Outstate News (11-22-15)

Kelly/Dibble: For small Minnesota cities, road aid is little help. (St. Paul-Moorhead)

Urdahl/Miller/Koenen: Lawmakers agree about transportation needs, not funding. (Willmar)

Marquart: Cities urged to fight for state aid. (Alexandria)

Thissen/Franken: Political chatter: Again, property taxes head up; Railroads fight back; Franken tries again; Revenue up again; LGA remains priority. (ForumNews)

Newman: Senate office building controversey – Newman not ready for move to new building. (Litchfield)

Dayton: Administration won’t demand Senate GOP office move. (AP)

Bakk/Daudt: Senate joins Dayton in backing Range unemployment special session. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Hayden: DFLers look to aid black Minnesotans in special session. (MPR)

Daudt/Peppin: GOP wants mining, oil pipeline in special session talks. (MPR)

Daudt/Bakk/Dayton: Daudt wants assurances before Minnesota special session. (ForumNews)

Sparks/Bennett/Daudt/Walz/Dayton: Sparks, Bennett agree screening needed for Syrian refugees. (Albert Lea)

Daudt/Dayton: Republicans increase demand to pause refugee flow. (ForumNews)

Dayton Decries Political ‘Showmanship’ Over Syrian Refugees. (AP)

Baker: Session equips rural first responders with tools to treat drug overdose victims. (Willmar)

Stumpf/Rosen: Montevideo rallies for veterans’ home. (Willmar)

Stumpf: Senate committee tours route of railroad wye. (Willmar)

Cornish: State group approves slashing sentences for drug offenders. (AP)

Benson: MNsure selects candidate to lead insurance exchange. (AP)

Lenczewski/Davids/Thissen: Key state legislator on tax issues to resign, takes new job. (AP)

Bishop/Kiscaden/Doug Johnson: Retired legislator: ‘A lot of lessons’ in new book. (Rochester)

Sanuelson: Meet the 6 who want to fill the Brainerd Mayoral position. (Brainerd)

MN07 Independence Party: non-profit hero Kevin Winge exploring challenge to Collin Peterson. (BSP)

Kline/Sviggum: [2ndCD] Kittelson vies for Congress. (Red Wing)

Kline/Howe/Myhra: GOP debate offers vast differences in style, if not substance, among CD2 candidates.(MinnPost)

Kline/Walz/Nolan/Peterson/et al: Walz joins Republicans to back tougher refugee screening. (Rochester)

Rep. Emmer has a novel idea: actually declare war before fighting one. (MinnPost)

Franken’s Senate Secret Santa hits 5th year of bipartisan giving. (TheHill)

Franken: Mortgage-free home dedicated to injured veteran. (KARE)

Klobuchar, Franken push anti steel-dumping bill. (Duluth)

Klobuchar, Franken, Nolan tout paper import measures. (Brainerd)

Simon: Park Rapids stop one on final leg of Secretary of State 87-county tour. (Park Rapids)

Swift County wins $4.95 million state broadband grant. (Benson)

Greater Minnesota Broadband Grants: HTC gets $424K for Gentilly Township. (Crookston)

State to fund Itasca County rural broadband proposal. (MnBrown)

Groups discuss housing woes. (Red Wing)

Forest Service backs land exchange for PolyMet mine site. (Duluth)

Forest Service issues draft decision on PolyMet land swap. (Timberjay)

Mineral leases latest mining pressure point. (Timberjay)

Cliffs to idle Northshore Mining through first quarter of 2016. (HTF)

Mining/logging job losses mount as state rate declines. (Virginia)

High yields, low prices for local farmers in 2015 harvest. (Morris)

Drazkowski Letter: Legislative pages serve as well as learn. (Red Wing)

Hamilton Letter: ‘Costly debacle’ of MNsure must cease. (Worthington)

Letter (Backer-Marquart): Thankful McNamar is running for legislature again. (Morris)

Bettermann Letter: Response to being called a liar. (Alexandria)

Letter: Nolan does little for state’s mining industry. (Duluth)

Letter: Nolan offers only rhetoric on PolyMet and pollution. (Timberjay)

Nolan Column: Budget deal good for those on Medicare. (Aitkin)

Drazkowski Column: Ask local gov’t why property taxes are rising. (Albert Lea)

Franken Column: Don’t delay mental health help. (St. Cloud)

Column: Leaving a legacy – Bruce Dayton highlighted family’s commitment to philanthropy. (Timberjay)

Column: BLM officials hear competing visions of the future. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Daudt-Melin-Anzelc-Dayton): Get jobless benefits done, period. (Virginia)

Editorial (Bakk-Daudt): Special session is looking more likely. (Rochester)

Editorial (Dayton): Minnesota shows compassion, Wisconsin fear in message to refugees. (Winona)

Editorial: Legislature needs to get local government aid on track. (Fergus Falls-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: [Broadband] It’s just smart tax policy. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: In Minnesota, we’re smart and taxed. (Detroit Lakes)