Outstate News (10-13-13)

Rod Grams, R.I.P. (Little Falls)

Zellers/Daudt/Klobuchar/Martin: Former Sen. Rod Grams dies at age 65, remembered for his service, dedication. (ECM)

NBC/WSJ poll: Shutdown debate damages GOP. (NBCNews)

Pelowski/Bonoff: On break, higher ed chairs keep University in mind. (MnDaily)

Winkler: Former Senate leader Amy Koch takes first step back into politics at minimum-wage debate. (MinnPost)

Simon/Hillstrom/Kiffmeyer: Kalin withdraws Secretary of State candidacy. (PIM)

Isaacson: Roseville businesswoman announces for MN House seat. (PolAnimal)

Gazelka/Ingebrigtsen/Westrom/Fabian: Peterson challengers watch and wait. (PIM)

Franken/Klobuchar/Nolan/Paulsen/et al: On the Hill, during shutdown, essential is in the eye of the officeholder. (Strib)

Franken/Klobuchar/Nolan: Affordable Care Act a sticking point in government shutdown; debt ceiling crisis looms. (ECM)

Franken: Defaulting would Cause ‘Worldwide Economic Crisis’ (WDIO)

Franken/Klobuchar: Minnesota’s 2014 U.S. Senate Race Could Be Another Expensive One. (KSTP)

Franken/Downey: Minnesota GOP: Back from the brink. (FinComm)

Peterson: SD, ND storm disaster helps prompt House approval of farm bill committee. (AgWeek)

Ellison arrested during immigration protest. (MPR)

Bachmann’s ‘good news’: End of the world is near. (MinnPost)

Michele Bachmann wants House to hold hearings about impeaching President Obama. (CityPages)

Emmer gets Colbert’d. (MPR)

Nolan: Stewart Mills kicks off campaign for Congress. (MPR)

6th District race: [DFL] Circle Pines woman with ‘can-do personality’ steps up. (ECM)

Minnesota Majority mulls legal action against Ritchie’s online voter-registration tool. (MinnPost)

Coalition: Raise minimum wage. (Albert Lea)

Shutdown threatens payments to farmers, landowners. (Litchfield)

Economist offers insight to impact of possible U.S. default on Central Minnesota. (St. Cloud)

MNsure website up and running. (Glenwood)

Asian carp can be controlled, expert says. (ECM)

Wolf hunting debate sparks passion, civility at Duluth symposium. (Duluth)

Mining group poll shows copper-nickel mining support. (Duluth)

Steve Murphy Letter (Kline-Paulsen): Demand GOP contain the radical tea party. (Red Wing)

Letter: Republicans’ shutdown triggers host of questions. (Worthington)

Letter: Liebling’s column about MNsure ignored key facts. (Rochester)

Ted Lillie Letter: Minn. tobacco tax regressive and dishonest. (Moorhead)

Poppe Column: Despite D.C. gridlock, there’s reason to be positive at home. (Austin)

Bettermann Column: What does a ‘government shutdown’ really mean? Not what you might think. (Alexandria)

Column (Newman-Thompson): GOP revival in the works. (Litchfield)

Column: Mining signs confuse, mislead Iron Rangers. (Duluth)

Column: Jury is still out on early childhood scholarships. (ECM)

Column: Tea party folks should give a little. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Congress out of control – Extreme gerrymandering takes power from voters, leaves extremists in charge. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Political extortion not the answer. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Give ACA a fair trial before death sentence. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: State aid cuts showed that leaner is possible. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Watching property taxes fall. (Hutchinson)

Editorial: Finally, some good news on LGA. (Worthington)

Editorial: Fund the dredging of Fountain Lake. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Sulfide mining is bad for state. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Pay attention, Minn., to biz-unfriendly rep. (Duluth-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Senators should not relent during this [coal] fight. (Fairmont)

Editorial: State Department holds the Key(stone). (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Farm policy heads back to the ’40s. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Peterson-Cramer): Food stamp bill’s fatal flaw: extreme partisanship. (AgWeek)