Outstate News (1-12-14)

Soucheray Column (Knoblach): A $63M building? For 44 senators? I’d laugh if I didn’t want to scream. (PioneerPress)

Dean/Solon: Design for Minn. Senate office building advances. (AP)

Seiben/Rybek: Prettner Solon, Dayton quiet about running mate decision. (ForumNews)

Daudt: GOP lawmaker from Minnesota involved in Montana gun incident. (AP)

MNGOP leader Kurt Daudt’s truck purchase ended with Daudt’s gun being pulled on seller. (CityPages)

Capitol Chatter: Daudt says he was witness, not troublemaker. (ForumNews)

Melin/Dibble: Statewide law-enforcement groups not budging on medical marijuana bill. (MinnPost)

Survey: Minnesotans want medical marijuana but split on full legalization. (CityPages)

Atkins/Benson/Hoppe: Lawmakers want MNsure answers, but few have been forthcoming — yet. (MinnPost)

Thissen: State revenues better than forecast. (ForumNews)

Ray: [Carla] Nelson to push bill cracking down on teachers caught abusing students. (Rochester)

Ruud elected to leadership role. (Aitkin)

Erhardt/Savick/Masin: Challengers get to work in House swing districts. (PIM)

Gazelka/Franken: Abeler says experience sets him apart in GOP Senate race. (Brainerd)

Dayton, Franken face obstacles in bid for second term. (Moorhead-St. Paul)

Franken/Paulsen/Klobuchar: Democrats unite behind unemployment benefits extension. (Grand Forks-MPR)

Sen. Franken Pushes to Increase Opportunities for Women, Minorities in High-Demand STEM Jobs. (PolNews)

Franken: Target breach worse than thought; states launch joint probe. (WDAY)

Franken Launches Online Petition To Invalidate Citizens United. (B&C)

Cravaack/Martin: Nolan duel with GOP ‘young gun’ heats up early. (Duluth-Strib)

Dispute between Peterson and Boehner part of latest farm bill snag. (MPR)

Peterson: Dairy policy bogs down farm bill. (AgWeek)

Dayton says he didn’t learn of MNsure problems and contract changes until after launch. (MinnPost)

Rukavina/Landwehr: PolyMet hearings to start Thursday. (Duluth)

Downey Proposing Dramatic Changes to MN GOP Endorsement Process. (PolMn)

Downey: GOP and DFL state conventions scheduled for same weekend. (MPR)

Majority of Republicans now reject theory of evolution. (MinnPost)

MPCA releases wild rice reports, delays sulfate standard change. (Ely)

Pipeline forum draws large crowd. (Park Rapids)

Gambling opponents try to prevent online scratch game. (AP)

Blue Cross takes back control of rural Medicaid rides. (ForumNews)

Loss of nutrition educators through SNAP cuts already felt locally. (Willmar)

Frederickson: State ag chief urges campaign for ethanol. (Marshall)

MDA biofuel tour coming to FF. (Fergus Falls)

Corn Growers urge EPA comments to keep ethanol quotas. (New Ulm)

Dave Baker named MN chamber chairman. (Detroit Lakes-Willmar)

Koenen Letter (Schmit): Statewide broadband coverage needed. (Hutchinson)

Martin Letter: Congressman Nolan doing the right thing. (Park Rapids)

Letter: Gazelka no stranger to discrimination. (Little Falls)

Letter (Faust): Surplus only a projection. (Pine City)

Letter (Klobuchar-Franken-Nolan-Dayton): A ruined BWCAW isn’t much of a political legacy. (Timberjay)

Letter: Supporting cleaner-burning fuels makes sense. (Winona)

Drazkowski Column: Minnesotans should reclaim control of their health care. (Rochester-Winona)

Newman Column: DFL fined $100,000. So who cares? (Glencoe-Litchfield)

Gruenhagen Column: Bullying bill: Unfunded mandate. (Glencoe-New Ulm)

Column: Rod Searle: How to practice politics with respect. (Little Falls)

Column: 2014 should bring minimum-wage boosts. (St. Joseph)

Heinzman Column (Franken-Walz-Emmer-Paulsen): Voters will likely support DFL again in 2014. (ECM)

Editorial (Dayton): Out of touch on MNsure. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Dill): Sulfate standards affect more than where wild rice can grow. (Ely)

Editorial: Plenty for legislative auditor to scrutinize. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Kluwe’s comments have implications on Vikings, NFL. (Mankato-Albert Lea)