Outstate News (3-2-14)

Editorial: Medical marijuana – Melin shows courage while the governor kowtows to special interests. (Timberjay)

Melin: Should a medical marijuana proposal be scaled back to appease law enforcement? (MPR)

Minn. physicians ponder medical marijuana. (MPR)

Sen. Branden Petersen will explain all his votes on Facebook. (CityPages)

Hansen/Kiel/Hamilton/Falk/Wagenius/Fabian: Lively discussion about weeds at legislative hearing. (AgriNews)

Pederson/Pappas: Bill pulling public notices from newspapers pulled. (Virginia)

Joe Radinovich stops in Aitkin. (Aitkin)

Metsa/Tomassoni: Taconite tax, General Fund dollars would aid 5 districts. (Virginia)

McNamar: Taxes hot topic at town hall in Morris. (Morris)

Eaton/Ward/Fritz/Jensen: Minnesota legislators propose ban on underage tanning bed use. (Faribault)

Petersburg/Jensen/Fritz: Steele County lawmakers pushing surplus to be used on transportation, tax relief. (Owatonna)

Radinovich/Franson/Nornes/Garofalo/Anderson/Kelly/McNamar: Minnesota legislators begin work with propane aid, tax cut talk. (ForumNews)

Lourey/Rosen/Westrom: Legislature sends emergency heating aid bill to governor. (AP)

Jensen/Fritz/Thissen/Bakk: Faribault’s legislators see productive first week back in session. (Faribault)

Dahms/Bakk: Projected surplus grows to $1.2 billion. (Marshall)

Thissen/Bakk/Seiben/Hann/Eken: Lawmakers divided on priorities for $1.2 billion state budget surplus. (ForumNews)

Pelowski/Davids/Miller: Area lawmakers react to state surplus. (Winona)

Davids/Bakk/Cohen/Senjem: Big state tax cuts on the way? (Rochester)

Lenczewski/DavidsThissen/Bakk: Minnesota House panel advances $500 million tax cut bill. (ForumNews-St. Paul)

Ruud: Iron Range fiscal disparities study complete. (Aitkin)

Thissen: Business wish list won’t be fulfilled. (PIM)

Fischer: New bills: Legislative Water Commission redux? (PIM)

Halverson/Zerwas/Liebling: Minn. bills would treat e-cigs as standard smokes. (MPR)

Brown County Republicans endorse Torkelson – State Rep. calls for smaller government. (New Ulm)

Republican candidate Seifert names [Myhra] running mate. (AP)

Tomassoni: Minnesota officials to Volkswagen: After Tennessee trouble, come to the Iron Range. (MinnPost)

Tomassoni/Franken/Martin: Capitol chatter: Democrats express election concern. (ForumNews)

Ortman ’86 could challenge Franken: Mac grad may secure GOP nomination in August. (MacWeekly)

Al Franken missed Obama’s speech for Harold Ramis’s funeral. (CityPages)

Franken/Klobuchar: Jon Hamm Charms at Al Franken Fundraiser. (VitaMN)

Franken: Schools grapple with mental health issues. (SunNews)

Sen. Franken nominates Winona man to U.S. Military Academy. (Winona)

Walz, officials say oil boom necessitates safer rail procedures. (MinnPost)

Michele Bachmann argues anti-gay bill is actually about tolerance. (CityPages)

Mark Dayton doesn’t take credit for Minnesota’s $1.2 billion surplus… sort of. (CityPages)

Cassellius: Good news on the education gap. (Detroit Lakes)

Vilsack makes promises to ethanol industry. (AgWeek)

PolyMet comment period won’t be extended. (Duluth)

DNR won’t extend on PolyMet review. (AP)

Twin Metals unveils first look at proposed mine operations. (Ely)

Farm loan programs for beginning farmers. (AgriNews)

Business owners, bracing for a minimum-wage hike, seek to ease financial impact. (MinnPost)

State says ‘months out’ on reviewing PCMC expansion. (Pipestone)

Minn. gay rights groups turn attention to bullying. (AP)

Gun permits issued in Minnesota doubled last year. (CityPages)

Letter: Minnesotans support PolyMet mine proposal. (Timberjay)

Letter: With PolyMet, the main issue is competence. (Timberjay)

Erickson Letter: Letter: 2014 session has begun. (Park Rapids)

Erickson Column: House opens legislative session with tax cut proposal. (Bemidji)

Drazkowski Column: Be wary of DFL-controlled Legislature. (Winona)

Quam Column: ‘Unsession’ looks like business as usual for DFL. (Rochester)

Davids Column: If Wojcik has a better idea, he should share it. (Rochester)

Column: Skurla’s “mining boom” due almost entirely to taconite. (Timberjay)

Column: Heating bill collaboration in St. Paul should be rule, not exception. (Faribault)

Editorial (FitzSimmons): GOP exacts revenge for marriage vote. (Austin-Mpls)

Editorial (Solon): Fight for Duluth’s fighters. (Duluth)

Editorial: [EIS] Delay denied! (Virginia)

Editorial: Golden opportunity for GOP to recapture part of Legislature. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Editorial: State shouldn’t throw minimum wage stones. (ForumNews)

Editorial: Farm bill changes coming in 2015. (Austin)

Editorial: Editorial: Do the undo. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Can’t fix taxes until you fix all taxes. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Teacher exams important but not a one-size-fits-all. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Kudos for end of the tray-pulling policy in Willmar. (Willmar)