Outstate News (5-4-13)

Winkler/Poppe/Drazkowski/Kieffer: House passes minimum wage increase off the floor. (PIM)

Metsa/Winkler/Bakk: Minn. House passes steep bump to minimum wage. (AP)

Winkler/Fabian/Anzelc/Franson/Metsa: How high will Minnesota’s minimum wage rise? (ForumNews)

Thissen/Paymar: Gun-control advocates push Thissen for vote on ‘doomed’ background-check bill. (MinnPost)

Thissen/Murphy: Sami Rahamim Criticizes DFL for Stalling on Gun Control. (St. Louis Park)

Radinovich/Ward: Radinovich to back gay marriage. (Brainerd)

Radinovich/Sawatzky/marquart/Housley/Bakk: DFL swing vote on gay marriage to support bill. (AP)

Loon/Kieffer/McNamar/Faust/et al: Gay marriage: At least 7 swing-district House DFLers could support. (PioneerPress)

Simon/Seiben/Sanders: Election bills take shape in House, Senate. (ECM)

Bonoff/Hann/Ortman/et al: Senate passes tax bill after rejecting tax bill. (ECM)

Bakk: Nonprofits nervous about proposed Minnesota tax change on charitable contributions. (MinnPost)

Metsa/Anzelc/Melin/Garafalo: Rangers keep pushing solar. (Virginia)

Sparks/Schmit: Minnesota Senate passes ‘DREAM Act.’ (Rochester)

Pappas/Gazelka/Ortman/Torres-Ray: Undocumented immigrants could get college aid under Senate bill. (ForumNews)

Schmit/Miller/Kelly/Tomassoni: Mining restrictions near trout streams face upstream battle. (Rochester)

Swedzinski/Dahms: Soon crunch time at the Capitol. (Marshall)

Thompson: Unionization measure on track for passage. (ForumNews)

Melin/Barrett/Schoen: Minn. medical marijauna bill outlined, but debate waits. (AP)

Swedzinski/Dahms: Marijuana bill has ‘long road’ ahead. (Marshall)

Simon/Holberg/Latz: Childhood sexual abuse bill passes House. (ECM)

Westrom presents bill for UMM. (Morris)

Beard: Hostile reception greets Dayton at first metro-area ‘Meet with Mark’ session. (MinnPost)

Kiel/Zerwas: A sweet theft. (ForumNews)

Franken touts railroad regulation in Blooming Prairie stop. (Owatonna)

You can dish it out like a politician: Franken releases recipe book from annual competition. (Winona)

Wealthy exec poised to take on Al Franken. (Politico)

Franken/Klobuchar/Walz: Southwest Minnesota receives disaster declaration. (Worthington)

Klobuchar/Peterson/Walz/Nolan/Franken: Crusoe chosen as the [USDA] Farm Service Agency State Executive Director in Minnesota. (PolNews)

Klobuchar seeks immigration changes aimed at foreign-born doctors. (Rochester)

Nolan visits Pierz to talk about Medicare, Social Security. (Little Falls)

Michele Bachmann is pissed Obama didn’t declare Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an enemy combatant. (CityPages)

Obituary/Editorial: Loehr to be remembered for passions. (St. Cloud)

Meeker/Cokato DFL Party to meet May 18. (Litchfield)

HIGHWAY 53 REROUTE – How will it impact you and your community? (HTF)

CRP faces challenges. (AgWeek)

Minnesota Senate panel rejects anti-sand mining measure. (AP)

Chris Kluwe could be released during Monday meeting with GM Rick Spielman. (CityPages)

Thune requests scrutiny of European ethanol decision. (AgWeek)

NM horse slaughter plant to open soon. (AgWeek)

Tax relief tops $850 million as ND Legislature wraps up longest-ever session in wee hours. (Fargo)

Projects proposed would up N.D.’s wind energy capacity 41 percent. (Grand Forks)

Blooming Prairie shatters record for May snowfall. (Owatonna)

An open letter to Sen. Tomassoni. (Timberjay)

Gunther Letter: Do we want more taxes? (Fairmont)

Nornes Letter: Historic tax increases approved. (Fergus Falls)

Westrom Letter: Hardworking taxpayers deserve better than tax bill. (Morris)

NcMamar Letter: Health and Human Services bill will hurt local hospitals. (Morris)

Schomacker Letter: Legislator lends support to pro-life initiatives. (Worthington)

Letter: Clean energy needed. (Austin)

Graves Column: I pledge to help information reach citizens in 6th District. (St. Cloud)

Collin Peterson Column: Flood control must include modern tiling. (Grand Forks)

Johnson Column: Legislative Update. (St. Peter)

Poppe Column: House budget designed to boost middle class. (Austin)

Newman Column: Tax Omnibus Bill: Will you be better off? (Glencoe)

Gruenhagen Column: Update on bills heading to conference committees. (Glencoe)

Column: Legislature can seize LGA reform opportunity. (Cloquet)

Column: Please ask lawmakers to support affordable housing. (Duluth)

Column: Pension surcharge is an unfair bailout. (Duluth)

Column: Pay raise would be worth it, if it dialed down partisanship. (Glenwood)

Column: Damn the torpedoes – new taxes may be ahead. (Aitkin)

Column: Tax hikes will hurt. (Austin)

Editorial: Caution urged on increase of taxes. (Willmar)

Editorial: Is there a tax that DFLers do not like? Probably not. (Glencoe)

Editorial (Marty): Foolish attack on fossil fuels – Legislative folly at high level. (Virginia)

Editorial: Dayton, public need to accept discourse realities. (Mankato)

Editorial: The clock is ticking. (Worthington-St. Cloud)

Editorial: Highway projects – Legislators should let MnDOT do its job. (Timberjay)

Editorial: LGA plan is good deal for rural Minn. (Albert Lea-Willmar)

Editorial: Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Great Race. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Plan to end protections for wolves makes sense. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Viking stadium funding solution requires patience on all sides. (ECM)

Editorial: Think about the impact before making new laws. (Albert Lea)