Outstate News (1-18-15)

Obituary (Rep. Jerry Dempsey): Goodbye, good guy. (Red Wing)

Obituary: Donald Kahn, U professor, husband of Rep. Phyllis Kahn. (Strib)

Sundin/Finstad: State of rural Minnesota: poorer and more diverse. (ForumNews)

Bennett/Drazkowski: State reps to hold listening session on taxes. (Albert Lea)

Pierson/Quam/Drazkowski: GOP lawmakers host property tax meeting in Stewartville. (Rochester)

Peppin/Bennett: Majority leader seeks middle ground. (Albert Lea)

McNamara/Hackbarth/Wagenius/Hansen/Marty: Enviro conference gets testy. (HotDish)

Petersburg/Cornish: [Motorcycle] Anti-profiling bill could stall in committee. (Owatonna)

Kent/Kelly/Dibble/Reinert: Senate eyes transportation tax. (ForumNews)

Dibble/Kelly/Daudt: Two for the roads: comparing the parties’ transportation funding plans. (MinnPost)

Bakk/Tomassoni/Metsa/Dill/Anzelz: Range lawmakers back gas tax increase. (Virginia)

Jensen/Daniels: Broadband back on the Legislature’s agenda. (Faribault)

Poppe/Sparks/Bennett: Riverland announces programs, projects at legislative breakfast. (Austin)

Pelowski: Legislature considers full funding for WSU’s Education Village. (Winona)

Bonoff: Bill that would strip teacher seniority introduced by DFL senator. (HotDish)

Hornstein/Dibble: Minnesota study shows lack of oil safety training. (ForumNews)

Dayton ‘open’ to Bonoff teacher seniority bill, miffed with Senate GOP leader Hann. (HotDish)

Bakk/Skoe: House passes tax conformity bill. (PioneerPress-Austin)

Cohen/Pawlenty: Minnesota budget busters: K-12, health care. (Pioneer Press-Moorhead)

Lourey/Newman/Reinert/Martin: Capitol Chatter: Wisconsin Democrats drool over western neighbor; Change MNsure; City background common; Dayton ‘incivil'; New safety leaders; Water project a pilot; Biodiesel not for ships. (ForumNews)

Dill: Range leaders beginning to talk broadband. (MnBrown)

Reps. Nick Zerwas and Dan Schoen Think Beers and Hockey are in the Best Interest of Bipartisanship. (CityPages)

Anderson, Backer take oaths of office for 12B, 12A. (Glenwood)

Interview with newly elected Rep. Brian Daniels (R-Faribault). (Faribault)

Franken/Huntley/Sertich: Franken seeks solutions to rural health challenges. (Duluth)

Franken Visits Duluth, Addresses Rural Health Care Needs. (WDIO)

Franken renews push for American-made steel for Keystone. (MinnPost)

Letter seeks Franken help in wolf ruling. (GrandForks)

Franken blasts GOP’s ‘watered-down’ Internet proposal. (TheHill)

Sens. Hatch, Franken Push for Medical Device Tax Repeal. (NewsMax)

Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken Are Paid Well to Shill for the Medical Industry. (CityPages)

Amy Klobuchar Defends Shilling for a Corporate Tax Cut, But Facts Don’t Back Her Up. (CityPages)

Minnesota’s Tom Emmer Named One of Congress’s Best New Haters. (CityPages)

Q&A: What Tom Emmer wants for Minnesota businesses. (MinnPost)

Is former House Minority Leader Seifert lobbying for gas tax hike? Highway 14 Partnership a client. (BSP)

Dayton: U of M president throws flag on banning early games. (ForumNews)

University of Minnesota, Morris receives NSF funding for STEM education. (Morris)

Raich named Provost of Hibbing Community College. (HTF)

Center for Small Towns studies population change in west central Minnesota. (Morris)

Lipman: Enbridge Pipeline Hearing in Crookston: Supporters cite safety, jobs and economic benefits, while opponents fear for the land. (Crookston)

Governor proposes 50-foot waterway buffers, enforcement to create habitat. (Willmar)

Big bucks aimed at little bird. (Duluth-Willmar)

RRV diversion project gets boost from conservation program. (AgWeek)

Extension, FSA add farm bill education seminars. (AgriNews)

Beginning Farmer and Rancher money available. (AgriNews)

Farmers, ranchers left waiting for ban to drop before they can use unmanned aircraft. (Grand Forks)

Skoe Letter: Session begins with surplus, tax conformity. (Park Rapids)

Newman Letter: Dayton’s sophomoric statements. (Hutchinson-Litchfield)

Bly Letter (Rosen): Family farmers are Minnesota’s ‘real ag’ (Litchfield-Worthington)

Dahms-Weber Letter: Southwest Minnesota has something for everyone. (Worthington)

Letter: Backer’s priorities support businesses, corporations. (Morris)

Letter: Thank you, John Ward. (Brainerd)

Letter (Saxhaug-Ward): Thank Ward for new law. (Brainerd)

Letter (Ward-Saxhaug): Thank Saxhaug for boat trailer licensing law. (Bemidji)

Letter (Garofalo-Norton): Zip Rail proposal doesn’t meet need of the state and its people. (Rochester)

Letter: Conservation stewardship program improvements needed. (Alexandria)

Franken Column: Finding common ground, standing up for the middle class in new Congress. (Owatonna-St. Cloud-Worthington)

Nolan Column: Hard work, bipartisanship must mark the 114th Congress. (Pine City)

Kline Column: Change needed to restore local control in classrooms. (Rochester-Winona)

Newman Column: Preview of 2015 legislative session. (Glencoe)

Bennett Column: Agriculture is burdened by too much gov’t. (Albert Lea)

Column (Nienow-Tomassoni): Senators’ entanglements do not pass the smell test. (Strib)

Column (Peppin-Baker): Kresha off to a good start in St. Paul. (Little Falls-ECM)

Column (Daudt): Erickson influence will be felt in 2015 legislative session. (ECM)

Martin Column: GOP transportation plan falls short. (Detroit Lakes)

Column: Don’t buy PolyMet’s assurances on environmental outcomes of sulfide mining. (MinnPost)

Moe-Beard Column: Reliability and affordability should be priorities in our energy supply. (Morris)

Column: Recreational wolf hunt was unnecessary, counterproductive. (Bemidji)

Column: Gray wolves listed again, for better or worse. (Timberjay)

Column: Free community college a good plan. (Fergus Falls)

Column: Minn. ag land property taxes rising. (AgWeek)

Column: Rural Minnesota needs a miracle. (Litchfield)

Column: Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures. (Little Falls)

Column: Minnesota has a bright future. (ECM)

Editorial (Tomassoni): Why a RAMS, is real issue. (Virginia)

Editorial: Highway funding – All agree on the need, but GOP aversion to new revenue may block a deal. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Klobuchar-Franken-Nolan): Will Minnesota’s U.S. senators back Keystone? (Virginia)

Editorial: ‘Free college’ plans need refinement. (St. Cloud-Albert Lea)

Editorial (Nolan): If Duluth mail plant closes, the impact will be felt in Ely. (Ely)

Editorial: Xcel offers encouraging plan for clean energy. (St. Cloud-Austin)

Editorial: President should veto Keystone Pipeline approval. (St. Joseph)

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Outstate News (1-11-15)

Drazkowski/Davnie/Thissen/Daudt/Lesch/Skoe: An urban vs. rural fight for Minnesota state aid? (PioneerPress)

Daudt/Bakk/Dibble: Dayton: House transportation plan ‘pure fantasy’ (MPR)

Daudt/Dayton: Agreement, disagreement in transportation. (PioneerPress-Detroit Lakes)

Thissen/Doug Peterson: Big gap in road-fixing plans means bigger fight at Capitol. (AP)

Kelly/Bakk/Dibble/Stumpf/Lanning/Luther: Political Notebook: Transportation plans evolving; Politicians left off [regent list]; Stumpf, Obama agree. (ForumNews)

Gunther/Nornes/Bakk: Help wanted for rural workforce, housing problems. (ForumNews)

Davids/Osmeck: Sunday liquor rematch brewing at state Capitol. (MPR)

Daudt/Kresha/Baker/Marquart/et al: First legislative day combines ceremony with policy. (ForumNews)

Nornes, Ingebrigtsen take office as new session begins. (Fergus Falls)

RAMS picks Tomassoni [as executive director] – State senator will take unpaid leaves of absence during legislative sessions. (Virginia)

Kahn: Chorus of lawmakers want money for Minn.’s state band. (AP)

Bakk/Thissen/Daudt/Hann/Kelly/Dibble: First bills: DFLers want free education, Republicans want business tax breaks. (MPR)

Daudt/Bakk: What the parties’ first bills tell us about 2015 legislative session. (MinnPost)

Daudt/Bakk/Clausen/Schomacker/Eken/Sieben/Hann: Senate DFL, House GOP show contrasting priorities. (ForumNews)

Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all. (AP)

Obama’s college proposal a potential ‘game changer’ for Faribault’s SCC. (Faribault)

Garofalo: Republican lawmaker in an electric car, and loving it. (AP)

Minnesota Energy Policymaker Rep. Pat Garofalo’s Complicated Vision for the Future. (CityPages)

Terri Bonoff: Minnesota PIPELINE apprenticeships help build stronger workforce. (Grand Forks)

Jensen/Metzen: State Senate praises credit union’s student-run branch at Owatonna High School. (Owatonna)

Reinert says he won’t run for Duluth mayor. (Duluth)

U.S Senator Al Franken appoints his first Somali staffer. (SomaliCurrent)

Franken/Nolan/Klobuchar: The Iron Range’s Highway 53 paradox. (MnBrown)

Franken/Paulsen/Klobuchar: Medical device tax opponents’ $29 billion question. (MinnPost)

Paulsen, Kline vote to approve Keystone XL Pipeline. (ECM)

Nolan, Peterson and Walz join GOP on Keystone pipeline. (MPR)

Walz to serve on Armed Services Committee. (BSP)

Franken/Dayton/Martin: Downey seeks re-election as Minnesota GOP chairman. (KARE)

Simon/Otto: Dayton celebrates at low-key inaugural ball. (AP)

Radinovich: Governor names Mark Phillips as IRRRB commissioner. (MnBrown)

Gov. Dayton appoints Mark Phillips commissioner of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. (ECM)

Mark Phillips appointed Commissioner of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. (HTF)

MN DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr announced two high-level appointments. (HTF)

Seifert/Dayton: Salisbury steps aside — almost — as political reporter. (ForumNews)

Pot potential: Some tribes request guidance on enforcement of Controlled Substance Act on tribal lands, Red Lake to discuss issue. (Bemidji)

DC judge ruling puts wolves back under fed management, ends hunting for near future. (Ely)

Duluth treatment plant’s new permit to allow mercury, sulfate pollution. (MInnPost)

Doug Peterson: Minnesota Farmers Union urges appeal of gray wolf decision. (Hutchinson)

Minn. wetland restoration program signup under way. (AgWeek)

HSUS alleges cruelty at Minn. chicken plant; company denies claims. (AgWeek)

Letter: DNR should relocate wolves to metro area. (Duluth)

Letter: [Wolves], a clear and present danger to the future. (Ely)

Letter: Wolf decision should prompt people to get involved. (Timberjay)

Newman Letter: Balanced budget should benefit all Minnesotans. (Hutchinson)

Letter: 2015 begins with a [nursing] win for rural Minnesotans. (Moorhead)

Lourey Column: Pleased with budget forecast. (Pine City)

Krauthammer Column: The revenue-neutral gas tax. (Faribault)

Column (Pogemiller): ‘Unconscionable’ mistakes by Minnesota Office of Higher Education. (ECM)

Column: Tax relief leads Minnesota Chamber agenda. (Fergus Falls)

Column: Sportsmen not buying PolyMet’s sulfide mining whitewashing. (Duluth)

Column: How to ease [rural] labor shortages: Raise pay. (Grand Forks-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Gunther):Road funding becoming critical. (Mankato)

Editorial (Pelowski-Daudt): Rule change strengthens democracy. (Winona)

Editorial (Miller-Reinert): End prohibition on Sunday alcohol sales. (Winona)

Editorial (Saxhaug-Lueck): Make your [transportation] arguments. (Brainerd)

Editorial (Miller-Baker-Koenen): Legislature is off to a civil start for 2015. (Willmar)

Editorial: Make 2015 session of rural Minnesota. (Virginia)

Editorial (Bakk-Daudt): Editorial: It’s time to do best for state. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Wolf ruling – The science supports de-listing; the law should, too. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Judge’s ruling on wolves defies biology. (Grand Forks-Park Rapids)

Editorial: Dayton cranks up the candor. (ForumNews)

Editorial (Garofalo): New legislative balance could mean more cooperation. (Glenwood)

Editorial: Minnesota is winning this border battle. (Winona)

Editorial: Open those doors, and Viva Cuba! (St. Joseph)

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Outstate News (12-21-14)

NORAD set to track Santa’s flight. (Austin)

Daudt/Thissen/McNamara: House GOP bounces Minneapolis’ Wagenius from longtime post on natural resources committee. (Hotdish)

Wagenius/Thissen/Daudt: Democrats cry foul on rosters. (AP)

Thissen: DFLers lament Wagenius’ absence from House environmental committee. (MinnPost)

Zellers/Bakk/Thissen/Marquart/Torkelson/Nornes: Doubt remains in Daubt; Democrats have concerns about new House speaker. (ForumNews)

Melin/Anzelc/Tomassoni/Metsa: $1.95 million more to solar plant. (Virginia)

Kelly/Sawatzky/Hamilton/et. al: Western Minnesota loses out in state house transportation committee assignments. (BSP)

Hann/Hayden/Champion/Martin: DFL calls for ethics review into Ortman campaign’s alleged payment for endorsement. (HotDish)

Cornish/Rosen/Johnson/Torkelson/Jensen: Property taxes, transportation top legislative agenda. (AgriNews)

Sheran/Zerwas/Jesson: Pressure mounts to fix Minnesota Sex Offender Program. (MinnPost-Willmar)

Saxhaug/Rosen/Gazelka: Minnesota senators look to Wisconsin for workforce advice. (ForumNews)

Garofalo/Eken/Bakk/Marquart/et.al: Political chatter: North Dakota is major Minnesota political topic; New tax eyed; More leaders named; Bakk raises money. (ForumNews)

Erickson: Teacher seniority headlines GOP’s education plans. (AP)

Rep. Joe Atkins Reverses Course: There’s No Evidence of Powdered Alcohol’s Danger. (CityPages)

Bakk: Dayton urges swift action on flood-aid package. (AP)

Bakk/Daudt/Jennings/Moe/Sviggum: Why are Minnesota’s elected officials studying a 30-year-old legislative session? (MinnPost)

Franken Not Satified with Uber’s Non-Answers About Privacy Policy. (CityPages)

Franken backs Hillary Clinton for president. (MinnPost)

Franken/Klobuchar/Nolan: Movement made to name portions of Interstate 35 in memory of Congressman Oberstar. (ECM)

Bachmann plans post-Congressional role as Clinton foil. (MinnPost)

Secretary of State-elect Steve Simon appoints Jake Spano as chief of staff. (ECM)

Pope County makes top 10 list for Minnesota voter turnout. (Glenwood)

Sertich scores historic win in final IRRRB meeting. (MnBrown)

IRRR Board approves major investments in businesses, infrastructure, and education. (HTF)

State employers add 6,600 Jobs in November. (HTF)

MN exports reach record $5.5 billion in third quarter. (HTF)

Business lobby targets auto-hikes to minimum wage. (AP)

Solar Skies to close in Alexandria. (Alexandria)

Wolves regain federal protection. (ForumNews)

U.S. judge restores Endangered Species Act protections to Great Lakes gray wolves. (Brainerd)

MPCA seeking comments on upgrades at four Riverview [dairy] facilities. (Morris)

EPA reviewing WOTUS comments. (AgriNews)

Minnesota Cattlemen hear from national leader. (AgriNews)

Heitkamp: Change to U.S.-Cuba Policy Supports Ag Exports for ND Farmers. (AgriNews)

Easing of Cuba restrictions creates opportunity for ag. (AgWeek)

US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade. (AP)

Green Letter: Rep. Green prepares for next session. (Park Rapids)

Letter: On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda. (MinnPost)

Marquart Column: DFL delivered results for Greater Minnesota. (Fergus Falls)

Column (Mariani-Ray-Bonoff): 7 successes of Minnesota education in 2014. (ECM)

Column: Kurt Daudt — the legislative doctor in the House? (Strib)

Landkamer Column: Getting covered is good for rural Minnesota families. (Morris)

Column: Pheasants – High Hopes And Realities. (Benson)

Column: Reopening economic ties between the U.S. and Cuba will benefit both countries. (MinnPost)

Column: The Conservative Case For Normalizing Relations With Cuba. (Federalist)

Editorial (Limmer-Peppin): Legislature, stay out of MSHSL decisions. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Governor: New IRRRB commissioner must get back to agency’s core mission. (Virginia)

Editorial: Time is right for policy change on Cuba. (Willmar)

Editorial: Engaging Cuba is the best route for changing it. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Cuba libre, U.S. style. (Mankato)

Editorial: GOP has right priority on roads. (Mankato)

Editorial: Minnesota seed law is too strict for library. (MnDaily)

Editorial: Despite media onslaught, torture is not American way. (Glenwood)

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Outstate News (12-7-14)

Editorial: Greater Minnesota is looking for a political party. (Fergus Falls)

Most Lake Pepin phosphorus from industrial sources and sewage. (AgriNews)

Peppin: Republican leader takes aim at High School League. (MPR)

Hackbarth/McNamara/Marty/Morse: Wetlands, mining on 2015 [legislative] agenda. (AP)

Bakk/Daudt: Minnesota lawmakers size up $1 billion surplus. (AP)

Bakk/Daudt: Inflation eats away surplus. (ForumNews)

Groups seek share of new money. (ForumNews)

Nornes: Surplus isn’t ‘free pot of money’ (Fergus Falls)

Sen. Dahms: Transportation must be a priority. (Redwood Falls)

Hamilton: Under state plan, Luverne is 199 miles away from nearest proposed medical cannabis dispensary. (BSP)

Sheran: Legislators grill administrators on Security Hospital problems. (Mankato)

Daudt: From farm boy to speaker of the Minnesota House. (ECM)

Ruud receives award in Philadelphia. (Brainerd)

Franken: Senator heads up rural health talk. (ForumNews)

Franken focuses on Uber and Lyft privacy policies. (MPR)

Franken/Klobuchar/Bachmann: Senate passes bill renaming Minnesota post office. (Austin)

Franken: Minnesota tree lights up U.S. Capitol. (MPR)

Klobuchar: Minnesota shines bright: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Chippewa National Forest officially lit. (Bemidji)

Franken/Kline/McCollum/Ellison: How Rich Are Minnesota’s Congress Members? (CityPages)

Michele Bachmann’s last stand. (MinnPost)

Looking forward, Bachmann wants a voice in 2016 elections. (MinnPost)

Dayton Slams “Despicable” Anti-Transgender Bigots in Awesome Rant. (CityPages)

Downey/Franken: GOP claims DFL, Dayton violated campaign rules. (MPR)

Hausman: Efforts to boost midterm voter turnout ineffective. (MnDaily)

Midterm voter turnout varied widely across Minnesota. (MPR)

Cook County had highest voter turnout rate in Minnesota: 70 percent. (MinnPost)

Voter turnout in Douglas County: 55 percent. (Alaxandria)

E-pulltabs show signs of turnaround in Minn. (MPR-Moorhead)

Considering cameras in the courtroom in Minnesota. (Duluth)

Enbridge paves the way for another pipeline project. (Detroit Lakes)

Wolf hunt races to quick close. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Cows caught wandering downtown. (Red Wing)

Greater Mankato Growth hopes to nourish agricultural growth. (AgriNews)

USDA extends application deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to Dec. 19. (AgriNews)

Sort through Farm Bill: Free seminar for Kanabec farmers. (Mora)

Land Stewardship Project fights for small farms. (Willmar)

ALDI to open Willmar grocery store. (Willmar)

Letter (Ward-Nolan): It’s up to elected officials. (Brainerd)

Letter: Nolan is right to back bill on colon cancer screenings. (Duluth)

Letter: Nolan did the right thing on Keystone vote. (Duluth)

Nolan Column: Time to reform campaign practice. (Aitkin)

Schmit Column: Creative solutions needed for Minnesota’s rural roads. (Rochester)

Beard-Moe Column: State needs diverse power sources. (St. Cloud)

Column: Elements of an effective privacy policy courtesy of Senator Al Franken. (DailyPlanet)

Column: Environment, economy can flourish together. (Duluth)

Column: GMOs will be the future of agriculture – Despite criticism from many environmental groups, there are many benefits of GMO use. (MnDaily)

Editorial: Where’s the [property tax] relief? Legislators gave with one hand and are taking away with another. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Large surplus is good problem to have. (Winona)

Editorial: Minnesota budget forecast reinforces need for restraint. (Strib-Austin)

Editorial: Put big chunk of budget surplus toward roads. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Faults aside, don’t scuttle MnSCU’s visioning process. (ECM)

Editorial: What’s good about gas prices being so low? (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Frac sand report is reason to celebrate. (Winona)

Editorial: Voter ID desperately needs bipartisanship. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: State should help translate at polls. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (11-30-14)

Martin: Republicans and Democrats may continue to swap control of the Minnesota House — for years to come. (MinnPost)

Editorial (Martin-Downey): [Bigstone Co GOP] Chairman’s post sparks backlash. (MnDaily)

‘Bigotry’ on Facebook costs Big Stone GOP chair his day job. (Strib)

County GOP chairman resigns over Facebook comments about Muslims. (ForumNews)

Press release: CAIR-MN welcomes ‘outpouring of support’ following GOP county chair’s comments. (BSP)

Mullery/Loon: Education leaders talk disparities. (MnDaily)

Kelly prepares to lead on transportation. (Rochester)

Benson/Hoppe/Daudt/Atkins/Mack/Lourey: Split state power tempers GOP’s health care plans. (AP)

Rosen/Benson/Housley/Daudt/Paulsen/Downey: Handicapping the next race for governor: The Republicans. (Strib)

Franken/Klobuchar: EPA releases RFS decision: No change before end of year. (AgriNews)

After eight years in Congress, Walz finds a voice on veterans and military issues. (MinnPost)

Ritchie reflects on 2014 vote, past eight years. (MPR)

Frederickson/Sertich: Construction at State Capitol could overshadow session. (ForumNews)

Schowalter: Into Minnesota’s crystal ball… Tax collections and spending likely to stay steady. (PioneerPress-Detroit Lakes)

Jesson: Minnesota names new official to head child protection. (Strib-Duluth)

Jesson: Governor’s child protection task force seeks public input. (Glenwood)

Greater Minnesota legislative wish-list includes broadband and job training. (MinnPost)

State jails overflowing with women. (Alexandria)

Enbridge wants southern route for Line 3 pipeline. (ForumNews)

E-2 alternative recommended for Hwy. 53 relocation. (HTF)

State to name marijuana producers. (AP)

Turkeys’ frowns turned upside down for farmers. (ForumNews)

GM paying carbon credits to farmers. (AgWeek)

Erickson Letter: Legislator thankful for opportunity to serve. (Bemidji)

Pelowski-Miller Letter: 10 Days of Giving deserves your support. (Winona)

Letter: Dicklich for IRRRB; editorial wrong. (Virginia)

Letter: Board of Regents seeks candidates. (Alexandria)

Letter: Roadway safety trumps no new taxes. (Fergus Falls)

Ward Column: Election civility is endangered species. (Winona-Rochester)

Peppin Column: Balance in state government brings all voices to the table. (Rochester-St. Cloud-Winona)

Column (Ellison): How to get out the vote? (Strib)

Column: Action on immigration comes just in time for Thanksgiving. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Knoblach’s new (old) role comes with clout. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Peterson-Ellison): Minnesota National Guard deserves higher hardship compensation. (MnDaily)

Editorial: Roadway safety trumps no new taxes. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Executive order might goad Congress to act, for a change. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: Internet access should be a given, but how? (St. Cloud)

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Outstate News (11-23-14)

Rukavina: Our trip to Boston – Family, friends, and food: Fuhgeddaboudit! (HTF)

Dayton, Daudt share lunch, prepare for power shift. (AP)

Daudt/Gunther/Hamilton/et. al: Minn. GOP puts focus on rural issues in state House reorganization. (Strib)

Hamilton/Anderson/Drazkowski/Daudt/Thissen: Rural Republicans to chair agriculture committees. (AgriNews)

Kelly/Drazkowski/Daudt/Thissen: Lawmakers lead House committees. (Red Wing)

Ingebrigtsen appointed Assistant Minority Leader in Senate. (Alexandria)

Urdahl appointed to Legacy Committee. (Hutchinson-Litchfield)

Thissen warns of aid cuts for metro under GOP. (Strib)

Thissen/Bakk/Swanson/Walz/Smith/et. al: Handicapping the next race for governor: the DFLers. (Strib)

Political Notebook: Kuisle reflects on election loss; Franken: Cruz ‘completely wrong’ on net neutrality. (Rochester)

Al Franken Was Liberal Enough, Tough Enough, and Doggone It, People Reelected Him – The Minnesota senator showed Dems how to win. (MotherJones)

Al Franken Grills Uber Over Privacy Policy. (CityPages)

Walz passed over for top spot on vets committee. (AP)

Walz calls on House to take immigration action. (Rochester)

Sertich: Gov. Dayton calls for applications to lead IRRRB. (MnBrown)

U.S. House members honor the late Rep. Bill Frenzel with floor speeches. (Minnpost)

In Facebook status, Big Stone Co GOP chair calls Muslims “parasites,” writes “frag em” at Mecca. (BSP)

Local leaders: Obama’s executive order just a start. (Austin)

Out of the shadows: Obama’s immigration plan likely to have impact locally. (Worthington)

MN ranks fifth in student debt. (MnDaily)

State seeks input on passenger, freight rail plan. (Red Wing)

A new plan for paint: Minnesota starts its paint stewardship program. (Bemidji)

Minnesota not on track to meet emission reductions. (AP)

Indoor farmers market and local produce processing facility being built in Little Falls. (Little Falls)

Extension launches 2014 Farm Bill crops education seminars. (Morris)

Letter (McNamar-Franken-Dayton): Marriage equality vote not a factor in loss. (Morris)

Letter (Ward-Radinovich): Single issue voters. (Brainerd)

Walz Column: Fuel standard good for US economy. (AgWeek)

Gazelka Column: Minnesota’s retired veterans are an asset worth our investment. (Alexandria)

Thissen Column (Daudt-Peppin): GOP record doesn’t bode well for outstate. (St. Cloud-Winona)

Column (Ward-Radinovich): Election message to GOP: beware of 2016. (Aitkin)

Column (Wiger-Ray-Erickson-Garofalo): House, Senate education leaders share several priorities. (ECM)

Column (Peppin): Opportunity for House GOP to be leaders for greater MN. (Detroit Lakes-Worthington)

Column: Pipeline fight a case of thinking globally, acting locally. (Timberjay)

Column: Science must guide sulfide mining choices. (Duluth)

Editorial: Nolan puts pipeline ahead of party line. (Duluth)

Editorial: Minnesota is doing mining the right way. (Duluth)

Editorial: Franken reiterates stance on net neutrality. (MnDaily)

Editorial: Election is over, now what? (Alexandria)

Editorial: MnSCU changes needed. (Mankato)

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Outstate News (11-9-14)

Mapping the vote. (ForumNews)

Hamilton/Daudt/Thissen/Sawatzky/Juhnke/et al: Rural votes decide House control. (ForumNews)

Daudt/Wagenius: House Republicans to the Twin Cities: It’s not about you. (MinnPost)

Peppin/Daudt/Thissen/Wagenius/et al: New GOP leaders focus on non metro Minnesota. (ForumNews)

Quam/Norton/Davids/Liebling: Rural Minnesota key to GOP takeover of House. (Rochester)

Daudt/Franken/Dayton/et al: With big assist from rural voters, GOP retakes Minnesota House. (MinnPost)

Daudt/Sawatzky/Falk/Radinovich: How the GOP took the Minnesota House. (MPR)

McNamara/Doudt: Political notebook: Dayton looks at final term; ‘Not from Minneapolis’; Rail summit set; House clerk retires. (ForumNews)

Bennett defeats Savick for District 27A seat. (Albert Lea)

Fritz/Savick/Petersburg: Voters turn Steele County House districts solid red. (Faribault)

Heintzeman defeats Ward in 10A race. (Brainerd)

Lueck defeats Radinovich in 10B race. (Brainerd)

Miller ousts Falk in District 17A. (Willmar)

Sawatzky/Juhnke/Vogel: Baker elected to House in 17B. (Willmar)

Swedzinski keeps District 16A in red. (Willmar)

Knoblach beats Dorholt by 69 votes in House race. (St. Cloud)

Lien retains seat in Minnesota District 4A. (Moorhead)

Marquart: Longtime Dilworth legislator secures eighth term in District 4B House race. (Moorhead)

Franson/Anderson/McNamar: Republicans sweep House races here. (Alexandria)

Poppe defeats Schminke in 27B. (Austin)

Hancock retakes House 2A seat. (Bemidji)

Persell wins re-election bid for House District 5A. (Bemidji)

Green holds onto House 2B seat. (Bemidji)

DFL holds Huntley’s seat with Schultz victory. (Duluth)

Pelowski, Davids, and Drazkowski, oh my: Incumbents win Winona-area state races. (Winona)

Voters let Rep. Kresha keep his job in House. (Little Falls)

Kelly returns to House, Drazkowski re-elected. (Red Wing)

Hamilton, Schomacker re-elected. (Worthington)

Urdahl posts two-to-one advantage to keep District 18A seat. (Willmar)

Urdahl could see new role in House. (Litchfield)

Thissen elected DFL Minority Leader. (MinnPost)

Lesch/Daudt: For Thissen, a new role leading the minority. (Strib)

Daudt, Peppin to lead new GOP House majority. (AP)

Metsa/Dill/Sertich/Dicklich/Janezich: Sertich to leave IRRRB for Northland Foundation. (Duluth)

Dill/Melin/Anzelc/Metsa/Bakk: Dicklich lobbies for IRRRB job. (Virginia)

Cornish ponders Walz challenge in 2016. (MPR)

Rep. Tony Cornish plans to challenge Walz in 2016. (Mankato)

Walz: Possible Cornish congressional run draws attention. (Mankato)

Franken wins U.S. Senate seat more easily this time. (ForumNews)

Franken Captures 2nd Term In US Senate. (AP)

Franken celebrates win, ‘proud to be your senator’ (BMTN)

McFadden Concedes, Franken Captures 2nd Term in US Senate. (KSTP)

Klobuchar and Franken optimistic about prospects for the GOP Senate. (MinnPost)

Mills concedes race to Nolan. (Brainerd)

Nolan holds off Mills in tight race for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. (Bemidji)

Nolan wins by a hair. (Timberjay)

Peterson defeats Westrom in U.S. House race. (ForumNews)

Peterson looks forward to 13th term. (ForumNews)

Walz, Peterson headed back to D.C. (Worthington)

Kline wins 2nd District. (Red Wing)

Dayton wins Minnesota governor’s race. (ForumNews)

Kicking off the deer hunting season: Gov. Dayton misses annual banquet due to illness. (Bemidji)

Rukavina jumps back into politics with county board win. (Duluth)

Rukavina back in political office. (Virginia)

Questions raised over same-day registration for UMM students. (Morris)

Dismal election returns cost Independence Party major status in Minnesota. (Strib-Duluth)

How Andy Dawkins Tried — and Failed — to Save the Green Party in Minnesota. (CityPages)

Linc-Stine: State oil pipelines are Rosenmeier topic. (Brainerd)

Pawlenty happy out of politics. (ForumNews)

Twitter Erupts After KSTP #Pointergate Story, KSTP Tries to Defend Itself. (CityPages)

KSTP savaged for Mayor Hodges ‘gang sign’ story. (MinnPost)

GMO labeling fails in Colo., Ore. (AgWeek)

Sugar makers fend off import threat. (Strib)

Medical marijuana program on track for summer launch. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Letter: Did votes on gay rights cost Savick? (Albert Lea)

Column: Disappointing surprise: Where were twentysomethings on Election Day? (Alexandria)

Column: How did Peterson sidestep the GOP bull’s-eye in the 7th District? (MinnPost)

Column (Walz): 1st District growing increasingly Democratic. (Mankato)

Column (Franken/Nolan/Peterson): The seven biggest takeaways from Minnesota’s 2014 election. (MinnPost)

Column (Franken/Dayton/et al: So much for that Republican wave, etc. (Little Falls)

Column (Thissen-Murphy-Wagenius-Daudt): Minnesota’s political divide: Urban, rural. (Strib)

Editorial (Franken-Nolan): Mixed message – Minnesota bucks national trend, onus now on GOP to govern. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Franken-Dayton): Minnesota voters stand apart, at least in part. (Strib-Austin)

Editorial: Good day for balance; closer to home, the DFL. (Duluth)

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Outstate News (11-2-14)

Endorsement: Rukavina for County Board. (Virginia)

Endorsement (Drazowski): Minnesota House, District 21B: None of the above. (Winona)

Endorsement: Minnesota House 28A: Gene Pelowski. (Winona)

Endorsement: Minnesota House 28B: Greg Davids. (Winona)

Endorsement: House 3A: Rep. David Dill; House 6B: Metsa, Matasich, no endorsement. (Virginia)

Endorsement: Vote Hamilton, Schomacker. (Worthington)

Endorsement: Savick, Bennett are both good choices in 27A. (Albert Lea)

Endorsement: Minnesota U.S. Senate: Franken. (Winona)

Endorsement: U.S. Senate: Al Franken. (Rochester)

Endorsement: Franken; Dayton; Ellison; McCollum; Sund. (InsightNews)

Endorsement: For U.S. Senate: Mike McFadden. (Virginia)

Endorsement: For U.S. Senate, Mike McFadden. (PioneerPress)

Endorsement: 1st District Congressional: Tim Walz (Winona)

Endorsement: 2nd Congressional District: Obermueller. (Rochester)

Endorsement: [6thCD] Perske would serve us well as representative in Washington. (NewsLeaders)

Endorsement: [7thCD] Peterson has been a trusted voice in Congress. (Strib)

Endorsement: Rep. Nolan in 8th. (Virginia)

Endorsement: Mills is a fresh voice for Minnesota’s Eighth District. (Strib)

Endorsement: For Congress in the 8th District, Stewart Mills. (PioneerPress)

Endorsement: Dayton’s platform gains our support. (MnDaily)

Endorsement: Minnesota Governor endorsement: Dayton. (Winona)

Endorsement: Governor: Mark Dayton. (Rochester)

Endorsement: For Governor: No endorsement. (Virginia)

Endorsement: Secretary of state: Steve Simon. (Rochester)

Endorsement: DFLer Swanson for AG; GOP Gilbert for auditor. (Virginia)

Poll: Franken 51%; McFadden 41% (NYTimes/CBS)

Reinert considers running for mayor of Duluth. (Duluth)

Gazelka/Benson/Metzen: Gazelka seeks facts on insurance rate prompting. (Brainerd)

Gazelka/Benson: Dayton says he was not part of MNsure rates. (ForumNews)

Franken/Nolan/Peterosn/Dayton: Democrats’ goal: Get members to vote Tuesday. (ForumNews)

Thissen/Sawatzky/Falk/Simon/Franken/Martin: Pushing the vote. (Willmar)

Democrats rally in Bemidji: Nolan, Erickson, Persell make push ahead of Tuesday election. (Bemidji)

Thissen/Savick/Walz/Martin: DFLers rally in Albert Lea. (Albert Lea)

Otto/Simon/Walz: It’s ‘in the numbers': DFL candidates urge turnout during bus tour. (Winona)

Radinovich: Campaigning to Extend, or End, One-Party Rule. (NYTimes)

Falk/Koenen: District 17A: Nothing implied, nothing endorsed. (Willmar)

Dill vs Johnson: Big Race in Big District. (Virginia)

Metsa: House 6B — A True Ranger Battle. (Virginia)

Green holding the line on tax & spend. (Park Rapids)

Franken/Simon/Dayton/Martin/Downey/Severson: Wake up, Minnesota: Election nears. (ForumNews)

Thissen/Doudt: Republicans hope to gain voice in Minnesota House. (ForumNews)

Thissen: DFL Cries Foul Over Misleading MNGOP Drunk Driver Attack Ads. (CityPages)

Newman/Westrom/Martin/Downey: DFL: Republican candidates voted for measures criticized in party’s mailers. (Strib)

Thissen/Zellers/Schoen/Radinovich/Downey/et al: Election notebook: DFL, GOP trade jabs over late-campaign mailings. (ForumNews)

Mary Franson — Remember Her? — Involved in Another Tight Race. (CityPages)

McNamar/Franson/Anderson: House candidates tired of negative ads. (Alexandria)

Savick: 27A candidates get to heart of state issues. (Albert Lea)

Hamilton/Schomacker: District 22A, 22B candidates talk education. (Worthington)

Republicans Schomacker, Hamilton aim for re-election. (Worthington)

Davids, Pieper face off in District 28B. (Chatfield)

Martin/Downey: GOP and Dems dial, drum up voters. (AP)

Franken Campaign Goes After McFadden for Selling Merch Made in China. (CityPages)

McFadden makes campaign stop in Worthington. (Worthington)

Klobuchar and Franken Receive Minnesota Farm Bureau Award. (Kenyon)

Minn.’s Peterson aims to hang onto House Ag Committee role, seat. (DairyHerd)

Campaigns are no longer a cakewalk for Collin Peterson. (MPR-Willmar)

Westrom television ad touts “living within your means” while plumbing bill remains unpaid. (BSP)

Simon/Severson: Secretary of State foes disagree on risk of voter fraud. (PioneerPress-Worthington)

John Kline’s Descent From Patriot to the Whore of Higher Ed. (CityPages)

Scott Newman sees attorney general race as one of job performance. (Hutchinson)

Johnson/Dayton: Local GOP: Where are the DFL candidates? (Litchfield)

Cannabis Supporters Take One Final Shot at Mark Dayton. (CityPages)

Jeff Johnson wants a new direction for Minnesota. (Hutchinson)

Johnson, Kuisle visit Worthington. (Worthington)

Johnson makes last-minute campus visit. (MnDaily)

GOP governor candidate Johnson swings through Winona Saturday. (Winona)

Johnson/Dayton: Final debate summarizes governor race. (ForumNews)

Capitol Christmas Tree to make stop at Bayfront Park. (Duluth)

U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to stop in Owatonna for the first time. (Owatonna)

ND officials say EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is ‘unworkable’ (AgWeek)

Thissen Column: Control of the Minnesota House: The DFL pitch. (Strib)

Daudt Column: Control of the Minnesota House: The Republican pitch. (Strib)

Column: Additional review of health effects of PolyMet project is not needed. (Duluth)

Column (Nolan): Conservatives attempt reverse psychology in MN-8. (MnBrown)

Column (Nolan-Metsa): “Uncle Joe” Biden visits the Range, and sounds like one of us. (Timberjay)

Column: Mills missed the point of single-payer health care system. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Minnesota tax hike on tobacco misses its goal. (Duluth)

Editorial: MnSCU needs to work quickly to make plan work. (St. Cloud-Austin)

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Outstate News (10-26-14)

Endorsement: Second term will be Franken’s time to shine in Senate. (ECM)

Endorsement: Al Franken best for US Senate race. (MnDaily)

Endorsement: For U.S. Senate, Al Franken – Policy-focused incumbent has earned a second term. (Strib)

Endorsement: Send Perske, Franken to Washington. (St. Cloud)

Endorsement: Walz grabs the moderate vote and deserves to be re-elected. (Albert Lea)

Endorsement: Walz in First District – Incumbent has worked across the aisle for veterans and farmers. (Strib)

Endorsement: Re-elect Tim Walz. (Worthington)

Endorsement: Kline in Second District – Incumbent is still the strongest candidate for Second District. (Strib)

Endorsement: Steve Simon for secretary of state. (Strib)

Endorsement: For Minnesota’s secretary of state, Steve Simon. (PioneerPress)

Endorsement: For attorney general, Lori Swanson. (Strib)

Endorsement: Swanson for A.G.; Otto for auditor. (PioneerPress)

Endorsement: For state auditor, Rebecca Otto. (Strib)

Endorsement: For governor, Jeff Johnson. (PioneerPress)

Endorsement: Gov. Dayton deserves to be re-elected on his record. (ECM)

Endorsement: Dayton deserves 4 more years. (Albert Lea)

Endorsement: Jay McNamar has earned a second term. (Morris)

Endorsement: [Howe, Theis, Dornholt] Return incumbents in House 13A, 14A, 14B. (St. Cloud)

Endorsement: In District 23A: Gunther deserves another term. (Fairmont)

Endorsement: Baker is the better choice in Dist. 17B. (Willmar)

Endorsement: Minnesota House District 27A: Shannon Savick. (Rochester)

Poll: Dayton leads Johnson but governor’s race tightening. (Strib)

Poll: Franken lead over McFadden narrows to single digits. (Strib)

Poll: In Minnesota, With Voting Underway, DFL Incumbents Franken and Dayton Well Positioned for Re-Election. (SurveyUSA)

Hayden/Hann/Champion: Hayden denies ethics allegations, panel delays action. (MPR)

Savick receives state award. (Albert Lea)

Dornholt/Savick/Thissen/Daudt/Knoblach/Dayton: A hard fight for House control. (AP)

Savick/Thissen: Dayton stumps for Savick in Albert Lea. (Albert Lea)

Kiel, Bergeson forum Oct. 29. (Crookston)

Falk/Ward/McNamar/Hortman/Downey/et al: Election notebook: GOP to remove photo of abuse victim; Anti-DFL ads begin; Independence ad coming. (ForumNews)

New MNGOP Attack Ad Offends Everybody But MNGOP. (CityPages)

Kelly: Similar paths, different approaches [in Dist 21A]. (Red Wing)

Drazkowski: Candidate Q&A: State House District 21B. (Red Wing)

Kresha/Newberger/Doty: [Q&A] House candidates for District 9B and District 15B. (Little Falls)

Johnson: Overcoming deficit ‘doable’ (Virginia)

Marijuana Policy Project PAC Throws Gov. Dayton Under Bus. (CityPages)

Dayton defends MNsure average 4.5 percent rate hike as math. (AP)

Johnson/Dayton: Is big business sitting out the governor’s race? (MinnPost)

Dayton defends MNsure rate hike math as GOP criticism mounts. (MPR)

Minnesota gubernatorial candidates: Jobs drive state economy. (St. Paul-Duluth)

PolyMet pushes back on latest Johnson ad. (MPR)

Wisconsin’s Johnson to stump with McFadden. (AP)

Franken: Experts say McFadden’s health insurance ideas don’t hold up. (MPR)

Franken ‘optimistic’ on PolyMet project. (Virginia)

Franken campaigns in Red Lake, White Earth. (Bemidji)

McFadden, Franken mine for greater Minnesota votes. (ForumNews)

Sen. Al Franken is trying hard to be boring — and succeeding. (WashPost)

Franken/Dayton: Michelle Obama urges DFL faithful to get out the vote. (PioneerPress)

Democrats Clinton, Biden headline rallies for Franken, Dayton and Nolan. (MPR)

Biden stumps in Hibbing for Democrat Nolan. (AP)

Michele Bachmann Fundraising for Stewart Mills. (CityPages)

You Have Right to Leave Work to Vote on November 4. (CityPages)

Long road starts Wednesday for Capitol Christmas Tree: Tree will come from Chippewa National Forest, visit Bemidji on Sunday. (Bemidji)

U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to make first stop at Itasca State Park. (HTF)

Hunters can register deer through phone, Internet or in person. (HTF)

German delegation visits Morris to learn about renewable energy. (Morris)

Minn. ag commissioner visits Bemidji to highlight Farm to School program. (AgWeek)

Pine River dairy farmers awarded $6.3 million in lawsuit against power cooperative. (Brainerd)

Local soybean farmers suffer horrible growing season. (Mora)

Letter: Forum should stick to North Dakota endorsements. (Duluth)

Letter: Ward helps conservation. (Brainerd)

Letter (Savick): Why bash state rep for success? (Albert Lea)

Letter (Savick-Johnson-Dayton): Teachers want DFL majority. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Faust best choice for District 11B. (Pine City)

Letter: Rukavina is hard working and committed. (Timberjay)

Letter: [Collin] Peterson knows his district. (Willmar)

Letter: Franken is the serious choice for U.S. senator. (Albert Lea)

Letter (Franken): McFadden not right for Minn. (Moorhead)

Column: Otto voted against interests of northern Minnesota. (Duluth)

Column: Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House. (MinnPost)

Editorial (Franken-Johnson-Dayton): Missing the real issues – Unrelenting focus on PolyMet drowns out discussion of far more important issues. (Timberjay)

Editorial: ACA needs tweaking, but it’s working. (Sartell)

Editorial: Don’t fall for half-truths from candidates. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Minnesota should allow cameras in courtrooms. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Be wary of negative politics. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: As election nears, negative ads will soon disappear. (Glenwood)

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Outstate News (10-19-14)

Endorsement: Rukavina’s experience makes him right choice. (Duluth)

Endorsement: Walz grabs the moderate vote and deserves to be re-elected. (Albert Lea)

Endorsement: ECM Editorial Board supports re-election of Congressman Tim Walz. (ECM)

Endorsement: Experience gives Emmer the nod in 6th District vote. (ECM)

Endorsement: Folks of the Second District will get a fairer shake from Obermueller. (ECM)

Endorsement: 5th District Congress: Return Ellison to two more years. (ECM)

Endorsement: The nod in the 4th goes to incumbent Betty McCollum. (ECM)

Endorsement: Paulsen our choice in the Third. (ECM)

Endorsement: For governor, Mark Dayton. (Strib)

Endorsement: State voters oughta re-elect Auditor Otto. (ForumNews)

Endorsement: Severson can assure fair, accurate voting. (Duluth)

Poll: 3 Weeks To Election Day, Republican Challenger Mills Atop Democratic Incumbent Nolan in MN-08. (SurveyUSA)

GOP poll: Peterson behind Westrom. (ForumNews)

Scott/Runbeck/Osmek/Dayton: GOP targets Met Council as campaign issue. (MinnPost)

Yarusso/Isaacson/Daudt/Thissen/Halverson: Key suburban districts may decide control of Minnesota House. (MPR)

Savick touts record in House while seeking her 2nd term. (Albert Lea)

Urdahl: District 18A candidates differ on education policy, taxes. (Litchfield)

27B candidates differ on state’s direction – Schminke looking to restore balance to St. Paul; Poppe: Investing in people is right decision. (Austin)

Radinovich, Lueck square off on televised debate. (Brainerd)

Radinovich schools opponent on tuition freeze after Lueck forgets his generation’s advantage. (BSP)

Kelly takes on forum solo. (Red Wing)

MN 2B: Steve Green on freezing tuition; or, the U of MN is moving to become a two-year college. (BSP)

Schomacker: Minnesota House District 22A race [candidates Q&A]. (Pipestone)

Simon/Severson: The invisible race: Minnesota secretary of state job up for grabs. (MPR)

Simon/Severson/Ritchie: Minn. secretary of state race lacks attention. (AP)

Franken/Klobuchar/Dayton: Minnesota leaders seek federal rail help. (ForumNews)

Franken: MN needs ‘center of excellence’ to handle possible Ebola cases. (MPR)

Franken/Bly: Senators Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren visit Carleton College. (Northfield)

Warren Stumps For Franken At Carleton; McFadden In Central MN. (CBS)

U.S. Senate race, in person, on the issues: Al Franken. (Strib)

U.S. Senate race, in person, on the issues: Mike McFadden. (Strib)

McFadden, Franken seize on pressure issues. (AP)

Franken/Poppe: McFadden outlines plan at Austin stop. (Austin-Albert Lea))

Franken/Dayton: Michelle Obama to campaign in north Minneapolis. (AP)

Walz, Hagedorn testy in their final debate. (Austin)

Collin Peterson shrugs off political attack ads. (Hutchinson)

Peterson/Westrom: GOP targets Dem House districts that supported Romney in 2012 election. (AP)

Coleman group to spend against Peterson. (MinnPost)

Nolan: Vice President Biden adds Duluth stop to Minnesota visit. (ForumNews)

Biden to campaign for Nolan at Hibbing Community College. (MnBrown)

Nolan Responds to KSTP/SurveyUSA Poll, says Race ‘Going Down To The Wire’ (KSTP)

Johnson/Dayton: Different strokes for different governor candidates. (ForumNews)

Johnson/Dayton: Middle class, gun control highlighted in latest gubernatorial debate. (MPR)

Dayton, Johnson differ over budget surplus policy. (AP)

Johnson, Dayton trade jabs over jobs, insurance. (St. Paul-Worthington)

Johnson/Dayton: Independence candidate unhappy not being in debate. (ForumNews)

Promises, promises: revisiting Mark Dayton’s 2010 campaign pledges. (MinnPost)

Hillary Clinton is Minn.-bound to help Dayton. (AP)

Oberstar/Sertich/Dayton: $28 million regional wastewater treatment facility opens near Chisholm. (HTF)

Minnesota’s health commissioner says hospitals would be ready for Ebola. (St. Paul-Worthington)

Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.1% in September. (MinnPost)

Iron Ore Alliance addresses rail delays during Governor’s roundtable. (HTF)

Ag, mining, labor and business coalition calls for action on pipeline. (AgriNews)

Pheasant numbers decent on southwestern Minnesota hunt. (Alexandria)

Letter: Kiel, Green betray Polk County. (Crookston)

Letter: Persell supports investments in the very young. (Bemidji)

Letter: Firefighters value Savick. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Savick part of successful DFL. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Savick gets and spends out of area. (Albert Lea)

Letter: McNamar needs to recall his roots. (Fergus Falls)

Letter: McNamar contributions come from outside MN too. (Morris)

Letter: Rukavina shows common sense and hard work. (Timberjay)

Letter (Simon-Nornes): Dan Severson’s flip-flopping not right. (Fergus Falls)

Letter: Vote Franken, Nolan to maintain mail service. (Duluth)

Letter: Nolan gives much needed straight talk. (Virginia)

Letter: Vote David Lillehaug for Supreme Court Justice. (Detroit Lakes)

Simon Column: Right to vote requires protection. (Duluth)

Swanson Column: Attorney general enforces rules for consumers. (Duluth)

Newman Column: Voters demand nonpartisan attorney general. (Duluth)

Dawkins Column: I’ll stand up to corporate interests. (Duluth)

Melin Column: I will work to continue progress of moving Minnesota forward. (Duluth)

M. Murphy Column: Keep DFL in charge to maintain momentum. (Duluth)

Editorial (Dayton-Perpich): ‘Huckster’ has no place in PolyMet discussion – Governor erred badly in comment during debate in Duluth. (Virginia)

Editorial (Franken-Klobuchar-Dayton): Railroads aren’t getting it done. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Sertich is right, tourism and mining can co-exist and Ely is living proof. (Ely)

Editorial (Johnson): Dayton has delivered for Greater Minnesota. (Crookston)

Editorial: Choosing not to vote will not be the solution to ‘partisanship’ (Glenwood)

Editorial: Time to consider online voting. (Austin)

Editorial: Online voting a sensible alternative. (Fergus Falls)

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