolutions reveal best intentions. (Duluth)

Peterson: Chances are slim for new farm bill. (AgWeek)

Walz cautiously optimistic. (New Ulm)

Walz hopeful a deal can avert fiscal cliff. (Mankato)

Nolan wins seat on Transportation Committee. (AP)

Dayton recovers after surgery. (AP)

Jesse Ventura’s candid answer on the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ (Brainerd)

Funding helps Swift County, Minn., assure OHV park. (Willmar)

Funds for Appleton OHV land purchase received by county. (Benson)

DNR reports record mineral revenue in fiscal year 2012. (Ely)

Column (Rukavina): More than mining at issue in debate over land exchange. (Timberjay)

Franken Column: Farm Bill could avert Fiscal Cliff. (Pine City)

Column: Higher ed has much to lose, gain in 2013 legislative session. (Austin)

Column: Fiscal cliff would hurt health-care systems. (Duluth)

Column: Minnesota’s economic future rides on rail. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Road funding needs innovation. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: DFL talking restraint but now has to show it. (Duluth-Brainerd)

Editorial: Think back on the Dakota hangings. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Mental health overhaul needed. (Park Rapids-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: The NRA misfires – School Shields proposal an embarrassment for gun rights group. (Timberjay)

Editorial: An officer in every school isn’t the worst idea. (Rochester)

Editorial: Get going on rational gun debate. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Proposed tax hikes will harm real people. (Fairmont)

Editorial (Conrad): A great senator bows out. (Moorhead)

Editorial: One party doesn’t mean one viewpoint. (New Ulm)