Outstate News (3-3-13)

McNamar/Ingebrigtsen: Dayton budget in question. (Fergus Falls-MPR)

Swedzinski: Dayton should rethink tax proposal in light of new figures. (Marshall)

Savick/Jensen/Petersburg/Sparks: Steele County lawmakers react to economic forecast. (Owatonna)

Koenen/Dahms/Schomacker: Legislators say state needs to be cautious on minimum wage. (Marshall)

McNamar/Westrom: Guns, health care and taxes topics at town hall meeting. (Morris)

Sheran: Legislative auditor’s report critical of St. Peter’s Minnesota Security Hospital. (St. Peter)

Bly/Merriam: CapX landowners tired of ‘Buy the Farm’ wait. (St. Cloud)

Land negotiations under way in CapX2020 power line project. (Winona)

Bakk: Push for more background checks stalls; 99 percent of gun applications approved last year. (CityPages)

Bakk/Paymar: Top Minnesota Democrat doubts expanded gun checks will pass. (AP)

Simon/Hann/Daudt/Seiben/Kiffmeyer/Kahn: DFL’s proposed election-law changes unlikely without bipartisan support. (MinnPost)

Limmer/Dibble/Simon/Gruenhagen/Ward/et al: Push to legalize gay marriage is under way at state Capitol. (AP)

MNGOP Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen on being gay: “It’s an unhealthy, sexual addiction”. (CityPages)

Gruenhagen: Homosexuality is a ‘sexual addiction.’ (HotDish)

Petersen: National Organization for Marriage vows to spend $500K to defeat GOP legislators who vote for gay marriage. (MinnPost)

Swedzinski: House panel forwards school anti-bullying bill. (Marshall)

Drazkowski/Kelly/Schmit: PUC postpones decision, will re-examine need for wind farm. (Red Wing)

Julie Rosen trolls activists during frac sand hearing, says “they have to expect” misery. (CityPages)

Reinert/Gazelka/Metzen: Sunday liquor sales corked. (ForumNews)

Simon/Cornish: Minnesota bill would stiffen penalties for fake 911 calls. (AP)

Dahms: Brewer’s tax credit gets second chance – To help Schell’s Brewery. (New Ulm)

Skoe/Persell: Armory supporters head to Legislature to lobby for bill. (Park Rapids)

Rep. Urdahl introduces bill to protect coaches. (AP)

Ruud/Ward/Radinovich: New leaders for Aitkin County GOP. (Aitkin)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar tours WASP. (Glenwood)

Franken visits Two Harbors. (LakeCountryNews)

Franken/Klobuchar: Like it or not, sequestration takes hold: a round-up. (MinnPost)

Walz: Stalemate is humiliating. (AP)

Kline/Paulsen/Franken/Klobuchar: Bachmann votes against Violence Against Women Act. (HotDish)

Michele Bachmann only MN congressperson to vote against Violence Against Women Act. (CityPages)

Peterson: Submissions wanted for Congressional art contest. (Hutchinson)

Sviggum to return to the University of Minnesota. (HotDish)

More aid flows to region under Dayton’s plan. (Litchfield)

Dayton proposal aims to help students who are learning English. (Rochester)

Advocates seek more help for sexually exploited children. (Rochester)

Your place at the table: Re-introducing the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability. (HTF)

Horse slaughter plant might be approved by USDA. (AgWeek)

Sustainable ag’s ethanol link – The key is more corn acres. (AgWeek)

County exploring single-sort recycling system. (Hutchinson)

Norad may shed Minn. alert station. (AP)

Letter: Nurses demand high standards in Minnesota. (Bemidji)

Letter: DFL uses new majority to limit gun rights. (Duluth)

Marquart Column: Putting our kids on the path to the world’s best workforce. (Detroit Lakes)

Poppe Column: Capitol is focused on the budget. (Austin)

Drazkowski Column: Unions won raises; taxpayers going to lose. (Winona)

Franken-Ramstad Column: Improving care for mental illness. (Strib)

Frans Column: Governor’s budget fixes the state deficits. (Albert Lea)

MAPE Column: Let’s keep budget debate honest. (Bemidji)

Column: Finding local supplier puts pork back on the menu – There was a time not too long ago when people knew exactly where their food originated. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Petersen-Kriesel): Supporting gay marriage a stand against hate. (Winona)

Editorial: Governor, show leadership – Mineral exploration is about holes in the ground, not mining; OK the leases. (Virginia)

Editorial: Dayton wants to tax your newspaper. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Legislators should reject Dayton’s plan to tax ads. (Austin)

Editorial: Taxing advertising a bad idea. (Worthington)

Editorial (Lille): State budget not out of the woods yet. (New Ulm)

Editorial: No need for [Sunday liquor] sales. (Austin)

Editorial (Reinert-Drazkowski): Sunday liquor sales? Let store owners decide. (Rochester)

Editorial: Are these license plates, or fund-raising tools? (Crookston)

Editorial: Unlikely coalition shows mining urgency. (Duluth)

Editorial: Don’t laws exist now to oversee these [sand] mines? (Fairmont)

Editorial (Schmit): [Sand] Mining company’s offer might bear fruit.(Rochester)

Editorial: Review sand mining regulations. (Mankato)

Editorial: DHS report should be wakeup call. (Mankato)

Editorial: Uncertainty fuels sequester worries. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Talk of organic food ‘checkoff’ is premature. (Rochester)