Outstate News (12-15-13)

Column: Farmers, Americans need to punch back against big oil. (Worthington)

Finstad/Horner: Rural Minnesota losing influence. (New Ulm)

Juhnke/Downey/Clark/Franken/Klobuchar/Ellison: Minnesota GOP moves HQ into DFL stronghold in Minneapolis. (Strib)

Bakk/Limmer/Knoblach: Dayton: New Senate office building is too expensive. (MPR)

Hackbarth/Melin/Dibble/Pederson: Legislators prepare to present marijuana bill in next session. (ECM)

Scott/Nelson/Dayton: GOP lawmaker claims DMCC chairwoman has conflict of interest. (Rochester)

Hansen/Kahn: Legacy Fund council approves $109 million spending plan. (Rochester-AP)

Poppe honored by milk producers. (AgriNews)

State Sen. Vicki Jensen visits with constituents to talk bonding bill. (Faribault-Owatonna)

Sen. Eaton, Sheriff Stanek: Overdose treatment could offer second chance. (ECM)

Lenczewski/Ortman: Dayton would use federal tax conformity to achieve ‘middle-class tax cuts’ (MinnPost)

Housley: Legislator from St. Mary’s Point considers run for Governor’s Office. (ECM)

Former House Minority Leader Seifert latest Republican candidate for governor. (ECM)

Franken: Work shift delays Minn. veterans benefits claims. (AP)

Franken: New bill strives to make textbooks affordable. (USAToday)

Franken optimistic a Farm Bill will be passed next month. (PCHerald)

Franken: House to adjourn in two days leaving dim hope for new farm bill. (WDAZ)

Peterson: ‘On a path’ to get farm bill done. (Marshall)

Republican attack ad uses Minnesota Twins against Collin Peterson. (CityPages)

MNSure director criticized for taking two-week tropical vacation amid enrollment problems. (CityPages)

Dayton: MN Jobs Coalition ad mocks MNsure director’s tropical vacation. (CityPages)

Ritchie: Minn. judge to review launch voter sign-up site. (AP)

Cassellius: Education commissioner discusses progress with Chamber. (Willmar)

Winona County Republicans share post comparing Hillary to satan. (CityPages)

Live from Detroit Lakes… it’s The Ed Show! (Detroit Lakes)

State and federal agencies release NorthMet Supplemental Draft EIS. (HTF)

Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest will supply US Capitol Christmas tree next year. (AP)

Farmers lose as bumper grain harvest overwhelms ships, trains. (Willmar)

Minn-Dak growers likely to lose money on 2013 crop. (AP)

Comments accepted through Jan. 28 on EPA’s renewable fuels proposal. (AgriNews)

Bill would axe corn ethanol mandate. (AgWeek)

Former dairy princess eyes reality TV. (Litchfield)

Letter: [Rep.] Green needs to review stand on Obama Care. (Detroit Lakes)

Letter: Rep. Green — find ways to build, not tear down. (Detroit Lakes)

Savick Letter: State surplus may mean tax repeals. (Albert Lea)

Persell Letter: Budget surplus is good news for Minnesotans. (Bemidji)

Falk Letter: State pays back schools — in full. (Hutchinson)

MN Chamber Letter: State should repeal all 3 B2B taxes. (Glencoe)

Quam Column: DFL, Dayton must be held accountable on taxes, MNsure. (Rochester)

Schmit-Hamilton Column: Rural Minn. is falling behind, losing clout. (Albert Lea)

Cassellius Column: Nation’s report card shows Minnesota’s investments in education are paying off. (Alexandria)

Column: Greater Minnesota stronger due to LGA boost. (Albert Lea-Alexandria-Bemidji-Morris-Pine City)

Editorial: Governor creates DNR busy work – Exploration mining is about drilling holes in ground and bringing up core samples. (Virginia)

Editorial (Marty-Senjem): Will rules change build collegiality? (New Ulm)

Editorial: Editorial: Truth is, ag land hit hard [by taxes]. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Good news on budget. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Don’t believe the budget spin. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Be careful with budget. (Austin)

Editorial: Step back, move forward. (Winona)

Editorial: Heed the winds of (mis)fortune. (Red Wing)

Editorial: What to do with all that money sitting around. (Marshall)

Editorial: Giving taxes back a good idea. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Pay school IOUs, repeal B2B taxes – Lawmakers should act quickly in ’14 session. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Raise minimum wage, but be careful how high. (Duluth)

Editorial: Input critical to ensure safe mining. (Duluth)

Editorial: Time has come: Congress should repeal Obamacare. (Fairmont)