Outstate News (6-29-13)

Editorial: Higher ethanol blend is a choice, not a mandate. (Rochester)

Editorial (Thompson-Koch): Republicans should settle Brodkorb case. (New Ulm)

Ortman/Koch/Senjem/Parry/Fischbach: Senate attorneys turn up the heat with broad requests for Brodkorb information. (MinnPost)

Liebling/Davids: Political parties eagerly await return of refund program on July 1. (Rochester)

Sparks/Savick/Ortman/Thissen: Ideas for [gun control] legislation abound, but little happens. (Albert Lea)

Ward/Marquart/Loon/FitzSimmons/et al: Pro-gay marriage group promises to help Minnesota candidates. (ForumNews))

Ingebrigtsen/Radinovich: Record Minnesota tax increase kicks in Monday. (ForumNews)

Kelly/Garofalo/Lenczewski: Are GOP and businesses crying wolf over impact of new warehouse tax? (MinnPost)

Kelly/Garofalo/Thissen: GOP foes of warehouse tax want special session, repeal. (MPR-Rochester)

Kelly/Garofalo/Schmit/Thissen/Zellers: Legislators seek special session to kill planned warehouse tax. (ForumNews)

Republicans call for Rep. Ryan Winkler to resign following “Uncle Thomas” tweet. (CityPages)

Sen. Thompson joins Minn. GOP governor race. (ForumNews)

Kline/Franken: Franken aims to speed up veterans’ benefits. (Moorhead)

Franken, Democrats try again to lock in student-loan interest rates. (MinnPost)

Sen. Franken bill would address skills gap. (Winona)

Al Franken Calls on Congress to Strengthen the Voting Rights Act. (PolUSA)

‘Daily Show’: Watch John Oliver Watch Al Franken Explain a Joke. (TheWrap)

Peterson: Future of the farm bill in limbo as Congress leaves for July 4 holiday. (AgWeek)

Nolan, Peterson to host farm forum. (Brainerd)

Walz: 1st District candidate Benson would not pass the Farm Bill, wants it split. (New Ulm)

Mills will seek to unseat Nolan in 8th District. (Brainerd)

Brainerd-area businessman to challenge DFL’s Nolan for House seat. (AP)

Nolan: Mills is a Packer backer-Candidate notes his family’s connection to Viking rivals. (Brainerd)

DNR pulls Lynn Rogers’ bear permits. (Bemidji)

Minnesota aims for full day of pre-kindergarten. (MPR-Bemidji)

Tax hike on smokes kicks in Monday. (Marshall)

Blandin Foundation provides broadband grants. (HTF)

Hay, alfalfa prices spike in wake of foul weather – Pressure to feed farm animals weighs on farmers. (St. Cloud)

Fed officials approve horse slaughterhouse in NM. (AgWeek)

Thissen Letter (Torkelson): Gas tax and warehouse tax. (New Ulm)

Letter (Torkenson-Dahms): Legislators, do what’s best for Minnesota. (New Ulm)

Letter (Gruenhagen): Republicans voting ‘no’ means lost opportunities for Minnesotans. (Glencoe)

Letter (Swedzinski): Facts say sky isn’t falling. (Marshall)

Letter (Schmit-Kelly): Letter: New senator didn’t follow his campaign promises. (Red Wing)

Letter: Onions to Sens. Klobuchar, Franken on haze issue. (Virginia)

Letter: DFL budget is honest and invests in our future. (Rochester)

Franken-Walz Column: Cut the red tape between veterans and their benefits. (Rochester)

Benson Column: DFL and Dayton didn’t merely ‘tax the rich’ (Rochester)

Quam Column: DFL ramps up government’s intrusion into our lives. (Rochester)

Westrom Column: Decriminalizing fireworks is a $6 million secret. (Morris)

Cassellius Column: Historic session will leave our kids better prepared. (St. Cloud)

Landwehr Column: Declare your independence by going fishing. (Austin)

Editorial: Farm bill failure highlights problems-Peterson should work with party-mates instead of blaming Republicans. (Crookston)

Editorial (Franken): There is no real online privacy. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Franken): Abeler will make U.S. Senate race more interesting in 2014. (ECM)

Editorial: Program makes healthier eating a SNAP. (Rochester)

Editorial: The loophole on private gun sales should be closed. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Cheers to solid Minnesota growth. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: County rushed into wheelage tax. (Austin)

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

Editorial: Agriculture must slash nitrogen loss. (Mankato)

Editorial: Senate steps up on major U.S. issue if immigration. (Willmar)