Outstate News (3-16-14)

Hoppe/Schmit/Kelliher/Dorman: Broadband push moves on without support of the governor. (Willmar-MPR)

Editorial (Dayton): Rural broadband short-circuited. (Hutchinson)

Editorial (Dayton): No more waiting for Broadband. (Albert Lea-Austin)

Editorial (Dayton): Time to invest in outstate broadband, outstate families and businesses need it. (Willmar)

Editorial (Dayton): Fund rural Minnesota broadband. (Fargo-Moorhead)

Editorial: Broadband access is an infrastructure necessity. (Rochester)

Editorial (Dayton): Don’t give up on broadband fund. (Grand Forks)

Kelliher-Dorman Column: Minnesota must get wired statewide to stay competitive. (Glenwood-Granite Falls-Pine City)

Schmit Column: Minnesota can’t afford to delay rural broadband access. (Rochester)

Column: Will Minnesota finally invest in rural internet? (MNBrown)

Dayton/Schmit: Broadband bill advances. (Brainerd)

Schmit/Dorman: Many in Minnesota River Valley still lack access to broadband Internet. (St. Peter)

Dayton/Simonson/Schmit: Lawmakers, consumers seek rural broadband expansion. (KARE)

DFL loses appetite for taking on Urdahl. (Litchfield)

Senjem/Simon/Hillstrom/Downey: Candidate drops out of race after alleged strip club visit with Rochester lawmaker. (Rochester)

Nguyen/Senjem: The strip club is NOT the interesting part. (PIM)

MNGOP Rep. Garofalo savaged for tweet linking NBA players to street criminals. (CityPages)

Melin: Dayton says chances slim for legal medical marijuana. (MPR)

Rep. Carly Melin says it’s up to voters to get medical marijuana bill back on track. (CityPages)

Dahms/Torkelson: State legislators discuss hot topics. (New Ulm)

Urdahl/Newman/Bakk: Push to repeal taxes focuses on Senate. (Litchfield)

Davids/Miller: Local residents travel to Capitol to lobby support for area projects. (Preston)

Sheran/JohnsonCornish/Petersburg/Brynaert/Torkelson: Lawmakers’ opinions vary on medical marijuana. (Mankato)

Eken/Hayden/Bakk/Rosen: Panel OKs higher pay for home care, nursing home workers. (ForumNews)

Davids/Aitkins/Eaton: Fate of online lottery bills uncertain. (PIM)

Senjem meets with dairy producers. (AgriNews)

Selcer/Gleunhagen: House OKs plugging school lunch funding hole. (ForumNews)

Hawj/Schmit/Seiben/Rosen: Senate committee votes to suspend wolf hunt. (ForumNews)

Thissen/Murphy: Minnesota lawmakers in limbo over sex offender program. (ForumNews)

Skoe/Hayden/Thissen: Senate Democrats plan ‘aggressive’ work on tax cuts next week. (MinnPost)

Sundin/Bakk/M.Murphy: Legislature discusses Northland projects. (Duluth)

Dibble/Rey/Bachmann: Opponents to Safe Schools bill testify, but arguments are losing steam. (MinnPost)

MNGOP Sen. Chamberlain objects to “emotional distress” in Dibble bill’s definition of bullying. (CityPages)

Sen. David Osmek named Minnesota Senate Republican whip. (MinnPost)

Hornstein/Thissen/Otto: Capitol Chatter: Dayton ponders politics in body cast. (ForumNews)

State Rep. Huntley, stepping down after 22 years, honored by state officials and constituents. (MinnPost)

Rybak endorses Noor over veteran Kahn in Minneapolis House race. (MinnPost)

Franken visits. (Hibbing)

Franken/Paulsen/Peterson/Nolan/et al: Walz wins second consecutive Hotdish crown in Minnesota delegation’s annual food fest. (Strib)

Franken/Walz/Bachmann/et al: Minnesota delegation cooks up bipartisan contest. (AP)

Franken/Kline/Bachmann/et al: Minnesota Lawmakers Bring Hotdish Contest to DC. (KBOI)

Rep. Tim Walz Dominates Al Franken, Michele Bachmann In Epic Nice Time Hotdish Showdown. (Wonkette)

Nolan: Let’s permit PolyMet. (Virginia)

Collin Peterson to announce Monday whether he’ll seek re-election. (Moorhead)

Independence Party candidate announces bid for governer. (MPR)

Republican US. Rep. Paulsen nets Democratic challenger. (Strib)

Stevens County Republicans hold county convention. (Morris)

Dayton’s unintended ‘unsession’: No action, slow action on high-profile issues. (MinnPost)

Options still open on medical marijuana. (AP)

Iron Range papers among 34 sold to Adams Publishing. (MNBrown)

Minnesota employment tops 2.8 million for first time in state history. (Brainerd)

DNR, MDHA announce deer hunting listening session dates. (HTF)

USC band to march in NYC St. Pat’s Parade. (Albert Lea)

Rukavina Letter: Label me stupid. (Timberjay)

Letter (Rukavina): Mining boosters ignore the data. (Timberjay)

Letter (Faust): Don’t be fooled by politicians’ tax reversals. (Mora-Pine City)

Savick Column: Bill would reduce health insurance rates. (Albert Lea)

Poppe Column: Food program legislation tops ag committee priorities. (Austin)

Radinovich Column: Making government more efficient. (Aitkin)

Marquart Column: Property taxes going down for many Minnesotans. (Bemidji)

Kelly Column: House advances warehousing tax repeal, Senate does not. (Red Wing)

Gazelka Column: Keep the wealthy in Minnesota. (Little Falls)

Hagedorn Column: Walz support of Obamacare is concerning. (Albert Lea)

Column: Wolf plan ignored in rush for the hunt. (Duluth)

Column: Wolves’ space is smaller; they must be managed. (Duluth)

Freedom Foundation Column: Ethanol mandate hurts environment. (AgWeek)

Farm Bureau Column: Farm bill provides certainty and meaningful safety net. (Hutchinson)

Column: Rural communities, like ours, have suffered since NAFTA. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Sen. Tomassoni disingenuous – Co-location news release Pinocchio-like on funding. (Virginia)

Editorial (Torkelson): Bully bill concerns. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Proposed anti-bullying policy timely. (Park Rapids)

Editorial: [Medical Marijuana] Dayton’s reasoning wrong on this issue. (Willmar)

Editorial: It’s Time To Legalize Medical Marijuana. (Benson)

Editorial: Marijuana in Minnesota: Where’s the middle ground? (Marshall)

Editorial: Time to review Sunday closing laws. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Nanny-state should back off on liquor sales. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Let Minnesota liquor stores open on Sundays. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Legislature should be patient [with e-cigarettes]. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Surplus comes with a new set of headaches. (Glenwood)

Editorial: Surplus suggestions. (St. Cloud-Austin)

Editorial: Don’t expect specifics on state reserve fund. (Duluth)

Editorial: Minnesota Senate needs to get on board. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Road funding should be ‘needs’ first. (Mankato)

Editorial: Raise wage for the young, and for all struggling workers. (Sartell)