Outstate News (8-24-13)

Editorial: State Fair remains the great Minnesota Get-Together. (Willmar)

Al Franken’s 13 Reasons Why The Minnesota State Fair Is The Best In The Country. (BuzzFeed)

Daudt/Bakk/Thissen/Dayton: Farm tax not part of special legislative session. (ForumNews)

Petersburg/Fritz/Savick/Jensen: Steele County lawmakers, business owners wish farm repair tax was part of special session. (Owatonna)

Sawatzky/Falk/Thissen: Educators talk to legislators about state tests. (Willmar)

Urdahl heralds effort to educate and train future workers. (Hutchinson)

Ruud wants Paul Bunyan removed from MNsure ads. (Brainerd)

Tone softens on Paul and Babe insurance marketing campaign. (Bemidji)

Laura Brod spent $19,051 in campaign donations on legal fees after posing for sexy photo on 8-19-08. (CityPages)

Walz hosts ‘Conservation Potluck’ (New Ulm)

Franken, Walz push bill to speed up VA claims. (Rochester)

Franken/Walz: Veterans Wait For Benefits Because Of Backlog. (WCCO)

Walz, Franken Push to End VA Backlog. (KAAL)

Franken/Walz: Franken says it’s time to suspend military aid to Egypt. (Rochester)

Franken praises upgrades at Glenville biodiesel plant. (Albert Lea)

Franken: Ribbon cutting for REG’s $21 million expansion. (KIMT)

Sen. Al Franken Talks Education With Shakopee Ninth-Graders. (Patch)

Franken/Beard: Merits of renewable energy debated at Farmfest. (AgriNews)

Braley, Klobuchar say passing farm bill best way to help beginning farmers. (AgriNews)

Franken: Hotline’s Inaugural 2014 Senate Rankings. (NationalJournal)

Franken: St. Louis County commissioner to run for U.S. Senate. (Duluth)

Franken: Newest Minn. Republican in Senate race an old hand. (AP)

Hibbing teacher joins race for governor. (Duluth)

Special ed teacher seeks GOP nod for governor. (Bemidji)

New candidate for Minnesota governor talks to fair visitors. (ForumNews)

Sounds like Mark Dayton’s relationship with his lieutenant governor is pretty awkward. (CityPages)

Vikings break off stadium lease negotiations. (MinnPost)

Official warns of hitch on Minn. Vikings stadium. (AP)

Stadium Authority Attorney: ‘Wilfs Lack Cooperation” (KSTP)

PolyMet environmental review coming in November. (Duluth)

Public review of Minnesota’s first proposed copper mine delayed again. (Strib)

PolyMet environmental review to be made public in November. (ForumNews)

Bid to block Le Sueur biofuel plant denied. (Mankato)

What’s the buzz with oilseed crops? (Morris)

Pioneer opens expanded research center. (Mankato)

Farm Bureau head: Keep nutrition in farm bill. (AgWeek)

It’s cool to be Princess Kay of the Milky Way. (ForumNews)

Pheasant, duck harvests up; more hunters hit the fields in 2012. (Marshall)

Westrom Letter: Supporting local farmers. (Morris)

Falk Letter: Correcting the ag record. (Willmar)

Ingebrigtsen Letter (Dayton): DFL leadership continues to disappoint. (Alexandria)

Newberger Letter: Dayton, DFL refuse to fix tax mistakes. (St. Cloud)

Green Letter: Sales tax repeal should extend to all businesses. (Detroit Lakes)

Erickson Letter: Special session opportunity to fix mistakes. (Mora)

Letter: Repeal all three B2B taxes now. (International Falls)

Letter: Stop complaining, Rep. Hamilton. (Jackson)

Letter (Falk-Peterson): House farm bill is right. (AgWeek)

Letter: MNsure ads should be embraced by the city. (Bemidji)

Letter: Bemidji should take advantage of the free [MNSure] PR. (Bemidji)

Letter: Pope County DFL thanks fair visitors. (Glenwood)

Letter: Learn the facts about mining. (Willmar)

Norton Column: 2013 Legislature created momentum that’s still growing. (Rochester)

Column (Bakk): Time for legislators to focus on the elephants. (Timberjay)

Editorial: These new taxes should go. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Sounds like lawmakers did poor job of [tax] planning. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Special session ducks repeal of business taxes. (Virginia)

Editorial: Let’s keep football on the gridiron, not at the Capitol. (ECM)

Editorial: Rational policy for e-cigarettes. (Crookston)

Editorial: Ban on guns at Capitol will not make it safer. (Fairmont)

Editorial: No need to ban guns at Capitol. (Mankato)

Editorial: Guns in the Capitol. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Follow Dayton’s lead on gun limits in Capitol. (Grand Forks)