Outstate News (1-19-14)

Peterson asks EPA to keep renewable fuel requirements. (AgWeek)

Sen. Franken talks with farmers about RFS, Farm Bill and more. (KIMT)

Franken: Minn. corn growers concerned about proposed EPA rules. (MPR)

Nornes/Frederickson: Ag tour designed to drum up support for fight of planned RFS reductions. (Fergus Falls)

Frederickson: Ethanol backers urged to protest proposed cuts. (Benson)

Frederickson: Ethanol producers campaign against proposed cut to Renewable Fuel Standard. (Willmar)

Frederickson/Klobuchar/Peterson: Ag Commissioner builds support for Renewable Fuel Standard. (Morris)

Sieben/Seifert: Prettner Solon to leave, but door still open. (ForumNews)

Fischbach/Downey: MNGOP Sen. Fischbach on Senate building: DFL action “could potentially be illegal” (CityPages)

Fischbach: DFL: MNGOP angst over $90 million Senate building is just politics as usual. (CityPages)

PolyMet mine hearing in Duluth draws large, passionate crowd. (MPR)

Begish: Copper conundrum at the DECC. (Duluth)

Newman/Urdahl: Bullying bill goes too far: Newman (Litchfield)

Swedizinski/Dahms: Local politicians react to Dayton’s bonding bill. (Marshall)

Dahms/Swedzinski: State representatives hear Yellow Medicine County concerns. (Granite Falls)

Loon: Lawmaker seeks to allow Sunday liquor sales in Minn. (Moorhead)

Melin/Schoen/Huntley/Dibble/Dayton: Medical marijuana bill spurs hope, draws opposition. (ForumNews)

State Rep. Debra Hilstrom gets womenwinning nod in secretary of state race. (MinnPost)

Zellers/Peppin/Beard/et al: Dozens of House Republicans endorse Nguyen for Secretary of State. (PIM)

Faust/Masin/Newton: Swing district challengers chase House seats. (PIM)

McNamar: Jeff Backer announces bid for District 12A seat. (Morris)

Zellers/Seifert/Thompson/et.al: Honour leads GOP governor fundraising. (PIM)

Ortman: In race to take on Franken, 2 different paths. (AP)

Ortman/Abeler: GOP Senate candidates face off at tea party forum. (Rochester)

Franken: GOP candidate Ortman returns to Bemidji. (Bemidji)

Franken banks $4.8 million for re-election race. (Strib)

Franken posts another strong fundraising quarter. (KARE)

Sen. Franken says budget bill will strengthen economy, provide stability for business. (Kenyon)

Elizabeth Warren to stump for Al Franken in Minnesota. (Politico)

Sen. Franken Demands Answers On GPS Tracking, Credit Card Security. (WCCO)

Klobuchar: Advocates take step toward safe harbor in Duluth for victims of sex trafficking. (Duluth)

Peterson: Farm bill could go to House floor Jan. 27. (AgWeek)

OLA: Dayton administration ran afoul of law by bringing campaign staffer. (PIM)

Auditor says Dayton violated law by taking campaign aide on plane. (ForumNews)

Auditor: Minnesota law unclear on governor’s political travel. (AP)

Dayton: Taking campaign aide on plane was mistake. (AP)

Martin: Sen. Elizabeth Warren to headline DFL’s Humphrey-Mondale Dinner. (MinnPost)

Minnesota steps up to the plate for Lewis and Clark Rural Water. (Marshall)

Proposed deposits on bottles worries businesses. (Detroit Lakes)

[Polymet] Mining company makes pitch in Litchfield. (Litchfield)

State surpluses spark debate on cutting taxes, spending. (AP)

Newman Letter: DFL campaign violations had large effect. (Litchfield)

Letter: Time to contact the EPA [regrding RFS] is now. (Morris)

Norton Column: Soaring college debt shackles graduates’ talent and creativity. (Rochester)

Melin Column: Let’s bring relief to suffering Minnesotans. (Duluth)

Column (Eken-Skoe-Ingebrigtsen) Minimum wage hike could mean $8.3 million for area. (Detroit Lakes)

Column (Anzelc-Melin): Production tax slipping even as mine profits soar. (Timberjay)

Column: America ought to move forward on biofuels. (Albert Lea)

Column: Republicans and their uncaring culture. (Aitkin)

Column (Sertich-Solon-Dayton-Kelliher-Seiben): Rumblings in DFL Country [regarding Lt. Governor]. (Virginia)

Editorial (Savick-Sparks): The Dayton snub is disappointing. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Governor’s wish list. (New Ulm)

Editorial; Senate doesn’t need $67 million palace. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Solon-Dayton): Can’t we find a job for the lieutenant governor? (Farimont)

Editorial (Benson): Lieutenant governor should wear two hats. (Rochester)

Editorial: Legislature, legalize pot for medicine – Drug poses little risk if regulated, not abused. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Melin): Medical marijuana measure not yet right for Minnesota. (Duluth)

Editorial: Should pot be legalized? Keep an eye on Colorado. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: Copper/nickel debate now where it belongs. (Virginia)

Editorial: Hunting, fishing traditions face challenges ahead. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Recycling ‘problem’ (New Ulm)

Editorial (Gardner): Recycling convenience comes with price. (Mankato)

Editorial: 2013 proved to be a good year for Minnesota schools. (ECM)

Editorial (Weber-Schomacher-Hamilton): Dayton gives water project a key assist. (Worthington)