Outstate News (5-17-15)

Bakk/Daudt: Gov. Dayton threatens to veto budget over early education – Legislators locked in standoff with Dayton. (Strib)

Newman/Daudt/Bakk/Wiger/Nornes: Dayton, lawmakers remain at budget impasse. (PioneerPress)

Daudt/Bakk: Dayton promises to veto budget if passed without universal preschool. (MinnPost)

Bakk/Daudt: Dayton, leaders clash over school funding. (ForumNews)

Metsa/Tomassoni: Education impasse looms over session
Gov. – Dayton wants $150 million more funding, but deal already set, say leaders Bakk and Daudt.

Bakk/Daudt: Minn. House DFL minority sides with Dayton on education veto threat. (Strib)

Loon/Wiger: U.S. Education chief pressures legislators on pre-K. (MPR)

Loon/Wiger/Daudt/Bakk: Education deal in hand, as Mark Dayton’s veto threat looms. (PioneerPress)

Bonoff/Nornes/Kelly/Lourey/et. al: Despite veto threat, lawmakers press ahead on budget. (MPR)

Bakk/Daudt/Thissen: Brewing budget deal spares health program, defers tax cuts. (Austin)

Carlson/Daudt/Torkelson/Bakk: Minnesota House Republicans craft last-minute bonding bill. (ForumNews)

Melin: Iron Range legislators, Dayton reach compromise over sulfate standards for wild rice. (MPR)

Schmit/Dorman: How the Legislature is cheating Greater Minnesota on broadband. (MinnPost)

Schmit/Dorman: The emperor has no bandwidth. (MnBrown)

Bakk/Daudt: ‘They jumped in the boat’ – Gov. Dayton hits the jackpot on opening day. (Timberjay)

Ray/Thissen: Supporters of immigrant driver’s licenses wait on fate of transportation bill provision. (MinnPost)

Tales from the goat trail: MoveMN.org sends postcard to voters in Rep. Tim Miller’s district. (BSP)

Sieben/Daniels/Cornish/Walz/Franken: Notebook: Leaders always leave little time for budget talks; Political payback?; One in, one out; Sibling bill signed; Ortman won’t run. (ForumNews)

Al Franken Eyes Case of Woman Fired for Resisting Tracking App. (CityPages)

MN Sen. Al Franken Talks Rail Safety Regulations. (KVRR)

Senator Franken on Minnesota Bird Flu Crisis: “We need to be doing everything we can” (KVRR)

Franken/Klobuchar/Paulsen/McCollum: Norwegians angry over U.S. envoy nominee. (Strib)

Franken/Kline: Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig administrators resign after student protest. (Park Rapids)

Peterson/Ellison/Paulsen: Minnesota’s two Democrats of different stripes bond over turkey hunting. (Strib)

Lipman: Enbridge decision will take a bit longer pending appeals. (Park Rapids)

Minnesota crop farmers could be facing losses this year. (Strib)

Renville chicken farm suffers Minnesota’s worst bird-flu toll. (Strib)

Avian flu casts long shadow over Swift, Kandiyohi counties. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Minnesota bans bird exhibitions. (ForumNews)

Minn. State Fair cancels poultry shows due to bird flu. (AP)

Hamilton Letter: Letter: Farmers prioritized in House ag finance bill. (Worthington)

Anzelc Letter: Stand up for greater Minnesota. (Brainerd)

Liebling Letter: House Republican budget makes compromise difficult. (Rochester)

Drazkowski Letter: Marquardt fights for Dems, not his constituents. (Detroit Lakes-Moorhead)

Kresha Letter (Heintzeman): Disappointed in Rep. Winkler. (Brainerd)

Peppin Letter (Backer): House majority leader visits Central Minnesota. (Alexandria)

Letter (Hancock): Hancock’s voting priorities are questionable. (Bemidji)

Letter (Franson): At what price is nursing home funding? (Alexandria)

Letter: Schmit addresses citizens’ needs. (Red Wing)

Letter: Kudos to Heintzeman. (Brainerd)

Letter (Drazkowski-Daniels-Jensen):
Let legislatures know what you think of reimbursement program. (Faribault)

McNamar Letter: Legislators are leaving rural communities behind. (Morris)

Letter: Urdahl in tough position with GOP caucus. (Litchfield)

Letter: House GOP spotlight on rural state fades. (Glencoe)

Gruenhagen Letter: GOP delivering on key issues. (Hutchinson)

Letter: Republican tax bill will cost the state in the years to come. (Morris)

Letter: Time is now for road funding. (Willmar)

Letter: We must stop wolves from killing dogs. (Duluth)

Letter: Why utility ‘net metering’ reform is needed. (Glencoe)

Sparks Column: Senate prepares to wrap up 2015 session. (Albert Lea)

Sundin Column: Minnesota House Republicans are betraying our trust. (Duluth)

E. Murphy Column: This year, make an enduring commitment to kids. (Crookston)

Bonoff-Clausen Column: Minnesota Senate leads the way on higher education. (Crookston)

Schmit Column: Betting on a balanced budget at state Capitol. (Rochester)

Gunther Column: Don’t be fooled, GOP is serving needs of rural areas. (St. Cloud)

Kuisle Column: Is Gov. Dayton?’s buffer strip proposal political payback? (Rochester)

Column: Greater MN Counties – Local roads and long-term funding this year. (Crookston)

Column: Invest state surplus in education, infrastructure. (Duluth)

Column: Legislators should approve these four good ideas. (ECM)

Column: Don’t worry, they will find a budget deal – in secret. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Big ooops by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith – It’s Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, not Fond du Lac Band. (Virginia)

Editorial: Highway 14 gains with DFL plan. (Mankato)

Editorial: More help needed for bird flu losses. (St. Cloud-Austin)

Editorial (Bakk-Daudt): When the governor catches fish, the opener is deemed a success. (Ely)

Editorial: Don’t fret over big weekend in St. Paul. (Little Falls)

Editorial: Kline and Franken provide bipartisan leadership on Indian schools. (Strib)

Editorial (Klobuchar-Franken): State’s U.S. senators should explain foreign policy stance. (Little Falls)

Editorial: So how did Greater Minnesota fare? – Details of budget deal will decide if promises met. (Virginia)

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Outstate News (5-3-15)

Editorial: Severe LGA cuts a betrayal. (ForumNews)

Editorial (Schultz): End political games, nonsense over LGA. (Duluth-Willmar)

Editorial (Quam): House LGA proposal deepens rural-urban divide. (Rochester)

Editorial: Minnesota Republicans, take a lesson from N.D. (Grand Forks)

Editorial (Garofalo): GOP must show more for outstate. (Mankato)

Editorial (Bakk): Senators fighting for LGA — good. (Virginia)

Drazkowski/Daudt/Simonson/Davids/Uglem: Is the House GOP going out of its way to pit the Twin Cities against rural Minnesota? (MinnPost)

Quam: Officials weigh in on LGA proposals, implications. (Austin)

Dean/Liebling/Davids/Thissen/Lourey: MinnesotaCare’s future at stake in House GOP budget. (Rochester)

Dean: PoliGraph: DFL correct about HHS budget ‘hole’ (MPR)

Daudt/Bakk/Cohen: Capitol leaders ready for high-stakes budget poker. (MPR)

Daudt/Dean/Bakk/Lenczewski/Davids/Thissen: For Minnesota House Speaker budget crunch time is a big test. (St. Paul-Grand Forks)

Westrom wants overpass to RR crossing. (Alexandria)

Westrom: Local officials testify at Legislature for Hwy. 29 overpass of CP railroad. (Glenwood)

Mayors appeal to state for highway funds. (ForumNews)

Hornstein/Marquart/Uglem: Oil trains’ dangers fuel debate at Minn. Capitol. (St. Paul-Detroit Lakes)

Shut down the train: Newberger’s concerns about prison visitors and metro date back to 2008. (BSP)

Anzelc/Metsa: Audit of Minnesota’s taconite tax system calls for changes. (ForumNews)

Audit shows lack of clarity, transparency in mining taxes. (MnBrown)

Bakk: Senators want provisions removed from enviro bill. (MPR)

Davids: Tax reciprocity hopes rekindled. (Red Wing)

Koenen/Miller: State Commissioner approves four-day school week for five school districts. (ForumNews)

Gazelka/Rothman: GOP senators grill commissioner over MNsure, Minneapolis nonprofit woes. (AP)

Bly/Miller/Peterson: House OKs first part of turkey flu fiscal aid. (ForumNews)

On school funding, education advocates ask: What will Bakk do? (MinnPost)

Torkelson/Marty: Buffer bills stalls, but hope remains. (AgriNews)

Morse/Frederickson: Coalition calls for adoption of buffers now. (AgriNews)

Local Meat Markets, Sen. Franken Say Poultry Products Are Safe To Eat. (KEYC)

Sen. Al Franken raises concerns about ‘personalized pricing’ by airlines. (Strib)

Franken concerned new airline pricing policy is costing MN consumers. (BMTN)

Franken/Klobuchar: Regulators toughen safety standards for rail cars carrying Bakken crude. (Strib)

John Kline Silent as Pressure Mounts Against His Sugar Daddy, For-Profit Colleges. (CityPages)

With Republican Party in Shambles, Chairman Keith Downey Wants $35,000 Raise. (CityPages)

Tower gears up for Governor’s Fishing Opener and community picnic. (HTF)

Free picnic kicks off Governor’s Fishing Opener in Tower. (Ely)

Area readies for ‘The Guv’-Fishing opener weekend activities start Thursday. (Timberjay)

Gear up for the opener with some new walleye recipes. (HTF)

Landwehr: Gov. Dayton halts moose collaring by executive order. (Timberjay)

ACGC eighth-graders host Minneapolis students. (Willmar)

Avian flu toll grows: Governor signs emergency funding bill. (Willmar)

Hawk in Yellow Medicine County is state’s first wild bird infected by avian flu. (Willmar)

Bird flu virus raises questions scientists working to answer. (AP)

PETA wants to erect billboard image in Willmar area. (Willmar)

Schomacker Letter: House GOP prioritizing rural Minnesotans. (Worthington)

Ruud Letter: Skoe, Dems play games with bird flu funding. (Detroit Lakes)

Pederson Letter: Stumpf should rethink support for tax hike. (Grand Forks)

Letter (Kresha): Want to help pay phone bills? (Alexandria-Brainerd)

Ruud Letter: Land-line telephone service won’t be going away. (Brainerd)

Letter: Misinformation regarding telephone companies. (Brainerd)

Sparks Column: Senate E-12 bills provide quality investment. (Albert Lea)

Daniels Column: Legislative update. (Faribault)

Penny Column: Multiple partnerships focused on workforce. (Albert Lea)

Wenzel Column (Nornes): MnSCU students deserve equal consideration for funds. (St. Cloud)

Column: Farming buffers are common sense for conservation. (Winona)

Column: A tough time for Mille Lacs. (Aitkin)

Editorial: Chipotle’s GMO gimmick is hard to swallow. (WashPost)

Editorial: House builds another roadblock to budget compromise. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Dziedzic): Our legislators are doing important work, like making guns quieter. (Crookston)

Editorial: Moose collaring – Gov. Dayton made the right call; moose research needs more oversight. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Don’t ignore health, St. Paul. (Duluth)

Editorial: Time to scuttle SW light-rail plan. (Glencoe)

Editorial: MCA testing gets an ‘F’ (Worthington)

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Outstate News (4-26-15)

Recipes: Sen. Franken hosts 5th Annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation hotdish competition. (HTF)

Kiel/Marquart/Daudt/Hamilton/Dorman: At Minnesota Capitol, GOP hits major snags in playing to rural base. (Strib)

Metsa: Minnesota House Votes Down Relief for Iron Range Miners Facing Layoffs. (CityPages)

Melin/Metsa/Lueck/Bakk: Steel amendment vote fires up Range lawmakers; but GOP says it’s justified. (Virginia)

Anzelc/Hackbarth: Reeling U.S. Steel asks for relief on state mining leases. (MnBrown)

Rep. Jim Newberger: “Convenient” to Connect Rail Between North Mpls, Prison. (CityPages)

Video: Rep. Newberger booed on House floor for North Minneapolis comment. (MinnPost)

Koenen: Senate makes surprise turn to legalize silencers. (AP)

Gazleka/Simonson/Daudt/Schmit/Fabian/Garofalo: Legislature considers smörgåsbord, from sprinklers to broadband. (ForumNews)

Kelly/Atkins/Uglem: Minnesota House passes GOP funding plan for road fixes. (AP)

Garofalo/Mahoney/Ortman: Competing Minnesota budget plans show depth of legislative differences. (AP)

Schoen/Zerwas/Bakk: Why an impending ruling on Minnesota’s sex offender program may force lawmakers to convene a special session. (MinnPost)

Kiel/Fabian: Buffers: Mankato Free Press doubles down on farmers’ accountability for cleaning up MN water. (BSP)

PoliGraph: Gruenhagen climate claim doesn’t hold up. (MPR)

Now We Know He’s Good Enough – In which we learn that Senator Al Franken is good at his job. (Esquire)

Franken: Comcast dropping Time Warner bid is good for consumers. (MPR)

After a year of railing against it, Sen. Al Franken relieved Comcast dropped bid to buy Time Warner. (Strib)

For Al Franken, a Comcast victory 14 months in the making. (CNN)

In Comcast’s Failed Merger, a Victory for Al Franken. (TheHill)

Sack cartoon: Franken vs. Comcast. (Strib)

Dayton vows to veto bills legalizing gun silencers. (MPR)

McDonald, Entenza are finalists for North Hennepin post. (Worthington)

Local transportation needs: safe roads, dedicated funds. (Alexandria)

State officials accidentally spark Roseau County wildfire. (AP)

DNR invites public input on Invasive Carp Action Plan. (HTF)

New wind farm proposed for Freeborn Co. (Albert Lea)

Growing Chorus of Complaints on Chemicals in Gasoline. (MorningConsult)

Reminder: Ethanol is not subsidized. (MnCornerstone)

Doug Peterson: Buffer talk dominants MFU meeting in Oronoco. (AgriNews)

Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu crisis. (MPR-Albert Lea)

Baker/Franken/Frederickson: Avian flu leads to state emergency. (ForumNews)

Franken/Dayton: Governor, officials meet in Willmar for avian flu crisis. (KARE)

Dayton And Franken Talk Bird Flu At Central Minn. Turkey Farms. (WCCO)

Koenen/Baker/Franken/Peterson: Officials promise more help to fight avian influenza. (Willmar)

Northland farmers keep watch as avian flu spreads. (Duluth)

Is the wind to blame? Bird flu’s spread remains mystery. (Litchfield)

Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar becomes statewide hub for avian flu testing. (Willmar)

Asphyxiation used to kill condemned poultry. (ForumNews)

Avian flu won’t have negative effect on poultry supply, cost. (ForumNews)

By the numbers: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry. (AgWeek)

Bly Letter: State is responding to avian influenza. (Brainerd-Worthington)

Schomacker Letter: Rural nursing homes get boost under provisions. (Worthington)

Letter (Davids): Representative exhibits misguided understanding of water quality crisis. (Red Wing)

Letter (McCollum): Range mayors stand with Nolan on mining. (Duluth)

Letter: Emmer deserves kudos for not catering to backers. (St. Cloud)

Poppe Column (Bly): State’s turkey industry needs a quick response to avian flu. (Rochester)

Davids Column: Don’t stop believing tax policy has potential to change. (Rochester)

Bennett Column: Where things stand with a few weeks to go. (Albert Lea)

Sparks Column: Senate making headway on session. (Austin)

Daniels Column: Legislative update. (Faribault)

Simon Column: Be heard on legislation to let teen voters pre-register. (St. Cloud-Worthington)

Column (Schomacker-Lourey): It’s a Minnesota party role reversal on nursing home funding. (Strib)

Column (Bakk-Bly): How are things going at Minnesota Legislature? Don’t ask. (ForumNews)

Column (Daudt-Bakk): How Dayton, Senate DFLers and House Republicans could forge a budget deal — and avoid a shutdown. (MinnPost)

Column: Don’t blame wolves for fewer moose. (Timberjay)

Column: Dismal legislative effort on broadband continues. (MnBrown)

Column: Hemp is nothing like marijuana. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial (Franken-Peterson-Baker):Avian flu impact is serious for state. (Willmar)

Editorial: It’s time for legislators, Dayton to make deals. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Hancock-Franken): Mental health care a critical need. (Bemidji)

Editorial (Davids-Pawlenty): Come together for tax reciprocity deal. (Winona)

Editorial (Quam-Simonson): No one wins if largest cities cut. (Strib-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Time for follow through on rural issues. (Virginia)

Editorial: Bird flu poses a serious threat to Morrison County. (Little Falls)

Editorial: Let’s talk some serious turkey. (Red Wing)

Editorial (McCollum): Wilderness areas need protection. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (4-19-15)

Knoblach/Nornes/Cornish/Thissen: Republican rush to cut spending could put some in party at risk. (MPR)

Poppe/Sparks/Loon: Lawmakers, education experts at odds with Dayton’s pre-K proposals. (Albert Lea)

Newman/Gruenhagen: Dayton’s push for buffer strips goes too far, critics say. (Litchfield)

Sparks: Governor starts putting money behind buffer proposal. (AgriNews)

Schultz/Hamilton/Frederickson: Bird flu likely to be around for years. (ForumNews)

Gruenhagen/Pelowski: [House] Committee votes down tuition freeze. (MnDaily)

Davids/Davnie/Quam: Rep. Duane Quam’s Cuts Could Close Parks and Libraries in Twin Cities. (CityPages)

Senjem/Nelson/Drazkowski/Garofalo/McElroy: Tip credit proposal takes center stage at Eggs and Issues. (Rochester)

Urdahl: Dayton includes Litchfield project in bonding proposal. (Litchfield)

Drazkowski/Daudt: Farmers, businesses would get GOP tax breaks. (ForumNews)

Garofalo/Knoblach/Mahoney/Gunther: Republicans add $8 million for broadband after complaints from rural Minnesotans. (ForumNews)

In campaign, Miller made no-broadband pledge. (BSP)

Reinert/Tomassoni/Petersen: Minnesota Senate defeats bid to open Sunday liquor sales. (AP)

Dehn/Anderson/Mullery/Cornish: House votes to legalize silencers, approves other gun bill. (AP)

Sheran/Scott: Lawmaker wants to restrict access to birth certificate data. (MPR-Winona)

Rep. Bennett enjoys learning, meeting constituents. (Albert Lea)

Sen. Franken gets amendments into massive No Child overhaul. (Strib)

Bird flu outbreak may cause higher turkey prices. (KSFY)

Franken: 4 New Bird Flu Cases Identified in Minn. (KEYC)

Franken talks mental health care crisis in Bemidji visit. (Bemidji)

Sen. Al Franken Makes Stop In Mankato On Rural Health Tour. (KEYC)

Sen. Al Franken Tours 75F To Gain Insight On Energy Efficiency. (KEYC)

Sen. Franken Says He Strongly Supports “Fight for $15” Campaign. (KLDT)

Nolan: McCollum seeks ban on new mines in much of northeastern Minnesota. (MinnPost)

McCollum: Bill could prohibit new mining near BWCA – Opponents also lobby Obama for executive ban. (Timberjay)

McCollum seeks ban on new mines in much of northeastern Minnesota. (Ely)

Nolan, Klobuchar, Franken blast anti-mining bill – Rep. McCollum measure called ‘duplicative regulatory scheme’ (Virginia)

Nolan to vigorously oppose McCollum’s new proposal to ban future mining on Minnesota’s Iron Range. (Ely)

Congressman John Kline Believes Minnesota’s Wealthiest .2% Need a Tax Break. (CityPages)

Swanson: Attorney General sues companies for misleading consumers with deceptive renewal notices. (HTF)

Dayton/Mondale: Insider squabbles at Vikes’ stadium board spill into public view. (MPR)

Wolves trapped after attacks on dogs in Duluth, Two Harbors area. (Duluth)

DNR tightens walleye regs. (Aitkin)

DNR asks wild turkey hunters in 5 counties to help with avian influenza surveillance. (Brainerd)

Avian flu mystery has turkey farmers on edge. (MPR-Albert Lea)

12 turkey barns in Swift County infected with avian influenza. (Benson)

Letter (Sparks-Anderson): Factory farm nuisance law. (Brainerd-Worthongton)

Hamilton Letter: Places of disagreement in State of the State. (Worthington)

Peppin Letter: Backer enthused about representing District 12A. (Morris)

Letter (Peppin-Backer-McNamar): Are Republican leaders here when it really counts? (Morris)

Letter: Nolan, Franken have supported postal center. (Duluth)

Letter (Nolan-Franken-Klobuchar): Conservation fund must be maintained for future. (Duluth)

Letter: Legislature must address workforce housing issue. (Bemidji)

Anzelc Column: Legislative review. (Brainerd)

Heintzman Column: Legislative update. (Brainerd)

Daniels Column: Legislative update. (Faribault)

Gruenhagen Column: GOP’s plan prioritizes roads, bridges. (Glencoe)

Hancock Column: Dayton continues high spending, high taxes. (Park Rapids)

Atkins Column: The state found your lost wallet, but we aren’t going to tell you. (Morris-Rochester-Worthington)

Simon Column: Get good voting habits started early. (Duluth)

Column: Emmer’s style, votes paint different pictures. (St. Cloud)

Column: Nolan’s commitment to problem-solving not seen since Kennedy. (Duluth)

Column: Minnesota needs a transportation fix. (Park Rapids-Willmar-Detroit Lakes)

Column: Minnesota should not approve proposed Sandpiper route. (Brainerd)

Column (Waldorf): Buffers – Good for water quality, good for habitat. (Little Falls)

Column: Rural Minnesota may be used to slow Internet, but is fed up with slow legislators. (Duluth)

Editorial (Garofalo-Baker-Miller-Urdahl-et al): Follow through on broadband pledge to Minnesota. (Willmar)

Editorial (Kresha-Schmit-Garofalo): State can’t back out of broadband effort. (Rochester)

Editorial (Garofalo): Don’t kill broadband program. (Mankato)

Editorial (Dorman): Funding rural broadband – It should be an opportunity for bipartisan agreement. (Timberjay)

Editorial: GOP disses broadband in committee – Bad message sent to rural areas, even if it’s just negotiating tactic. (Virginia)

Editorial: Follow through on broadband pledge. (Duluth)

Editorial: Broadband: Senate funding still falls short. (Duluth)

Editorial (Franken-Nolan-Klkobuchar): Beware anti-mining regulatory tactic – Rep. McCollum’s bill targets northeastern Minnesota; we applaud state federal lawmakers who say it is unnecessary. (Virginia)

Editorial: Franken, Klobuchar should join swing Democrats on Iran bill. (Grand Forks-Willmar)

Editorial (Waldorf): Dayton presented buffer zone plan all wrong. (Little Falls)

Editorial (Dean): Move with caution when revamping MinnesotaCare. (Austin)

Editorial: Don’t forget work for greater Minnesota. (Austin)

Editorial: Editorial: Ag can’t deny water pollution. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Minnesota should approve Sandpiper. (Brainerd)

Editorial: New wild rice recommendations as clear as mud. (Ely)

Editorial (Downey): Don’t hold your breath waiting for a check from surplus. (Glenwood)

Editorial: Return LGA to 2002 levels. (Worthington)

Editorial: Weather may aid avian flu battle. (Willmar)

Editorial: MN to consider aid-in-dying bill. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (3-29-15)

Dill: MPCA proposes new sulfate regulations. (Timberjay)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ingebrigtsten, Franson to hold town meetings. (Alexandria)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zelle visits Glencoe. (Glencoe)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter: Nolan is working for you. (Brainerd)

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

Letter: Where was Rep. Baker? (Willmar)

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

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

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

Daniels Column: Legislative update. (Faribault)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial: Railroad tax plan logical. (ForumNews)

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial: Child protection laws need update. (MnDaily)

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Outstate News (3-22-15)

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

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

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

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

Eken: Bill eases vet student loans. (MnDaily)

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

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

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

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

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

Garofalo: Zip Rail study advances. (Red Wing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Franken seeks entrants to poetry contest. (International Falls)

Franken invites kids’ poetry submissions. (Red Wing)

Franken hosting poetry contest. (SWNM)

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

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

Franken wants oil safety study. (ForumNews)

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

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

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

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

Peterson visits SunOpta. (Alexandria)

Jesson: DHS commissioner visits Brainerd. (Brainerd)

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

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

Dayton wants more money for state parks. (Duluth)

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

Legislation proposes gross misdemeanor careless driving charge. (Faribault)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Outstate News (3-15-15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruud introduces arrestee DNA collection legislation. (Brainerd)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Businesses lobby for reduced taxes. (Willmar)

Range still lagging rest of state. (Virginia)

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

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

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

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

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

New bird flu has farmers scrambling. (AP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jensen Column: Investing in rural Minnesota. (Owatonna)

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

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

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

Column: Renewable fuels benefit consumers. (USAToday)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Outstate News (3-8-15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Franken offers bill to reduce VA backlog. (TheHill)

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

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

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

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

Political storm over IRRRB project rumbles on. (MnBrown)

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

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

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

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

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

State moves forward with nitrogen plan. (AgriNews)

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

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

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

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

Daniels Column: Legislative update. (Faribault)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Outstate News (3-1-15)

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

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

Rosen: Dentists not smiling over payments. (ForumNews)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Franken takes victory lap on net neutrality. (MPR)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial: Railroad safety is crucial. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Plan now for climate hazards. (Alexandria)

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Outstate News (2-22-15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Franken Supportive Of Net Neutrality Proposal. (WCCO)

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

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

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

Representative Nolan hears local transportation concerns. (Mora)

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

MNSCU reacts to Dayton’s budget. (MPR)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farmers filing suits against Syngenta. (Benson)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Column: Legislative update from Brian Daniels. (Faribault)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial: Save our roads. (Worthington)

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

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

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