Outstate News (8-24-14)

Rasmussen Poll: Dayton and Franken lead GOP rivals. (MPR)

Franken/Dayton/Johnson: GOP Candidates Trailing in Latest Governor, Senate Polls. (KAAL)

Franken/Klobuchar: Minnesota’s Senators Welcome Steel Decision. (AP)

Franken: As McFadden courts votes on the Range, DFL raises Chinese steel comments. (MinnPost)

Franken: In Minnesota Senate race, McFadden has promises of outside money, hopes for more. (AP)

Why Al Franken Should Not Be Worried (Too Much) (WSJ)

Franken And McFadden To Debate Three More Times Before Election. (UpTake)

Franken/Dayton/Downey: Twist on fair politics: GOP vs. GOP. (ForumNews)

MNGOP kicks endorsed candidate Michelle MacDonald out of party’s State Fair booth. (CityPages)

GOP Supreme Court candidate banned at fair booth. (AP)

Walz: Fillmore County GOP chairman: Hagedorn doesn’t deserve endorsement. (Rochester)

Walz: Congressional hopeful stands by old blog posts. (AP)

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to help families bring meningitis vaccine across the Canadian border. (MinnPost)

Peterson/Franekn/Klobuchar: $300,000 grant invigorates airport project. (DetroitLakes)

Peterson/Nolan/Franken: Capitol Chatter: Minnesota House races get noticed; Gay wedding allowed; ‘Stick on a stick’ (ForumNews)

Dayton declines Johnson’s request for debates. (Austin)

Dayton/Johnson/Franken: Politicians forage for votes at Minnesota fair. (AP)

Dayton: Former Gov. Arne Carlson says Vikings stadium should be an election issue. (St. Paul-Willmar)

Dayton pushes education, labor-force agenda. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Kelly/Dayton: Locals talk rail safety specifics. (Red Wing)

Garofalo/Norton/Senjem: State lawmaker seeks to block Zip Rail project. (Rochester)

Gazelka: Senator: Settlement shows flipside of same-sex marriage. (St. Cloud)

Saxhaug/Rosen: State Senate forms task force aimed at rural communities. (Bemidji)

Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, “I’ll blow your head off” when contacted by gun rights group. (CityPages)

Dave Thompson to host new political show evenings on AM 1130. (CityPages)

Christmas tree at U.S. Capitol will come from Minnesota. (BMTN)

Minnesota State Fair’s livestock barns stay real (and rural). (AgWeek-St. Paul)

Minn. dairy industry crowns 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way. (AgWeek)

Bounteous or bare? Area fall harvest outlook is partly cloudy, with a chance of rain. (Winona)

Letter: We need Doty again in St. Paul. (Little Falls)

Letter: Kresha sidesteps partisanship. (Little Falls)

Letter(Westrom): Letter: Peterson has served well. (Willmar)

Column: Sharp contrasts separate Johnson and Dayton. (ForumNews)

Column: What recovery? Workers are telling the Federal Reserve to get real. (MinnPost)

Column: Biodiesel a long-term solution to energy needs. (AgWeek)

Editorial (Franken-Dayton-Johnson): It’s uphill for Minnesota GOP in 2014. (ForumNews)

Editorial: Why the Faribault Daily News won’t endorse candidates this fall. (Faribault)

Editorial: We welcome education train. (Red Wing)

Editorial (Franken-Johnson-Dayton): What! No debates at State Fair. (Virginia)

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Outstate News (8-17-14)

Metsa/Rukavina/Franken/McFadden: Iron Range rally targets U.S. Senate candidate McFadden over foreign steel comment. (Duluth)

Metsa/Melin/Rukavina/Franken: Foreign steel dispute: McFadden campaign calls hypocrisy on DFL lawmakers. (NorthlandNews)

Metsa/Melin/Rukavina/Begich/Franken/McFadden: U.S. Senate candidates clash over Keystone pipeline steel. (HotDish)

Metsa/Melin/Rukavina/Franken/McFadden: Foreign steel issue heats up. (Virginia)

Melin: Franken and challenger McFadden still sparring over U.S. vs. imported steel. (BMTN)

Column: What’s that odor? U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden stepped in it big time on Chinese steel issue. (Virginia)

McFadden 2-steps on [gas tax] stance during St. Cloud stop. (St. Cloud)

Franken: McFadden campaign on Mike’s insta-flip flop: “Mike isn’t a polished politician” (CityPages)

Peterson/Nolan: Capitol Chatter: Politicians fake news sites; McFadden backs tax? No; June primary discussed; Big money, big problem? (ForumNews)

Franken/Abeler/McFadden: Junior senator candidates tackle ag questions at Farmfest. (AgriNews)

Franken/Abeler/Mcfadden: U.S. Senate, Congressional candidates debate farm politics. (Redwood Falls)

Klobuchar and Franken: Save four of Minnesota’s snail mail processing centers. (MinnPost)

McNamar: Jeff Backer takes District 12A Republican primary. (Morris)

Peterson: GOP congressional candidate Torrey Westrom says 48 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes. (CityPages)

1stCD Analysis: Hagedorn went west for primary win. (Mankato)

Zellers/Seifert/Martin/Downey: Republicans fall in behind Johnson. (ForumNews)

Johnson/Dayton/Martin: Governor race could be ‘Minnesota nice’ (ForumNews-St. Paul)

Analysis: Sharp contrasts separate Johnson, Dayton. (ForumNews)

Otto trounces Entenza in auditor race. (MinnPost)

MNGOP deputy chair Chris Fields criticized for tasteless tweets about Robin Williams’s death. (CityPages)

MnSCU deal offers 7 percent faculty salary increase over 2 years. (St. Paul-Austin)

In Minnesota, some schools get more for their money but student demographics matter, too. (Grand Forks)

Wild rice harvesting season opens Aug. 15; most areas not yet ready. (HTF)

Tractor races bring family fun and country life to Kernel Days. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Kresha voted against rural transportation. (Little Falls)

Letter (Walz): Republicans failed to support Miller. (Winona)

Letter: Boehner, Mills are out of touch with the common person. (Bemidji)

Column: It’s time to end America’s love affair with prisons. (Timberjay)

Column: State pension system needs serious reforms. (Detroit Lakes)

Column (Dayton/Johnson/Bakk): That Senate office building has a bull’s-eye painted on it. (Strib)

Editorial (Franken/Johnson/Dayton): It’s uphill for GOP in Minnesota. (Moorhead)

Editorial: School lunches – Feds, state, and local schools taking steps to improve access to meals. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Minnesota has started treating sexually exploited children as victims, not criminals. (Duluth)

Editorial: Move crops up on railroads’ priority list. (Grand Forks)

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Outstate News (8-10-14)

Endorsement: For GOP governor: Scott Honour. (Virginia)

Endorsement: For DFL State Auditor: Entenza. (Virginia)

Endorsement: Kahn over Noor in heated Minnesota House race. (StarTribune)

Drazkowski: High-speed rail expert tells fair crowd that Zip Rail shouldn’t go. (Red Wing)

Thissen/Persell/Eriscson: Let’s talk taxes: DFLers encourage tax credit applications. (Bemidji)

Thissen: North Country Food Bank/Farm to Food Shelf Program: Farmers help get food to families in need. (Crookston)

Kahn: Why Minnesota’s longest-serving lawmaker is fighting for her political life. (MinnPost)

Benson/Bradley: Campaign complaint filed against Wright. (Rochester)

Persell, Pederson to face off in primary Tuesday. (Bemidji)

McNamar: District 12A Republicans have primary choice Tuesday. (Morris)

Johnson draws fire as GOP primary nears. (AP)

Jeff Johnson wants to see government change. (Hutchinson)

Honour: The state requires ‘bold vision’ (Red Wing)

Zellers: Minnesota’s competitiveness vital. (Red Wing)

Seifert would tap reserve for roads as governor. (MPR)

Zellers/Seifert/Johnson: GOP race for governor; here’s a look at four candidates. (St. Paul-Alexandria)

Seifert/Johnson/Zellers: Republican governor candidates split on greater Minnesota issues [at FarmFest]. (ForumNews)

Seifert/Johnson/Zellers: GOP governor hopefuls attack each other as primary nears. (MPR)

Johnson/Zellers/Seifert: Minnesota primary will test GOP’s endorsement value. (St. Paul-Grand Forks)

Seifert/Johnson/Zellers/Dayton: Candidates face off during Farmfest forum. (Redwood Falls)

GOP candidates say Minnesota should be more like Kansas and Wisconsin. The numbers say otherwise. (MinnPost)

Otto/Entenza/Dayton: Intense, expensive race for the usually obscure auditor’s office. (AP)

Otto/Enrenza/Kuisle/Johnson/Seifert/Housley/et al: A crash course on primary candidates who have visited Owatonna. (Owatonna)

Franken: McFadden blasted on steel issue. (Virginia)

McFadden: Build Keystone Pipeline With Foreign Steel If Cheaper. (UpTake

Franken, McFadden clash on energy issues at Farmfest – Keystone and American-made steel. (MinnPost)

Franken/Dayton/Newman/Peterson/et al: Capitol Chatter: McFadden’s Chinese steel comment at Farmfest thrown back at him by Democrats; Where’s the difference?; No [special] session decision; What did he [Dayton] say; Politicalfest notes. (ForumNews)

Abeler: Challengers want to link Franken with Obama [at FarmFest]. (ForumNews)

Abeler: Senate candidates focus on Franken at Farmfest debate. (MPR)

Franken tours RELCO plant in Willmar: Company paid workers to learn the skills they would need. (Willmar)

Franken visits Worthington. (Worthington)

Sens. Franken, Portman, Baldwin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Future Propane Shortages. (PolNews)

Portman, Franken work together to help eradicate homelessness among students. (ClermontSun)

Emmer puts 2010 behind him in 6th District bid. (AP)

Peterson/Walz/Westrom/Emmer/et al: U.S. House candidates agree, but disagree. (ForumNews)

With little policy difference, Westrom hopes to pin Peterson to national Democrats. (MinnPost)

Peterson, Sinner talk grain train delays. (Worthington)

Walz, Republican opponents debate at Farmfest. (Rochester)

Miller, Hagedorn vie for right to face Walz. (Austin)

Walz: Republicans vying for District 1 congressional seat. (Mankato)

Nolan: Boehner to raise money for Mills at Grand View. (Brainerd)

Nolan: The (pipe)line that divides: Politicians weigh in on Sandpiper crude oil system. (Bemidji)

Nolan: Hubbard Broadcasting’s decision to pull anti-Stewart Mills attack ad sparks controversy. (CityPages)

Ritchie: Secretary of State reminds voters of upcoming primary election. (ECM)

Dalrymple urges Dayton to speak with local leaders about diversion. (Moorhead)

Ventura’s award ruled reasonable. (St. {Paul-Worthington)

UMM named most effective public, four-year institution in Minnesota. (Morris)

Rep. Cassell Letter: Marty Seifert as governor would understand outstate needs. (Alexandria)

Letter: Irrigation concerns in Bonanza Valley. (Morris)

Column: Making the most of Farmfest. (Redwood Falls)

Editorial (Dayton): [ND] Governor needs to speak out [on Diversion]. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Rail delays demand solutions. (St. Cloud-Albert Lea)

Editorial: If it’s bad, Obama surely caused it. (Sartell)

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Outstate News (8-3-14)

Endorsement: Abeler over McFadden in GOP Senate primary. (Strib)

Endorsement: Seifert is knowledge-able, pragmatic, experienced. (ECM)

Endorsement: Sivarajah over Emmer in Sixth District. (Strib)

Zellers/Seifert/Johnson: Republican governor candidates split over rural issues. (ForumNews)

Hoppe: MNsure to pay $3 million for additional website help. (St.Paul-Detroit Lakes)

McNamar/Marquart/Lanning: Gov. Dayton speaks out against F-M diversion, calls Minnesota impact ‘unacceptable’ (Moorhead)

Murphy: DFL bill would nullify Hobby Lobby ruling in MN, force employers to offer contraception. (CityPages)

Dayton/Nolan/Peterson/et al: Capitol chatter: Candidates go after Johnson in GOP governor race; Cook changes lines; Debating Dayton debates; Ventura draws reaction. (ForumNews)

Dist 18B: [DFL'er] Lipke wants bipartisan approach. (Glencoe)

Otto: Minnesota auditor’s race in surprising spotlight. (ForumNews)

Otto: DFL candidates spar over role of state auditor. (Rochester)

Abeler: Experience faces newcomer in GOP Senate primary. (Rochester-InsNews)

Double-checking the data: McFadden overstates unemployment in northern Minnesota. (MinnPost)

More McFadden views: From Minnesota’s ‘immoral’ test-scores gap to an economic ‘game-changer’ (MinnPost)

GOP U.S. Senate Primary: Abeler is underdog to well-funded McFadden. (St. Paul-Duluth)

Cook Political Report: Nolan-Mills race now a toss-up. (MinnPost)

Walz: Hagedorn, Miller battle it out in GOP primary. (Rochester)

Walz: Audit: Rochester VA ‘felt pressure’ to hide delays. (AP)

Kline/Bachmann/Paulsen: Against the über-presidency: Minnesota Republicans vote to sue Obama. (MinnPost)

Michele Bachmann goes beyond parody in new audio clip. (CityPages)

Franken: Legislation would address propane shortages – Bipartisan proposal hailed by Sens. Franken, Portman. (Virginia)

Senator Franken asks White House to keep RFS strong. (NACS)

Al Franken Looks Forward to State Fair Food. (RollCall)

Pro-Palestinian protesters trespassed at Al Franken office, charges say. (St. Paul)

Dayton: Grand View gubernatorial debate canceled. (Brainerd)

Minnesota Chamber names interim president. (Albert Lea)

[DFL activist and] Isanti County native reflects on politics then and now. (ECM)

More counties to get federal flood aid. (ForumNews)

Minnesota’s new minimum wage, explained. (MinnPost)

Zip Rail plan fires up crowd. (Red Wing)

Frac sand shipping changes at Winona harbor on hold after group calls for review. (Winona)

BNSF invests in ag shipping, prepares for harvest. (AgWeek)

American Crystal CEO Berg ordered to testify. (AgWeek)

MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in west central Minnesota counties. (AgriNews)

Farmfest gears up for annual run, Aug. 5-7. (AgriNews)

Minnesota’s crops could use more rain, heat. (Benson)

E85 faithful get their fill. (Litchfield)

Letter (Otto-Entenza): Otto the far superior candidate. (Brainerd)

Letter: Support Jim Abeler. (Brainerd)

Faust Letter: Was Faust out of touch? (Mora)

Hamilton Letter: State rep provides disaster relief update. (Worthington)

Letter (McNamar): Legislature had positive impact on rural Minnesota. (Morris)

Letter (Ward): Minnesota is working. (Brainerd)

Letter: Savick displays solid integrity. (Albert Lea)

Letter (Savick): Numbers, rankings can be anything. (Albert Lea)

Letter: New copper mines make poor economic sense. (Timberjay)

MN Conservation federation Letter: Limiting carbon pollution from power plants will help fish and hunting. (Alexandria)

Column/Blog (McFadden): Beware Iron Range hyperbole in Election 2014. (MnBrown)

Column/Blog: Before & After Entenza: what has Rebecca Otto said about protecting MN’s public pensions? (BSP)

Column/Blog: Entenza dismisses claim his auditor bid is about running for governor, Matt just wants to work hard. (BSP)

Column: Tipped workers deserve new wage gains, which some would like to roll back. (MinnPost)

Column: Rep. Ryan substituting ideology for evidence. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Citizens clearly not on board [Zip Rail]. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Get ready for new laws. (Red Wing)

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Outstate News (7-27-14)

Where are sunniest places in Minnesota [for solar panels]? U grads found out. (StarTribune)

Savick: District 27A candidates debate topics. (Albert Lea)

Poppe/Sparks/Gunther: Preparing for the new normal: higher minimum wage may hurt Austin businesses. (Albert Lea-Austin)

McNamara: 2008 amendment offers buffet of outdoors, arts funds. (ForumNews)

Hornstein/Cohen/Latz/et al: Legislators lash out at Vikings’ owner. (St. Paul-Willmar)

Capitol Chatter (Franken/Peterson/Otto/et al): White House touts new rural investment fund; Nolan education?; Campaign updates. (ForumNews)

Franken: Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits. (MinnPost)

Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics. (MinnPost)

Franken praises new skilled-worker bill. (WinonaDailyNews)

New Report: Sen. Franken’s Health Reform Measure Sent $330 Million in Insurance Refunds to Millions of Consumers in Minnesota, Across the Country. (InsNewsNet)

Kaler, Franken discuss bills to make college more accessible. (HotDish)

Franken: White House Pressed to Keep RFS, Biodiesel Industries Strong. (QuincyJournal)

Franken: EPA may scale back renewable fuel cuts. (AP)

Franken: Ethanol mandate: Going up? (TheHill)

Franken/Nolan/Peterson/Walz/Emmer/et al: Candidate forums will highlight Farmfest. (AgriNews)

Nolan wants Enbridge Sandpiper route moved south. (Brainerd-Detroit Lakes)

Mills vs. Nolan in MN-8 tilts back toward swing status. (MnBrown)

Mills taps Scott Walker’s former campaign chief to help with race against Nolan. (MinnPost)

Bachmann heads to border. (ForumNews)

Michele Bachmann considering another presidential run. (CityPages)

Entenza voter ID complaint against Otto dismissed. (MPR)

Rebecca Otto’s campaign manager published Strib commentary against voter restriction amendment. (BSP)

Emmer/Pawlenty/Hatch/Franken: Gov. Dayton declines MPR State Fair debate invitation. (MPR)

Kaler testifies before Senate on public support for higher education. (MinnPost)

DEED kicks off statewide broadband tour. (HTF)

Immigration forum sparks some heated discussion. (Willmar)

Minnesota to allow expanded wolf kill this year. (AP)

DNR plans ‘conservative’ deer hunt to rebuild state’s population; Licenses go on sale Aug. 1. (MPR-Austin)

MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in west central Minnesota counties. (AgriNews)

Couple developing hops farm near Two Harbors. (Duluth)

Letter: Entenza not the candidate he says he is. (Worthington)

Letter: Nolan says one thing, does another. (Timberjay)

Letter: Savick voted to boost bonding bill. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Proliferation of wolves threatens deer population. (Bemidji)

Letter: Why I vote Democrat. (Willmar)

Frans Column: Reciprocity deal must be fair. (Winona)

Column: Minnesota’s corn check-off makes positive impact beyond the farm. (Worthington)

Column: Chickens in the hen house. (Aitkin)

Column: Don’t repeat Minnesota’s ‘Legacy Amendment’ mistake. (Grand Forks)

Editorial (Otto-Entenza): State auditor race offers intrigue. (Worthington)

Editorial (Kuisle-Johnson-Seifert-Johnson-Zellars- et al): The GOP message is the same, so who to pick in Aug. 12 primary? (Glencoe)

Editorial: Time to discuss voting changes. (Austin-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Voting change is good first step; time to discuss more. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Medical field should offer upfront pricing. (Austin)

Editorial: Minnesota amendment’s support matters to N.D. (Grand Forks)

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Outstate News (7-20-14)

Mary Ellen Otremba, long-time legislator, passes away. (Alexandria)

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce director [David Olson] dies. (Albert Lea)

Garofalo/Radinovich/Thissen: Farmington leaders offer to host special legislative session. (ForumNews)

Marquart/Torkelson: Minnesota farmland taxes expected to rise. (ForumNews)

Ingebrigtsen/Moran: The DFL just came really close to putting legal pot on its list of priorities. (CityPages)

Johnson/Downey/et al: Turmoil in GOP Reaches Boiling Point. (PoliticsMn)

Johnson/Kuisle/Zellers/et al: Does Minnesota Republican frac sand fight reflect Kurt Zellers’ rainmakers? (BSP)

MNGOP stands by Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald in ultra-bizarre email. (CityPages)

Eden Prairie GOP candidate Sheila Kihne once wrote cringe-worthy book about dating. (CityPages)

Zellers/Johnson/Seifert: GOP hopefuls differ on how to rein in state budget. (Marshall)

Johnson/Zellers/Seifert: Burned before, GOP governor hopefuls quiet on abortion, gay marriage. (MPR)

Zellers/Johnson/Seifert: Republican candidates for governor want to change MNsure. (MPR)

Johnson aiming for November. (Red Wing)

Republican governor candidate Honour visits Rochester. (Rochester)

Seifert calls for health-care reform in Rochester visit. (Rochester)

Jeff Johnson’s campaign defends criticized Facebook Q&A. (CityPages)

Abeler: Rivals sow doubt about McFadden as GOP senate primary nears. (MPR-St. Cloud)

Franken/Nolan/Kline/Peterson/et al: Capitol Chatter: U.S. House races bring in money, too. (ForumNews)

Congressional fundraising: Franken raises and spends a lot, Mills self-funds, Peterson posts a big quarter. (MinnPost)

Fundraising gap between Peterson, Westrom narrows. (Alexandria)

Franken: Troops, families gather in Minneapolis to reconnect. (Strib)

Sen. Franken Urges Minnesotans to Comment on Net Neutrality. (WDIO)

Duluth, Range airports vie for Oberstar name. (MnBrown)

Dayton: State should stop using coal. (AP)

Jesson: State Medicaid changes save $10.5M. (AP)

State adds 8,500 jobs: Unemployment down to 4.5% (McClatchy)

2008 Legacy amendment offers buffet of outdoors, arts funds. (ForumNews)

Legacy funds don’t pay for projects alone. (ForumNews)

DNR: Invasive carp found in Mississippi River. (AP)

Peterson/Paap: Farmers fume over proposed EPA wetlands rule change. (MPR)

USDA federal order requires PEDv reporting. (Hutchinson)

Farmers look to salvage crops after spring soaking. (Litchfield)

Officials at Minn. meeting say farmers need to manage water before government steps in. (AgWeek)

Commercial dog and cat breeders to be regulated. (HTF)

Letter: Ward supports young people. (Brainerd)

Letter: Questions for Ward. (Brainerd)

Letter: Savick proved her mettle in St. Paul. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Kresha is a leader for District 9B. (Little Falls)

Letter: Thanks to Stumpf for his work that will benefit rural Minn. roads. (Crookston)

Davids Column (Dayton): MNsure report ignores key facts. (Worthington)

Peterson-Vilsack Column: Renewing the commitment to conservation. (AgWeek)

Column: Price of government to hit all time low. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Martin-Housley): PolyMet ‘just popped out’ for DFL release? (Virginia)

Editorial: Ready to vote in your pajamas? (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: It’s time to discuss voting changes. (Austin)

Editorial: Vote early and be counted. (Hutchinson)

Editorial: State is right to get tough on farms’ nitrogen use. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Tell FCC to keep Web access equal for all. (St. Cloud)

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Outstate News (7-12-14)

Frederickson: Minnesota Finalizes Move to B10. (KWOA)

Minnesota first state to require B10. (IFT)

B-10 blend is in. (Redwood Falls)

Frederickson: Minnesota revs up renewable fuels with higher biodiesel blend. (MnFarmGuide)

Minnesota biodiesel goes to B10 for the summer. (KTTC)

State Sen. Nienow files for bankruptcy. (MPR)

Kuisle, Johnson, Seifert, Zellers, Simpson, Oberstar: Renewable fuels group blast big oil; 4 lane or 2 lane? (ForumNews)

Voter-fraud allegations dismissed in Kahn-Noor race. (MinnPost)

Ruud recognized as Legislator of Distinction by League of Minnesota Cities. (Brainerd)

FitzSimmons/Workman/GruenhagenPugh/et al: Minnesota House candidate makes AIDS, ‘Gay Agenda’ campaign issues. (MinnPost)

Johnson/Martin: Wisconsin an issue in Minnesota governor’s race. (MPR-Brainerd)

Johnson: GOP Governor endorsee visits Granite Falls. (Granite Falls)

Zellers picks up legislative endorsements. (HotDish)

Walz: Hagedorn questions Miller’s unwillingness to debate him. (Rochester)

Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills quibble in 8th Congressional Race over who loves guns more. (CityPages)

Prognosticators see Franken as safe, for now. (MPR)

Mike McFadden scrubs negative Facebook comments, fills void with positivity from intern. (CityPages)

Franken/McFadden: Republican’s Ballsy Ad Features Him Getting Punched In The Crotch. (DailyBeast)

McFadden ad blossoms into ‘groin gate’ (HotDish)

Cravaack/McFadden: Will copper/nickel mining be Minnesota’s Bakken fields? Not so fast. (MinnPost)

Al Franken raises a hefty $3.3 million, easily outpacing McFadden. (WashPost)

Franken, McFadden announce second-quarter fundraising numbers. (MinnPost)

If Mike McFadden and Al Franken could ask each other one question… (MinnPost)

McFadden: We will ‘outwork’ Franken. (Marshall)

Franken: Senate candidate McFadden stops in Worthington. (Worthington)

Franken: IP Senate candidate Terrell visits Marshall. (Marshall)

Franken touts federal workforce bill: Says bipartisan legislation will help skills gap in Minnesota. (Bemidji)

Sen. Franken Backs Legislative Fix to Protect Women’s Health in Aftermath of Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision. (InsNews)

Franken: Net neutrality is ‘First Amendment issue of our time’ (TheHill)

Franken/Klobuchar: Federal lawmakers push for Highway 169 improvements. (NorthlandNews)

Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Walz urge USDA to support farmers, ranchers impacted by flooding. (ECM)

Rep. Walz introduces bill to combat veteran suicides. (HotDish)

Klobuchar/Nolan: Klobuchar endorses south ‘169’ route. (Ely)

Nolan: U.S. to slap duties on steel pipe imports from South Korea. (Duluth)

Dayton names 16 to study impact of marijuana law. (AP)

Dayton seeks presidential disaster declaration. (ForumNews)

Feds release money to fix flooded roads. (AP)

Jesse Ventura takes stand: Denies being in bar fight with Navy SEAL sniper-turned-author. (St. Paul-Bemidji)

Copler new Chronicle editor; Glennie to retire. (Glencoe)

Bobcat loses subsidies from state. (Litchfield)

Stripped of JOBZ status, Suzlon exposed to tax clawback. (Pipestone)

Find MNsure at Minnesota farmers markets. (HTF)

Farmers look to salvage crops after spring soaking. (Litchfield)

Report: Rail delays cost Minnesota farmers. (AP)

Peterson/Paap: Proposed Clean Water rules raise ire. (AgriNews)

New report examines condition of Minnesota’s rivers and streams. (Hutchinson)

Minnesota home health workers expect summer union election. (ForumNews)

Letter (Huntley): Schultz will work for economic stability for all [in Dist. 7A). (Duluth)

Letter: Kresha prioritizes family over politics. (Little Falls)

Letter: Drazkowski makes a difference. (Red Wing)

Letter: People of Minnesota: Re-elect Senator Franken. (Faribault)

Letter (Nolan): EPA did not approve PolyMet mine plan. (Bemidji)

Letter: Correcting the record on the PEIS. (Timberjay)

Peterson-Vilsack Column: Renewing the commitment to valley conservation. (Grand Forks)

Nolan Column (Franken-Klobuchar): On Duluth facility closing, 5 tough questions for USPS. (Duluth)

Poppe Column: Strong likelihood of federal aid for disaster recovery. (Austin)

Column (Newberger): Put focus on clean energy, not coal. (St. Cloud)

Column: Reason fails when a straw man needs a beating. (Timberjay)

Column: It’s time to play fantasy SCOTUS. (Timberjay)

Column (Honour-Ventura): It may be popular to run against status quo, but what’s the plan? (Glenwood)

Editorial: Ag prices and rail backlogs. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Vote early, but learn the candidates first. (Pine City)

Editorial: Verdict’s in: ObamaCare is working. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: Immigration reform has support. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Hobby Lobby decision is a blow to women’s rights. (Strib-Albert Lea)

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Outstate News (6-21-14)

35 counties in state of emergency because of storms, flooding. (Alexandria)

Walz and Franken stop by to assess storm damage. (KIMT)

Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken visit flooded southwestern Minnesota. (ForumNews)

Walz/Franken: Faribault flooding update: Water is receding, sun is shining. (Faribault)

Franken to visit Saturday. (International Falls)

Ingebrigtsen comments on flood damage. (Alexandria)

Pelowski, WSU leaders fire back at MnSCU’s leader, public message. (Winona)

Daudt/Koenen: High-ranking Republican takes Dems to task over taxes, business climate. (Marshall)

Schmit updates School Board on legislative session. (Red Wing)

Senate Republicans block Franken student loan bill. (MinnPost)

Klobuchar, Franken introduce bill to rename Cold Spring Post Office in honor of Officer Tommy Decker. (ECM)

Sens. Leahy, Franken propose ban on Internet ‘fast lanes’ for literally anyone. (FEComm)

After Deadline: For Dayton, it’s not ‘when’ it’s ‘if’ (Rochester)

Dayton says minimum wage may need to be ‘fine tuned’ (Rochester)

Mark Dayton says he does not support changes to tip wages law. (PioneerPress)

Mark Dayton backtracks on comments about tipped employees making lower minimum wage. (CityPages)

Zellers/Seifert/Johnson: GOP criticism of Dayton shifts with headlines. (AP)

Dayton, Franken lead over GOP rivals in new poll. (Strib)

Poll shows Dayton, Franken with leads over GOP challengers. (Duluth-St. Paul)

Mike McFadden blames Franken for Nicaraguan-made campaign shirts. (CityPages)

Minn. DFL, GOP lay out state field office strategy. (Strib)

MNGOP Chair Keith Downey optimistic despite bleak polling, finances. (CityPages)

Kuisle: Candidate discusses views, race. (Fairmont)

Kuisle: Lieutenant governor hopeful stops in New Ulm. (New Ulm)

Seifert talks rural, local issues such as sand. (Red Wing)

MN employers added 10,300 jobs in May. (HTF)

3 DEED staffers investigated. (Crookston)

Area farmers fight to finish planting under tough conditions. (AgWeek)

Government and University Experts Blast EWG Corn Ethanol Report. (RFA)

Letter: Kresha voted against broadband needs. (Little Falls)

Letter (Kresha): Talk is cheap; votes don’t lie. (Little Falls)

Letter: Faust out of touch in politicians palace. (Mora)

Letter: Seifert-Myhra ticket is well balanced. (Alexandria)

Letter: Seifert’s strategy in run for governor questioned. (Bemidji)

Nolan Column: Rural vets shouldn’t have to wait for care. (HTF)

Column: Compromise needed to solve Minnesota’s EPA, mining dilemmas. (Duluth)

Column: Fear of PEIS is overblown. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Bakk-Knoblach): Accept that office building moves ahead. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: More Minnesotans will now get care they need. (Fairmont)

Editorial (Dayton): Medtronic’s message. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Dayton): Voters beware: We’ve entered the distortion zone. (Rochester)

Editorial: Cantor loss doesn’t bode well for reforms. (Fairmont)

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Outstate News (6-8-14)

Otto/Hatch/Rukavina: Entenza’s auditor bid riles DFLers. (PIM)

Otto/Swanson/Abeler/Swanson/Franken/Krinkie/et al: 15 minutes before deadline, Entenza jumps into state auditor race. (PioneerPress)

Otto/Dayton/Nolan/Bakk/Dill/Anzelc/Entenza: DFL fight erupts over state auditor position. (Virginia)

Column (Otto): What is Matt Entenza thinking? (MinnPost)

Editorial (Dayton-Nolan-Franken): One of the all-time dumbest votes – Auditor Otto’s position against exploratory mining major DFL headache. (Virginia)

Blog: Entenza springs primary challenge on Otto: Is this about mining? (MinnBrown)

Otto/Entenza/Zellers/Seifert/Johnson/Abeler: Capitol Chatter: Minnesota primary to be different. (ForumNews)

Ritchie/Abeler/Westrom/Entenza/Franken: Busy end to political filing. (ForumNews)

Torkelson, Dahms mull ‘big government’ (New Ulm)

Newman/Gruenhagen: Legislators warn of big spending. (Glencoe)

Seifert/Kelliher: Seifert shakes off shaky weekend. (Marshall)

Seifert: ‘I’m the most electable candidate’ (New Ulm)

Seifert making his primary pitch. (Fairmont)

Seifert touts himself as ‘maverick’ (Rochester)

Seifert stops in Willmar. (Willmar)

Howe: Former state senator who sued city of Austin withdraws from campaign. (Austin)

Blog: Wagenius primaried by pro-family dairy marketing specialist who first ran in 1982 against Sviggum. (BlueStemPrairie)

Kresha: Doty wants to return to House. (Brainerd)

Clearwater attorney Johnson challenges Newberger in House 15B. (St. Cloud)

Torkelson: Kanne files for House of Representatives in District 16B. (Sleepy Eye)

Ward: Heintzeman endorsed by GOP for 10A seat. (Brainerd)

Anderson: Bye seeks 9A state House seat. (Brainerd)

Beard: Loonan will challenge Mackenthun in Aug. 12 GOP primary. (Shakopee)

Nornes/Franson: Miltich, Sieling win DFL endorsement in District 8A, 8B. (Alexandria)

Franken/Nolan/Rukavina/Dayton/Martin: Hot issues, uneven growth have 8th District voters restless. (Strib)

Franken/Johnson/Nolan/Daudt: New GOP contenders united on Duluth stop. (Duluth)

Franken taps Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir for fundraiser. (MPR)

Nolan/Otto: Nolan, Mills come out swinging as campaigns get underway in the 8th. (Duluth)

DFL Rep. Nolan touts record as he launches re-election bid. (MPR)

Franken hears rail concerns. (AgriNews)

Franken and Ted Cruz on a campaign-finance constitutional amendment. (MinnPost)

Al Franken opposes George Tsunis’ stalled Norway ambassador nomination. (NewsDay)

Franken: Congress seeks curb on NSA domestic spying. (MinnPost)

Walz, VA seek out mother of veteran with PTSD after story airs on KTTC. (KTTC)

Capitol Hill gridlock leads Rep. Tim Walz to lose 85 pounds, get in shape. (Strib)

Peterson: Westrom running for Congress after 18 years in Legislature. (Willmar)

Minnesota memorial services set for Oberstar. (Duluth)

Knoblach: Senate office building gets legal green light. (AP)

Minn. DFL party chair predicts demise of state, local political parties. (MPR)

EPA unveils new U.S. carbon limits, Minnesota Power says it’s ready to act. (Duluth)

Vilsack rolls out new conservation program. (AgriNews)

USDA orders farmers to report deadly pig virus cases. (AgWeek)

Consumer pressure leads Cargill to give pigs more room. (Strib)

Green Letter: Democrat spending why I voted ‘No’ on bonding. (Detroit Lakes)

Samuelson Letter (Radinovich-Ward): Lawmakers work hard. (Brainerd)

Letter (Nolan): Advertisement for Mills. (Brainerd)

Letter: The farmers have all left Minnesota’s DFL. (Duluth)

Torkelson-Dahms Column: Farmers hit too hard on taxes. (AgWeek)

Blog: [Analysis] Northern MN House races set for 2014. (MinnBrown)

Column (Franken-Dayton): Handicapping the 2014 Minnesota Republican chances. (TCDaily)

Column (Daudt-Banaian): Minnesota’s GOP minority ‘unimpressed’ with Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton’s ‘unsession’ (WashExam)

Editorial (Franken): You should know when apps are tracking you. (Park Rapids)

Editorial (Seifert-Dayton-Franken-Klobuchar): Beware candidates on mining – DFLer Dayton far too passive; GOP’s Seifert forgets his own history. (Virginia)

Editorial (Gruenhagen-Newman): Remember what DFLers did in 2013, not what they claim in 2014. (Glencoe)

Editorial (Franken-Otto-Nolan-et al): DFL, GOP avoid shooting themselves in the foot. (Little Falls)

Editorial (Ken Martin): What happened to dance with who brung you? (Virginia)

Editorial: [EPA Carbon Rule] Shock to state will be relieved given planning. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Hospital problems unrelenting. (Mankato-Fergus Falls)

Editorial (Franken-Dayton): Party rifts can’t be hidden. (Duluth-Worthington)

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Outstate News (6-1-14)

Jeff Johnson wins GOP gubernatorial endorsement; Marty Seifert criticized. (MinnPost)

Seifert/Hausley/Zellers/et al: Jeff Johnson wins GOP governor nod. (ForumNews)

Franken/Rukavina/Simon/et al: DFLers celebrate as Dayton nominated for second term. (ForumNews)

DFL Endorses Us Sen. Al Franken For Re-Election. (AP)

Rukavina/Cravaack: Franken says he’s still about ‘getting it done’ (Strib)

McFadden comes back to take GOP Senate endorsement. (ForumNews)

McFadden wins Minnesota GOP U.S. Senate endorsement on 10th ballot. (MinnPost)

Minnesota DFLers endorse Steve Simon to succeed Mark Ritchie as secretary of state. (MinnPost)

Severson gets GOP secretary of state endorsement. (AP)

Severson wins secretary of state nod over Howe. (ForumNews)

DFLers endorse Rebecca Otto for 3rd term as state auditor. (AP)

Gilbert gains GOP nod as auditor. (AP)

DFL Endorses Lori Swanson For Attorney General. (AP)

Attorney general candidate Scott Newman wins GOP endorsement. (Hutchinson)

Frans/Franken/Walz/Falk/Hansen/Hamilton/Kahn: Lawmakers give farmers property tax break. (AgriNews)

Ingebrigtsen/Franson/Anderson/Westrom: Area lawmakers decry ‘mob rule’ of Legislature. (Morris)

Kiel likes bonding bill, worries about rural Minn.’s voice in St. Paul. (Crookston)

Teamsters Union withdraws endorsement for Sen. Roger Reinert, critic of blue laws. ( CityPages)

Sawatzky/Falk/Daudt: [House] Republicans look for an opening. (ForumNews)

Thissen/Franken/et al: Capitol Chatter: The Minnesota ‘L’ gets lots of political attention. (ForumNews)

Rukavina files for seat on county board. (Timberjay)

Poppe: Schminke officially in 27B race. (Austin)

Savick, Bennett file for 27A. (Austin)

Savick: Independence Party candidate files for District 27A seat. (Albert Lea)

Scott Honour picks Karin Housley as gubernatorial running mate. (MinnPost)

Franken calls for improved rural rail service. (Albert Lea-Austin)

Franken, Peterson, Walz: Shinseki should resign. (MinnPost)

Kind, Walz react to Shinseki resignation. (Winona)

Rep. Nolan announces Congress Comes to You meetings. (HTF)

Burned by propane, ag sector turns to gas. (Litchfield)

Minnesota moves to B10. (AgriNews)

Good progress made with spring planting before rain. (Benson)

Farmers hope drones will yield valuable information on fields. (Brainerd)

Letter: Veterans deserve better than Walz. (Winona)

Letter: Savick, Sparks come through. (Albert Lea)

Letter (Sawatzky): The DFL’s successful record. (Willmar)

Letter: Nolan vs. Gazillionaire – Go with the candidate who is pro-union, will protect Social Security. (Virginia)

Miller Column: Legislative session was eventful and productive. (Rochester)

Radinovich Column: Session adjourns; progress was made. (Aitkin)

Norton Column: Legislature’s next task? Keep the momentum going. (Rochester)

Faust Column: House finishes session early; passes tax cut, budget bills. (Mora)

Brown Column: Positive, negative in 88th biennium. (Mora)

Marquart Column (Savick): Simplified funding formula is positive for Minnesota schools. (Albert Lea)

Torkelson-Dahms Column: Farm property tax hikes are thanks to Democrats. (Albert Lea)

Column: Iron Range sulfide mining can be done without harming wild rice or raising mercury levels. (HTF)

Editorial (Cassellius): State should not have intervened [in 4-day school week]. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial (Dayton-Thissen): Legislature failed on road funding. (Mankato)

Editorial (Seifert-Dayton-Franken-Klobuchar-Pawlenty): Beware candidates on mining – DFLer Dayton far too passive; GOP’s Seifert forgets his own history. (Virginia)

Editorial (Seifert-Ortman-Franken-Emmer): Picking candidates who can win. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Action needed at St. Peter Security Hospital. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Minnesota just can’t shake anti biz rep. (Duluth-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Lynn Rogers and the DNR – State agencies have a solemn duty to treat everyone fairly. (Timberjay)

Editorial: ‘Unsession’ was great; now let’s slash burdens. (Fairmont)

Editorial: State should get out of [nursing home] wage issues. (Fergus Falls)

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