Outstate News (4-19-14)

Editorial (Knoblach): Senate Office Building plan still lacks answers. (St. Cloud)

Ingebrigtsen/Rosen: MNGOP senators pen fear-mongering anti-pot letter, write that ganja “rips families apart” (CityPages)

McNamar/Murphy: Cyrus Fire Hall gets legislative boost. (Morris)

Urdahl/Hausman: No money for Litchfield in House bonding bill, yet. (Litchfield)

Schomacker/Hamilton/Weber: State lawmakers hear from constituents at Legislative Breakfast event. (Worthington)

Melin/Pedersen/Lesch: Minnesota lawamkers fret about law enforcement clout. (MPR-Grand Forks)

Schoen/Bakk/Koenen/Thissen: Tired legislators take their holiday break with much done, much left. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Daudt/Thissen/Garofalo: Post-break, DFL legislators face dealmaking with GOP, selves. (MinnPost)

Zellers/Seifert/Thompson/Johnson: Dayton fundraising laps GOP gubernatorial field. (PIM)

Franken: $5.9M in campaign funds. (Strib)

Franken campaign gets fundraising assist from Amy Poehler. (MinnPost)

Sen. Franken talks sugar, rail service in East Grand Forks, Minn. (AgWeek)

U.S. Senator Al Franken discusses slowing sugar production. (WDAZ)

Franken visits Fergus Falls. (Fergus Falls)

Sen. Al Franken pushes nutrition for kids and seniors. (HotDish)

Franken adds to push for more rail inspectors. (Moorhead)

MN Sen. Al Franken Talks Railway Safety in Moorhead. (KVRR)

Senator Al Franken asks Netflix CEO Hastings to fight Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. (BizJournal)

Peterson/Franken: UAS Taking Flight In Minnesota; Summit Highlights Regional opportunities. (Grand Forks-AviationPros)

Sertich: Segetis seeks $21 million from IRRRB for big project. (MnBrown)

[Doug] Peterson shares travel tales. (AgriNews)

Charges possible after fight at GOP committee meeting. (Fergus Falls)

Poll: Minnesotans remain split on same-sex marriage one year later. (CityPages)

Federal judge strikes down Minn. rules on out-of-state power plants. (Willmar)

Federated seeks to expand its fiber cable in area. (Benson)

Court case set for trial to test Minnesota’s ‘Buy the Farm’ law. (AP)

Property taxes at top of issues list [for farmers]. (AgriNews)

BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds. (AP)

USDA orders farms to report pig virus. (AP)

Faust Letter: Local projects in bonding bill. (Pine City)

Kiel Letter: Reflections on the 2014 Minnesota Legislature. (Crookston)

Letter: Concerns about Westrom’s political agenda. (Morris)

Letter (Franson-Davnie): Representative turned her back on school district. (Alexandria)

Letter (Sawatzky): Bill won’t end bullying. (Willmar)

Letter: Walz gets this writer’s vote. (Worthington)

PolyMet Letter: Visit with us at Earth Fest. (HTF)

Jensen Column: Why I voted against the minimum wage hike. (Owatonna)

Poppe Column: Minimum wage, equal pay for women, increase will benefit families. (Austin)

McNamar Column: Women’s Economic Security Act provides the fairness we expect. (Morris)

Kresha Column: Bigger is not always better. (Little Falls)

Column (Hausman-Stumpf): Minnesota’s bonding cap needs to be raised. (Grand Forks)

Column: Building opportunities for MnSCU and state. (Red Wing)

Column: Transportation is a non-partisan issue in greater Minnesota. (Crookston)

Column: Iron Range sulfide mining can be done without harming wild rice or raising mercury levels. (MinnPost)

Column: Iron mining and the environment: Reclaiming the land. (HTF)

Column: Irrigation helps U.S. farmers feed the world. (Willmar)

Column: Legislation won’t end bullying. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial (Franken): Oil train regs front and center. (Moorhead)

Editorial: Stronger bullying law should help schools. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Wild rice and sulfate – Legislators undermine their own cause by resorting to power politics. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Pay attention to politics in spring. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Minimum wage bill. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Three cheers for wage increases. (Sartell)

Editorial: Hiking minimum wage commendable, but it is a double-edged sword. (Glencoe)

Editorial: We would say wage hike goes overboard. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Buying an election through lies is in vogue. (Glenwood)

Editorial: Capitol restoration should have ‘big wow factor’ (ECM)