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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Outstate News (5-25-14)

Rukavina announces run for St. Louis County Board. (Duluth)

Former state rep Tom Rukavina to run for SLC Commissioner. (HTF)

Seifert: Indifference is hostility – Republican gubernatorial hopeful takes gloves off with Gov. Dayton over copper/nickel mining on the Range. (Virginia)

Persell/Skoe: American Indian veterans honored. (ForumNews)

Marquart/Savick: State representatives visit Alden-Conger school. (Albert Lea)

Poppe/Murphy: DFL leaders: Session was productive. Representatives call for more focus on transportation, higher education. (Austin)

Daudt/Hann: Minnesota Republicans fly in to denounce DFL spending. (Duluth)

Ingebrigtsen: Greater Minnesota legislative issues receive mixed grades. (ForumNews)

Torkelson/Dahms: Area lawmakers evaluate 2014 session. (New Ulm)

Savick/Dorman: Legislature delivers for several local projects. (Albert Lea)

Simonson: With bonding cash nearly in hand, Duluth mayor ready to work. (Duluth)

Ingebrigtsen/Westrom/McNamar/Murphy: Cyrus fire all among local programs funded by Legislature. (Morris)

Dahms: Senate Chaplain for a day. (Redwood Falls)

Urdahl/Gruenhagen/Newman: District 18 lawmakers set town hall meetings. (Hutchinson)

Sen. Branden Petersen’s cell phone tracking bill becomes law. (CityPages)

Westrom: Lawmakers demand higher speed limits on more miles. (AP)

Poppe files for 6th term in House District 27B. (Albert Lea-Austin)

Howe: Jensen to run for District 13A seat. (St. Joseph)

Johnson/Kuisle/Zellers/Simpson/Thompson/Seifert: Activity picks up in GOP governor’s race. (ForumNews)

Zellers/Simpson: GOP governor candidate taps former Perham lawmaker as running mate. (Moorhead)

Zellers/Simpson: Zellers decides on running mate, not on convention. (ForumNews)

Nolan: Mills visits Pine City on ‘Job Building Tour’ (Pine City)

Walz: Hagedorn changes mind, re-enters Congress race. (AP)

Hagedorn back in First District race, focuses on Walz. (New Ulm)

Franken: Dahlberg’s porch rolls into Marshall. (Marshall)

Franken: GOP Senate hopeful Mike McFadden has skipped primary elections. (HotDish)

Franken-Klobuchar: Congress authorizes Fargo-Moorhead diversion. (AgWeek)

Franken, Klobuchar, Nolan seek action after VA health care allegations. (St. Paul)

Franken-Klobuchar: Bill aimed to boost dredging efforts in Great Lakes harbors awaiting President’s signature. (NorthlandNews)

Franken-Reinert/et al: Capitol Chatter: Minnesota political conventions provide interesting about-face. (ForumNews)

Nolan calls on VA secretary to resign. (Brainerd)

Nolan: Shinseki should resign. (Virginia)

Nolan/Walz: Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki should resign. (MinnPost)

Bill Clinton’s upcoming U of M appearance received more favorably than Condi Rice. (CityPages)

Obituary: Laura L. Welle [Wife of former Representative Alan Welle). (Willmar)

Minnesota is First to Mandate B10 Biodiesel. (DomesticFuels)

Release: University of Minnesota names Brian Buhr as dean and director of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. (UofMN)

Faust Letter: House passes bonding, tax cut, budget bills. (Pine City)

Schomacher Letter: Legislator reflects on session’s wrapup. (Worthington)

Hansen Letter: Savick spoke up for Freeborn County. (Albert Lea)

Cohen Letter: Sparks showed he cares about Albert Lea. (Albert Lea)

Gunther Letter: Democrats keep spending. (Fairmont)

Gruenhagen Letter: Against medical marijuana bill. (Glencoe)

Letter (Persell-Saxhaug): State Legislature was friendly to college students. (Bemidji)

Letter (Radinovich): Progress for middle class. (Brainerd)

Kaler Letter: U, ag remain partners. (Fairmont)

Savick Column: Legislative session shows progress for Minn. (Albert Lea-Owatonna)

Schomacher Column: Ending the dry spell – Lewis & Clark funding secured. (Worthington)

Torkelson-Dahms Column: GOP: Many farmers see property tax increases thanks to Democrats. (Austin)

Column (Ray-Slocum-Nelson-Mariani-Bonoff): Legislators listened to students wanting more Post Secondary Enrollment Options info. (ECM)

Column: Governor should sign Timberjay bill about government contracts. (Alexandria-Little Falls-Worthington)

Editorial (Rukavina-Nolan-Bakk-Dill-Franken): Somebody asked for a PEIS, nobody will admit it, yet we know the truth. (Ely)

Editorial (Walz): Hagedorn smart to re-enter GOP race. (Winona)

Editorial (Sparks-Savick): Many thanks to go around. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Chance to end ban on Sunday liquor is lost. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Legislators quickly pivot toward politics. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: We can be proud of our legislature. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: Four-day school week deserves still another look. (Grand Forks)

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Outstate News (5-18-14)

Endorsement: We support: Dahlberg for GOP Senate endorsement. (Virginia)

Column (Franken-Klobuchar-Nolan-Ellison-Paulsen): It’s Carp Wars as Minnesota takes on Asian carp. (Strib)

Metsa/Bakk/Melin/Saxhaug/Tomassoni/Anzelc/Dill/Radinovich/Nolan/Franken/Klobuchar/Dayton: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! State, Federal elected officials say Superior National Forest PEIS not needed. (Virginia)

Sparks/Poppe/Peterson/Thissen/Daudt/Cohen: Medical marijuana, tax bills pass on final day. (Albert Lea-AP)

Thissen/Lenczewski/Winkler/Daudt/Hausman: Bonding, budget, taxes: How key Minnesota Legislature agreements fell into place. (MinnPost)

Sparks/Savick/Poppe: Senator: ‘It’s a very exciting day for Albert Lea’ (Albert Lea-AP)

Schmit/Liebling/Nelson: Legislative session winds to a close. (Rochester)

Kiel: Wellness Center in House bill. (Crookston)

Schmit: For rural broadband boosters in Minnesota, $20M makes a start. (AP)

Thissen/Daudt/Hornstein: Pipelines allow Legislature to flow to end. (ForumNews)

Eken/Hann/Bakk/et.al: Just-ended Minnesota legislative session was personal. (ForumNews)

Melin/Shoen/Hamilton/Dibble: Medical marijuana compromise brings tears of happiness. (ForumNews)

Melin/Bakk/Dayton: Capitol chatter: Medical marijuana took a strange trip. (ForumNews)

R.Erickson: Pot potential? MN 2020, NORML advocates in Bemidji for marijuana reform as Legislature works on medical cannabis bill. (Bemidji)

Rep. Diane Loeffler tells feds to get moving on marijuana research. (CityPages)

Pappas/Melin/Thissen: Gov. Dayton signs Women’s Economic Security Act into law. (HTF)

Senjem: A glimpse of agriculture in Germany. (AgriNews)

Hansen/Wagenius: Concerned for bees, Minn. lawmakers call for pesticide review. (AgWeek)

Dehn/Scott: Abortion foes kill ‘corporations aren’t people’ legislative push. (MinnPost)

Brynaert: Considine secures DFL endorsement for 19B run. (Mankato)

Franken: Kevin Terrell seeks Independence Party nomination for U.S. Senate. (MinnPost)

Franken: GOP Senate hopeful Mike McFadden gets ‘soft-focus’ specific. (MinnPost)

Walz/Benson: Hagedorn re-entering 1st District race – Will challenge endorsed Republican candidate in primary. (Mankato)

Walz says veterans facilities do not have wait lists. (Rochester)

In bid to unseat Kline, Democrat Obermueller embraces Obamacare. (MinnPost)

U.S. Senator Al Franken pushes to lower student interest rates. (NorthlandNews)

Franken calls FCC net-neutrality vote ‘woefully misguided’ (MinnPost)

Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are “The Opposite of Net Neutrality” (Time)

Franken/Heitkamp/Klobuchar: Senators want feds to support biofuels. (AgWeek)

Franken/Klobuchar: Senators want more U.S support for biodiesel; say 1,500 Minnesota jobs at stake. BringMeTheNews)

Red Lake Band elects Darrell Seki as new president; Jourdain out after 10 years. (MinnPost)

County, state and legislative candidate filing period begins May 20 runs through June 3. (Little Falls)

Will Montevideo host Minnesota’s first medical cannabis distribution center? (Willmar)

Doctors: Minnesota medical marijuana law’s effects unclear for now. (Grand Forks)

Dusty Trice breaks down MN medical marijuana bills in colorful infographics. (CityPages)

State ag teacher shortage affects schools. (Albert Lea)

Power line draws ire. (Fairmont)

Grape industry continues to grow. (AgriNews)

Search for Capitol Christmas Tree underway in Chippewa National Forest. (Bemidji)

Letter: Thanks to Patti Fritz. (Faribault)

Letter (McNamar-Murphy): Prioritized spending will be how legislators are judged. (Alexandria)

Savick Column: Legislature wrapping up productive session. (Albert Lea)

R.Erickson Column: State fighting spread of aquatic invasive species. (Bemidji)

Column: Investing in Minnesota’s next generation of farms and farmers. (Worthington)

Column: State’s mineral wealth is key to supply stability. (Duluth)

Editorial (Franken): Congress should ease the burden of student loans. (Rochester)

Editorial (Franken): Goodbye to an open Internet? (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial (Nolan-Oberstar): No thanks to MnDOT, accidents continue to wreak havoc on 169. (Ely)

Editorial (Dorholt/Theis/Pederson/Howe/O’Driscoll/Fischbach): Area fares fairly well in 2014 session. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Erhardt-Winkler): Minnesota must boost transparency in campaign finance. (Mpls-Austin)

Editorial: State Legislature needs to put the brakes on spending down $1.2 billion surplus. (St. Paul-Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: Ruling on prayer more of a wedge than solution. (Glencoe)

Editorial: When it comes to prayer at meetings, there’s a nice middle ground here. (Crookston)

Editorial: Four-day week has fallen short of goal. (Fairmont)

Editorial: 4-day school weeks? Too good to be true. (Marshall)

Editorial: State ending test of shorter school week. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Easing state into medical marijuana. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Denying man-made climate change makes matters only worse. (St. Joseph)

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Outstate News (5-11-14)

Editor’s Column (Dayton-Thissen-Hamilton-Schomacker-Weber): With Lewis & Clark, what’s said (and not said) is often politically motivated. (Worthington)

Editorial (Seifert): A governor’s opener and a challenger’s opener. (Glenwood)

Stanek: Hennepin Co. Sheriff’s son goes mudding, could face felony charges. (KMSP)

Swedzinski/Schomacker: Minnesota House passes medical pot legislation. (Marshall)

Melin/Lohmer/McNamara/Garofalo: House, Dayton put Minnesota closer to medical marijuana. (ForumNews)

Lille/Hamilton/Schoen: ‘I’m proud to be a flip-flopper’ [on medical marijuana]. (ForumNews)

Reinert/Skoe/Miller/et al: Republican libertarians flay Teamster-coddling DFLers over Sunday liquor sales. (MinnPost)

Skoe/Reinert/Miller/et al: Capitol Chatter: Sunday sales an evergreen issue. (ForumNews)

Dehn/Davids/Marty: Corporations are people? DFL can’t even muster votes to protest. (MinnPost)

Gazelka/Lenczewski/Skoe/Daudt: Negotiators agree to new type of ‘Jesse checks’ (ForumNews)

Davids/Lenczewski/Show/Thissen: Minn. lawmakers agree on bill with $100M in tax cuts. (AP)

Sparks/Latz/Benson/Ray: Senate sends Dayton women’s workplace rights bill. (Austin-AP)

Dill/Tomassoni/Bakk: Senate OKs $14 million for Vermilion State Park. (Timberjay)

Reinert: Duluth projects come up short in Senate bonding bill. (Duluth)

Ruud/Gazelka/Ward/Solon: Governor’s Fishing Opener marks the start of the season. (Brainerd)

Latz: Legislature eliminates part-time police licenses. (Detroit Lakes)

Benson: Rochester Attorney Richard Wright Announces Run for House [26B] Seat. (KAAL)

Canby school board member Driessen seeks the Minn. House seat in District 16A. (Granite Falls)

Seifert to hit airwaves during tonight’s Wild game. (Marshall)

Stormy time for Republican U.S. Senate candidate McFadden at tea party event. (HotDish)

Al Franken’s first 2014 campaign TV ad debuts. (MinnPost)

Franken: Need to prevent future propane shortages. (Glencoe)

Franken: Playing field leveled for U.S. steel producers. (HTF)

Al Franken’s crusade to stop Comcast and save media. (CNET)

Net Neutrality finds new champion in Al Franken. (DigTrends)

Net Neutrality Is The ‘Free Speech Issue Of Our Time,’ Says Senator Al Franken. (IBT)

Bachmann worries women’s museum honoring her will become “shrine to abortion” (CityPages)

Franken/Klobuchar: Oberstar remembered as ‘a man of purpose and grit’ (Duluth)

Bakk/Dill/Sertich/Tomassoni/et al: Oberstar hailed as big fighter for Minnesota. (Timberjay)

Special Ship Salute For Oberstar. (Duluth)

Oberstar was there at start of Fond-du-Luth Casino, lamented recent city-band dispute. (Duluth)

Gutknecht/D.Benson: Mourners pay tribute to former Sen. Nancy Brataas. (Rochester)

Minnesota revenue officials racing to get refunds out. (Duluth-Strib)

Change in pension prompts law enforcement retirements. (Willmar)

[Winona County Administrator] Hebert fired over role in sour solar deal. (Winona Post)

[Wells] Family takes teen’s expulsion to state officials. (Austin)

Wild rice sulfate standard – Officials: Too early to judge impact of enforcement. (Timberjay)

Protest delivers ‘bill’ to Minnesota Power for hidden pollution costs. (Duluth)

MN fishing: Invasive species battle could make it hard to find live bait. (Brainerd-MPR)

Climate disruptions already bringing extreme heat, drought, downpours to Midwest. (MinnPost)

Climate change lands Hibbing on front of NY Times. (MnBrown)

State: Wabasha County owes $115,579 for feedlot fiasco. (AgriNews)

ITC rules American [sugar] producers unfairly hurt by Mexican competition. (AgWeek)

Letter: Savick fails to tell the whole truth. (Albert Lea)

Letter (Savick): Taxes drive people away from Minnesota. (Albert Lea)

Letter (Kresha): MNsure improved health coverage. (Little Falls)

Letter: DFL’s inclusion leaves impression. (Red Wing)

Bakk Column: Senate office building is cost-effective, long-term solution. (Duluth)

Hann Column (Thissen-Bakk): Hurried project is unnecessary and self-serving. (Duluth)

Editor’s Column (Dayton-Hamilton-Schomacker/Weber/Thissen): With Lewis & Clark, what’s said (and not said) is often politically motivated. (Worthington)

Reinert Column: Work around Senate office crunch by canceling 2016 legislative session. (Duluth)

Sanders Column: Missed opportunity on bipartisan insurance-fraud legislation? (MinnPost)

Poppe Column: Legislature keeps state’s fiscal house on sound footing. (Austin)

Savick Column: Legislature wrapping up a very productive session. (Owatonna)

Gruenhagen Column: Bill helps lawyers more than women. (Glencoe)

Schmit Column: Red Wing demonstrates value of connectivity. (Red Wing)

Sawatzsky-Koenen Column: Making progress to support caregivers. (Willmar)

Honour Column: Better bonding bill amount? Zero. (Worthington)

Column: Oberstar understood media’s — and the public’s — role in a strong democracy. (MinnPost)

MN Corn Growers Column: Are farmers up for the challenge? (Morris-Rochester)

Ken Martin Column: A better MN with more growth to come. (Detroit Lakes)

Editorial: On medical marijuana, Dayton disappoints. (Crookston)

Editorial: Senate scores on medical marijuana. (Marshall)

Editorial: DFL bows shamefully to union. (Mankato)

Editorial (Pederson/Howe/Fischbach/O’Driscoll/Theis): Area legislators should back bonding plan. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Oberstar left his mark – Longtime Congressman worked hard and well for the Eighth District. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Oberstar had major impact on highways. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial (Sparks-Savick): Time for public to get involved. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Indigenous People’s Day; what’s that mean? (Glencoe)

Editorial (Dayton): MNsure: Still a work in progress. (ECM)

Editorial: Keep focus on Bakken oil trains. (Moorhead)

Editorial: This PETA memorial idea is bit of a turkey. (Willmar)

Editorial: High praise for Minnesota’s dental therapists. (Grand Forks)

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