Outstate News (8-2-15)

State Rep. David Dill battles cancer. (Timberjay)

State Rep. Dave Dill hospitalized. (Duluth)

State Rep. Dill battles illness. (Ely)

Range-area lawmaker Dill faces serious cancer. (MnBrown)

Baker/Urdahl: Legislator says special session led to better deal for schools. (Litchfield)

Rarick wants to challenge Clean Water Act. (Pine City)

Torkelson/Miller/Dahms: Buffer law: New legislation frustrates some, but lawmakers urge compliance. (Willmar)

Torkelson/Marty: Farmers face 2018 buffer deadline. (AgriNews)

Franson/McNamara/Anderson/Backer/Ingebrigtsen: Farmers speak out against new water rules. (Alexandria)

Hackbarth/Erickson/Nolan: Dayton sees ‘resentment’ from public at walleye forum. (Brainerd)

Hackbarth/Petersen/Bakk: Some lawmakers push back on need for Mille Lacs special session. (MPR)

Hackbarth: Mille Lacs Band says it will suspend walleye net fishing on Mille Lacs Lake. (AP)

Bakk/Daudt/Thissen/Hann/et al: Sports commission sloth leaves politicians scrambling to pass the buck. (CityPages)

Bakk/Daudt: MN Jobs Coalition Legislative Fund’s biggest donor in flipping House vows to take Senate. (BSP)

Franken: Report highlights healthcare delivery issues in MN’s rural communities. (HTF)

Franken: Schools need more mental health counselors. (MPR)

Franken energy legislation advances in U.S. Senate. (Brainerd)

Franken: Senate committee passes broad energy reform bill. (AgriPulse)

Sen. Al Franken Urges For Boost In Biodiesel Volumes For 2016 And 2017. (KEYC)

Sen. Franken: Mining Layoffs Fueled By ‘Unfair Dumping’ (KQDS)

Sen. Franken on Cliffs plan to idle United Taconite. (Grand Rapids)

Franken: To get support for education bill, senators conjure lost art: Compromise. (WashPost)

Franken questions facial recognition technology. (Kenyon)

Al Franken: Is Apple rigging the music-streaming business? (CityPages)

Klobuchar/Nolan/Franken: Lawmakers solid behind Planned Parenthood. (Virginia)

Peterson/McCollum/Nolan/Walz/Emmer/et al: U.S. House votes to ban state GMO food labeling laws in overwhelming vote. (Strib)

Kline will head No Child Left Behind committee. (St. Paul-Worthington)

John Kline supports bill allowing women to be fired for having sex. (CityPages)

Bachmann sitting on millions in campaign cash. (St. Cloud)

Ortman’s campaign fined by FEC, sued by vendors for unpaid bills. (Strib)

McElroy: Minn. ushers in region’s top minimum wage. (AP)

Kiscaden: Dayton names panel to study future of MNsure, MinnesotaCare. (AP)

EPA accepts pro-RFS comments on last comment day, but NFU says lobbying will continue. (AgWeek)

Senators introduce voluntary food labeling bill. (AgWeek)

Bill to support ag exports to Cuba passes in Senate Appropriations Committee. (AgWeek)

Farmfest gears up for annual run, Aug. 4-6. (AgriNews)

Farmfest forum schedule. (AgriNews)

Growing [latino farm] business. (Austin)

Area officials, farmers promote Latino ag coop. (Austin)

Gruenhagen Letter: Minnesotans deserve better than failed MNsure. (Glencoe)

Letter (Nornes-Ingebrigtsen): Legislators need to be held accountable. (Fergus Falls)

Nolan Column: House playing transportation ‘Kick the can’. (Pine City)

Nolan Column: Medical miracles paid for with American oil. (Aitkin)

Nolan Column: Social Security and Medicare: Earned benefits we need to protect. (Duluth)

Torkelson Column: Minnesota benefits from new budget laws. (Alexandria)

Liebling Column: Reining in HMOs will control Medicaid costs. (Rochester)

Lueck Column: Storm damage hits our neighbors. (Aitkin)

Column (Daudt-Lueck): Gas tax, an exercise in gutlessness. (Aitkin)

Column: Dayton should push to restructure IRRR board. (Timberjay)

Column (Otto): Take another look at state auditor’s duties. (ECM)

Column: Railroads investing hundreds of millions to enhance safety in Minnesota. (Duluth)

Editorial (Franken): Mental health needs in rural MN highlighted. (Park Rapids-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Nolan): Washington abandoning U.S. workers. (Virginia)

Editorial: Emission rules: Minnesota on target to reduce carbon pollution. (Duluth)

Editorial: Keep light rail line on time and on budget. (ECM)

Editorial: The need for safer tankers is clear. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Prison-sentencing policies long overdue for change. (St. Joseph)