Outstate News (7-28-13)

Melin/Hackbarth: Marijuana politics could heat up soon in Minnesota. (Bemidji-MPR)

Juhnke/Westrom/E.Anderson: WCROC generates anhydrous ammonia at new hydrogen and ammonia pilot plant. (AgriNews)

Gov. candidate Zellers pushes for business friendliness. (Albert Lea-Austin)

Abeler/Franken: Franken, re-election campaign on horizon, attracts few challengers so far. (MPR)

Has Al Franken shed his old, funny persona for good? (MinnPost-Salon)

Franken: Student leaders not pleased with loan deal. (Winona)

Bad to worse for Bachmann: She’s being probed by House Ethics Committee. (CityPages)

Ethics committee extends probe into Michele Bachmann and campaign. (AP)

Paulsen/Peterson: Don Shelby reportedly considering congressional run. (MInnPost)

Paulsen: Don Shelby: ‘I would be a terrible congressman’ (MinnPost)

Walter Mondale returns to Elmore. (Blue Earth)

Downey: GOP fixing from within. (Marshall)

[Former Rep.] Dorman hired for new rural economic group. (Albert Lea)

Dorman: Rural cities launch economic development partnership. (Alexandria)

What issues UMN regent Laura Brod still has with the Dream Act. (MPR)

Laura Brod, former legislator and U of M regent, admits underwear photo on internet is her. (City Pages)

Laura Brod underwear photo: What it means and why it matters. (CityPages)

Brod: Private photo online revealed to be U regent. (MnDaily)

Laura Brod, her underwear and Republican infighting. (MPP)

Smokers feeling the pinch of tobacco tax. (Austin)

DNR objects to band’s plan to hunt moose this fall. (Bemidji)

Soaring like an eagle: Red Lake celebrates groundbreaking of $21 million project that includes government center, tribal college. (ForumNews)

Organic farm highlighted on farm tour. (Pipestone)

The Monsanto menace takes over. (CityPages)

Labor group to host community forum Monday in Willmar, Minn. (Willmar)

Gear Daddies back on the big stage. (Austin)

McNamar Letter: Legislature triples investment in creating jobs, helping businesses. (Alexandria)

Letter: Representative Franson’s priority is protecting the wealthy. (Alexandria)

Letter: Thank you, Shannon Savick? (Albert Lea)

Letter: Walz was right to oppose new Farm Bill. (Worthington)

Letter: Nolan’s response to request disheartening, shortsighted. (Duluth)

Marquart Column: Legislative session helps rural Minnesota. (Grand Forks)

Drazkowski Column: Column: State taxes increased; local taxes may be next. (Red Wing)

Nolan Column: System must protect girls from exploitation. (Duluth)

Franken Column: We need transparency on domestic surveillance. (CNN)

Klobuchar Column: Let’s prevent the next spike in gas prices. (Albert Lea-Bemidji-St. Cloud)

Jesson Column: A budget that works for Minnesotans. (Pine City)

Cassellius Column: Minnesota must honor its promise to kids. (Hutchinson)

Column: Farmers care about land and water. (Winona)

Editorial (Franken-Klobuchar-McCollum): Cuts to SNAP bad news for millions of Americans. (ECM)

Editorial (Peterson): Farm bill split is a mistake. (Litchfield)

Editorial: Legislature hurt cities with tax change. (Mankato)

Editorial: Wheelage tax is painful but necessary. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Law is working; Smokers are quitting in Minn. (Park Rapids-Duluth)

Editorial: Windfarm sale a positive for taxpayers. (Austin)

Editorial: A capital Capitol. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Investment in river transportation at critical stage. (Winona)