Outstate News (9-22-13)

Editorial: Another power struggle in D.C. (New Ulm)

Winkler/Sawatzky/Koenen: Raising minimum wage discussed: Legislative committee holds hearing in Willmar as part of effort to get feedback. (Willmar)

Gruenhagen: ‘There’s no shortage of funds’ (Glencoe)

Johnston Hall advocates in Faribault seek new funding options with help from state Rep. Patti Fritz. (Faribault)

Franken: A Bid to ‘Shame’ Building Owners Into Energy Efficiency. (NatJournal)

Franken concerned about Apple’s new fingerprint tech. (AP)

Franken: Rochester Tea Party among groups scrutinized by IRS. (Rochester)

McCollum/Ellison/Franken/Oberstar/et al: Are ‘lettermarks’ Congress’ new end-around on the earmarks ban? (MinnPost)

Peterson: US House approves deep cut in food stamp program. (AP)

Peterson: Path to farm bill conference remains unclear despite House food stamp vote. (AgWeek)

Nolan, U.S. House vote for quicker mining permits. (Duluth)

Nolan: New group Jobs for Minnesotans formed, growing – Purpose: Education on mining jobs. (Virginia)

Michele Bachmann is one of the most corrupt members of Congress, CREW says. (CityPages)

Rybak interested in another run for governor ‘if the governship is open’. (MinnPost)

School districts across Minnesota benefit from funding boost. (Sleepy Eye-Crookston)

MNsure parts ways with employee involved in email security breach. (AP)

MNsure opens consumer Contact Center. (HTF)

County prepares for MNsure: Oct. 1 launch date approaches for new insurance exchange. (Willmar)

Affordable Care Act: ‘More questions than answers’ for area officials. (Winona)

Appeals court puts day care unionization drive on hold. (AP)

5 years after Keystone XL application, pipeline’s importance still debated. (ForumNews)

Green groups oppose Sax-Zim land deal. (Duluth)

Steger headlings forum on climate, energy and health. (Granite Falls)

Early Minnesota grouse hunting yields few birds — mostly to walkers. (Duluth)

Pancakes at cafe in Bricelyn voted best in Minnesota. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Faust opens door to dangerous drug. (Mora)

Letter (Falk-Sawatzky): Thanks for those who attended Steger Event. (Morris)

Erickson Column: Take time to remember POW/MIA on Sept. 20. (Mora)

Drazkowski Column: MNsure is off to a bad start, and it will only get worse. (Rochester)

MN Chamber Column: Planning agenda for the ‘Unsession.’ (Aitkin-Little Falls)

Column: MNsure rates are great. (Aitkin)

Column: ACA matters for those with disabilities. (Austin)

Column: MNsure is wobbling on the launch pad. (Little Falls)

Column: Access, affordability and excellence neglected in MnSCU plan. (Winona)

Ted Lillie Column: Time celebrated civic pride, not big government. (Grand Forks)

Column: A legislative partnership with higher education. (Crookston)

Column: As Hormel builds odor reduction facility and other companies expand, will jobs, wages follow? (Austin)

Column: Renewable Fuels Standard working. (AgWeek)

Column: 2013 Farm Bill: Groundhog Day? (Winona)

Column: E-cigs are clean, don’t cause cancer. (Duluth)

Editorial: A not-so-special session for area. (Worthington)

Editorial (Zelle): Gas tax alone won’t maintain the roads. (Rochester-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Nolan-Franken-Klobuchar): Republican bill to streamline mine permitting receives Nolan’s vote. (Ely)

Editorial: Good news for mining in Congress – Key moves by Klobuchar, Nolan. (Virginia)

Editorial (Gruenhagen): Legislature blew golden opportunity to right a wrong. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Let’s talk about Minnesota sales taxes – We’re hoping to host a chat with state leaders. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: U.S. Chamber spanks House Republicans. (ForumNews)

Editorial: Boise mill purchase – Uncertainty over mill’s future highlights again the value of economic diversity. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Don’t forget nuclear power. (Red Wing)

Editorial: More focus needed for keeping Asian carp away. (Mankato)

Editorial: Food-stamp bill’s fatal flaw: Extreme partisanship. (Grand Forks)