Outstate News (6-23-13)

Fischbach/Koch/Michel/Hann/et.al: Brodkorb firing ‘flabbergasted’ ex-GOP Senate leader. (StarTribune)

Abeler/Ortman/Coleman: Franken hardly a GOP target for defeat. (AP)

Minnesota Poll: Franken’s approval rating spikes. (StarTribune)

Abeler/Ortman/Franken: State Rep. Abeler, a maverick Republican, will challenge Franken. (ECM)

Hillstrom: DFL lawmaker to throw hat in for Minn. secretary of state. (AP)

Davids/Dayton: Local businesses brace for cigarette tax increase. (Rochester)

Torkelson, Dahms share ideas about session. (New Ulm)

Juhnke/Franken: Willmar, Minn.- area veterans provide input on VA backlog and Sen. Franken’s proposed solutions. (Willmar)

Franken/Walz: Lawmakers discuss Quicker Benefits Delivery Act with veterans. (Winona)

Feedback to Franken’s staff: Empower veterans to improve system. (St. Cloud)

Peterson: Farm bill failure ‘not shocking’ (Fergus Falls-AP)

Farm bill defeat in House frustrates Peterson. (Crookston)

Peterson: Farm bill likely will come back. (ForumNews)

Peterson: Notebook: Political bedfellows defeat farm bill in House. (ForumNews)

Peterson: Lobbyist: farm bill failure ‘undercuts our effectiveness’ (AgWeek)

Peterson/Walz: GOP amendments torpedo giant farm bill. (MinnPost)

Kline delivers weekly national address for GOP. (AP)

Advocates for poor put raising Minnesota’s minimum wage on top of priority list. (MinnPost)

PolyMet gears for public comment. (Ely)

New state taxes to hit businesses hard. (WinonaPost)

Students will benefit from tuition freeze. (AP)

Ag News: Buffalo Lake ethanol plant for sale. (Hutchinson)

Ag News: Offutt key player in lawsuit claiming potato price-fixing. (Moorhead)

Ag News: US approves label for nonGMO products. (AgWeek-NYTimes)

Letter (Miller, Peloweski, et al): How about a little [frac sand] transparency? (WinonaPost)

Krinkie Letter: Myths of property tax reform. (Hutchinson)

Nelson Column: Tax-and-spend Legislature increases need for watchdogs. (Rochester)

Westrom Column: Minnesota Supreme Court ruling will be significant win for landowners. (Morris)

DeKruif Column (Wagenius): Democrats used bait and switch on business. (Mankato)

Klobuchar Column: Coming together for Minnesota farmers. (Morris-Pine City-Rochester)

Klobuchar Column: We all stand on the shoulders of immigrants. (Duluth)

Kline Column: A plan for U.S. 52 that pleases everyone. (Rochester)

Column: We want protection, but we want our freedom too. (Glenwood)

Editorial: Yes, state taxes do affect jobs. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Walz-Kline): Congress must meet in the middle on student loans. (Rochester)

Editorial (Klobuchar): Keep student loans affordable. (Detroit Lakes-ForumNews)

Editorial: Students benefactors of tuition freeze. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: [Tuition Freeze] An educated move. (Austin)

Editorial: Government spying. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Peterson): Editorial: Congress needs a deal on Farm Bill. (Willmar)

Editorial: Farm bill failure. (New Ulm)

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