Outstate News (12-13-15)

Column (Garofalo-Baker-Sawatzky): Help wanted in Willmar, beyond – The workforce is a key to Minnesota’s future. (Strib)

Editorial: A ‘one-state’ legislative agenda – Three must-do legislative items. (Strib)

Norton/Green: Business leaders warn lawmakers of labor ‘crisis’ (Rochester)

Franson returns from Cuba trip with new appreciation. (Alexandria)

Marquart/Poppe/Nolan/Peterson/Walz/Durenberger/Carlson: Minnesota Democrats target rural vote for 2016 state legislative fights. (TheHill)

Marquart/Simon/Franken: Capitol Chatter: Democrats seek to stop rural legislative losses; Good time for Franken; Twin Cities the difference. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Dill/Franken/Nolan/Klobuchar: Bakk: Region’s future at risk – Senate leader paints grim picture of mining. (Timberjay)

Sheran: State reviewing how counties protect children after hours. (Mankato)

Daniels: State legislators tour Faribault manufacturer, hear about workforce problems. (Faribault)

Sparks named 2015 MASWCD Legislator of the Year. (Austin)

Hayden: State senator, wife settle dispute over nonprofit payments. (MPR)

Minnesota Milk completely confused about McNamara’s ownership of nursery business. (BSP)

Drazkowski/Urdahl/Greunhagen: Not waving but drowning: Draz so not getting GOP mayors’ memo on Local Government Aid. (BSP)

State Sen. Dave Thompson cracks Obama “Pussy” joke. (City Pages)

Dill/Anzelc/Daudt: Ecklund wins House 3A seat. (International Falls)

Dill/Bakk: Ecklund cruises to 3A victory. (Timberjay)

3rd time is charm: Franken scores win on schools overhaul. (St. Cloud)

Sen. Franken: “No Child Left Behind” overhaul will improve education in MN. (HTF)

Sen. Al Franken Talks about New Education Law. (KSTP)

Franken-Kline: Congress OKs less federal education involvement. (ForumNews)

VIDEO: Franken and McCain ‘debate’ during Vikings-Cardinals pre-game show. (MinnPost)

Clinton plans Minn. talk about domestic terrorism. (AP)

Tony Sertich among 2016 “100 People to Know” in Twin Cities Business magazine. (HTF)

Dayton names his lawyer human services commissioner. (ForumNews)

Landwehr: DNR extends comment period on PolyMet review. (AP)

Dayton: Environment group pans Minn. water-quality program. (MPR-Austin)

Oil pipelines still in limbo after three years. (Detroit Lakes)

Kirkbride mothballing costs estimated at nearly $4 million. (Fergus Falls-Detroit Lakes)

Deadline extended to enroll in Minnesota health insurance plan. (ForumNews)

VIDEO: Family rescues deer stuck in fence in Hancock, Minn. (AgWeek)

How will RFS decision affect the biofuel industry? (AgriNews)

WCROC study looks at a new crop in a new time period. (Morris)

Zelle Letter: It’s the state’s turn to fund road projects. (Bemidji-Grand Forks)

Schomacker Letter: Considering surplus, tax relief is a good idea. (Worthington)

Drazkowski Letter (Marquart): Urdahl, Gruenhagen have rural Minnesota’s interests at heart. (Hutchinson)

Letter (Nolan): Empty DFL promises. (Brainerd)

Letter: Nolan fights for Iron Range in world war over steel. (Duluth)

Letter (Nolan): Halt importation of foreign steel. (Little Falls)

Letter (Westrom): Fear has become a political strategy. (Willmar)

Franken Column: New education law will help Minnesota students and schools. (Brainerd-Detroit Lakes-Faribault-Rochester-Winona-Worthinton-Grand Forks)

Column (Kline-Franken): Congress finally set to adopt replacement for No Child Left Behind. (Austin-Albert Lea)

Ehlinger Column: Why I’m allowing the use of medical cannabis for intractable pain. (Duluth)

Column: Republican Mayors – Minnesota House Republicans need to reverse course and support LGA. (Brainerd-Morris-Worthington)

Column: LGA is critical to Greater Minnesota cities. (Winona)

Column: Proposed sulfide mine threatens Minnesota’s water, way of life. (Duluth)

Column: Even with known deficiencies, the PolyMet FEIS is pushed forward. (MinnPost)

Column: PolyMet water model raises doubts about FEIS. (Timberjay)

Column: Renewable fuel cuts are a step backward. (Little Falls)

Editorial: Let’s get at special session – It’s nearly a month since Gov. Dayton said it should be called. (Virginia)

Editorial: Dayton ‘crying wolf’ with special sessions. (Hutchinson-Litchfield)

Editorial: Yay, County Board on PolyMet-Boo, certain Duluth businesses on the key issue. (Virginia)

Editorial (Hann-Daudt-Dayton): Let’s provide state property tax relief for business too. (Willmar)

Editorial (Gazelka): Here’s how $1.9 billion becomes drop in the bucket. (Little Falls)

Editorial: ‘Suspects;’ ‘a crime’ — come on Sen. Franken. (Virginia)

Editorial: State budget surplus of $1.9 billion predicted. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Trump’s Muslim ban would take us backward. (Mankato-Albert Lea)