Outstate News (3-30-13)

Grampa Dayton proudly announces new grandson, Hugo Benjamin Dayton. (MinnPost)

Eken/Benson/Moe: Minnesota’s legislators: Are they underpaid? (MinnPost)

Murphy/Sawatzky: Key House DFL’er: Legislature is balancing budget honestly. (Willmar)

Daudt: Key Minnesota Republican makes case for no tax hike. (Willmar)

Murphy/Savick: House majority leader says a temporary tax would be fair. (Albert Lea)

Daudt/Woodard/Scott: House minority leader: DFL’ers hurting economy. (Albert Lea)

Kiel touches on various issues with session about to reconvene. (Crookston)

Dahms, Swedzinski address town meeting at Marshall Area Y. (Marshall)

Lourey/Weber/Thissen/Thompson: April is for budget; guns and marriage return in May. (ForumNews)

Nelson/Erhardt/Rosenthal: Mailer attacks Carla Nelson for support of cigarette tax hike. (Rochester)

DFL Rep. Gene Pelowski: Tubby Smith’s $2.5 million buyout is “obscene” (CityPages)

Pelowski: The future of health care. (Winona)

MNGOP Sen. Sean Nienow says Dayton “duped” public about e-pulltabs, demands investigation. (CityPages)

Hornstein: Bill will propose gas tax increase for ‘corridors of commerce’ highways. (New Ulm)

Zellers/Thompson/Hann/Stanek/Dean/Johnson: Who will take on Dayton in 2014? Some GOP names surface. (MinnPost)

Franken touts additions to Senate budget. (MPR)

Franken believes farm bill will pass this year. (AP)

Franken meets with Ag leaders. (KEYC)

Franken discusses higher-ed funding, minimum wage. (Winona)

Senator Franken makes stop in Rochester. (KTTC)

Franken’s visit highlights needs of imprisoned mentally ill. (Rochester)

Franken hires a campaign manager. (MPR)

Franken taps Democratic hand to run ’14 campaign. (AP)

Klobuchar staff presents ‘Fraud Prevention Office Tour.’ (Cloquet)

Klobuchar highlights MN business at president’s Export Council. (Glenwood)

Nolan/Franken/Klobuchar/Metsa: 53 option ‘nonstarter’ – Westerly highway relocation slapped down. (Virginia)

Rep. Nolan gets earful on U.S. Highway 53 reroute. (Duluth)

Ethics office probing Bachmann has tense relationship with House members. (MinnPost)

Glenn Beck blames federal investigation into Bachmann on Minnesota’s Somali population. (CityPages)

Dayton appoints Lillehaug to Minn. Supreme Court. (AP)

Dayton: A smoking border battle. (ForumNews)

Dayton defends budget plans in St. Cloud – Gov. listened to gun, tax queries. (St. Cloud)

Ed. commissioner tours, talks in Marshall. (Marshall)

Meet the president: Riverland staff welcomes Atewologun. (Austin)

{Transportation funding] A road to higher taxes? (Marshall)

Lawmakers tighten belts amid automatic [sequestration] budget cuts. (AP)

State exports post ninth straight record quarter. (Brainerd)

Minn. proposes to double water fees for top users. (AP)

Can elected officials not attend in person if they can Skype? (Albert Lea-MPR)

USDA: Highest corn acreage since 1936 expected. (AP)

MPCA advises farmers on manure management. (AP)

Gruenhagen Letter: Will continue his defense of traditional marriage. (Glencoe)

Davids Letter: Representative fighting to prevent tax increase. (Spring Valley)

Schomacker Letter: Dayton’s latest budget proposals are too costly. (Worthington)

Letter (Marquart-Savick): Rep. Savick hardly spoke at meeting. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Cornish’s gun agenda dangerous, pointless. (Mankato)

Nancy Larson Letter: State control of health exchange plan a plus. (Hutchinson)

Letter: Union a good idea for child care providers. (Duluth)

Letter: Energy proposals would hurt electricity consumers. (Morris)

Letter: Legislation would hurt electric coops. (Spring Valley)

Letter: Proposed bills could increase electric rates. (Park Rapids)

Letter: Minnesota rushed into a wolf hunt with too little public input. (Rochester)

Poppe Column: Lawmakers poised to address the drought. (Austin-Albert Lea)

Gazelka Column: I support efficient, not expensive government. (Little Falls)

Drazkowski Column: Are you ready for some healthcare? (Winona-Red Wing)

Column (Daudt-Zellers-Torkelson-Woodard-Bakk): GOP typhoon giving way to change – Democrats and Republicans move to the middle. (Mankato)

Erickson Column: One-size-fits-all legislation wrong approach for education. (Mora)

DeKruif Column: Too much government isn’t good. (Mankato)

MN Chamber Column: Small businesses face challenges at Capitol. (Albert Lea)

Column (Marty): Traditional marriage is privileged for good reason. (Litchfield)

Column: News and Comment: gay marriage, guns, cyber attacks. (Mankato)

Editorial (Franken): Congress should pass farm bill. (Mankato)

Editorial: [DHS] Oversight failure hurt our state gov’t. (Willmar)

Editorial: Crookston and St. Cloud don’t co-exist in the same ‘Greater Minnesota.’ (Crookston)

Editorial: A pivotal week for gay marriage, and for the Supreme Court. (Crookston)

Editorial (Pogemiller-Dayton): Valuing higher ed: Lawmakers’ turn. (Duluth)

Editorial (Schmit): Editorial: Statewide [silica sand mining] moratorium is doubtful. (Red Wing)

Editorial (Davids/Norton/Lenczewski/Daudt/Senjem/Thissen): DMC needs Dayton’s unequivocal support. (Rochester)

Editorial: Farmers deserve thanks for keeping up with the times. (Detroit Lakes-Alexandria)

Editorial: [Vikings Stadium] Is it possible to make a bad decision even worse? Answer: Yes. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Minnesota should fund all-day kindergarten. (ECM)

Editorial: Background checks are reasonable. (Mankato)

Editorial: Exchange has warts, but Minnesota made right choice. (Marshall)

Editorial: Minnesota health exchange deserves attention. (St. Cloud)

Biden working over Bakk on gun control issue in Minnesota. (Virginia)

Editorial (Bakk-Dayton): Time for all-day K. (Duluth-Worthington)