Outstate News (4-27-14)

Senjem/Nelson: [Obituary] Brataas left her mark. (Rochester)

Editorial: Senate should free broadband funding hostage. (Mankato)

Editorial: We need broadband expansion – Rep. Metsa’s comments about the issue truly baffling. (Virginia)

Dorman: Supporters look to MN Senate for broadband funding. (Marshall)

Metsa/Tomassoni: Range lawmakers cool to broadband bill. (MnBrown)

Column (Dayton): Waiting for their [medical marijuana] miracle. (Marshall)

Dibble/Benson/Eaton: Medical marijuana bill advanced by Minnesota Senate panel. (ForumNews-St. Paul)

Rosen/Dibble/Eaton: Medical marijuana bill clears senate health committee hurdle. (CityPages)

Dibble: Minnesota Senate panel approves medical marijuana. (AP)

Urdahl/Garofalo/Newman: Urdahl ‘more open’ to medical marijuana. (Litchfield)

Newman/Bakk: Newman opposes new Senate office building. (Litchfield)

Davnie/Martin/Johnson: Political parties use anti-bullying law to fire up voters. (MPR-Bemidji)

MNGOP Rep. Mary Franson sued for defamation by ex-boyfriend Eric Harpel. (CityPages)

Eric Harpel says scandalous lawsuit isn’t meant to destroy Rep. Mary Franson’s political career. (CityPages)

Rep. Mary Franson infuriated by Earth Day, calls it “Pagan holiday” (CityPages)

Mariani/Nelson: Bills aim to improve English-language instruction in schools. (MPR-Austin)

Chamberlain/Skoe: Sens. vote to outlaw online lottery tickets. (AP)

Liebling/Rosen: Drug database generates data-privacy concerns for some lawmakers. (Rochester)

MNGOP Sen. Branden Petersen to introduce “nation leading” electronic data privacy law. (City Pages)

Latz/Winkler/Swanson: State AG backs immunity bill. (AP)

Franson wins GOP endorsement. (Alexandria)

District 12A: Nancy Taffe will continue campaign for [GOP] state representative. (Morris)

Zellers stops in Fergus Falls to discuss economic affairs. (Fergus Falls)

2 GOP Senate candidates, Dahlberg and Ortman, say McFadden evading tough questions. (AP)

DFL endorses Obermueller to take on Kline. (AP)

Democrats endorse Rep. Tim Walz for fifth term. (Winona)

Walz/Franken/Jensen/Fritz: DFL-ers out strong at First District convention. (Faribault)

Ortman votes against Women’s Act days after blasting Franken for being anti-women. (CityPages)

PoliFact: FALSE – GOP challenger says Al Franken voted to exempt himself from health care law. (Polifact)

Franken: Proposed net neutrality rules ‘deeply disappointing and very troubling’ (MinnPost)

Netflix tells Sen. Al Franken it opposes Comcast merger too. (Strib)

Netflix to Al Franken: Comcast takeover would harm consumers. (CNN)

Nolan introduces bill mandating American steel for energy pipelines. (Duluth)

Rep. Nolan touts U.S. steel, ore. (Virginia)

Nolan calls for U.S., Iron Range steel in pipelines. (MnBrown)

Nolan avoids event controversy in Duluth, cancels appearance. (Duluth)

Dayton/Frans: State seizes tribe’s cigarettes: Leech Lake Band views as attack on sovereign rights. (Bemidji)

Sertich: IRRRB board approves loan to Segetis Inc. (Duluth)

Minneapolis abandons Columbus Day. (ForumNews-Red Wing)

Wild rice debate re-ignited after PCA report. (Aitkin)

Mille Lacs residents sue DNR over walleye. (AP)

U.S. hogs and pigs inventory at its lowest level since 2007. (Willmar)

St. Paul leaders call for fewer farm antibiotics. (MnDaily)

Robots seen as wave of future in dairying. (Worthington)

Leslie Davis Letter: Disagrees with governor about legalizing cannabis. (Alexandria)

As its people prosper, the Minnesota town of Hector hollows out. (MinnPost)

Letter: Kudos to Rep. Gunther. (Fairmont)

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

Letter: Sanctimonious editorial erred on Nolan fundraiser. (Duluth)

Letter: Mining opponents licking their chops [on wild rice sulfate standard]. (Timberjay)

Letter: Biodiesel fuels are here and working. (New Ulm)

Sparks Column: Legislature makes progress on many issues. (Albert Lea)

Ortman Column: Law already protects women in workplace. (Chaska)

Savick Column: Improved broadband Internet access is good. (Albert Lea)

Gruenhagen Column (Davnie): Anti-bullying, one of worst bills, passes. (Glencoe)

Column (Kresha): Is there a battle if only one side is fighting? (Little Falls)

Editorial: We can do better than ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ (Little Falls)

Editorial (Dayton): Mining opponents head south – Any move to ban the process should be decided locally. (Virginia)

Editorial (Franken-Klobuchar): University should back patent reform. (MnDaily)

Editorial: Best government services in the nation. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Oberstar): Another delay for a safer 169. (Ely)

Editorial: New jobs on the Range? “Green” bio-chem plant looks promising, but keep hopes realistic. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Both sides have points about police lobbying. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Legislature needs to fix sex offender commitment program. (New Ulm)

Editorial: State’s anti-bullying law should be lauded, supported. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: State building code means safety to some, more intrusion to others. (Glencoe)

Editorial (Walz-Miller): The evolution of a candidate. (Worthington)