Outstate News (3-30-14)

Column: Peterson makes it official — he’s running. We need more of his kind, not fewer. (Glencoe)

Rep. Kathy Brynaert to retire. (Mankato)

Editor’s Column (Seifert-Zellers): Pot: A no-win for Dayton. (Marshall)

Editorial (Dayton): Marijuana issue needs more serious consideration. (New Ulm)

Contradicting published reports, Mark Dayton now denies telling moms to buy pot off street. (CityPages)

Dayton denies telling mother of sick child to buy marijuana illegally. (MPR)

Medical marijuana activists contradict Dayton’s denial that he encouraged illicit purchases. (PIM)

Dayton further explains his stand on medical marijuana. (MinnPost)

Dayton denies telling mother to buy pot on the street. (Albert Lea)

Gov. Dayton denies suggesting mother buy pot on the street. (HotDish)

Marijuana advocates take aim at Dayton. (AP)

Column: Dayton shouldn’t suggest that patients break law. (Rochester)

Lenczeswki/Thissen/Bakk/Huntley: Capitol Chatter: Medical marijuana keeps producing controversy. (ForumNews)

Editorial: Governor: Back broadband now – Rural Minnesota needs initiative. (Virginia)

Editorial: Invest in high-speed broadband access. (Worthington)

Schmit: Scandia, like other small towns, seeks better Internet access. (PioneerPress)

Schmit/Kelly/Rest: Wabasha asks lawmakers to OK 1% sales tax. (Rochester)

Swedzinski: Month into session, progress at the Capitol. (Marshall)

Bryneart/Dahle/Erickson: Brynaert bill aids college, career prep. (Mankato)

Tomassoni/Rest: Minnesota House, Senate negotiators still have no minimum wage deal. (ForumNews)

Kahn: Industrial hemp bill clears first hurdle. (AgriNews)

Jensen/Schmit/Poppe/Davids/Kahn/Bakk: Farm Bureau members meet with legislators. (AgriNews)

Savick: Emergency responder bill enters House. (Albert Lea)

Rest/Bakk/Winkler/Schmit: DFL senators want the public to vote on minimum-wage inflation factor. (MinnPost)

Ruud/Rest/Thissen/Bakk: Ballot plan for minimum wage advances. (AP)

Sparks/Poppe: ArtWorks kicks off at Capitol. (Austin)

Marquart: Legislative bill would help DL recovery school stay open. (Detroit Lakes)

Lesch/Marty: Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill introduced. (HTF)

Yarusso/Hornstein: House eyes $15M in pothole repairs. (Austin)

Schoen: Bills would take guns from domestic violence suspects. (ForumNews)

Newton: Veterans groups angry over plan to change eligibility for veterans homes. (Duluth-Strib)

Latz/Morgan/Halverson/Sgeran: Proposed ban on indoor smoking of e-cigarettes to get vote in Minnesota Senate. (Duluth-Strib)

Reinert: Duluth mayor testifies to renew expired tax. (Duluth)

Kresha unanimously endorsed by District 9B delegates. (Little Falls)

Miller gets Republican endorsement; will challenge Falk in District 17A. (Benson)

Savick: Bennett wins GOP nomination for District 27A. (Albert Lea)

Radinovich: Lueck endorsed for state House District 10B. (Aitkin)

McNamar: District 12A Republicans endorse Jeff Backer. (Morris)

Peterson: Republicans endorse Westrom to challenge Peterson in the 7th Congressional District race. (Willmar-Bemidji-Morris)

Peterson stops at First District in announcing reelection bid. (Litchfield)

Recipes (Franken-Walz-Nolan-et al): Congressional Hotdish Off Celebrates Tradition. (HTF)

Franken visits Range Mental Health Center. (Hibbing)

Franken: Poetry contest open to Minnesota students. (SunNews)

Franken/Peterson/Kline/et al: MFB Members Traveled to Washington, D.C. (KWOA)

Elizabeth Warren in St. Paul for Al Franken campaign. (MPR)

State Auditor Otto honored by Government Auditing center. (MinnPost)

Begich: Iron Range school districts want to merge staff, buildings but maintain separate identities. (Duluth)

Indexing the minimum wage is a good idea — by any measure. (MinnPost)

Deer management: DNR, MDHA officials listen to public. (Bemidji)

Local hunter starts petition, saying deer population is too low. (Fergus Falls)

Twin Metals copper-nickel mine plans firming up. (Winona-Virginia)

Pipeline comment period deadline questioned. (Park Rapids)

Lower corn prices dropped Minnesota farm income in 2013. (Willmar-St. Paul)

As grain piles up, farmers ask, ‘Where are the trains? (AgWeek-Willmar)

US sugar group files petition alleging Mexico has been dumping sugar, creating subsidies. (AgWeek)

Ruud Letter: DFL lawmakers sendng the wrong message [on Senate office bldg]. (Brainerd)

Letter (Dayton): What’s really behind this tax relief package? (Bemidji-Detroit Lakes)

Letter: McNamar’s words reach the heart. (Fergus Falls)

Letter: Sen. Bakk’s achievements commendable in Legislature – But plush digs not needed. (Virginia)

Letter: Support for Urdahl at convention was impressive. (Litchfield)

Letter (Nolan): Rukavina both wrong and insulting. (Timberjay)

Pelowski Column: Legislative session moving ahead of schedule. (Albert Lea)

Poppe Column: Minnesota Legislature’s fast pace continues. (Austin)

Savick Column: Tax relief provided to the state’s middle class. (Albert Lea)

Ingebrigtsen Column: An eventful week at the Capitol. (Alexandria)

Weber Column: Lewis & Clark is vital to southwest Minnesota. (Worthington)

Drazkowski Column: Minnesota is giving your money back. (Winona)

Column: Legislators wisely listening as students ask for equal treatment. (ECM)

Column: A cop speaks out for medical marijuana. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Reinert): Sunday liquor sales not exactly a hot-button issue. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Take a second look at Senate office building project. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Dayton): Editorial: Danger of nicotine fluids is growing. (Willmar)

Editorial: Proposals from resorts make sense. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Lawmakers shouldn’t be immune from DWIs. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Finish the trail. (Austin)