Outstate News (4-21-13)

Franson Column: Minimum wage is about jobs, not justice. (Alexandria)

Column: Franson isn’t Santa; she’s Chicken Little. (Alexandria)

Wagenius/McNamara/Hamilton/Anzelc/Kiel/Anderson: Fee increases bother GOP in ag-outdoors bill. (ForumNews)

Wagenius/Hamilton/Fabian/Sundin/Anderson: Minn. House backs water fee hikes. (AP)

Skoe/Senjem/Lenczewski: Rochester officials want local DMC match scaled back. (Rochester)

Davids/Anzelc/Carlson/McNamara: Testy times at the Capitol as angry Republicans walk out of committee meeting. (MinnPost)

Anzelc/Metsa/Tomassoni/Melin/Saxhaug/Dill: Rep. Anzelc says no to a legislative pay boost – But other Range lawmakers will willingly vote yes. (Virginia)

Ruud/Erickson/Saxhaug/Metsa: Searching for gay marriage votes at Capitol. (AP)

Dibble/Clark/Kelly: Hundreds rally for same-sex marriage. (ForumNews)

Dibble/Clark/Newman/Bakk: MN for Marriage: “Don’t let the metro area force gay ‘marriage’ on the rest of the state” (CityPages)

Holberg: MNGOPer falsely claims swanky Chicago DEED party uses Minnesota taxpayer money. (CityPages)

Poppe/Sparks: New state office could give Austin’s hunt for broadband steam. (Austin)

Ingebrigtsen/Tomassoni/Gazelka: Notebook: Lockout extension out. (ForumNews)

Thissen: PoliGraph: Income tax plan would hit few small businesses. (MPR)

Champion/Ortman: Minn. Senate passes bill altering job applications. (AP)

Senjem/Michel/Robling/Gerlach: Depositions in Brodkorb case begin. (MPR)

Kriesel: Injured Iraq veteran, former state rep to speak at Prayer Breakfast. (Fergus Falls)

Bachmann’s legal troubles rooted in presidential campaign divisions. (Strib)

Breaking silence, former Bachmann aide wants ‘true facts to come to light’. (MinnPost)

Nolan: MnDOT still vexed on Highway 53 reroute. (Duluth)

Nolan: New center in Ely will fight copper mining. (Duluth)

Kline: Minn. GOP lawmaker rules out race vs. Sen. Franken. (USAToday)

Sen. Franken Presents Overdue Medal To Princeton Vet. (WCCO)

Moorhead, Clay leaders update Sen. Franken on flood fight. (Moorhead)

Al Franken hopes for federal funding to help Clay County. (WDAY)

Franken seeks to improve E-Verify rules. (Agriculture.com)

Franken faults reform bill’s immigrant ID system. (Strib)

Sen. Franken Co-Sponsors Water Project Bill. (KELO)

Klobuchar, Franken Sign Legislation to Keep St. Cloud Control Tower Open. (WJON)

Governor Dayton to visit Albert Lea. (Austin)

Pogemiller/Cassellius: Students seek low cost, high flexibility educational experiences. (Morris)

Panel fines GOP group created to fund recount in 2010 governor’s race. (MinnPost)

As Crystal workers head back to jobs, resentments linger. (Moorhead)

After lockout, Crystal claims success, but prices paid by workers, company. (Grand Forks)

Hamilton Letter (Walz-Klobuchar-Franken): Thanks to all those who helped in wake of storm. (Worthington)

Letter (Eken-Marquart): Thanks for help from politicians. (Moorhead)

Savick Column: House shows its support for creating jobs. (Albert Lea)

Poppe Column: House DFLers pass plan to create jobs. (Austin)

McNamar Column: State makes huge strides on jobs. (Morris)

Dorholt Column: St. Cloud area would see benefits from bonding bill. (St. Cloud)

Schmit Column: Senate’s education plan will help Minnesota stay on top. (Rochester)

Weber Column: Raising energy mandate is premature. (Jackson)

Brown Column: Eliminate wasteful spending for efficient government. (Mora)

Westrom Column (Bachmann-Nienow): Oversight and accountability needed for HMOs. (Morris)

Column (Franken-McCollum): Learning from Promising Models and Leaders in the North Star State. (USDA)

Klobuchar Column: Keeping rural communities connected. (Jackson-Pine City)

Column: Proposed LGA formula good for long term. (Albert Lea)

Column: Minimum wage hike helps workers, economy. (Grand Forks)

Column: State must step up for homeless young people. (Rochester)

Column: Consensus near on the failures of No Child Left Behind. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Jensen): Minnesota legislators shouldn’t be in it for the pay raises. (Owatonna)

Editorial (Lenczewski-Norton): Secrecy and subsidies are a bad combination. (Rochester)

Editorial: Environmental groups making it tougher for Ely tourism efforts. (Ely)

Editorial: Legalize Sunday liquor. (Mankato-Fergus Falls-Worthington-Winona)

Editorial (Norton-Kelly): Civil unions proposal is a legislative cop-out. (Rochester-Fergus Falls)

Editorial (Dayton-Hornstein): Delay on state’s road plan is unfortunate. (Mankato)

Editorial (Kisacaden): Wheelage tax won’t fix every road, but it’s a start. (Rochester)

Editorial: Middle route back on table; should be No. 1 – Get rid of the western 53 option; it’s dumb on steroids. (Virginia)

Editorial: State should fund scholarships for low-income, pre-K children. (ECM)

Editorial: Medicare solutions – Better options available than raising eligibility age. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Compromise plan on guns seems reasonable. (Fairmont)

Editorial (Hoven-Heitkamp): Editorial: Not much courage in Senate. (Moorhead)

Editorial: U.S. Senators dealt with their own threat. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Many politicians held hostage by threats of gun lobbyists. (St. Joseph)