Outstate News (6-15-13)

Thanks, but no thanks: Miller won’t take on Walz in ’14 but isn’t ruling out future run. (Winona)

Sen. David Hann weighs a possible run in governor race, discusses Legislature issues. (ECM)

Thissen talks session; city MERIT Center. (Marshall)

Torkelson, Dahms dissect 2013 session. (New Ulm)

Dahms/Torkelson: Legislators host town hall meetings. (Redwood Falls)

Every Minnesotan will pay more, says Swedzinski. (Redwood Falls)

Sparks/Senjem/Poppe/Savick/Quam: Legislators reflect on the session. (Albert Lea)

Persell/Erickson/Savick/Radinovich/Faust: MN United raising funds for pro-gay marriage legislators. (CityPages)

Dahms/Rosen: Area lawmakers pass 3 beer bills. (Mankato)

Juhnke/Franken: Dairy Leaders Roundtable meets in Arden Hills. (AgriNews)

Franken/Peterson: MnSP officials advocate for biodiesel in Washington. (Worthington)

Al Franken May Succeed in Simplifying the Financial Aid Process. (TakePart)

Al Franken’s Makeover. (NationalReview)

Sen. Klobuchar tours Northpost. (Mora)

Klobuchar: Legislation cracks down on cell phone ‘cramming’ (Alexandria)

Peterson thinks new farm bill will be approved this summer. (Morris)

Nolan/Bakk: Nolan pledges support in job loss. (International Falls)

McCollum/McGuire/Liebling: Congresswoman McCollum calls proposed cuts to food stamp program “immoral”. (ECM)

Sertich: IRRRB reworks loan to Excelsior Energy. (Duluth)

Vilsack: New program aims to improve water quality in state. (Alexandria)

[Dean] Johnson named vice-chairman of University of Minnesota regents. (Willmar)

Minnesota Senate legal costs in Brodkorb case: $226,000. (AP)

USDA reduces corn crop to reflect wet spring. (AP)

State unemployment rate drops to 5.3 percent. (International Falls)

Getting more out of the sun: New solar energy standard interests homeowners, but Minnesota utilities moving cautiously. (Winona)

MnDOT floats another re-route option for Highway 53 in Virginia. (Duluth)

Tschumper Letter (Davids-Miller): Democrats deliver for residents in Houston and Fillmore counties. (Spring Grove)

Letter: Disappointed at Gruenhagen’s vote on bonding bill. (Glencoe)

Gruenhagen Letter: Letter: Lawmakers did pass bonding bill. (Hutchinson)

Letter (Weber-Rosen): Rural votes rendered meaningless in St. Paul. (Worthington)

Schmit Column: Continue positive trends of ’13 Legislature. (Red Wing)

Marquart Column: Future is bright for Minnesota. (Detroit Lakes)

Miller Column: Despite tax hike, some big wins for southeast region. (Rochester)

Nancy Larson Column: Stronger economy and fairer taxes ahead. (Litchfield)

Jaros Column: Lawmakers’ pay should be decided by others. (Duluth)

Westrom Column: Enjoy a ‘staycation’ close to home. (Morris)

Landwehr Column: Thanks to those who enroll land in CRP. (Glenwood)

Pogemiller Column: Minnesota stems rising tide of tuition and debt. (Rochester)

Krinkie Column: Relief or no relief, property taxes stay high. (Grand Forks)

Column: Bachmann leaving Congress is good for her and Minnesota. (Glenwood)

Column: DFL, liberal media go after Bachmann again. (Glenwood)

Column: Bachmann’s backwater blues. (Bemidji)

Column (Nolan): Ignoring environmental problems don’t make them go away. (Timberjay)

Column: Conservation vital element of farm bill. (AgWeek)

Editorial: Legislative dealing trips trust. (Mankato)

Editorial (Jensen): Hoping that Owatonna senator can parlay newfound influence into good things for district. (Owatonna)

Editorial (Thissen): Budget reserves should be built up. (Fergus Falls – Mankato)

Editorial: Put partisan loyalties aside. (Albert Lea – St. Paul)

Editorial: OK, House: The [farm] bill is in your court. (Marshall)

Editorial: The simple solution to education excellence not easy. (ECM)

Editorial: Politicians keep stumbling on rape idiocies. (New Ulm)