Outstate News (3-29-15)

Dill: MPCA proposes new sulfate regulations. (Timberjay)

Anzelc: New rules shift debate on wild rice, mining controversy. (MnBrown)

Senjem/Petersburg/Jensen/Bennett/Frederickson: Farmers voice frustration at waterway buffer meeting. (Owatonna)

Frederickson: Buffer strip proposal draws criticism from farming community. (Pipestone)

Drazkowski/Garofalo/Norton/Davids/Thompson: Bill to block public funds for Zip Rail advances. (Rochester)

Kresha/Gazelka: Governor proposes railroad tax-funded safety fixes to include Little Falls and Randall. (Little Falls)

Marquart/Kelly: No early rail bill debate. (ForumNews)

Daudt/Baker: Transportation, two ways. (Willmar)

Eken/Kiel/Lenczewski/Skoe: Cities that border Dakotas want continued state support. (ForumNews)

Marquart/Eken/Green: Pre-K teachers may lose business with Gov. Dayton’s pre-school proposal. (Detroit Lakes)

Schools in favor of Gov. Dayton’s pre-school proposal if they have space. (Detroit Lakes)

Anderson/Daudt/Schomacker: State’s long-term care field in financial mess. (Glenwood-Brooten)

Bakk/Hann/Knoblach: Senate Democrats stress education, reserves. (AP)

Bakk/Sieben/Hann: Minnesota Senate Democrats take middle budget ground. (ForumNews)

Stumpf/Bakk/Hann/Sieben: Senate budget seeks to bridge gulf between Dayton and GOP. (MinnPost)

Daudt/Thissen/Knoblach/Downey: Minnesota Republican budget plan features $2 billion tax cuts. (ForumNews)

Daudt/Knoblach/Thissen/Dean/Bakk: House budget elevates tax cuts, squeezes health. (AP)

Daniels/Daudt: Daniels backs GOP budget plan; says there’s middle ground with DFL. (Faribault)

Senjem/Bakk: Capitol building restoration to run $30M higher. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Dettmer/Pugh/Peppin/Thissen/Folliard: Equal Rights Bill Faces Baffling Opposition in Minnesota House. (CityPages)

Lucero/Hamilton/Daudt/Bachmann: Doyle “crazy upset” anti-transgender bill didn’t get heard but immigrant driver’s license bill did. (BSP)

Tomassoni: RAMS elects Perfetto as new president. (Hibbing)

Sen. Sparks sponsors workforce housing bill. (Albert Lea)

Peppin/Marty/Benson/Bakk/Abeler/Day/Sviggum/Seifert/Moe/Hottinger/Johnson/Solberg/Beard/et al: Many Minnesota lawmakers make fast, lucrative jumps to jobs as lobbyists. (St. Paul-Duluth)

Dahms/Torkelson: Lawmakers to talk buffer strips. (Willmar)

Ingebrigtsten, Franson to hold town meetings. (Alexandria)

Ingebrigtsten: Disability Matters Town Hall Forum to highlight key legislative priorities for the disability community. (Fergus Falls)

Davids: Minnesota House Agriculture Finance Committee hearing. (Preston)

Bakk/Thissen/Franken/KlobucharDavids/Skoe.Kline: Capitol Chatter: Where will Minnesota House call home?; Phone standards sought; Government shutdown?; Franken wants safety funds; Senator wants ‘Skoe savings’ (ForumNews)

Sen. Franken calls on FRA to make Bakken crude less volatile. (ProgRR)

Sen. Franken to appear on Letterman. (St. Paul)

Sen. Franken aims to fund mental health courts, crisis intervention. (KMSP)

Franken: The very serious politics of ‘vote-a-rama’ (MinnPost)

Franken: Some Democrats Who Could Step Up If Hillary Isn’t Ready For Hillary. (FiveThirtyEight)

Franken/Klobuchar/Nolan/Smith: MN Congressional Delegation and Lt. Gov. Meet at White House About Steel Imports. (WDIO)

Downey: MNGOP’s Ill-Fated, $150,000 “Give It Back!” Campaign Is Officially Dead. (CityPages)

Landwehr: Dayton wants to get tough on poachers. (Bemidji)

Rukavina: Political theater – Meeting in Cook movie house, board OK’s road bonding. (Timberjay)

Peterson: Pope meets with Farmers’ Union leader. (ForumNews)

Zelle visits Glencoe. (Glencoe)

Governor wants to put more money into Minnesota state parks. (ForumNews)

Meetings to address programs to help farmers who lose livestock to wolves. (Fergus Falls)

Frederickson: Farm with Jennie-O ties hit by bird flu outbreak. (AP-Austin)

3rd turkey farm hit by bird flu. (AP)

New study says ethanol could cut carbon emissions more than many think. (CrainsClevelandBus)

Letter: Rep. Peterson has always supported Keystone XL. (Park Rapids)

Letter: Nolan is working for you. (Brainerd)

Letter (Franken): Rerouting trains is not the answer. (Alexandria)

Letter: Where was Rep. Baker? (Willmar)

Letter (Backer-Westrom): Clean energy legislation needs our help. (Morris)

Kiel-Fabian Column: Dayton targets farmers with buffer-zone proposal. (Grand Forks)

Lueck Column: Update on work at the Capitol. (Aitkin)

Daniels Column: Legislative update. (Faribault)

Bennett Column: GOP roads plan funds long-term needs. (Albert Lea)

Gruenhagen Column: GOP transportation plan prioritizes roads and bridges. (Hutchinson)

Anderson Column: Discussion continues on buffer strips. (Alexandria)

Column (Emmer-Paulsen): TPA good for Minnesota. (AgWeek)

Hilty-Solon Column: Homegrown energy is the way to go for Minnesota. (Rochester)

Downey Column: Focus on policy with surplus, not politics. (Duluth)

Column: It’s time to invest in transportation. (Willmar-Worthington)

Column: GOP transportation proposal leaves plenty of room for tax cuts. (MinnPost)

Column: Farmers are losing the battle of public perception. (Worthington)

Editorial: GOP road plan filled with potholes. (Mankato-Austin)

Editorial: Railroad tax plan logical. (ForumNews)

Editorial (Back-Daudt-Liebling-Schomacker-Miller-Reinert): Evidence points to cooperation. (Rochester-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Miller-Bernardy): Stop meddling with MnSCU. (Strib-Albert Lea)

Editorial: MPCA on sulfates – As debate moves forward, public shouldn’t stand for misinformation. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Common sense MPCA [sulfate] decision. (Virginia)

Editorial: Investing in state parks, trails system a good plan. (Park Rapids)

Editorial: Child protection laws need update. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (3-22-15)

Eken/Kahn: Hemp bill gains support – Researchers and farmers could soon benefit from growing hemp. (MnDaily)

Hansen/Torkelson/McNamara/Landwehr/Frederickson: Buffer bill draws criticism, support. (AgriNews)

Schmit/Dayton: Governor’s buffer proposal vetoed in Mazeppa. (AgriNews)

Anderson/Lesch: Bill would protect big livestock producers from nuisance lawsuits. (ForumNews)

Eken: Bill eases vet student loans. (MnDaily)

Daudt/Thissen/Winkler: Late-Night Drama at the Capitol: House Speaker Kurt Daudt Shouted at, Called “Dictator” (CityPages)

Winkler/Nash: Campaign spending bill defeated in committee. (AP)

Daudt/Dayton: Two months into the session, Republicans and DFLers are moving further apart on legislative priorities. (MinnPost)

Wiger/Loon: Gov. Dayton takes his plan for universal pre-k program to school. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Kelly/Hornstein/Dibble: State moves to protect 326,170 Minnesotans near oil trains. (ForumNews)

Garofalo: Zip Rail study advances. (Red Wing)

Liebling/Daudt/Lourey/Schomacker: Bill would increase funding for local nursing homes. (Rochester)

Pappas/Ray/Moran/Champion/Laine/Hayden: Lawmakers call for ethnic councils to be restructured. (PioneerPress-Fergus Falls)

Baker: Bills push funding of Highway 23 expansion between New London and St. Cloud. (Willmar)

Franson/Nornes/Ingebrigtsen: Local state reps to hold town hall meetings. (Fergus Falls)

Westrom: Republican congressman, native of Morris, resigns from office. (Morris)

Heintzeman: Thiede says chamber played politics, won’t support appropriation. (Brainerd)

Thissen: Miller assures colleagues he’s not King of MN. (BSP)

Bennett: FFA Day at the Capitol. (Albert Lea)

Franken: Entrants wanted for student poetry contest. (CRM)

Franken seeks entrants to poetry contest. (International Falls)

Franken invites kids’ poetry submissions. (Red Wing)

Franken hosting poetry contest. (SWNM)

Sen. Franken Introduces Bill Aiming To Ease Student Loan Debt. (WCCO)

Sen. Al Franken presents Purple Heart to family of fallen Minnesota veteran. (KMSP)

Franken wants oil safety study. (ForumNews)

Franken: Reroute oil trains? History suggests it’s a long shot. (Strib)

Senators Klobuchar and Franken fight spread of invasive species. (Alexandria)

AP: Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office knew of abortion provision ahead of stalemate. (HotDish)

Klobuchar/Paulsen: Klobuchar aide knew of provision that stalled trafficking bill. (ForumNews)

Peterson visits SunOpta. (Alexandria)

Jesson: DHS commissioner visits Brainerd. (Brainerd)

Rothman: Made in MN solar thermal rebates available. (HTF)

Landwehr: Fee, funding hikes for state parks: But governor’s proposed increases would leave parks’ support at current levels. (Willmar)

Dayton wants more money for state parks. (Duluth)

Legislation aimed to help energy-intensive regions of state. (Virginia)

Legislation proposes gross misdemeanor careless driving charge. (Faribault)

Milk price drop brings concerns in Minn. dairy country. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Drazkowski Letter (Dayton): It’s official: State’s rural property taxes up again. (Red Wing-Worthington)

Letter: Nolan working to block freetrade agreement fast-track. (Park Rapids)

Letter: Letter misstated U.S. Rep. Peterson’s views. (Grand Forks)

Letter (Kelly): Letter: ‘No build’ is best Zip Rail option. (Red Wing)

Letter (Gunther): Legislature needs to give money back. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Mills now seems to think government money is OK. (Duluth)

Sparks Column: There is work to be done for housing in Minn. (Albert Lea)

Marquart Column: Railroad companies need to pay to ensure safe communities. (Morris)

Pelowski Column: Students need another tuition freeze. (Winona)

Zelle Column: Dayton’s road and bridge proposal thinks long-term. (Albert Lea)

Column (Daudt-Downey-Ventura): Minnesota’s budget surplus: Dumb, dumber — and brilliant politics. (Duluth)

MN-USDA Column: Without trade promotion authority, Congress is holding back rural communities. (Morris)

MN Chamber Column: Let’s pause before accepting governor’s transportation plan. (Grand Forks)

Column: A long-term fix is needed for roads. (Albert Lea)

Column (Peterson-Kline-Klobuchar-Franken): More information on gray wolves. (Aitkin)

Column: Producers should have right to protect livestock from wolves. (AgWeek)

Column: More renewable energy is the right thing to do for Minnesota. (Bemidji)

Column: Farmers are losing the public perception battle – Time for farmers to tell their conservation stories. (CSD-Rochester)

Editorial (Torkelson-Schmit): Buffer strip debate needs to continue. (Rochester)

Editorial (Erhardt): Compromise can let Minnesota’s asphalt flow. (Grand Forks)

Editorial (Davids-Miller): Border battle over taxes has gone on long enough. (Rochester-Owatonna)

Editorial (Schmit): Editorial: Don’t forget about broadband. (Worthington)

Editorial: Rep. Marquart advances oil train debate. (ForumNews)

Editorial: Dayton to railroads: You make a problem, you own it. (Moorhead-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Brown): Legislators should butt out of transgender policies in schools. (Sartell)

Editorial: Renewable energy finding love in Minn. (Duluth)

Editorial: Paid sick time helps everybody. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: State should fully address e-cigs. (Austin)

Editorial: ‘Right to Try’ proposal draws support, criticism. (Glencoe)

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Outstate News (3-15-15)

Rukavina Column (Sviggum-Pawlenty-Renneke): ‘Those Rangers’ don’t deserve such wrath. (Strib)

Rukavina Strikes Back: colorful Range pol rebuts Strib. (MnBrown)

Daudt/Fenton/Downey/Martin: Republican Party chair splits with House GOP on surplus. (MPR-Willmar)

Torn: Ag Commissioner Frederickson joins call for buffers. (Willmar)

Torkelson/Daudt: Dayton challenges farmers to support buffer plan. (Pioneer Press-AgWeek)

Torkelson: Montevideo group promotes vegetative buffers to protect waterways. (Willmar)

Melin/Anzelc: U.S. Steel to idle Keewatin Taconite, affecting 400 workers. (MnBrown)

Brown/Dibble: Miller: Reverse transgender sports law. (Willmar)

Sen. David Brown Wants Transgender Students Back in Assigned Sex Bathrooms. (CityPages)

Kiel/Marquart/Hamilton/Eken: Farm business management program needs financial help. (AgriNews)

Johnson/Sheran: Bill aims to help veterans find careers in agriculture. (AgriNews)

Loonan: Minnesota state representative fined $10K for fudging hours on ethics course. (Strib)

Melting scoops: Shakopee News covered Loonan commerce department fine in early February. (BSP)

Rep. Dean Urdahl Says Students Are So Ignorant About America They Need to Be Tested. (CityPages)

Bennett/Sparks: Minnesota legislature has passed 1,549 bills out of 35,933 in the past 10 years. (Albert Lea)

Lueck/Bakk: Bill would prohibit state agencies from financing partisan politics. (Strib)

Erickson/Anzelc: Bill calls for reporting of DNR fisheries management on Mille Lacs. (Aitkin)

Bonoff/Chamberlain: Education advocates duel over teacher layoff bills in Minnesota. (AP)

Lourey/Schomacker/Schultz/Simonson: Minnesota Legislature asked to boost nursing home pay. (Duluth)

Marquart/Hornstein/Kelly: State leaders disagree on rail oil safety. (ForumNews)

Schoen/Cornish/Ingebrigtsen: House passes Blue Alert bill. (ForumNews)

Cornish/Anderson: Legal silencers stir Minnesota gun debate. (AP)

Reinert: Miller’s Purple Caucus calls for K-12 funding increase, transportation money. (Winona)

Rep. Davids proposes veterans home in SE Minnesota. (Preston)

Davids bill would fund Fillmore County veterans’ home, Lanesboro dam. (Winona)

Miller bill would give WSU, other state campuses more autonomy. (Winona)

Ruud introduces arrestee DNA collection legislation. (Brainerd)

Ingebrigtsen/Torkelson/Franken: Notebook: Boy’s death in 2013 leads to abuse law updates; The Dayton report; Franken wants wolf funds. (ForumNews)

Al Franken Wants to Outlaw the Deceitful Contracts That Nearly Everyone Signs. (CityPages)

Sen. Franken wages war against consumer contract clause. (KARE)

Sen. Al Franken fights for ‘The Fairness for Struggling Students Act of 2015’ (NorthlandNews)

Peterson/Ellison/Paulsen/Franken/Klobuchar: Minn. Dems spar with Obama over trade deal. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Rep. Peterson: Partisan divide worse than ever in D.C. (Fergus Falls)

Michele Bachmann Is Going to Be in Sharknado 3. (CityPages)

Swanson/Humphrey/Hatch: Minnesota attorney general opposes phone deregulation bill. (PioneerPress)

1st bill for child-protection law heads to Gov. Dayton. (Austin)

Businesses lobby for reduced taxes. (Willmar)

Range still lagging rest of state. (Virginia)

Statewide Registry unites resources to end homelessness among all Veterans. (HTF)

Energy group kicks off legislative campaign in Austin. (Austin)

[BWCA] Land exchange hearing March 24. (Two Harbors)

U of M ag talk to focus on adapting to climate change. (Willmar)

The art of cheese: Artisan cheesemaker in Brooten finds success in fledgling Minnesota market. (Willmar)

New bird flu has farmers scrambling. (AP)

Hamilton Letter: Despite large surplus, let’s remain responsible. (Worthington)

Schomacker Letter: Local legislation moving forward in House talks. (Worthington)

Letter: Collin Peterson is not one of us. (Park Rapids-Grand Forks)

Letter (Kelly): We deserve sustainable transportation funding. (Red Wing)

Letter (Melin): [Wild Rice Sulfate]…this standard makes no sense. (Ely)

Letter (Baker-Sawatzky): Funding for the elderly. (Willmar)

Schmit Column: We’ll see if this Legislature solves problems. (Red Wing)

Bennett Column: Families deserve affordability in health care. (Albert Lea)

Kresha Column: The best investment in education is early learning scholarships. (Little Falls)

Jensen Column: Investing in rural Minnesota. (Owatonna)

Column (Hayden-Baker): Vets disproportionately feel pain of prescription drug abuse. (Duluth)

Column (Franken-Peterson-Klobuchar): Finding solutions to agriculture’s problems, from the field to the table. (Morris)

Column: Urgent bills only legislative production at halfway point. (ForumNews)

Column: Renewable fuels benefit consumers. (USAToday)

Editorial (Rosen): Editorial: Boost dental reimbursements. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Koenen-Baker-Tomassoni): Health bills make sense. (Alexandria)

Editorial (Hornstein-Kelly): Marquart advances rail debate. (ForumNews)

Editorial (Rukavina): Time to apologize – School District’s political attacks were baseless and ill-informed. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Bachmann): Thank you, Tom Emmer for your political courage. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: E-cigs bring benefits in smoking reduction. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Minnesota’s Big Ag needs to step up for cleaner water. (Strib)

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Outstate News (3-8-15)

Hansen/McNamera: Lawmaker’s culture crusade draws apology demand. (ForumNews)

Schomacker/Gunther/Lourey/Urdahl/Lillie/Considine: Nursing home executives ask for backup funding plans. (ForumNews)

Eken/Bakk/Peppin/Daudt/Kiel//Pugh/Whelan: Abortion bills move to Minn.’s front burner. (PioneerPress-Moorhead)

Peterson-Zelle): Dayton reiterates proposal: Governor promotes 600 transportation projects; says he understands cost to residents of state; calls out Chamber. (Willmar)

Bakk/Marquart/Anzelc/Daudt/Koenen/Dibble: Dems say bigger surplus may throw cold water on gas tax. (MPR-Austin)

Reinert//Bakk/Daudt/Kelly: Transportation brings together Bakk, Dayton. (ForumNews)

Koenen/Miller/Drazkowski/Hertaus: Area residents air concerns about property taxes. (Benson)

Johnson/Considine/Sheran: Lawmakers field mining, medical questions at town hall. (Mankato)

Garofalo/Drazkowski/Tomassoni/Reinert: Capitol Chatter: GOP lawmakers differ on right to work approach; Bakk, Dayton: Friends or foes?; Klobuchar battles trafficking; Don’t compete with hockey. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Bennett/Davnie/Loon: House votes to reduce seniority as teacher layoff factor. (AP-Austin)

Poppe/Sparks/Bennett/Daudt/Thissen/Bakk: Legislators pore over budget, transportation options with proposed surplus dollars. (AP-Albert Lea)

Persell/Fabian/Hamilton/Lueck/Sundin: Legislators discuss paying farmers for livestock lost to wolves. (AgriNews)

Winkler/Melin/Daudt/Hamilton/Dean: Carly Melin trolls House GOP about seniority. (BSP)

Slim production at Capitol as Legislature hits halfway mark. (ForumNews)

Franken offers bill to reduce VA backlog. (TheHill)

Sen. Franken Blasts GOP Anti-Union Measure Reversing NLRB Rule. (UpTake)

Franken/Kline: Kline, Republicans give overview of long-awaited ACA replacement bill. (MinnPost)

Tea Party takes on Rep. Tom Emmer, who heads to Selma, Ala. this weekend. (HotDish)

Gov. Dayton’s August trade mission to Mexico will include stops in Mexico City and Guadalajara. (MinnPost)

Political storm over IRRRB project rumbles on. (MnBrown)

Walter Mondale released from Mayo Clinic after bout with flu. (Strib-Duluth)

A Q&A with Paul Douglas, the evangelical Christian Republican poster boy for climate change. (MinnPost)

Anne Kanten: Radical, realist, relentless advocate for family farmers. (MinnPost)

Frederickson: Deadly bird flu strain strikes poultry farm near Glenwood; health risk is very low. (PioneerPress-Alexandria)

Standoff over a huge dairy opens a new chapter in Minnesota’s battle over big feedlots. (Strib)

State moves forward with nitrogen plan. (AgriNews)

Knoblach Letter: DFL-controlled Legislature allowed Dayton’s pay raises. (St. Cloud)

Urdahl Letter: Criticism of civics testing was ‘off the mark.’ (Litchfield-Hutchinson)

Letter: Disappointed in Kresha’s vote. (Little Falls)

Sparks Column: The importance of ag research and education. (Albert Lea)

Daniels Column: Legislative update. (Faribault)

Penny Column: Company shows how local foods matter. (Albert Lea)

MN Chamber Column: Use surplus, not new taxes, for roads. (Austin)

Column: Loudest defenders of wolves don’t know much about them. (Duluth)

Column: [Grey Wolf] It’s time for Minnesotans to be heard. (Aitkin)

Column: Cautious optimism about Minnesota’s high school graduation rates. (ECM-Little Falls)

Column: Legislators back profits over jobs and the environment. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Dayton-Zelle): No way to fund roads for cheap. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Compromise needed on Minnesota’s road repair. (Grand Forks)

Editorial (Rukavina): Better vetting of call center needed. (Duluth)

Editorial (Bakk-Thissen-Daudt): Creating Legislative Budget Office would prudent. (Rochester)

Editorial (Davids-Bakk-Dill): Legislation about Range Trust going nowhere. (Virginia)

Editorial (Koenen-Anderson): Increased LGA is wise investment in rural cities. (Alexandria)

Editorial (Clausen): Proposed bills would aid student debt. (MnDaily)

Editorial (Peterson-Klobuchar): Time to open Cuba to agriculture trade. (Mankato)

Editorial: Emmer’s slap at GOP actions on DHS funding justified. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Invest state surplus in roads, education. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Measure could help reverse the trend of falling voter participation. (Owatonna)

Editorial: Land swap should be slam-dunk – More money for schools and less federal control of land. (Virginia)

Editorial: MN sex offender laws need update. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (3-1-15)

Must see video on curing cancer: Vice Special Report: Killing Cancer. (YouTube-HBO)

Eken/Rosen/Mack/Schultz: Telemedicine coverage would expand. (Strib-Fergus Falls)

Rosen: Dentists not smiling over payments. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Dill/Metsa/Davids: Conditions sought on IRRRB Trust. (Virginia)

Knoblach/Sertich/Rukavina: Publicly funded Iron Range board is deep into DFL politics, policy. (Strib)

Sertich/Phillips: Star Tribune investigates IRRRB political ties. (MnBrown)

Bakk/Knoblach/Metsa/Penas/Sertich: Putting the Iron Range in irony; or, February 2006 IRRRB packet reveals Meyers transparency. (BSP)

Backer/Westrom: Water a hot topic at local town hall in Morris. (Morris)

Sparks/Poppe/Daudt/Hayden: Sparks, Poppe eye funds for jobs, ed after report. (Austin)

Daudt/Knoblach: Big state budget surplus equals big dispute among state leaders. (ForumNews)

Cohen/Daudt: Doubled Minnesota budget surplus raises the stakes for coming legislative battles. (MinnPost)

Daudt: Minnesota surplus rises $832 million. (ForumNews)

Drazkowski/Knoblack/Daudt/Thissen/Downey: House GOP walks thin line in doling out budget surplus. (AP)

Dibble/Carlson: Officials plead for long-term roads fix. (Albert Lea)

Dahle/Cornish/Johnson/Sheran/Petersburg: Legislators mixed on school calendar issues. (Mankato)

Loon/Bonoff: Educators, policymakers can’t agree on a solution to Minnesota’s spreading teacher shortage. (St. Paul-Moorhead)

O’Neill-Anderson: Local lawmakers want Monticello nuclear plant construction moratorium lifted. (Monticello)

Latz/Newman/Champion: Senators consider body camera privacy issues. (ForumNews)

Ortman/Newman/Pederson/Erhardt/Downey: GOP senators seek to make Minnesota a player in 2016 presidential race. (MinnPost)

Backer/Drazkowski: Rep. Jeff Backer to hold property tax listening session in Morris. (Morris)

Franson’s bill authorizing hemp production clears first committee. (Alexandria)

Lueck’s bill to stop taxing Social Security benefits advances. (Brainerd)

Stumpf/Koenen/Schmit/Franzen/Carlson/Johnson: Salary campaign already in a mailbox near you. (PolAnimal)

Cohen/Daudt: Political Notebook: Exports boosted by ‘Made in Rural America’ initiative; Peterson backs pilots; Franken hails FCC vote; Trafficking bill heads to vote; Tax rebate not favored. (ForumNews)

Sen. Al Franken visits Tartan, praises STEM. (LillieNews)

Franken introduces key measure to cut college costs, improve opportunities for students. (Brainerd)

Franken applauds FCC vote on net neutrality protections. (GrandRapids)

Sen. Franken wins his (complicated) cause celebre: Net neutrality. (Strib)

Franken gets a big win with net neutrality decision. (MinnPost)

Franken takes victory lap on net neutrality. (MPR)

While celebrating a victory, Franken warns: ‘We have to stay vigilant’ on net neutrality. (MinnPost)

Sens. Franken, Klobuchar adjust to life in the (Democratic) minority. (Strib)

Kline ed bill stalls amid arrows from all sides. (MPR)

Dayton signs bill retracting commissioner raises for now. (AP)

Zelle: Transportation issues affect economy, life quality. (Brainerd)

Feds file intent to appeal on wolf status. (Duluth)

Letter: Kline’s wolf bill is a betrayal of America. (Duluth)

Green Letter: Other options to transportation plan. (Park Rapids)

Schomacker Letter: New strategies needed on health insurance. (Worthington)

Letter: Baker isn’t what he claims. (Willmar)

Letter (Backer): DFL chair should worry about her own party’s actions. (Alexandria)

Letter (Backer-Westrom): Legislators should focus on local renewable energy. (Morris)

Letter: Base transportation debate on solid data. (Bemidji-Willmar-Brainerd)

Letter: Recent letter writers are ill-informed about wolves. (AgWeek)

Franken Column: Net neutrality vote will be a win for free speech. (Mashable)

Smith Column: Border-to-border high-speed Internet isn’t nice, it’s necessary. (Alexandria-Brainerd-Morris)

Kelly Column: Dayton’s “my way, no highway” approach wrong. (Mankato-Rochester)

Dekruif Column: When are taxes high enough? (Wasceca-St. Peter)

Dorman Column: Workforce housing key to economic growth in Greater Minnesota. (Hutchinson-Worthington-Rochester-St. Cloud)

Column (Simon-Daudt): New secretary of state wants you to vote. (ECM)

Column: Fuel tax not keeping up with needs. (Glencoe)

Editorial (Urdahl): Citizenship test is the wrong answer. (Hutchinson-Litchfield)

Editorial (Petersen): Reject the None of the Above election choice. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Bakk, Dayton make nice over eggs, bacon. (Duluth)

Editorial (Simonson): Don’t shortchange transportation needs. (Duluth)

Editorial: Transportation showdown brewing in St. Paul. (Duluth)

Editorial (Schmanski): Transportation needs better means of funding. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Railroad safety is crucial. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Plan now for climate hazards. (Alexandria)

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Outstate News (2-22-15)

Eken/Saxhaug/Hamilton/Franson/Morse: Farmers look to Legislature for expansion paths. (ForumNews)

Eken/Franson: MN Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture & Rural Development hears industrial hemp bill. (BSP)

Fabian/Eken/Morse: Minnesota lawmakers want final say on water quality rules. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Tomassoni/Jensen: Sens. push cash boost for rural Minnesota workforce. (AP)

Anzelc/Dittrich: Schools ask governor to appoint school lands trust director – soon. (Session Weekly-HTF)

Drazkowski/Melin: Republican Legislator Says High Cigarette Taxes Are Oppressing Trailer Park Residents. (CityPages)

Thissen: DFL wants family leave for Minnesotans. (ForumNews)

Kelly/Zelle: $6 billion would buy 607 road, bridge projects. (ForumNews)

Koenen/Dibble/Senjem/Miller/Masin/Carlson: Minnesota Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee visits Willmar. (Willmar)

Bakk/Sieben/Martin: Capitol Chatter: Dayton ‘terrible campaigner,’ but successful; Early voting advances; Peterson, Nolan targeted; 2016 caucuses set. (ForumNews)

Anderson/Schmit/Nelson: Lawmakers: Farmers fear frivolous lawsuits from visitors. (AgriNews)

The best of frenemies: why the Dayton-Bakk pay raise rift isn’t likely to be their last fight. (MinnPost)

Bakk/Daudt/Peterson: Dayton cedes power to Legislature in pay-raise deal. (MinnPost)

Liebling/Drazkowski/Norton/Daudt/Bakk: Pay raise deal allows Ebola funding to advance. (Rochester)

Drazkowski/Thissen/Daudt/Dayton: House passes deal stalling agency leader salary hikes. (AP)

Rosen/Metsa/Benson: Republicans say changes they offered were ignored for MNsure. (Virginia)

Tomassoni/Schmit: PoliGraph: Broadband, jobs claims miss the mark. (MPR)

Sieben/Hall/Kiffmeyer: Senate committee approves early voting. (MPR)

Pederson/Sanders/Sieben/Simon: MN senator campaigns for an anti-campaign law change. (AP)

Latz: Lawmakers discuss body camera privacy vs. transparency. (AP)

Latz/Newman/Limmer/Champion: Senators consider body camera issues. (ForumNews)

Davids: GOP lawmaker seeks end to annual cigarette tax hikes. (MPR)

Kiel/Johnson: Minnesota lawmakers consider more incentives for rural physicians. (Strib-Duluth)

Daudt/Davids/Bakk/Skoe: Speaker of the House makes visit to area. (Preston)

Hancock/Skoe/Persell: Beltrami Republicans urge activism at annual convention. (Bemidji)

Sen. Franken Introduces Bill Mandating Paid Sick Leave For All Workers. (WCCO)

Franken: Legislation introduced to invest in STEM educators. (HTF)

Franken Supportive Of Net Neutrality Proposal. (WCCO)

Sen. Franken Speaks at ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Summit. (KSTP)

Sen. Franken’s staff in FF Tuesday. (Fergus Falls)

Peterson/Klobuchar/Ventura: Minnesota has stake in Cuba trade debate. (ForumNews)

Representative Nolan hears local transportation concerns. (Mora)

Nolan talks transportation, Highway 70 at forum. (Pine City)

MNSCU reacts to Dayton’s budget. (MPR)

Martin: Minnesota Republicans balk at new caucus rules. (MinnPost)

Rukavina: Connected in perpetuity
Mining, minerals, and education.

Mining and K-12 Education – School Trust Lands and Taconite Production Tax. (HTF)

Mining and Higher Education-Minnesota’s Permanent University Fund. (HTF)

IRRRB Commissioner Phillips names Finnegan and Radinovich to top agency positions. (HTF)

Rothman: Solar jobs in MN more than doubled in 2014. (HTF)

U.S. Steel site cleanup could disrupt or end sightseeing train in western Duluth. (Duluth)

Hugoson/Stine/Smith: Dairy industry meets to chart course. (AgriNews)

Farmers filing suits against Syngenta. (Benson)

Backer Letter: Asking questions about tax dollar spending. (Alexandria-Morris)

Letter: Don’t blame Backer; governor has left rural Minnesota out completely. (Alexandria)

Letter (Backer): Taxes would hurt the little guy Dems say they support. (Morris)

Letter (Backer): Letter is the sign of a poor loser, not reasoned critique. (Morris)

Heintzeman-Lueck-Ruud Letter: [Mortgage interest] Tax deduction drives local economy. (Aitkin)

Letter (Heintzeman): Take care of all citizens. (Brainerd)

Letter: Bakk should be applauded for defying Dayton. (Bemidji)

Letter: Reduce taxes on Social Security income. (Duluth)

Letter: [Business property] Tax change needed. (Fergus Falls)

Nolan Column: Potholes, gridlock dominate regional transportation forums. (Mora)

Sparks Column: Workforce housing must work for whole state. (Albert Lea)

Erickson Column: Governor’s pre-k proposal misses the mark. (Mora)

Column: Why Gov. Dayton should continue supporting early learning scholarships. (MinnPost)

Backer Column: Productive first month of session at the Capitol. (Morris)

Column: Legislative update from Brian Daniels. (Faribault)

Column (Kresha): Dayton’s budget will build an even better state. (Little Falls)

Dorman Column: Lack of rural workforce housing hurts entire state. (Albert Lea)

Column: The Keystone XL pipeline’s biggest challenge: math. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Pelowski): Bipartisan bill is victory for democracy. (Winona)

Editorial (Bakk-Peterson): Commissioner pay – Legislature should quit playing politics over justified raises. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Dayton-Urdahl-Newman): ACGC deserves to keep its four-day week. (Litchfield)

Editorial: Dayton opens up necessary road debate. (Mankato-Owatonna)

Editorial: It’s time to speak on Hwy. 23 gap needs. (Willmar)

Editorial: Save our roads. (Worthington)

Editorial (Pederson): Don’t exempt nonprofits from minimum wage hikes. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Focus on fixing MNsure. (Duluth-Worthington)

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Outstate News (2-15-15)

Nolan perseveres through challenges in personal, professional life. (Duluth)

Daudt/Hausman/Seifert: How the metro vs. Greater Minnesota debate is playing out in the Legislature. (MinnPost)

Crisis time for Minnesota roads spending? (MPR-Albert Lea)

Kelly: State’s road system is big, complex — and in need of solutions. (PioneerPress-Duluth)

Eken,Fabian sponsor bills on environmental peer review. (Crookston)

Bakk/Daudt/Thompson/Goodwin: Commissioner pay raise fight leads to Dayton-DFLer blowup. (MPR)

Bakk/Daudt/Nash/Peterson/Drazkowski/Goodwin: Capitol fireworks erupt as Senate seeks to suspend raises for Dayton’s commissioners. (PioneerPress-Detroit Lakes)

Daudt/Drazkowski: Dayton-Bakk rift surprises Minnesota Capitol. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Daudt/Dayton: Bakkstabbed. (MinnPost)

Bakk/Daudt: Mark Dayton “Stabbed in the Back” by Democrats as Pay Raise Drama Heats Up. (CityPages)

Bakk: Democratic rift after Senate vote on Dayton cabinet raises. (AP)

Dayton: Arne Carlson weighs in on salary tussle. (MinnPost)

Reinert/Dahle/Goodwin/Pappas: Fractured Dayton-Bakk relationship throws DFL agenda into doubt, could have lasting political implications. (Strib)

Bakk/Cohen/Dayton: Photos: Dispute over commissioner raises gets personal. (Strib)

Peterson/Drazkowski/Anderson: Dayton’s Huge Pay Raises Spark Year’s First Legislative Slap Fight. (CityPages)

Anderson/Knoblach/Davids/Peterson/Drazkowski/Cornish: Republicans slap back at commissioner raises. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Cohen/Frans: Commissioner hearings on hold in the Senate. (MPR)

Tomassoni: U.S. Steel fights new environmental standards for MN mine. (MPR)

Daudt/Bakk: New MN House bills checking regulators would benefit mines. (MnBrown)

Drazkowski ties DMC funding to Zip Rail ban. (Rochester)

Limmer: Lower wages become an issue for state justice system. (ForumNews)

Tomassoni: Competition for president of RAMS. (Virginia)

Marty: ‘Small plastic, big problem’ (ForumNews)

Winkler/Koenen/Daudt: Rep. Tim Miller will so vote for a big budget if forced by things the governor wants to do. (BSP)

Benson/Rosen/Nelson: Political Notebook: Minn.-ND-Wis. man to run GOP convention; ‘Black market [cigarette] highway’; GOP unveils MNsure plan. (Moorhead)

Kahn: Degenerates Rejoice! Legislator Pushing for Legalized Sports Gambling. (CityPages)

Anderson/Johnson/Hamilton/Schultz/Bly: State’s dairy farmers discuss legislative priorities. (AgriNews)

Schmit/Miller/Pelowski/Drazkowski: Winona County SWCD meets with legislators. (AgriNews)

Schomacker co-authoring bill for state’s family farmers. (Worthington)

Backer and Westrom announce upcoming town hall meetings. (Morris)

Demmer/Luther: Committees cannot decide on two university regent candidates. (ForumNews)

Sen. Franken Helps Introduce Bill to Allow American Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days. (InsNews)

Franken looks back at ‘SNL,’ St. Cloud-set film. (St. Cloud)

Franken: Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special Guest List Is Insane—Check Out Everyone Appearing! (Enews)

Franken/Klobuchar: Nolan: PEIS won’t be needed. (Virginia)

Franken/Klobuchar/Peterson): Nolan to co-sponsor gray wolf bill. (Virginia)

Kline/Peterson: Bills to end Endangered Species Act protections for wolves introduced in Congress. (Duluth-Detroit Lakes)

Obama signs Walz’s veterans suicide prevention bill. (MinnPost)

Tim Walz Thinks Volunteers Can Solve America’s Trail Maintenance Problem. (CityPages)

Broadband service is a constant work in progress. (Redwood Falls)

League of Women Voters speaker believes felons need second chance at jobs, voting. (Willmar)

Republicans, Iron Range DFLers Want to Give Mines Free Reign to Pollute. (CityPages)

How vulnerable is Minnesota to climate change? (Brainerd)

Sand mining plan could be staggering. (Red Wing)

Solar energy: A new farm crop from proposed Aurora project. (Willmar)

As corn prices fall, Minnesota farmers worry about future. (MPR-Willmar)

Farm Rescue accepting applications for spring planting help. (AP)

Plant a seed: Loos encourages farmers to be their own advocates. (Redwood Falls)

Letter: Thank you Congressman Nolan. (Brainerd)

Letter: Nolan wrong about ‘fast track’ powers for president. (Aitkin)

Letter: Governor Dayton proposes 50-foot buffer. (Alexandria)

Letter (Hackbarth-Daudt): Minnesota’s ‘democracy’ is frightening. (Red Wing)

Letter: Backer should tell us where he stands. (Alexandria-Morris)

Letter (Anderson-Franson-Backer): GOP transportation plan will not address rural issues. (Morris)

Sparks Column: Working together to protect farms. (Austin)

Rarick Column: Spending will go up under governor’s plan. (Pine City)

Bennett Column: Grow better paying jobs in all parts of state. (Albert Lea)

Daniels Column: Legislative update from Brian Daniels. (Faribault)

Column: A-Bakk-alypse Now. (TPBB)

Column (Carlson-Ventura-Pawlenty): This time, it’s personal: Why Mark Dayton’s ‘unbound’ second-term style is nothing new. (MinnPost)

Column (Urdahl): Strengthening Minnesota’s classrooms, with nary a punitive thought. (Strib)

Column: Are we willing to pay for good highways? (Hutchinson)

Penny Column (Dayton): School-only approach to pre-K is off target. (Red Wing)

Column: It just makes sense to improve relations with Cuba. (Glenwood)

Column: Why we still need alternative fuels when gas is cheap. (MinnPost)

Editorial (Solon-Smith-Daudt): Sen. Bakk right; Dayton overreacted. (Virginia)

Editorial: Dayton’s pay raises dampen income inequality argument. (Little Falls)

Editorial (Dayton): Tie pay increases to performance. (St. Cloud-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Miller): Super Gav is taking on the Legislature. (Winona)

Editorial (Tomassoni-Dicklich): Is RAMS working? (Timberjay)

Editorial: Broadband expansion investments have benefits. (Mankato)

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Outstate News (2-8-15)

Erickson/Hancock/Miller/Koenen: Schools with 4-day weeks plead to continue. (ForumNews)

Erickson: Bill would preserve four-day school weeks for some districts. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Daudt/Moe: Winning Majority Unlocked Loads Of New Money For House GOP. (AP)

Gov. Dayton Isn’t Running For Reelection So He Gave Huge Raises to His Top Employees. (CityPages)

Peterson: Hefty pay raises for state commissioners draw fire from Republicans. (MinnPost)

Hann/Anderson: Dayton defends raises for cabinet members – Republicans criticize commissioner pay hikes. (AP)

Peterson: Dayton: Raises for cabinet necessary to attract, keep talent. (AP)

Lakeville Rep. Peterson: Salary increases for political appointees ‘outrageous’ (ECM)

Peterson/Eken/Franken/Nolan/Klobuchar/Drazkowski: Political notebook: Dayton, GOP disagree over commissioner raises; Hemp on agenda; Money sought for trail; End ‘politician welfare’? (ForumNews)

Hann: Tomassoni quits Range job, citing ‘distractions’ (ForumNews)

Tomassoni/Hann: Senator gives up outside job despite ruling in his favor. (AP)

After weeks of blowback, Tomassoni drops Range job. (MPR)

Tomassoni declines RAMS job amid controversy. (MnBrown)

Baker/Daniels/Lillie/Newman: Baker so shocked by nursing home funding rates that he skips 2 Aging committee roll call votes. (BSP)

Green/Drazkowski/Hancock: Residents talk taxes at forum. (Park Rapids)

Koenen/Drazkowski: Farmer tax fix may not be immediate. (ForumNews)

Drazkowski/Koenen: Proposal would limit property taxes to homestead and one acre. (AgriNews-Rochester)

Cornish/McNamara: Some Republicans Say Walkers and Bikers Should Pay Extra Fee to Use State Trails. (CityPages)

Loon: Dayton’s expanded pre-K plan under fire from critics. (MPR)

Hoppe/Petersen/Atkins: Rep. Kahn again proposes lower drinking age. (PioneerPress/Detroit Lakes)

Torkelson/Stumpf: The Legislature doesn’t have to pass a bonding bill in 2015. But it will. (MinnPost)

Bakk/Dill: With handwritten plea, 84-year-old hunter charms Minnesota lawmakers. (AP)

Baker/Barry: Kandiyohi County to question state’s mental health plan. (Willmar)

Wiger: Wolf bills would ban snaring, increase livestock fund. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Hamilton: Greater Minnesota budget: from nursing homes to wolves. (ForumNews)

Urdahl makes push for ‘real reform’ in education. (Litchfield)

Baker/Garofalo/Koenen: Propane fix in the works. (ForumNews)

Baker: Legislative committee will hold hearing Monday in Willmar: Propane affordability focus of public testimony. (Willmar)

Bonoff/Demmer: Regent candidate drops out of election. (MnDaily)

Rep. Glen Gruenhagen Says Funding “Traditional Families” Helps Kids Learn to Read. (CityPages)

Video interview with Representative Jeff Backer available. (Alexandria)

Net neutrality: Franken hails FCC chair’s move toward Internet service as utility. (MinnPost)

Sen. Franken Talks Rural Healthcare Strategy. (KEYC)

Lyft to Sen. Al Franken: We are guarding customer privacy. (HotDish)

Sens. Klobuchar, Franken push Minnesota Supreme Court justice for federal judgeship. (HotDish)

Emmer on Cuba embargo: ‘Clearly that’s not working’ (MinnPost)

Ellison/Nolan/McCollum: Keith Ellison Is Pushing to Add Mobile Internet to Net Neutrality. (CityPages)

Dayton blasts lottery ban bill, threatens veto. (MPR)

Jesson: State designs new option for adoption. (Peach)

Sieben: 2015 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” now available. (HTF)

Commissioner Rukavina schedules local meetings. (HTF)

Higgins: County to stay course on NLX passenger rail board. (Isanti)

Getting connected: Lt. Gov. Smith visits Luverne to mark $5 million for broadband expansion. (Worthington)

Blandin works with Redwood County to meet broadband goal. (Redwood Falls)

University of Minnesota, Morris moves up in EPA Green Power Partners listings. (Morris)

USDA creating more bird habitat areas on irrigated farmland. (Benson)

Seeking clarity on the Minnesota River. (AgriNews)

[Ditch] Buffer proposal has people talking. (AgriNews)

Aging farmers, fewer farmers: Trends in agriculture bring sweeping changes in Winona County, countrywide. (Winona)

Money available for training beginning farmers and ranchers. (Morris)

Hamilton Letter: Dayton’s budget falls short for nursing homes. (Worthington)

Johnson Letter (Ward-Radinovich): Broadband infrastructure grants. (Brainerd)

Johnson Letter (McNamar): Broadband development coming to greater Minnesota. (Morris)

Hancock Letter: Democrats’ tax, fee increases too much. (Park Rapids)

Letter (Heintzeman): Where’s John Ward? (Brainerd)

Letter (Heintzeman-Ward): Appalled at letter. (Brainerd)

Letter (Rosen): Remember the smaller dairies. (Albert Lea-Worthington)

Letter (Tomassoni): RAMS appointment a symptom of a corrupt system. (Timberjay)

Letter (Cassellius): Benefit of new education money from state misleading. (BCN)

Letter: Don’t reward Dayton’s mismanagement. (Little Falls)

Letter: Backyard chicken benefits outweigh fears or concerns in the community. (Crookston)

Letter: Legislation on grass filter strips is needed. (Worthington)

Sparks Column: Senate priorities will help our local schools. (Albert Lea)

Poppe Column: We, as a state, are a community of support. (Austin)

Kresha Column: Jobs bill boosts workforce development, better-paying jobs across state. (Brainerd)

Penny Column: Expand choices in Dayton Pre-K plan. (Mankato)

Column (Franken): ‘Made in America’ Just a Political Slogan to Conservatives. (OpEdNews)

Column: Oberstar earned airport terminal honor. (Duluth)

Column: Will we pay for good highways? (Aitkin)

Column: Bring true high-speed rail to Duluth. (Duluth)

Column: Ventura takes aim at sniper film. (MnDaily)

Column (Bachmann): A GOP outbreak of scientific illiteracy. (Worthington)

Column: Pass the Cuban cigars please. (Aitkin)

Column: Global warming, volcanoes or a fluke? (Glencoe)

Column: The real concern behind IRRRB stock purchases. (Timberjay)

Column: There’s more to rural-urban split in Minnesota than dollars. (Spring Grove)

Column: Step up for greater Minnesota, Legislature. (Duluth)

Editorial (Simonson-Reinert-Bakk): Resist divide, focus on all Minnesotans’ needs. (Duluth)

Editorial (Dicklich): Tomassoni decision right for Range. (Virginia)

Editorial (Cornish-Johnson-Schoen): Body camera bill defeats purpose. (MnDaily)

Editorial: Time to set aside partisanship, fund statewide transportation improvements. (Owatonna)

Editorial (Nolan): Climate threat
Arrowhead faces dramatic change without action on carbon emissions.

Editorial (Morse-Dayton): Stream buffers should be enforced. (Glenwood)

Editorial: Pine-to-potatoes is a concern. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Clean lakes are well worth the investment. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Reform code need for renewables. (MnDaily)

Editorial: Simon busy as new secretary of state. (Worthington)

Editorial: Sunday sales would come with hangover. (Litchfield)

Editorial: Don’t overreach with sick-days law. (Duluth)

Editorial: RAMS could be better in the long run. (Ely)

Editorial: Rural areas and legislators drove broadband. (Virginia)

Editorial: For-profit schools deserve scrutiny. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (2-1-15)

Editorial (Petersburg-Kelly): Let’s agree on roads plan this session. (Mankato)

MN Chamber Column: Let’s focus on sustained, strategic transportation funding. (Worthington-Rochester)

Kelly/Hann/Pederson/Zelle: Dayton seeks $11 billion for transportation. (ForumNews)

Jensen/Dahle: Dayton’s transportation plan means $1 million more for Rice County. (Faribault)

Sundin/Finstad: State of rural MN: Poorer and more diverse. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Green/Hamilton/Eken: Nonmetro Minnesota budget: From nursing homes to wolves. (ForumNews)

(Koenen/Franson/Peterson/Tuma) Political Notebook: Report sparks debate on plant-based fuels; No [DHS job]cuts, then cuts; Ex-lawmaker to PUC; Fighting water [WOTUS] definition; Childcare union battle; Minnesota prevents pollution; Walz top sportsman. (ForumNews)

Dayton: Human Services cutting jobs. (MPR)

Koenen/Baker/Dayton: Proposed DHS cuts would affect Willmar. (Willmar)

Dayton’s proposal would force addiction recovery program in Fergus to close. (Fergus Falls)

Hancock-Drazkowski/Thissen: School levy limits factor in tax talk. (Bemidji)

Drazkowski/Poppe/Davnie/Bennett/et al: Farmers say property taxes are too high. (AgriNews)

Anzelc/Phillips: IRRRB, DEED lost big bucks on Duluth Metals stock. (Duluth)

Good ruling for Sen. Tomassoni – Advisory finding: Holding RAMS job and Senate seat OK. (Virginia)

Anzelc: Job conflict dogs Tomassoni; RAMS members losing faith. (MnBrown)

Considine/Liebling: Sunday liquor sales pit owners against drinkers. (Mankato)

Torkelson/Hansen/Wagenius/Persell: A gentle buzz: pollinator-friendly legislation quietly moving through Minnesota House. (BSP)

Cornish/Latz/Scott: Bill that would keep videos from police body cameras private raises alarms. (MPR-Brainerd)

Stumpf: Skeptics question the cost of free college. (MPR-Albert Lea-Brainerd)

Clausen: Loan forgiveness could attract health professionals to rural areas. (ForumNews)

Freiberg: State bill would require parents talk to doctor before kids skip vaccinations. (PioneerPress-Willmar)

Willis: Minnesota Zoo asking lawmakers for $1.5M amid budget crisis. (AP)

Rarick/Daubt: Musgrove meets with lawmakers. (Pine City)

Franken: Ms. Stangler goes to Washington. (StarNews)

Franken: 6 EP students nominated for U.S. Service Academies. (SWNews)

Senator Franken nominates Bemidji teen for U.S. Naval Academy. (WDAZ)

Biodiesel Conference Honors Franken for Impact. (DomesticFuel)

Al Franken Brings The ‘You Didn’t Build That’ To Fracking Boomers. (HuffingtonPost)

Isakson, Franken named to leadership positions on Senate workplace safety subcommittee. (Safety&Health)

Klobuchar, Franken raise pet issues at Lynch hearing. (MPR)

Franken/Paulsen/Klobuchar: Repeal of Medical Device Tax More Likely With Friends Across Party Lines. (OpenSecrets)

Franken/Nolan/Peterson/Klobuchar: Red Lake officials talk tribal jurisdiction in D.C. trip. (Willmar)

Franken/Peterson/Walz/Nolan/Klobuchar: Minnesota’s agricultural, er, representational largesse on the Agriculture Committee. (Strib)

Walz appointed ranking member of commodities committee. (Austin)

Challengers Already Lining Up to Take On Congressman John Kline. (CityPages)

Emmer/Mcfadden/Mills/FitzSimmons: Sorry about your losing campaign — now pay up. (MinnPost)

Dayton plays hardball with Minneapolis Parks Board. (MinnPost)

Dayton proposes more compensation to farmers for wolf losses. (AP)

Rothman: Dayton wants new financial protection law for elderly. (AP)

John Tuma appointed to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. (ECM)

Wind farms once used for U research may close. (MnDaily)

Juhl continues clean energy expansion. (Pipestone)

MNsure tops 100,000 total enrollments. (HTF)

Additional $34 million CCIIO funds will accelerate MNsure IT development. (HTF)

North Dakota may lose $4 billion of taxes as oil prices drop. (ForumNews)

Minn. cattlemen angered by court ruling restoring wolf protection. (AgWeek)

Number of PEDV cases down dramatically from last winter. (AgriNews)

Persell Letter: A common-sense approach to energy policy. (Worthington)

Schomacker Letter: Tax relief could soon be on its way. (Worthington)

Hamilton Letter: Importance of ag industry will be recognized. (AgWeek)

Letter (Heintzeman): Missing John Ward. (Brainerd)

Backer Letter (Marquart): DFL leaders should be open to real dialogue. (Morris)

Letter: Backer off to the right start. (Alexandria)

Letter (Newman/Gruenhagen/Nash): Appreciates legislators’ efforts for Hwy. 212. (Glencoe)

Letter (Shimanski): Vote on board chair is disturbing. (Glencoe)

Letter: Governor’s land grab. (Brainerd)

Letter: Accountability needed for gas tax. (Alexandria)

Letter: Greater Minnesotans will lose [with gas tax]. (Brainerd)

Letter: State Chamber focuses on business every day. (Duluth)

Franken Column: Finding common ground. (Pine City)

Klobuchar Column: Put governing over gridlock in 2015. (Alexandria-Detroit Lakes)

Drazkowski Column: Roads and bridges, not light rail, deserve state lawmaker attention. (Rochester-Winona)

Pelowski Column: Change accelerates disaster assistance. (Winona-Rochester)

Sparks Column: Governor’s budget addresses needs at home. (Austin)

Daniels Column: This week at the legislature. (Faribault)

Petersburg Column: Legislative update. (Owatonna)

Bennett Column: Legislature working together in 1st month. (Albert Lea)

Bauerly Column: Minnesota is fourth most expensive state in nation for child care. (ECM)

Column: Time for Legislature to step up for Greater Minnesota. (Alexandria-Hutchinson-Litchfield-Rochester)

Column: Bring balance before spending more or less, or taxing more or less. (Glenwood)

Column: {Sen.] Rosenmeier was a legend in his own time. (Little Falls)

Column: Keystone Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Haze issue: Nolan gets ‘A’; EPA an ‘F’ (Virginia)

Editorial (Pelowski): Will MnSCU listen to Dayton’s demands? (Winona)

Editorial (Daudt): Facing a GOP-led House, Dayton still decides to play hardball with his priorities. (PioneerPress-Willmar)

Editorial (Kent): State has critical need for school counselors. (Austin)

Editorial (Gruenhagen): Proposals to change referendum funding. (Glencoe)

Editorial (Gazelka-Heintzeman/Klobuchar): Legislation to help veterans deserves support. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Change the rural-vs.-Twin Cities mentality. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: More clear air in Minnesota. (Bemidji)

Editorial: Early childhood funding should address causes. (Little Falls)

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Outstate News (1-25-15)

Hancock/Erickson: Secretary of State Simon says ‘true early’ voting will speed system. (Bemidji)

Simon: Sec. of state pursuing voting advancements. (Albert Lea)

Kresha: Top Minnesota GOP bill features business breaks. (ForumNews)

Daudt: Urban-rural split in Minnesota grows deeper, wider. (Strib)

Thissen/Marquart: Democrats say they helped Greater Minnesota. (ForumNews)

Marquart: Property taxes top ag priority list. (AgriNews)

(Murphy-Baker): If Baker is embarrassed now by nursing home funding, just wait until he learns how it happened. (BSP)

Schmit: Senator introduces bill extending liability for agritourism activities. (AgriNews)

Schultz/Simonson/Reinert: Lawmakers aim to block state aid cuts for Duluth. (Duluth)

Drazkowski/Lien: Farmers plead for tax relief. (Rochester)

Knoblach/Carlson: Crisis behind him, Dayton faces different budget pressure. (AP)

Tomassoni: More disarray at RAMS – Meeting canceled for lack of quorum; Virginia council wary. (Virginia)

Public lobbying group that hired Tomassoni now reeling. (MnBrown)

Daniels/Jensen/Schomacker/Dean: Faribault nursing homes seek more state funds. (Faribault)

Hann: Dayton sheds light on education funding increases in budget. (AP)

Miller wants local school boards to be given more power. (Benson)

Senjem/Marquart: Legislators consider plan to phase out state tax on Social Security income. (MinnPost)

Mack/Murphy: Minnesota House Republicans could help the cause of abortion opponents. (AP)

Latz/Lesch/Scott: Minnesota lawmakers renew push to regulate license plate readers. (AP)

Rep. Steve Drazkowski Believes Motorcyclists Need Protection from Overzealous Cops. (CityPages)

Loon/Reinert/Bakk: Sunday liquor sales advocates promise to keep fighting ban in Minnesota. (AP)

Bakk/Daudt/Torkelson/Urdahl: Work on ‘people’s house’ to proceed. (ForumNews)

Ruud/Heintzeman/Nolan/Klobuchar: Top political officials honor Brainerd elementary schools on National Blue Ribbon awards. (Brainerd)

Al Franken Meets Constituents In Minnesota To Discuss Rural Health Issues. (JBN)

Senator Franken seeks input from Northshore Area Partners. (Two Harbors)

Franken: Everyone Wants Net Neutrality, But How Do We Get It Done? (CityPages)

Klobuchar, Franken announce additional $9 million in critical heating assistance. (ECM)

Peterson: 70 percent of Minnesota dairy producers enroll in margin program. (AgriNews)

Rep. John Kline: No new federal programs for community colleges. (HotDish)

State unemployment rate drops to 3.6 percent. (HTF)

Pro-life groups rally at State Capitol. (Alexandria)

Zip Rail study process rolls on. (Red Wing)

Willmar native begins his work as first full-time chairman of Met Council. (Willmar)

Minnesota Power’s Bison project expands wind portfolio to more than 500 megawatts. (HTF)

Butterfield Foods files reply to HSUS allegations. (AgWeek)

How Minnesota got its green giant. (MinnPost)

Collin Peterson Letter: Let Minnesota control wolf population. (Detroit Lakes)

Green Letter: Working to strengthen Greater Minnesota. (Park Rapids)

Hamilton Letter: Committee will work for all in agriculture. (Worthington)

Marquart Letter (Daudt): Bennett must pick politics or people. (Albert Lea)

Bennett Letter (Marquart): Both sides need to listen to the other. (Albert Lea)

Marquart Letter: Are Lueck, Heintzeman waving the white flag? (Brainerd)

Letter (Marquart-Heintzeman): Elections have consequences. (Brainerd)

Letter (Lueck): Short-term road fix won’t work. (Brainerd)

Marquart Letter: Is Rep. Jeff Backer waving the white flag on transportation? (Morris)

Letter (Backer): Republican priorities are big business, not us. (Alexandria)

Letter: Jeff Backer is off to a good start in the House. (Morris)

Letter (Hancock): GOP waving white flag on transportation? (Park Rapids)

Letter (Anderson-Rosen): West Central Minnesota has concerns about ag, transit. (Alexandria)

Letter: Democrats refused transportation fix. (Glenwood)

Letter: Polk County Board reiterates support for the Sandpiper. (Crookston)

Franken Column: Congress can find common ground. (Red Wing)

Swanson Column: Receiving calls from own phone number part of scam. (Mora)

Bakk Column: Senate DFLers focus on rural Minnesota. (St. Cloud)

Stumpf Column: Tuition grants can build Minnesota’s workforce. (Grand Forks)

Poppe Column: New legislative session has a new feel. (Austin)

Anderson Column: Legislative session gets off to good start. (Glenwood)

Westrom Column: Federal conformity, zero-based budgeting in first week of session. (Morris)

Drazkowski Column: It’s time to end ban on Sunday liquor sales. (Red Wing)

Column (Peterson-Ness): A local case study in bipartisanship. (Litchfield)

Column (Kelly-Dibble): Addressing our crumbling infrastructure – The DFL transportation bill is far better than the proposed Republican alternative in MN. (MnDaily)

Chamber Column: Transportation solution must be sustainable, strategic. (Duluth)

Column: Results, more than anything, will get voters to the polls. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Obama-Stumpf): Tuition plans need ‘political rocket fuel’ – Bipartisanship. (Grand Forks)

Editorial (Kiel-Daudt-Dayton-Zellers): Will all this pleasant talk lead to positive action in St. Paul? (Crookston)

Editorial: Compromise is critical for state’s highways and bridges. (Duluth)

Editorial (Daudt): A real cure for road, bridge repairs. (Litchfield)

Editorial (Pierson-Quam-Drazkowski): Local voices help define taxing concerns. (Rochester)

Editorial (Seifert): Outstate agenda gains momentum. (Mankato)

Editorial: State of the Union – President Obama has achieved much, but refuses to rest on his laurels. (Timberjay)

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