Outstate News (7-7-13)

Obituary: Joseph Rukavina, teacher, coach and WWII veteran. (Strib)

Former Congressman Arlan Stangeland dies at 83. (Crookston)

Hann opts out of run for governor. (HotDish)

Radinovich/Ingebrigtsen: Record $2 billion tax increase begins. (ForumNews)

Dibble/Benson: Minnesota’s rural highways ranked 49th in nation. (Rochester)

Zellers/Thissen/Hann/Daudt: 2014 election: DFL vs. GOP state budgets. (ForumNews)

Drazkowski: DFL control drove big union wins in Legislature. (MPR-Rochester)

Schmit: New state frac sand permitting begins. (Winona)

Franken pledges assistance in job loss. (International Falls)

Sen. Al Franken Gets Update on Flood Recovery Efforts. (NorthlandNews)

Sen. Franken Urges Support For Food Stamp Grocery Delivery. (CBS)

Franken: Immigration bill touted. (ForumNews)

Farm bill chat: Peterson, beyond frustrated, sounds pessimistic tone. (Crookston)

Obermueller, Kline fundraising numbers point to an expensive race. (MinnPost)

Counties mull wheelage tax. (AP)

Crops emerge, but late and not in all fields. (Austin)

Swift County’s farmland value has increased. (Benson)

Lamberton couple raises naturally red, white, and blue popcorn. (Redwood Falls)

Multiple organizations urge Boehner to bring farm bill back to the House floor. (AgWeek)

Three medals, and more, for your local [Schell’s] brewery. (New Ulm)

Letter: Ward was right choice [for Grand Marshall]. (Brainerd)

Letter (McNamer): Interesting radio ads. (Morris)

Letter: DeKruif business argument doesn’t add up. (Mankato)

Letter: Legislature still has inequities to fix. (New Ulm)

Kelly Column: We mustn’t wait to eliminate ineffective tax. (Red Wing-Rochester)

Radinovich Column: Local schools to receive funding increase. (Aitkin)

Howe Column: Overview shows Minnesota taking more from residents. (St. Cloud)

Reinert Column: The 1st Minnesota: ‘Saviors of our country’ (Duluth)

Franken Column: Veterans have earned, deserve prompt benefits. (St. Cloud)

Klobuchar Column: Statement on Independence Day. (Alexandria)

MN Chamber Column: New taxes will be felt across state. (Austin-Willmar-Brainerd-Grand Forks-Virginia)

Column (Winkler-Dayton-Thissen-Martin): The ‘Uncle Tom’ tweet: Gov. Dayton and DFL take a pass on a teachable moment. (PioneerPress)

Editorial: GOP pick the wrong topic when criticizing Owatonna’s Jensen. (Owatonna)

Editorial: [Daycare] Union law offers no benefits. (St. Cloud-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Bad tax policy by DFLers – But also bad call for special session by GOP. (Virginia)

Editorial (Franken-Klobuchar): U.S. House needs to rethink cuts to nutrition assistance programs. (ECM)

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

Editorial: Congress must address student loan rates. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Rural Minnesota can’t afford the status quo. (Rochester)

Editorial: Court’s decision a blot on rights in this nation. (St. Joseph)