Outstate News (7-20-14)

Mary Ellen Otremba, long-time legislator, passes away. (Alexandria)

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce director [David Olson] dies. (Albert Lea)

Garofalo/Radinovich/Thissen: Farmington leaders offer to host special legislative session. (ForumNews)

Marquart/Torkelson: Minnesota farmland taxes expected to rise. (ForumNews)

Ingebrigtsen/Moran: The DFL just came really close to putting legal pot on its list of priorities. (CityPages)

Johnson/Downey/et al: Turmoil in GOP Reaches Boiling Point. (PoliticsMn)

Johnson/Kuisle/Zellers/et al: Does Minnesota Republican frac sand fight reflect Kurt Zellers’ rainmakers? (BSP)

MNGOP stands by Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald in ultra-bizarre email. (CityPages)

Eden Prairie GOP candidate Sheila Kihne once wrote cringe-worthy book about dating. (CityPages)

Zellers/Johnson/Seifert: GOP hopefuls differ on how to rein in state budget. (Marshall)

Johnson/Zellers/Seifert: Burned before, GOP governor hopefuls quiet on abortion, gay marriage. (MPR)

Zellers/Johnson/Seifert: Republican candidates for governor want to change MNsure. (MPR)

Johnson aiming for November. (Red Wing)

Republican governor candidate Honour visits Rochester. (Rochester)

Seifert calls for health-care reform in Rochester visit. (Rochester)

Jeff Johnson’s campaign defends criticized Facebook Q&A. (CityPages)

Abeler: Rivals sow doubt about McFadden as GOP senate primary nears. (MPR-St. Cloud)

Franken/Nolan/Kline/Peterson/et al: Capitol Chatter: U.S. House races bring in money, too. (ForumNews)

Congressional fundraising: Franken raises and spends a lot, Mills self-funds, Peterson posts a big quarter. (MinnPost)

Fundraising gap between Peterson, Westrom narrows. (Alexandria)

Franken: Troops, families gather in Minneapolis to reconnect. (Strib)

Sen. Franken Urges Minnesotans to Comment on Net Neutrality. (WDIO)

Duluth, Range airports vie for Oberstar name. (MnBrown)

Dayton: State should stop using coal. (AP)

Jesson: State Medicaid changes save $10.5M. (AP)

State adds 8,500 jobs: Unemployment down to 4.5% (McClatchy)

2008 Legacy amendment offers buffet of outdoors, arts funds. (ForumNews)

Legacy funds don’t pay for projects alone. (ForumNews)

DNR: Invasive carp found in Mississippi River. (AP)

Peterson/Paap: Farmers fume over proposed EPA wetlands rule change. (MPR)

USDA federal order requires PEDv reporting. (Hutchinson)

Farmers look to salvage crops after spring soaking. (Litchfield)

Officials at Minn. meeting say farmers need to manage water before government steps in. (AgWeek)

Commercial dog and cat breeders to be regulated. (HTF)

Letter: Ward supports young people. (Brainerd)

Letter: Questions for Ward. (Brainerd)

Letter: Savick proved her mettle in St. Paul. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Kresha is a leader for District 9B. (Little Falls)

Letter: Thanks to Stumpf for his work that will benefit rural Minn. roads. (Crookston)

Davids Column (Dayton): MNsure report ignores key facts. (Worthington)

Peterson-Vilsack Column: Renewing the commitment to conservation. (AgWeek)

Column: Price of government to hit all time low. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Martin-Housley): PolyMet ‘just popped out’ for DFL release? (Virginia)

Editorial: Ready to vote in your pajamas? (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: It’s time to discuss voting changes. (Austin)

Editorial: Vote early and be counted. (Hutchinson)

Editorial: State is right to get tough on farms’ nitrogen use. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Tell FCC to keep Web access equal for all. (St. Cloud)