Outstate News (8-23-15)

Editorial: Dill – Loyal friend, persistent advocate. (Ely)

Editorial: David Dill – Longtime legislator left a remarkable legacy in the North Country. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Dill made a difference. (International Falls)

Editorial: David Dill – Love of family and good policy. (Virginia)

Editorial: Politics needs more in the middle like Dill. (Duluth)

Column: Ally of the outdoors, Dill will be dearly missed. (Strib)

Bakk: David was my wingman. (International Falls)

Dill made a difference, say many. (International Falls)

Dill honored as larger than life ‘every man’ (Virginia)

DFLers already running in 3A special election. (MnBrown)

Ecklund seeks House District 3A seat. (International Falls)

County commissioner announces for Dill seat. (Duluth)

Second candidate announces run for Dill’s Minnesota House seat. (Duluth)

Three DFLers line up to run for District 3A – Rob Ecklund, Heidi Omerza, Bill Hansen want David Dill’s seat. (Timberjay)

House Speaker Kurt Daudt goes Martha Stewart at taxpayers expense. (City Pages)

Daudt/Bakk: GOP adds $2 million to Capitol furnishings budget. (AP)

A modest, hole-in-one proposal to resolve Speaker Daudt’s $10,000 office door problem. (BSP)

Dayton: Walleye special session sleeps with fishes. (MPR)

Nelson/Schmit/Norton/Pierson: Little support among local lawmakers for Mille Lacs special session. (Rochester)

Thissen/Marquart: Broadband grants bring access for rural residents, more funding and reforms needed. (Morris)

Marquart/Thissen/Murphy/Sawatzky: When the Internet goes down: Legislators get earful about lack of broadband in rural areas. (Willmar)

Campaigned against it in 2014: in legislative update, Miller joins choir for rural broadband. (BSP)

Backer/Dean: Increase in nursing home funding will go to staff wages and benefits at West Wind Village. (Morris)

Nuclear plant worker to challenge Schmit in Senate District 21. (Rochester)

Thompson/Zellers/Seifert: Walker names Minnesota co-chairs. (MPR)

Franken: Thick coats, thin skins: Why Minnesotans were outraged by a recent Washington Post report. (WashPost)

Video: U.S. Sen. Al Franken on rail issues. (International Falls)

Franken hears about rail issues. (International Falls)

Al Franken tackles telecomm issues, Iran deal. (Grand Forks)

Sen. Al Franken tours Mayo labs, delivers meals, visits with education officials in Rochester visit. (KTTC)

Sen. Franken, Rep. Betty McColllum head to Africa. (HotDish)

Sen. Al Franken meets with laid off steel workers in Eveleth. (NorthlandNews)

Nolan/Klobuchar: Solidarity in Steel Rally and March Draws Iron Range Together. (WDIO)

Nolan/Klobuchar: ‘We’re not moving backwards’ – Rally for fair contract. (Virginia)

Nolan/Walz: Veterans sound off about health care at Duluth forum. (Duluth-Worthington)

Nolan/Kline/Franken/Klobuchar/et al: Rep. Rick Nolan – I support the Iran deal. (Strib)

Peterson/Boehner: Speaker of the House takes DL fishing trip. (Detroit Lakes)

Pogemiller/Dayton: Beer vendor helped lobby for the St. Paul Saints ballpark. (AP)

Minnesota counties, Otto tangle over audits. (MPR)

Landwehr: DNR will enforce state rules on Chippewa ricers. (ForumNews)

UMM Chancellor Jacquie Johnson announces retirement. (Morris)

Minnesota lost 3,900 jobs in July, unemployment rises to 4 percent. (MinnPost)

Tax and spin: Most families in Wisconsin, it turns out, would save on taxes by moving to Minnesota. (MinnPost)

MNsure tackles tech problems. (AP)

State’s decision on UCare will force local enrollees to change health plans. (Willmar)

2 Minnesota helicopters, crew dispatched to Washington fire. (AP)

Agency: PolyMet discharge would flow north to BWCA – Fundamental miscalculations in water model render EIS results invalid. (Timberjay)

MCEA attorney talks sulfide mining. (Timberjay)

Pipeline’s polarized views; Public speaks up on Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (Park Rapids)

State’s wolf population appears to be stable. (Timberjay)

New water buffers mandated by Gov. Dayton. (Litchfield)

New buffer-law money requires local spending decisions. (Pipestone)

What blend wall? Minnesota drivers already use more than 10 percent ethanol. (MnCornerstone)

Letter (Sparks-Poppe): Stay vocal after disappointing state [environmental] session. (Austin)

Letter (Gruenhagen): Republicans’ policies only exacerbate education problem. (Hutchinson)

Letter (Walz): Republicans threaten Social Security. (Worthington)

Letter (Franken-Klobuchar): New federal rules protect Minnesota’s clean water. (Duluth)

Klobuchar Column: Iran nuclear deal is ‘our best available option’ (Grand Forks)

Franken Column: Yes on Iran deal. (Virginia)

Column: Sen. Al Franken takes a stand on U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. (Grand Forks)

Schmit Column: Farmers have a strong crop taking shape. (Red Wing-Rochester)

Column (Hackbarth-McNamara): Mille Lacs special session: Dayton angled, and legislators didn’t bite. (Strib)

Column (Kresha-Gazelka): Local legislators key in work for rural school facilities. (Little Falls)

Zelle/Doman/Link-Stine Column: Railway safety continues to be high priority. (Alexandria)

Assn of MN Counties Column (Franken-Klobuchar): Federal water rule will hurt counties. (Duluth)

Column: Friends of the Headwaters has issues with Line 3. (Park Rapids)

Column: Enbridge committed to public safety, environmental stewardship. (Bemidji)

Smith Column: Rural broadband is not just nice, it’s necessary. (Morris-Litchfield-Red Wing-St. Cloud)

Column: U.S. needs a strong Renewable Fuel Standard. (Minnpost-Glenwood)

Editorial: Emmer’s changed approach benefits district. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Daudt): Don’t stall on solution to sex offender ruling. (Mankato-Albert Lea-Austin)

Editorial (Nolan): Momentum building to broaden broadband. (Duluth-Park Rapids)

Editorial: Clean Power Plan is local issue, too. (Litchfield)