Outstate News (2-17-13)

Johnson wins 19A House seat – Quist says he quits. (New Ulm)

Clark Johnson wins House 19A seat. (Mankato)

Theis wins House 14A special election. (St. Cloud)

Bakk/Koch: Another bill comes to Senate for Brodkorb’s legal case. (HotDish)

Tomassoni/Hortman: Coalition wants Minnesota minimum wage upped to $9.50. (ForumNews)

Thissen/Daudt/Davids/Kresha: Capitol rule change touches off partisan spat. (Strib)

Koenen/Bakk/Hann: Hundreds at Minnesota rally want Valentine gift: gay marriage. (ForumNews)

Kelly/Nelson/Loon: Gay marriage creates choices, costs for Minn. GOP. (AP)

Hann/Daudt/Bakk/Thissen: GOP leaders rule out reprisals against caucus members who vote for gay marriage. (MinnPost)

Savick/McNamar/Murphy: From a small town to a big city – Former Wells Mayor Shannon Savick settles into role as state rep. (Albert Lea)

Schmit/McNamara: Sand debate arena widens. (ForumNews)

Norton/Gunther/Mahoney/Leidiger/Senjem: Destination Medical Center passes through first committee. (Rochester)

Lesch/Howe/Holberg/Newberger: Lawmakers look into pet mills, consider licensing and inspection. (ForumNews)

Sheran/Chamberlain: Dayton gets Minn. bill expanding Medicaid rolls. (AP)

Dahms/Torkelson: Dahms discusses health insurance issues. (New Ulm)

Poppe/Sparks/Hamilton: Many issues discussed at Pork Congress legislative forum. (AgriNews)

Hamilton/Ozment/Wagenius/Sviggum/Poppe/Sparks/Murphy/Drazkowski/Kahn/Kiel: House Republicans balk at ag committee structure. (AgriNews)

Dayton, Saxhaug propose more tourism funding. (Bemidji)

Dahms/Koenen: Dept. of Revenue details Dayton tax plan. (Marshall)

Bakk/Thissen: Dayton administration puts finer point on tax plan. (AP)

Dean/Franzen/Halverson: ‘Budget Plan C’? Legislators already working on alternatives to Dayton’s proposals. (MinnPost)

Bakk/Hann: Bigger deficit? Tax impacts? State budget questions abound. (ForumNews)

Lenczewski: Impact of Dayton’s tax plan worries local governments. (MPR-Bemidji)

Dayton challenges critics of tax plan. (Austin)

Dayton administration defends controversial sales tax overhaul. (MinnPost)

Dayton: Do tax increases kill jobs? Minn. soon to find out. (AP)

Stumpf: New grant, up to $300K, aims to boost college completion rates. (Crookston)

Westrom and McNamar plan town hall in Morris next Friday. (Morris)

Green schedules town hall meetings. (Park Rapids)

Franken seems on solid ground as he approaches 2014 election. (MPR-Duluth)

Franken talks farming in Albert Lea. (Austin)

Franken/Klobuchar: Ag. Secretary Vilsack visits Minnesota. (AP)

Franken/Klobuchar/Ellison/Walz/Nolan: Asian carp fight continues. (ForumNews)

Klobuchar vows review of American Airlines-US Airways merger. (HotDish)

Minimum wage hike questioned: legislative proposal would increase rate to $9.50 an hour. (Bemidji)

Minnesota Republicans subject of another soul-searching session. (MinnPost)

No bovine TB found in northwestern Minnesota deer. (Hutchinson)

USDA to begin 4-week general CRP signup May 20. (AP)

Let it snow: N.D., western Minnesota may see drought abate. (Morris)

Schomacker Letter: Dayton disappoints with tone, message. (Worthington)

Gruenhagen Letter: Fracking good for Minnesota, United States. (Glencoe)

Letter: Savick left before guns hearing. (Albert Lea)

Faust Column: Explore solutions, but protect 2nd Amendment. (Pine City)

Sparks Column: Legislators mull education-related measures. (Albert Lea)

Ingebrigtsen Column: Conformity tax bill benefits Minnesotans. (Alexandria)

Westrom Column: Tax conformity bill will provide relief for Minnesotans. (Morris)

McNamar Column: Expanded Medicaid coverage is win-win-win for state, district. (Morris)

Klobuchar Column: Prescription drug prices should be affordable for seniors. (Worthington)

Column (Dayton): A refreshing defense of Minnesota. (Bemidji)

Column: State must act to stop spread of AIS. (Park Rapids)

Column: When the politicians take charge of education. (Timberjay)

Column: Drones pose concerns abroad and at home. (Albert Lea)

Column: Farmers deserve the air time. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial (Drazkowski-Davids): Constitution trumps pandering legislation. (Winona)

Editorial: Duluth can expect better from Huntley. (Duluth)

Editorial (Dayton-Tomassoni-Melin-Metsa-Anzelc): DFL didn’t want to ‘overreach,’ but that’s what’s happening over. (Virginia)

Editorial (Bakk-Reinert): Gov. Dayton tames Duluth biz community. (Duluth)

Editorial: Possible cigarette tax goes too far. (Albert Lea-Austin)

Editorial: Smokers are taxed enough. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial (Sheran): Mental health bills mark a good start. (Mankato)

Editorial: Gun control, like abortion debate, needs to find common ground. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Range, rural areas key to gun control. (Virginia)

Editorial: Fix the sequester – Congress should quit playing politics and starting working on behalf of the nation. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Untie restraints on Postal Service. (Mankato)

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