Outstate News (6-21-14)

35 counties in state of emergency because of storms, flooding. (Alexandria)

Walz and Franken stop by to assess storm damage. (KIMT)

Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken visit flooded southwestern Minnesota. (ForumNews)

Walz/Franken: Faribault flooding update: Water is receding, sun is shining. (Faribault)

Franken to visit Saturday. (International Falls)

Ingebrigtsen comments on flood damage. (Alexandria)

Pelowski, WSU leaders fire back at MnSCU’s leader, public message. (Winona)

Daudt/Koenen: High-ranking Republican takes Dems to task over taxes, business climate. (Marshall)

Schmit updates School Board on legislative session. (Red Wing)

Senate Republicans block Franken student loan bill. (MinnPost)

Klobuchar, Franken introduce bill to rename Cold Spring Post Office in honor of Officer Tommy Decker. (ECM)

Sens. Leahy, Franken propose ban on Internet ‘fast lanes’ for literally anyone. (FEComm)

After Deadline: For Dayton, it’s not ‘when’ it’s ‘if’ (Rochester)

Dayton says minimum wage may need to be ‘fine tuned’ (Rochester)

Mark Dayton says he does not support changes to tip wages law. (PioneerPress)

Mark Dayton backtracks on comments about tipped employees making lower minimum wage. (CityPages)

Zellers/Seifert/Johnson: GOP criticism of Dayton shifts with headlines. (AP)

Dayton, Franken lead over GOP rivals in new poll. (Strib)

Poll shows Dayton, Franken with leads over GOP challengers. (Duluth-St. Paul)

Mike McFadden blames Franken for Nicaraguan-made campaign shirts. (CityPages)

Minn. DFL, GOP lay out state field office strategy. (Strib)

MNGOP Chair Keith Downey optimistic despite bleak polling, finances. (CityPages)

Kuisle: Candidate discusses views, race. (Fairmont)

Kuisle: Lieutenant governor hopeful stops in New Ulm. (New Ulm)

Seifert talks rural, local issues such as sand. (Red Wing)

MN employers added 10,300 jobs in May. (HTF)

3 DEED staffers investigated. (Crookston)

Area farmers fight to finish planting under tough conditions. (AgWeek)

Government and University Experts Blast EWG Corn Ethanol Report. (RFA)

Letter: Kresha voted against broadband needs. (Little Falls)

Letter (Kresha): Talk is cheap; votes don’t lie. (Little Falls)

Letter: Faust out of touch in politicians palace. (Mora)

Letter: Seifert-Myhra ticket is well balanced. (Alexandria)

Letter: Seifert’s strategy in run for governor questioned. (Bemidji)

Nolan Column: Rural vets shouldn’t have to wait for care. (HTF)

Column: Compromise needed to solve Minnesota’s EPA, mining dilemmas. (Duluth)

Column: Fear of PEIS is overblown. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Bakk-Knoblach): Accept that office building moves ahead. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: More Minnesotans will now get care they need. (Fairmont)

Editorial (Dayton): Medtronic’s message. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Dayton): Voters beware: We’ve entered the distortion zone. (Rochester)

Editorial: Cantor loss doesn’t bode well for reforms. (Fairmont)