Outstate News (10-25-15)

Obituary: Rep. Sandra Peterson (Strib)

Sandra Peterson dies; former head of state teachers’ union also served four terms in Legislature. (Strib)

Obituary: Rep. Leo Reding (Austin)

Reding/Pelowski/Johnson/Martin: Friends and family remember a ‘classic public servant’ (Rochester)

Daudt/Bakk: Dayton wants study of PolyMet. (AP)

Dayton looks for answers in mine tours – Says PolyMet decision ‘most momentous, difficult and controversial’ (Timberjay)

Editorial (Dayton-Smith): Dayton all-in to control PolyMet decision – Seeking outside legal firm unnecesary and costly tactic. (Virginia)

State Sen. Petersen faces questions over campaign funds. (MPR)

Goodwin/Shoen/Dehn: Abandoned prison gets new support. (ForumNews)

Bennett/Schomacker: Nursing home leaders thank legislators for passage of bill with increased funding. (Austin)

Daudt/Baker: Minnesota Capitol comes to NLS. (Willmar)

Torkelson/Scalze: Minnesota lawmakers hit the road on bonding tours. (St. Paul-Grand Forks)

Garofalo/Newberger: Republicans want China to reduce emissions before Minnesota does. (City Pages)

Miller/Senjem/Nelson/Drazkowski/Pelowski: Political Notebook: Should Senate Republicans stay or go?; Money in politics. (Rochester)

Franken/Walz: Capitol Chatter: Hurdles remain to reopen private prison; City liquor stores do well; College loans stop; Counties join eCourtMN; More ignore bus law; Walz demands VA testimony. (ForumNews)

Franken seeking students interested in attending military academy. (KIMT)

Franken slams cyberbill over privacy protection. (WashExam)

Franken: Democrats On Indian Affairs Committee Support Fast-tracking Tribal Energy Development. (HuffPost)

Franken/Nolan/Klobuchar: Minnesota lawmakers claim unfair Canadian paper imports. (Duluth)

Delegation shreds illegal paper imports – Franken, Klobuchar and Nolan testify before International Trade Commission. (Virginia)

Franken/Dayton/Klobuchar: D.C. fetes Fritz for his efforts with vice presidency. (ForumNews)

Klobuchar, Franken, celebrate mental health grant. (Brainerd)

Kline: Tragic harvest: The farm is one of the deadliest workplaces. (Strib-Winona)

Swanson: Attorney general seeks nursing home resident protection. (ForumNews)

Zelle: MNDOT Commissioner: Long-range transportation plan a must. (Bemidji)

Ritchie: MN bids for world’s fair. (MnDaily)

Gov. Dayton criticizes shift of oil shipments through Twin Cities. (ForumNews)

Dayton orders swifter inspections of oil rail routes. (AP)

Dayton suggests Sanders is not a real Democrat. (MPR)

Norm Coleman announces he has cancer. (ForumNews)

Lobbyist: Small legislative gains bode well for future. (Fergus Falls)

Range War: Essar, Cliffs clash shows Mesabi at crossroads. (MnBrown)

Minnesota reaffirms commitment to reducing greenhouse gases. (HTF)

Enbridge, PUC turn to Minn. Supreme Court for ruling. (ForumNews)

Ducks shot in Minn. test negative for deadly bird flu. (AP)

Prime October conditions have farmers nearing harvests’ end with strong yields, but prices are lagging. (Austin)

Mahoney Letter: Urdahl opposed Job Creation Fund. (Litchfield)

Letter: Franson challenged to explain her denial of climate change. (Alexandria)

Letter: Schmit’s and DFL’s stance on MNsure costs too much. (Red Wing)

Letter (McNamar-Dayton): Minnesota is the 2015 Top Business State in the U.S. (Morris)

MN Chamber Letter: Bridge the gap on transportation; State needs new strategy for funding infrastructure. (Austin-Detroit Lakes)

MN Deer Hunters Assn Letter: Minnesota reaps huge benefits from hunting. (Winona)

Thissen Column: GOP leaves communities disconnected. (Albert Lea)

Franson Column: Blame governor and Democrats for no increase in Social Security. (Alexandria)

Gruenhagen Column: Obamacare, MNsure are failing Minnesotans. (Glencoe)

Heintzeman Column: Wolf protections should be reconsidered. (Brainerd)

Paul Anderson Column: New EPA water regulations cause ripples. (Alexandria)

Nolan Column: Saving the land and water conservation fund. (Aitkin)

Franken Column: What a real conversation about mental health looks like. (Rochester)

Column: Capitol’s paintings should go – The elimination of this artwork is essential to maintaining Minnesota’s political integrity. (MnDaily)

Editorial: Warrantless blood test is worrisome. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Dayton): Northstar rail should be extended to St. Cloud. (St. Joseph)

Editorial (Klobuchar-Heitkamp-Franken): Misguided filibuster blocks Sanctuary Cities bill. (Grand Forks)