Outstate News (2-16-14)

Obituary: Charles “Charlie” Berg. (PedFH)

Charlie Berg, maverick Minnesota state senator, dies at 86. (Willmar-St. Paul)

Sen. Charlie Berg changed parties, not philosophies. (Strib)

Bar Stool Racing. (Brainerd)

Davids/Scott/Liebling/Walz: Notebook: Davids calls on Smith to resign from DMCC Board. (Rochester)

FitzSimmons/Garofalo/Kiefer/Loon/Petersen/Sawatzky/Fritz: Republicans who backed gay marriage face consequences. (AP)

Thissen/Wagenius: Minnesota House speaker: No mining bills this session. (ForumNews)

Thissen/Marquart/Anderson: Agricultural tax relief highlight of Minnesota speaker’s rural initiatives. (ForumNews)

Sen. Skoe talks minimum wage increase concerns, bonding bill. (Detroit Lakes)

Bakk/Thissen/Hann/Daudt: Move to repeal taxes faces some hurdles. (Fin&Com)

McNamar/Anderson: More state aid funding for county roads needed. (Glenwood)

Sen. Sheran Introduces E-Cig Ban Bill. (KEYC)

Winkler/Bakk: Minnesota’s minimum wage to be hot issue at Capitol. (Moorhead-St. Paul)

Winkler/McNamar: Legislators argue for a minimum wage increase. (Morris)

Simon/Hillstrom: AG Swanson calls for state minimum wage hike. (New Ulm)

Dorholt: Former Rep. Jim Knoblach considers House 14B bid. (St. Cloud)

Seifert/Zellers: GOP hopefuls split over MNsure. (AP)

Marty Seifert: ‘Minnesota government costs too much’ (MinnPOst)

Sen. Franken visits Nerstrand farm on propane crisis fact-finding mission. (Fairbault-Northfield-Kenyon)

Sen. Franken: Cable merger will ‘hurt consumers’ (MinnPost)

Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar not thrilled about prospect of Comcast-Time Warner merger. (CityPages)

Franken: When it comes to policy, Mike McFadden’s Senate campaign is a blank slate. (MinnPost)

Walter Mondale recovers at Mayo Clinic after heart surgery. (MinnPost)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to speak at GOP ‘Lincoln Reagan Dinner’ (MinnPost)

Minn. Chamber: Repeal business-to-business taxes. (Austin)

Newman Letter: MNsure bonuses unacceptable. (Glencoe)

Letter: Thanks to Rep. Jay McNamar for support of nursing homes. (Morris)

Letter: Nolan’s single-payer health care wish at luncheaon not reported. (Duluth)

Collin Peterson Column: Finally, a Farm Bill for America. (Park Rapids)

Izaak Walton Column: Despite cuts, farm bill is still a victory. (St. Cloud)

McNamar Column: Progress has been made on MNsure. (Morris)

Savick Column: Firefighters deserve a tax credit in Minn. (Albert Lea)

Nelson Column: Nelson: To fix MNsure, DFLers must first eat some humble pie. (Rochester)

Urdahl Column: 2014 legislative session: repeal taxes, fix MNsure. (Litchfield)

Column: EPA is wrong when it comes to biodiesel. (Hutchinson)

Column: $1 billion surplus dilemma. (Aitkin)

Column: Local legislators should support bonding bill. (Little Falls)

Column: Long overdue farm bill cuts nation’s deficit by $24 billion over 10 years. (Little Falls)

Editorial (Solon-Emmer): Governor, time to fence-mend in area. (Virginia)

Editorial (Dill): Embarrassing [Polymet] testimony. (Ely)

Editorial: Dispel this PolyMet myth. (Duluth)

Editorial (Sheran): E-cigarettes deserve study. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Minn. should keep public notices in newspapers. (Willmar)

Editorial: Keep public notices public, noticeable. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Local newspapers are still best place for public notices. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: Public access threatened by proposed law. (Mankato)

Editorial: Public notices keep every citizen informed. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Change in public notice ill advised. (Brainerd)

Editorial: Push for single-sort recyclng, not a bottle bill. (Rochester)

Editorial: Use state bonding dollars wisely. (ECM)

Editorial: Plenty to like about farm bill if you’re into the outdoors. (Marshall)

Editorial: [Production tank} Tax break could hurt Martin County. (Fairmont)