Outstate News (8-24-14)

Rasmussen Poll: Dayton and Franken lead GOP rivals. (MPR)

Franken/Dayton/Johnson: GOP Candidates Trailing in Latest Governor, Senate Polls. (KAAL)

Franken/Klobuchar: Minnesota’s Senators Welcome Steel Decision. (AP)

Franken: As McFadden courts votes on the Range, DFL raises Chinese steel comments. (MinnPost)

Franken: In Minnesota Senate race, McFadden has promises of outside money, hopes for more. (AP)

Why Al Franken Should Not Be Worried (Too Much) (WSJ)

Franken And McFadden To Debate Three More Times Before Election. (UpTake)

Franken/Dayton/Downey: Twist on fair politics: GOP vs. GOP. (ForumNews)

MNGOP kicks endorsed candidate Michelle MacDonald out of party’s State Fair booth. (CityPages)

GOP Supreme Court candidate banned at fair booth. (AP)

Walz: Fillmore County GOP chairman: Hagedorn doesn’t deserve endorsement. (Rochester)

Walz: Congressional hopeful stands by old blog posts. (AP)

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to help families bring meningitis vaccine across the Canadian border. (MinnPost)

Peterson/Franekn/Klobuchar: $300,000 grant invigorates airport project. (DetroitLakes)

Peterson/Nolan/Franken: Capitol Chatter: Minnesota House races get noticed; Gay wedding allowed; ‘Stick on a stick’ (ForumNews)

Dayton declines Johnson’s request for debates. (Austin)

Dayton/Johnson/Franken: Politicians forage for votes at Minnesota fair. (AP)

Dayton: Former Gov. Arne Carlson says Vikings stadium should be an election issue. (St. Paul-Willmar)

Dayton pushes education, labor-force agenda. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Kelly/Dayton: Locals talk rail safety specifics. (Red Wing)

Garofalo/Norton/Senjem: State lawmaker seeks to block Zip Rail project. (Rochester)

Gazelka: Senator: Settlement shows flipside of same-sex marriage. (St. Cloud)

Saxhaug/Rosen: State Senate forms task force aimed at rural communities. (Bemidji)

Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, “I’ll blow your head off” when contacted by gun rights group. (CityPages)

Dave Thompson to host new political show evenings on AM 1130. (CityPages)

Christmas tree at U.S. Capitol will come from Minnesota. (BMTN)

Minnesota State Fair’s livestock barns stay real (and rural). (AgWeek-St. Paul)

Minn. dairy industry crowns 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way. (AgWeek)

Bounteous or bare? Area fall harvest outlook is partly cloudy, with a chance of rain. (Winona)

Letter: We need Doty again in St. Paul. (Little Falls)

Letter: Kresha sidesteps partisanship. (Little Falls)

Letter(Westrom): Letter: Peterson has served well. (Willmar)

Column: Sharp contrasts separate Johnson and Dayton. (ForumNews)

Column: What recovery? Workers are telling the Federal Reserve to get real. (MinnPost)

Column: Biodiesel a long-term solution to energy needs. (AgWeek)

Editorial (Franken-Dayton-Johnson): It’s uphill for Minnesota GOP in 2014. (ForumNews)

Editorial: Why the Faribault Daily News won’t endorse candidates this fall. (Faribault)

Editorial: We welcome education train. (Red Wing)

Editorial (Franken-Johnson-Dayton): What! No debates at State Fair. (Virginia)