Outstate News (1-5-14)

Klobuchar Column: Preserving innovation in rural Minnesota – We can’t afford to backtrack on biofuels. (Albert Lea-Detroit Lakes-Morris-Rochester-St. Cloud-St. Peter)

Column: Ethanol industry makes region better off. (AgWeek)

Minnesota may lose $610 million in 2014 due to proposed RFS rollback. (Fergus Falls)

Dahms/Swedinzski: ’14 session: short with plenty on docket. (Marshall)

Atkins: Lawmaker wants stolen smart phone cutoffs. (AP)

Atkins/Newman/Schmit/Koenen: Capital Chatter: Bachmann looking ahead; Smartphone ‘kill’ switch?; Illegal Campaign help; Broadband gets attention. (ForumNews)

Pelowski: MnSCU’s, faculty group’s disagreements continue over long-term plan. (ECM)

Wiger/Slocum/Goodwin/Laine: Ban the Box and other state laws effective Jan. 1. (ECM)

Anderson/Drazkokski/Huntley/Shoen/Sieben: New Minnesota laws include radon information requirement. (ForumNews)

Drazkowski: GOP group plans town hall meeting on ending ban on Minnesota’s Sunday liquor sales. (MinnPost)

Noor challenges Kahn for Minneapolis seat. (PIM)

Pederson drops 6th District congressional bid. (MinnPost)

Abeler/Zellers/Downey/Martin/Franken/Klobuchar/et.al: Mark Dayton faces obstacles in campaign for second term. (PioneerPress)

Franken: U.S. Senate candidate Dahlberg to speak in Brainerd Monday. (Brainerd)

Did Al Franken really cast the ’60th vote’ for Obamacare? (Strib)

Former Minneapolis Mayor Rybak hospitalized. (AP)

Kluwe: I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot. (DeadSpin)

Chris Kluwe speaks out against homophobia in the NFL. (CityPages)

Vikings to look into Kluwe charges. (PioneerPress-Willmar)

Former GOP Congressman Vin Weber says Republicans are dumb and getting dumber. (CityPages)

Linc-Stine: Battle brews over expansion at Minntac mine. (Duluth)

Green economists criticize copper mining impact study. (Duluth)

Dayton/Carlson: Dayton closes Minn. schools Monday ahead of cold. (AP)

Dayton/Carlson: ‘Dangerous, historic’ cold leads Dayton to cancel schools Monday. (ForumNews)

Highway 14 project not in DOT 20-year plan. (New Ulm)

Cheerios set to go GMO-free. (AP)

Ethanol plant set to reopen. (Fairmont)

Skoe Letter: Tax relief comes to farmers, too. (Red Wing)

Letters (Melin/Nolan/Wellstone): Readers weigh in on copper-nickel mining. (Duluth)

Letter: Kline, spend recess helping people witn MNsure. (Red Wing)

Reinert Column: ‘Un-session’ a chance for tax reform. (Duluth)

Simonson Column: Legislature will focus on bonding bill. (Duluth)

Erickson Column: Surplus shows tax increases unnecessary. (Mora)

Benson Column: Federal budget deal fails to address national debt. (Rochester-Worthington)

Otto Column: Long-term risk of mining too hard to quantify. (Two Harbors)

Column: We Need To Address Why People Don’t Move Here. (Benson)

Solon Column: U of M program feeds policy innovation. (Duluth)

Editorial (Sertich): Why split IRRRB commissioner’s duties? (Virginia)

Editorial: Minnesota should make more sales tax reforms. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Minnesota’s new radon law is a good step. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Demand attention rural Northland. (Duluth-AgWeek)

Editorial: Feedback needed on PolyMet plan. (Duluth)

Editorial: Congress should OK bill dealing with job creation. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Resolutions for lawmakers. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Legislators deserve scorn for assault against the poor. (St. Joseph)