Outstate News (5-4-14)

Oberstar funeral set for Potomac, Md. (Strib)

Blog: Jim Oberstar – a memory held up by union steel. (MnBrown)

Video: Minn. politicians remember Oberstar for inspiration, service. (KARE)

Blog: Prof. Oberstar’s seminars. (Strib)

Coffee and potica in Chisholm: Oberstar brought together passions for policy and the Iron Range. (Duluth)

Obituary: Oberstar remembered for commitment to northern Minnesota, public good. (Duluth)

Former Congressman Jim Oberstar dies at 79. (MinnPost)

Jim Oberstar, Iron Range’s longtime congressman, dies at 79. (Strib)

Longtime Minnesota congressman Oberstar dies at 79. (AP)

James Oberstar, 1934-2014. (MPR)

Tom Rukavina considering return to Iron Range politics? (MnBrown)

New building bears his name – Rukavina honored by Iron Range Engineering. (Virginia-HTF)

More liberal medical marijuana bill likely to win Senate approval, Scott Dibble says. (CityPages)

Melin: House medical marijuana bill doesn’t allow anybody to smoke marijuana. (CityPages)

Melin/Benson/Dibble: Minnesota medical pot bill moves ahead despite rift. (AP)

Melin/Thissen/Murphy: Newest medical marijuana plan unveiled. (ForumNews)

Dahms: Where’s the Senate bonding bill? (Marshall)

Schoen/Dill/Ward: House votes to take guns away from domestic abusers. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Simonson/Reinert: Capitol Chatter: Wrapping up a legislative session. (ForumNews)

Newman/Ritchie: Online voter registration quickly passed, signed. (Glencoe)

Loon/Garofalo/Fitzsimmons/et. al: With primary fight looming, big GOP names co-host Loon fundraiser. (MinnPost)

Ward: Kellett-Walz won’t run for House [10A seat] in 2014. (Brainerd)

Kiel/Lieder: Bergeson throws his hat in the ring in District 1B. (Crookston)

Community Connections 2014: Will Bergeson add legislator to his life story? (Crookston)

DFL nod comes as no surprise for Peterson. (Granite Falls)

Radinovich/Franken: Democrats endorse Nolan for re-election, pay tribute to Oberstar. (Duluth)

Franken touts energy grant. (Mankato)

Franken discusses propane shortage
at UFC with farm, energy leaders.
(New Ulm)

Franken: Senate committee holds propane hearing. (AgWeek)

Franken, others demand more plans to avoid propane dearth. (St. Cloud-Gannett)

Video Feature: ‘This Week’ Closer Look: Sen. Al Franken. (ABC)

Senator Franken, Comcast’s fiercest critic, tries to lure allies from Silicon Valley. (WashPost)

Walz presses re-election bid as voters sour on Congress. (Mankato)

Dayton/Frans: Confiscating contraband or seizing sovereignty?: State and Leech Lake band at odds over selling cigarettes. (Bemidji)

President Obama plans June 26 fundraising trip to Minnesota. (MinnPost)

To close rural broadband gap, Minnesota communities consider public option. (MinnPost)

Federal fund for fighting wildfires is coming up short. (Duluth)

Minnesota farms decline 8 percent. (AP)

After a long, hard winter: Rain, cold stalls farmers at starting gates of crop year. (Willmar)

Planting delayed, but hope springs eternal. (Alexandria-PioneerPress)

Recent rain improves drought, delays planting. (Marshall)

PED virus reporting required by USDA in order to slow spread. (Willmar)

Newman Letter (Ritchie): Online voter registration bill bad for Minnesota. (Hutchinson)

Letter: Kresha misrepresents facts. (Little Falls)

Letter: Kresha confuses bigger with smaller. (Little Falls)

Letter (Savick): GOP is reason for balanced budget. (Albert Lea)

Letter (Faust): Majority of Faust’s donations are local. (Mora)

Letter: We need Mills. (Brainerd)

Letter (Drazkowski-Dayton): Medical marijuana is easy call. (Winona)

Letter: Sand mining is not new to region. (Winona)

Drazkowski Column (Dayton): Find medical marijuana compromise. (Winona)

Sparks Column: Positive news found in the State of the State. (Albert Lea)

McNamar Column: Much accomplished, much left to do this session. (Morris)

Column: Rep. John Petersburg’s Legislative Update. (Waseca)

Column (Sawatzky-Koenen-Murphy): It’s time to invest in Minnesota seniors. (Willmar)

Column: Obamacare haters persist at their peril. (Aitkin)

Column: Indigenous peoples lead on environmental issues. (Timberjay)

Column: EPA biodiesel retreat bad for Minn. economy, environment. (AgWeek)

Column: PolyMet plan dangles dollars at environment’s cost. (St. Cloud)

Editor’s column: Guns only scary when in the wrong hands. (Marshall)

Editorial: Investing in education – Tom Rukavina receives much-deserved honor for his work. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Urdahl-Gruenhagen-Newman): A cautious stance on medicinal pot. (Hutchinson)

Editorial (Schoen-Cornish): Gun restrictions are reasonable. (Mankato-Austin)

Editorial (Ritchie): Lawmakers rightly OK online registration site. (Fairmont)

Editorial (Ritchie): Logic trumps partisanship in voter registration. (Rochester)

Editorial: It’s crunch time for bonding bill. (Worthington)

Editorial: Campaign donations are free speech, period. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Why even talk of legal recreational marijuana use, more gambling? (Glencoe)