Outstate News (12-6-15)

Editorial: Signs of a widening [rural/metro] gap. (Strib)

Column: Success as a united state – A history lesson in a ‘one state’ path to urban/rural prosperity. (Strib)

Column: A state of immigrants. (Strib)

Daudt/Kreska/Rosenthal: Legislators’ trip to Turkey was led by nonprofit with controversial ties. (Strib)

Hann/Daudt/Skoe: Budget surplus grows. (ForumNews)

Skoe/Daudt: How will Minnesota spend its surplus? Here’s where some stars seem to be aligning. (MinnPost)

Sparks/Bennett: $1.87B projected surplus points to healthy economy. (Austin)

Bennett: State forecast reveals $1.87B budget surplus. (Albert Lea)

Baker says surplus shows Minnesotans are overtaxed. (KWLM)

Mariani/Kahn: Advocates want state surplus to aid education. (MnDaily)

Saxhaug: Dayton backs off as Essar pays some bills. (Duluth)

Bakk: Mining on the brink? (Timberjay)

Bakk worried about mining downturn. (Ely)

Urdahl: Lawmakers consider civics test bill. (ForumNews)

Franson: Local lawmaker warns child care providers about mailing. (Alexandria)

Dean/Eken/Hamilton: Minnesota home, community caregivers seek more state money. (ForumNews)

Cornish: Prison Population Task Force tours Appleton Prison. (Benson)

Dakota County staffer charged with copying Kelly, Mack report. (Red Wing)

MN Eagle Forum gives Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen award for fighting godless infidels and stuff. (BSP)

Dill: 3A House seat to be filled Tuesday. (Ely)

Voters head to polls Tuesday – Three candidates vie for Dill’s seat in State House. (Timberjay)

Fraken: Ethanol supporters wanted higher mandates. (ForumNews)

Franken-Peterson-Walz-Klobuchar: Why the EPA is backing off on ethanol requirements, and why that has Midwesterners upset. (MinnPost)

Franken-Kline: Overhaul of controversial No Child Left Behind Act nears reality. (St. Paul-Willmar)

Nolan-Klobuchar-Franken: Federal lawmakers vary in tone on shooting. (Virginia)

Sen. Franken heads to Paris to meet with counterparts on climate talks. (Strib)

Al Franken and [Cargill’s] Dave MacLennan: Our Food Supply is in Danger of Climate Change. (WTN)

Al Franken Sells Book On Congress For Over $1 Million. (HuffPost)

Report: Franken Lands $1M Deal To Write Upcoming Book. (TCBusiness)

Peterson-Nolan: Federal transportation bill to give Minnesota $4 billion over 5 years. (ForumNews)

Peterson: Push underway to let Great Lakes states manage wolves again. (AP)

Dayton fills Court of Appeals openings. (AP)

Dayton to seek $100M for broadband. (AP)

Radinovich: IRRRB listening session set for Dec. 9 in Hibbing. (HTF)

Former President Jimmy Carter says he is cancer-free. (NPR)

Minnesota expands medical marijuana uses. (AP)

Complaints raised over Minnesota Power’s plan for solar expansion. (Duluth)

Franken/Juhnke: Alan Juhnke named executive director for Nebraska Pork Producers; will start in January. (National Hog Farmer)

Peterson: MFU members support buffer law, but want changes. (AgriNews)

NFU president urges support for voluntary COOL. (AgriNews)

Minnesota lifts poultry exhibition ban. (ForumNews)

Minnesota researchers work to prevent bird flu outbreak. (AgWeek)

For some farmers, great harvests can bring on hard times. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Drazkowski Letter (Marquart-Backer): Unwinding property tax political spin. (Morris)

Bettermann Letter: Letter on MNsure was not misinformation. (Morris)

Letter: Kresha speaks, but doesn’t act. (Little Falls)

Reinert Column: Plans for zoo will create modern outdoor park. (Duluth)

Column (Lenczewski-Abeler): Legislature needs better ethics rules. (St. Cloud)

Column: Crystal Sugar tells workers another labor dispute is a possibility. (AgWeek)

Column: If the ‘system’ is that shaky, why is the state even using it? (Glenwood)

Column: Think single-payer would be expensive? Think again. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Very welcome PolyMet statement – Governor says no interference; praise also for Speaker Daudt. (Virginia)

Editorial (Zelle-Dayton): Transportation inaction a hidden tax increase. (Mankato)

Editorial (Daudt-Dayton): Keep special session free of complications. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Hann-Martin): Everyone wants a piece of surplus pie. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Franken-Nolan-Klobuchar): Steel import ban. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Nolan-Franken-Klobuchar): Still no solution to steel dumping? (Duluth)

Editorial (Nolan): Good riddance, logging trucks. (Duluth)

Editorial: Good job, Sen. Bakk. (Duluth)

Editorial: Summit can lead to cleaner lakes and streams for future Minnesotans. (Glenwood)

Editorial: The Politics of Fear. (Benson)

Editorial: U.S. gun violence is a plague. (Moorhead)