Outstate News (10-18-15)

Pelowski/Dean Johnson/Arne Carlson: Turmoil swirls around U of M president. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Quam/Liebling: Should you be able to ‘pick and choose’ [same sex] customers? (Rochester)

Quam/Gazelka: Duane Quam wants to talk religious freedom. Or is it discrimination? (CityPages)

Hann/Stumpf/Cohan: Minnesota’s new Senate offices — the building that became a campaign theme — are almost ready. (MinnPost)

Thissen: Why members of the House aren’t going to be able to pee inside next session. (CityPages)

Knoblach/Kleis: Dayton: Don’t like immigrants? Get out of MN. (St. Cloud-Detroit Lakes)

Knoblach/Kleis: Dayton, officials, citizens discuss racial tensions. (Sartell)

At St. Cloud forum with governor, Knoblach shares support for North Star line extension. (BSP)

Davids/Lourey/Benson: MNsure expects smoother enrollment. (ForumNews)

Stumpf: Senate Bonding Committee heading to dam sites. (Austin)

Pelowski/Davids/Miller: Rushford-Peterson breaks ground on new school. (Preston)

GOP presidential hopefuls courting Daudt. (MPR)

Election for Branden Petersen’s state Senate seat to be Feb. 9. (MinnPost)

Senator Al Franken gets a grasp on Duluth housing crisis. (NorthlandNews)

Sen. Al Franken wants college textbooks to be free, online. (KMSP)

Al Franken is helping to collect Minnesota veterans’ stories. (BMTN)

Franken encourages applicants for military service academies. (Brainerd)

Franken discusses rural skills gap. (St. Cloud)

Sen. Franken Discusses Health Care ‘Skills Gap’ During St. Cloud Visit. (WJON)

Franken: Charter-Time Warner merger under fire. (TheHill)

Franken to write about life on Capitol Hill. (Strib)

Franken/Peterson/Klobuchar: Conserving the great outdoors: Minn. fund has ended, some want it back permanently. (ForumNews)

Franken/Peterson/Nolan/Klobuchar: POET general manager, board members speak with government officials on Capitol Hill. (BCN)

Klobuchar: Senate Dems push new gun control laws. (MPR)

Kline/Howe: Candidates plow own money into [2nd CD] congressional race. (AP)

Swanson: Minnesota AG seeks protection for nursing home residents. (ForumNews)

Auditor raises new question about Dayton. (AP)

Minnesota’s unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent in September. (HTF)

Gov. Dayton, officials meet with Essar to negotiate repayment. (MnBrown)

Cliffs CEO threatens to close a Minnesota taconite operation. (AP)

PolyMet mine plan draws pro and con rallies. (ForumNewss)

Enbridge, PUC ask Minnesota Supreme Court to take up Sandpiper pipeline case. (Brainerd)

U.S. Courts temporarily block implementation of WOTUS: Groups respond. (AgriNews)

Pheasant season off to hot start. (Duluth)

Farmers work on harvesting bumper crop. (Blue Earth)

Anderson Letter (Lueck): Propane affordability will be revisited by legislature. (Aitkin)

Anderson Letter (Franson-Backer): Propane more affordable in Greater Minnesota, but more changes needed. (Alexandria)

Anderson Letter (Backer): Legislature did good work on propane affordability. (Morris)

Anderson Letter (Backer): McNamar helping middle class families get ahead. (Alexandria)

Anderson Letter (Hancock): Legislature improved affordability, accessibility of propane. (Bemidji)

Anderson Letter: Green works hard to make propane affordable. (Detroit Lakes)

Backer Letter: Morris Area School District a winner in legislative session. (Morris)

Thissen Letter: Letter: GOP has disconnection on broadband. (Worthington)

Letter (McNamar): House Republican majority did nothing on taxes. (Morris)

Letter: Baker falls short on broadband. (Willmar)

Letter (Baker): No broadband support for Willmar? (Willmar)

Letter: Recognition for Rep. Baker. (Willmar)

Letter: Glad to see Jay McNamar running for election again. (Fergus Falls)

Letter: Walz made ‘unbelievable’ vote on abortion measure. (Worthington)

Letter: Agreeing with Nolan on Iran deal. (Aitkin)

Letter: Nolan will continue fight for the middle class. (Duluth)

Kresha Column: State Republicans have broadband plan. (St. Cloud-Worthington-Grand Forks)

Lueck Column: Exploring lands that support schools. (Aitkin)

Column: Flex-fuel pumps allow us to breathe easier, save money. (Litchfield-Morris)

Column: Land and Water Conservation Fund a bipartisan success. (Duluth)

Column (Ecklund): Time to talk honestly about those man camps. (Timberjay)

Editorial: We are pleased with governor’s 2 mine visits – Eagle in Michigan represents modern facility; Gilt Edge looks at the past. (Virginia)

Editorial (Ecklund): 3A: Strong vote for copper/nickel mining. (Virginia)

Editorial (Nolan-Cravaack): Mills to try again – Fleet Farm scion changes hair style, but new policies would be more welcome. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Dayton-Zelle): Highway 14: Expedite funding for corridor of commerce. (Mankato-Austin)

Editorial: Appleton prison a win-win for state. (Benson)

Editorial: Drop in unpaid hospital care benefits everyone. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Important LWCF needs to be reinstated. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Legislators, heed the loved ones of the dead and pass gun laws. (Sartell)