Outstate News (1-6-13)

Gottwalt resigns House seat. (St. Cloud)

MnGOP Rep. Steve Gottwalt resigns after second recent conflict-of-interest controversy. (CityPages)

Bakk//Betzold/Franken: DFL majority names top state Senate staff positions. (MinnPost)

Old pro Hann, new face Daudt offer leadership contrast for minority GOP. (MinnPost)

Norton/Nelson/Liebling/Benson: Democrats set to take the reins in St. Paul. (Rochester)

Cohen/Thissen/Peterson: Minnesotans watch St. Paul to see if state budget grows in 2013. (ForumNews)

Sawatzky/Hann: Latest deficit will drive Minn. Capitol session. (AP)

Sawatzky/Bakk/Nornes/Schmit/Sieben/Thissen/Thompson: Democrats must balance hopes and reality during session. (ForumNews)

Hortman/Dettmer/Nelson/Bonoff/Scott/Davids/Gazelka: Legislators weigh in on upcoming session. (ECM)

Sen. Ann Rest at center of tax reform debate. (ECM)

Thissen/Bakk/Sieben/Cornish/et.al.: Notebook: Gay marriage fight will continue during session; Reforming elections; Arming teachers; To bond or not; Frowning on fees; Helping businesses; Sand mining an issue; ‘Save rural fund’. (ForumNews)

Sen. Scott Dibble says Legislature can pass gay marriage without GOP votes. (CityPages)

Dahms named ranking Republican on jobs and ag committee. (Redwood Falls)

Finstad: Rural Minnesota losing its policy voice. (Ely)

Franken/Peterson: A fight renewed: Back to the drawing board on farm bill. (Marshall)

Franken: new farm bill to be similar. (Ag.com)

Franken: DNR proposes sound, light, noise Asian Carp barrier. (ECM)

Franken leads Minn. meeting on mental health intervention. (MPR)

On Eve of Franken Visit, Dakota County Sheriff Calls for Ban on Assault Weapons. (Patch)

Franken/Klobuchar: Senators want better rural phone service. (International Falls)

Peterson seeks guarantee before tackling farm bill. (Crookston)

Peterson: Things are a ‘mess’ in Washington. (Marshall)

Dayton looks to next Minn. Supreme Court justice pick. (AP)

More candidates announce for House 19A special election. (MinnPost)

Quist bid for House 19A seat official. (New Ulm)

GOP’s Quist seeks comeback to Minn. Legislature. (AP)

Iowa State said ‘no’ when Pawlenty wanted $25,000 to speak during presidential run. (MinnPost)

Award-winning journalist Larry Oakes dead at 52. (Bemidji-Duluth)

Farm bill extension no fix-all. (Marshall)

Farmers dodge dairy cliff. (Detroit Lakes)

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts sustainable farming summit. (Alexandria)

Minnesota wolf hunters on track to finish just over target. (CityPages)

Despite credit extension, questions remain in wind projects. (Rochester)

Sparks Column: Legislative session brings new challenges. (Albert Lea)

Fran Bradley Column: Knee-jerk reactions won’t make schools safer. (Rochester)

Column: State rushes to judgment on environmental safety of sulfide mining. (MinnPost)

Editorial: Kline, Peterson put principles before parties. (Rochester)

Editorial (Thissen-Bakk): Don’t ignore St. Peter in any bonding plans. (Mankato)

Editorial: DFL must restrain itself in Legislature. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: DFL faces opportunity and pressure. (Duluth)

Editorial: DFL may be licking chops over control of state government. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Goodbye fiscal cliff, hello debt woes. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Stop these childish games and make adult decisions on deficit. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Problem solved, right? We’re not even close. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Congress doesn’t exactly deserve three cheers. (Marshall)

Editorial: More cliffs just ahead in Congress. (Moorhead)

Editorial: Remove excuses from absentee voting. (Rochester-Worthington)

Editorial: Road funding needs innovation, money. (Mankato-Worthington)