Outstate News (1-19-14)

Peterson asks EPA to keep renewable fuel requirements. (AgWeek)

Sen. Franken talks with farmers about RFS, Farm Bill and more. (KIMT)

Franken: Minn. corn growers concerned about proposed EPA rules. (MPR)

Nornes/Frederickson: Ag tour designed to drum up support for fight of planned RFS reductions. (Fergus Falls)

Frederickson: Ethanol backers urged to protest proposed cuts. (Benson)

Frederickson: Ethanol producers campaign against proposed cut to Renewable Fuel Standard. (Willmar)

Frederickson/Klobuchar/Peterson: Ag Commissioner builds support for Renewable Fuel Standard. (Morris)

Sieben/Seifert: Prettner Solon to leave, but door still open. (ForumNews)

Fischbach/Downey: MNGOP Sen. Fischbach on Senate building: DFL action “could potentially be illegal” (CityPages)

Fischbach: DFL: MNGOP angst over $90 million Senate building is just politics as usual. (CityPages)

PolyMet mine hearing in Duluth draws large, passionate crowd. (MPR)

Begish: Copper conundrum at the DECC. (Duluth)

Newman/Urdahl: Bullying bill goes too far: Newman (Litchfield)

Swedizinski/Dahms: Local politicians react to Dayton’s bonding bill. (Marshall)

Dahms/Swedzinski: State representatives hear Yellow Medicine County concerns. (Granite Falls)

Loon: Lawmaker seeks to allow Sunday liquor sales in Minn. (Moorhead)

Melin/Schoen/Huntley/Dibble/Dayton: Medical marijuana bill spurs hope, draws opposition. (ForumNews)

State Rep. Debra Hilstrom gets womenwinning nod in secretary of state race. (MinnPost)

Zellers/Peppin/Beard/et al: Dozens of House Republicans endorse Nguyen for Secretary of State. (PIM)

Faust/Masin/Newton: Swing district challengers chase House seats. (PIM)

McNamar: Jeff Backer announces bid for District 12A seat. (Morris)

Zellers/Seifert/Thompson/et.al: Honour leads GOP governor fundraising. (PIM)

Ortman: In race to take on Franken, 2 different paths. (AP)

Ortman/Abeler: GOP Senate candidates face off at tea party forum. (Rochester)

Franken: GOP candidate Ortman returns to Bemidji. (Bemidji)

Franken banks $4.8 million for re-election race. (Strib)

Franken posts another strong fundraising quarter. (KARE)

Sen. Franken says budget bill will strengthen economy, provide stability for business. (Kenyon)

Elizabeth Warren to stump for Al Franken in Minnesota. (Politico)

Sen. Franken Demands Answers On GPS Tracking, Credit Card Security. (WCCO)

Klobuchar: Advocates take step toward safe harbor in Duluth for victims of sex trafficking. (Duluth)

Peterson: Farm bill could go to House floor Jan. 27. (AgWeek)

OLA: Dayton administration ran afoul of law by bringing campaign staffer. (PIM)

Auditor says Dayton violated law by taking campaign aide on plane. (ForumNews)

Auditor: Minnesota law unclear on governor’s political travel. (AP)

Dayton: Taking campaign aide on plane was mistake. (AP)

Martin: Sen. Elizabeth Warren to headline DFL’s Humphrey-Mondale Dinner. (MinnPost)

Minnesota steps up to the plate for Lewis and Clark Rural Water. (Marshall)

Proposed deposits on bottles worries businesses. (Detroit Lakes)

[Polymet] Mining company makes pitch in Litchfield. (Litchfield)

State surpluses spark debate on cutting taxes, spending. (AP)

Newman Letter: DFL campaign violations had large effect. (Litchfield)

Letter: Time to contact the EPA [regrding RFS] is now. (Morris)

Norton Column: Soaring college debt shackles graduates’ talent and creativity. (Rochester)

Melin Column: Let’s bring relief to suffering Minnesotans. (Duluth)

Column (Eken-Skoe-Ingebrigtsen) Minimum wage hike could mean $8.3 million for area. (Detroit Lakes)

Column (Anzelc-Melin): Production tax slipping even as mine profits soar. (Timberjay)

Column: America ought to move forward on biofuels. (Albert Lea)

Column: Republicans and their uncaring culture. (Aitkin)

Column (Sertich-Solon-Dayton-Kelliher-Seiben): Rumblings in DFL Country [regarding Lt. Governor]. (Virginia)

Editorial (Savick-Sparks): The Dayton snub is disappointing. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Governor’s wish list. (New Ulm)

Editorial; Senate doesn’t need $67 million palace. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Solon-Dayton): Can’t we find a job for the lieutenant governor? (Farimont)

Editorial (Benson): Lieutenant governor should wear two hats. (Rochester)

Editorial: Legislature, legalize pot for medicine – Drug poses little risk if regulated, not abused. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Melin): Medical marijuana measure not yet right for Minnesota. (Duluth)

Editorial: Should pot be legalized? Keep an eye on Colorado. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: Copper/nickel debate now where it belongs. (Virginia)

Editorial: Hunting, fishing traditions face challenges ahead. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Recycling ‘problem’ (New Ulm)

Editorial (Gardner): Recycling convenience comes with price. (Mankato)

Editorial: 2013 proved to be a good year for Minnesota schools. (ECM)

Editorial (Weber-Schomacher-Hamilton): Dayton gives water project a key assist. (Worthington)

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Outstate News (1-12-14)

Soucheray Column (Knoblach): A $63M building? For 44 senators? I’d laugh if I didn’t want to scream. (PioneerPress)

Dean/Solon: Design for Minn. Senate office building advances. (AP)

Seiben/Rybek: Prettner Solon, Dayton quiet about running mate decision. (ForumNews)

Daudt: GOP lawmaker from Minnesota involved in Montana gun incident. (AP)

MNGOP leader Kurt Daudt’s truck purchase ended with Daudt’s gun being pulled on seller. (CityPages)

Capitol Chatter: Daudt says he was witness, not troublemaker. (ForumNews)

Melin/Dibble: Statewide law-enforcement groups not budging on medical marijuana bill. (MinnPost)

Survey: Minnesotans want medical marijuana but split on full legalization. (CityPages)

Atkins/Benson/Hoppe: Lawmakers want MNsure answers, but few have been forthcoming — yet. (MinnPost)

Thissen: State revenues better than forecast. (ForumNews)

Ray: [Carla] Nelson to push bill cracking down on teachers caught abusing students. (Rochester)

Ruud elected to leadership role. (Aitkin)

Erhardt/Savick/Masin: Challengers get to work in House swing districts. (PIM)

Gazelka/Franken: Abeler says experience sets him apart in GOP Senate race. (Brainerd)

Dayton, Franken face obstacles in bid for second term. (Moorhead-St. Paul)

Franken/Paulsen/Klobuchar: Democrats unite behind unemployment benefits extension. (Grand Forks-MPR)

Sen. Franken Pushes to Increase Opportunities for Women, Minorities in High-Demand STEM Jobs. (PolNews)

Franken: Target breach worse than thought; states launch joint probe. (WDAY)

Franken Launches Online Petition To Invalidate Citizens United. (B&C)

Cravaack/Martin: Nolan duel with GOP ‘young gun’ heats up early. (Duluth-Strib)

Dispute between Peterson and Boehner part of latest farm bill snag. (MPR)

Peterson: Dairy policy bogs down farm bill. (AgWeek)

Dayton says he didn’t learn of MNsure problems and contract changes until after launch. (MinnPost)

Rukavina/Landwehr: PolyMet hearings to start Thursday. (Duluth)

Downey Proposing Dramatic Changes to MN GOP Endorsement Process. (PolMn)

Downey: GOP and DFL state conventions scheduled for same weekend. (MPR)

Majority of Republicans now reject theory of evolution. (MinnPost)

MPCA releases wild rice reports, delays sulfate standard change. (Ely)

Pipeline forum draws large crowd. (Park Rapids)

Gambling opponents try to prevent online scratch game. (AP)

Blue Cross takes back control of rural Medicaid rides. (ForumNews)

Loss of nutrition educators through SNAP cuts already felt locally. (Willmar)

Frederickson: State ag chief urges campaign for ethanol. (Marshall)

MDA biofuel tour coming to FF. (Fergus Falls)

Corn Growers urge EPA comments to keep ethanol quotas. (New Ulm)

Dave Baker named MN chamber chairman. (Detroit Lakes-Willmar)

Koenen Letter (Schmit): Statewide broadband coverage needed. (Hutchinson)

Martin Letter: Congressman Nolan doing the right thing. (Park Rapids)

Letter: Gazelka no stranger to discrimination. (Little Falls)

Letter (Faust): Surplus only a projection. (Pine City)

Letter (Klobuchar-Franken-Nolan-Dayton): A ruined BWCAW isn’t much of a political legacy. (Timberjay)

Letter: Supporting cleaner-burning fuels makes sense. (Winona)

Drazkowski Column: Minnesotans should reclaim control of their health care. (Rochester-Winona)

Newman Column: DFL fined $100,000. So who cares? (Glencoe-Litchfield)

Gruenhagen Column: Bullying bill: Unfunded mandate. (Glencoe-New Ulm)

Column: Rod Searle: How to practice politics with respect. (Little Falls)

Column: 2014 should bring minimum-wage boosts. (St. Joseph)

Heinzman Column (Franken-Walz-Emmer-Paulsen): Voters will likely support DFL again in 2014. (ECM)

Editorial (Dayton): Out of touch on MNsure. (New Ulm)

Editorial (Dill): Sulfate standards affect more than where wild rice can grow. (Ely)

Editorial: Plenty for legislative auditor to scrutinize. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Kluwe’s comments have implications on Vikings, NFL. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

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Outstate News (1-5-14)

Klobuchar Column: Preserving innovation in rural Minnesota – We can’t afford to backtrack on biofuels. (Albert Lea-Detroit Lakes-Morris-Rochester-St. Cloud-St. Peter)

Column: Ethanol industry makes region better off. (AgWeek)

Minnesota may lose $610 million in 2014 due to proposed RFS rollback. (Fergus Falls)

Dahms/Swedinzski: ’14 session: short with plenty on docket. (Marshall)

Atkins: Lawmaker wants stolen smart phone cutoffs. (AP)

Atkins/Newman/Schmit/Koenen: Capital Chatter: Bachmann looking ahead; Smartphone ‘kill’ switch?; Illegal Campaign help; Broadband gets attention. (ForumNews)

Pelowski: MnSCU’s, faculty group’s disagreements continue over long-term plan. (ECM)

Wiger/Slocum/Goodwin/Laine: Ban the Box and other state laws effective Jan. 1. (ECM)

Anderson/Drazkokski/Huntley/Shoen/Sieben: New Minnesota laws include radon information requirement. (ForumNews)

Drazkowski: GOP group plans town hall meeting on ending ban on Minnesota’s Sunday liquor sales. (MinnPost)

Noor challenges Kahn for Minneapolis seat. (PIM)

Pederson drops 6th District congressional bid. (MinnPost)

Abeler/Zellers/Downey/Martin/Franken/Klobuchar/et.al: Mark Dayton faces obstacles in campaign for second term. (PioneerPress)

Franken: U.S. Senate candidate Dahlberg to speak in Brainerd Monday. (Brainerd)

Did Al Franken really cast the ’60th vote’ for Obamacare? (Strib)

Former Minneapolis Mayor Rybak hospitalized. (AP)

Kluwe: I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot. (DeadSpin)

Chris Kluwe speaks out against homophobia in the NFL. (CityPages)

Vikings to look into Kluwe charges. (PioneerPress-Willmar)

Former GOP Congressman Vin Weber says Republicans are dumb and getting dumber. (CityPages)

Linc-Stine: Battle brews over expansion at Minntac mine. (Duluth)

Green economists criticize copper mining impact study. (Duluth)

Dayton/Carlson: Dayton closes Minn. schools Monday ahead of cold. (AP)

Dayton/Carlson: ‘Dangerous, historic’ cold leads Dayton to cancel schools Monday. (ForumNews)

Highway 14 project not in DOT 20-year plan. (New Ulm)

Cheerios set to go GMO-free. (AP)

Ethanol plant set to reopen. (Fairmont)

Skoe Letter: Tax relief comes to farmers, too. (Red Wing)

Letters (Melin/Nolan/Wellstone): Readers weigh in on copper-nickel mining. (Duluth)

Letter: Kline, spend recess helping people witn MNsure. (Red Wing)

Reinert Column: ‘Un-session’ a chance for tax reform. (Duluth)

Simonson Column: Legislature will focus on bonding bill. (Duluth)

Erickson Column: Surplus shows tax increases unnecessary. (Mora)

Benson Column: Federal budget deal fails to address national debt. (Rochester-Worthington)

Otto Column: Long-term risk of mining too hard to quantify. (Two Harbors)

Column: We Need To Address Why People Don’t Move Here. (Benson)

Solon Column: U of M program feeds policy innovation. (Duluth)

Editorial (Sertich): Why split IRRRB commissioner’s duties? (Virginia)

Editorial: Minnesota should make more sales tax reforms. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Minnesota’s new radon law is a good step. (Mankato-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Demand attention rural Northland. (Duluth-AgWeek)

Editorial: Feedback needed on PolyMet plan. (Duluth)

Editorial: Congress should OK bill dealing with job creation. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Resolutions for lawmakers. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Legislators deserve scorn for assault against the poor. (St. Joseph)

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Outstate News (12-15-13)

Column: Farmers, Americans need to punch back against big oil. (Worthington)

Finstad/Horner: Rural Minnesota losing influence. (New Ulm)

Juhnke/Downey/Clark/Franken/Klobuchar/Ellison: Minnesota GOP moves HQ into DFL stronghold in Minneapolis. (Strib)

Bakk/Limmer/Knoblach: Dayton: New Senate office building is too expensive. (MPR)

Hackbarth/Melin/Dibble/Pederson: Legislators prepare to present marijuana bill in next session. (ECM)

Scott/Nelson/Dayton: GOP lawmaker claims DMCC chairwoman has conflict of interest. (Rochester)

Hansen/Kahn: Legacy Fund council approves $109 million spending plan. (Rochester-AP)

Poppe honored by milk producers. (AgriNews)

State Sen. Vicki Jensen visits with constituents to talk bonding bill. (Faribault-Owatonna)

Sen. Eaton, Sheriff Stanek: Overdose treatment could offer second chance. (ECM)

Lenczewski/Ortman: Dayton would use federal tax conformity to achieve ‘middle-class tax cuts’ (MinnPost)

Housley: Legislator from St. Mary’s Point considers run for Governor’s Office. (ECM)

Former House Minority Leader Seifert latest Republican candidate for governor. (ECM)

Franken: Work shift delays Minn. veterans benefits claims. (AP)

Franken: New bill strives to make textbooks affordable. (USAToday)

Franken optimistic a Farm Bill will be passed next month. (PCHerald)

Franken: House to adjourn in two days leaving dim hope for new farm bill. (WDAZ)

Peterson: ‘On a path’ to get farm bill done. (Marshall)

Republican attack ad uses Minnesota Twins against Collin Peterson. (CityPages)

MNSure director criticized for taking two-week tropical vacation amid enrollment problems. (CityPages)

Dayton: MN Jobs Coalition ad mocks MNsure director’s tropical vacation. (CityPages)

Ritchie: Minn. judge to review launch voter sign-up site. (AP)

Cassellius: Education commissioner discusses progress with Chamber. (Willmar)

Winona County Republicans share post comparing Hillary to satan. (CityPages)

Live from Detroit Lakes… it’s The Ed Show! (Detroit Lakes)

State and federal agencies release NorthMet Supplemental Draft EIS. (HTF)

Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest will supply US Capitol Christmas tree next year. (AP)

Farmers lose as bumper grain harvest overwhelms ships, trains. (Willmar)

Minn-Dak growers likely to lose money on 2013 crop. (AP)

Comments accepted through Jan. 28 on EPA’s renewable fuels proposal. (AgriNews)

Bill would axe corn ethanol mandate. (AgWeek)

Former dairy princess eyes reality TV. (Litchfield)

Letter: [Rep.] Green needs to review stand on Obama Care. (Detroit Lakes)

Letter: Rep. Green — find ways to build, not tear down. (Detroit Lakes)

Savick Letter: State surplus may mean tax repeals. (Albert Lea)

Persell Letter: Budget surplus is good news for Minnesotans. (Bemidji)

Falk Letter: State pays back schools — in full. (Hutchinson)

MN Chamber Letter: State should repeal all 3 B2B taxes. (Glencoe)

Quam Column: DFL, Dayton must be held accountable on taxes, MNsure. (Rochester)

Schmit-Hamilton Column: Rural Minn. is falling behind, losing clout. (Albert Lea)

Cassellius Column: Nation’s report card shows Minnesota’s investments in education are paying off. (Alexandria)

Column: Greater Minnesota stronger due to LGA boost. (Albert Lea-Alexandria-Bemidji-Morris-Pine City)

Editorial: Governor creates DNR busy work – Exploration mining is about drilling holes in ground and bringing up core samples. (Virginia)

Editorial (Marty-Senjem): Will rules change build collegiality? (New Ulm)

Editorial: Editorial: Truth is, ag land hit hard [by taxes]. (Red Wing)

Editorial: Good news on budget. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Don’t believe the budget spin. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: Be careful with budget. (Austin)

Editorial: Step back, move forward. (Winona)

Editorial: Heed the winds of (mis)fortune. (Red Wing)

Editorial: What to do with all that money sitting around. (Marshall)

Editorial: Giving taxes back a good idea. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Pay school IOUs, repeal B2B taxes – Lawmakers should act quickly in ’14 session. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Raise minimum wage, but be careful how high. (Duluth)

Editorial: Input critical to ensure safe mining. (Duluth)

Editorial: Time has come: Congress should repeal Obamacare. (Fairmont)

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Outstate News (12-8-13)

Franken/Peterson/Walz/Klobuchar: Minnesota farmers see ‘Big Oil’ behind new ethanol rule. (Strib)

Ethanol supporters say the numbers support their industry. (Sioux City)

Editorial: EPA plan to reduce RFS requirements: Misguided. (Sioux City)

Grassley Column: Assault on ethanol misses its mark. (AgWeek)

Blunt, Murray, Franken, Grassley Lead 28 Colleagues Urging Administration To Support American Biodiesel Industry. (KOAM)

Poppe/Dahms: Dayton calls EPA decision a win for Big Oil. (AgriNews)

Branstad: Ethanol Supporters Say Rural Economy Will Pay Price for RFS Reduction. (FarmFutures)

Branstad Makes Impassioned Plea for RFS. (DomesticFuel)

Dill, Bakk talk mining in Ely. (Ely)

Tomassoni/Liebling/Stumpf/Scalze: Senate Capital Investment Committee proves a tough crowd. (Rochester)

Senjem/Marty: Lawmakers to consider 10-cent container deposit. (Rochester)

Ruud: Qualified applicants lacking for county jobs. (Aitkin)

Thissen/Hayden/Daudt: Glowing budget forecast sets stage for session, fall elections — and competing political messages. (MinnPost)

Bakk/Daudt: State budget’s surplus to pay back school funding shift. (ECM)

Schomacker: State budget surplus a good sign for 5% Campaign. (Marshall)

Thissen/Daudt/Murphy: Budget surplus over $1 billion. (AP)

Thissen: Dayton talks tax relief in light of surplus. (MPR-Fergus Falls)

Arne Carlson credits Minnesota’s diverse economy, not politicians, for budget surplus. (MinnPost)

Wiger/Mariani/Rey/Bonoff: For education, will upcoming legislative ‘unsession’ be ‘session of undoing’? (MinnPost)

Milk producers award Poppe Legislator of Year. (Albert Lea)

Koch: Lawyer tab in now-settled Minn. Senate case: $390K. (AP)

McNamar: Nancy Taffe announces bid for House district 12A seat. (Morris)

Abeler: Franken opponent offers substance to race. (Marshall)

State Sen. Torrey Westrom announces bid to unseat Peterson in 7th District. (ForumNews)

Peterson/Walz: Congress unlikely to pass a farm bill by year’s end. (MPR-Fergus Falls)

Franken/Peterson: Sugar protections prove easy to swallow for lawmakers across political spectrum. (WashngtonPost)

Franken pushes for more open textbooks – A bill he co-wrote could save students $1,200 per year on average. (MnDaily)

Does Tim Walz Still Have His Obamacare Flair? (MinnPost)

Franken: Couples program inspires couple to be more active in Farmers Union. (AgriNews)

Sen. Al Franken Discusses College Affordability at Apple Valley Event. (KSTP)

Landwehr: PolyMet review goes public. (Duluth)

Goodhue County beefs up silica rules. (Red Wing)

Is solar right for your home or business? (HTF)

Holiday-worthy recipes from local contributors. (HTF)

Dairy, turkey councils holding board elections. (Hutchinson)

Letter: Walz righted wrong. (Fairmont)

Letter: LGA important to city of Fergus Falls. (Fergus Falls)

Schmit-Hamilton Column: Rural Minnesota is falling behind and losing clout. (Worthington)

Chamberlain Column: Proposal complicates teachers’ lives while failing to help students. (Grand Forks)

Column: Minnesota’s anti-bullying law needs major improvement. (Grand Forks)

Anderson Column: Rural areas get less of state aid pie. (Alexandria)

Drazkowski Column: Budget surplus creates opportunity. (Winona)

Column: Mr. Expedient, Collin Peterson. (Litchfield)

Column: Property tax hikes needed for cities to play catch-up. (Detroit Lakes)

Column: Ready for the civic culture shock of a mining boom? (Timberjay)

Column: Column: ‘SNAP’ decision would increase hunger. (Worthington)

Column: Congress just hit the poor and the disabled in the gut. (Aitkin)

Column: Minnesota granite could be a replacement for Yucca Mountain repository. (MinnPost)

Editorial (Benson): Attention, lawmakers: Minnesota boards need cutting back. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: MNsure needs fixing – While media focuses on federal exchange, Minnesota’s version remains troubled. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Stumpf): Get vocal for the projects you want. (Austin)

Editorial (Pelowski): Minnesota’s economy is back on track. (Winona)

Editorial: Projected surplus shows state taxes are too high. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Giving taxes back a good idea. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: If state surplus holds, get rid of B2B taxes first. (Little Falls)

Editorial: Changes to MnSCU will not be easy. (St. Cloud-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Turn your attention to PolyMet-Mine could have harsh consequences in Minnesota. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Bigger question on stadium steel issue. (Virginia)

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Outstate News (11-24-13)

Editorial: Obama needs to visit Corn Belt [regarding ethanol]. (Albert Lea)

Editorial (Bakk-Hausman-Knoblach-Dayton): Review Senate Building Deal. (Mankato)

Hausman/Bakk/Knoblach: New Senate building features: Natural light, reflecting pool, fitness room. (HotDish)

Paymar/Benson/Kieffer: Add another name to the list of legislative retirements. (HotDish)

DFL Rep. Michael Paymar will not seek re-election. (PIM)

Marquart/Skoe/Frans: Taxes time for Minnesota cities, counties. (ForumNews)

Downey/Dayton: Minnesota Democrats face property tax campaign issue. (ForumNews)

Anzelc proposes ballot initiative to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage. (PIM)

Faust/Anzelc/et al: Capitol Chatter: Group making gay marriage an election issue; Wage amendment planned; etc. (ForumNews)

Joan Growe endorses Steve Simon for Secretary of State. (PIM)

And Seifert makes 6. (Marshall)

Seifert ‘not afraid’ of a little competition. (Marshall)

Seifert aims to avoid repeat of ’10. (Marshall)

Seifert brings campaign for governor to Willmar. (Willmar)

Seifert announces candidacy for governor on GOP ticket. (New Ulm)

New governor candidate Seifert claims urban, rural experience. (ForumNews)

GOP’s Seifert makes it official: He’s running for governor. (MPR)

Seifert: 2nd shot for new GOP governor entrant. (AP)

It’s official: Marty Seifert launches second bid for governor’s office. (PIM)

Westrom considers Peterson job. (ForumNews)

Nolan: Stewart Mills, GOP congressional candidate, hits a beer bong. (CityPages)

Walz backs bill to guarantee same-sex couples’ access to veterans benefits. (Rochester)

Top House Democrat: Shutdown will be an issue in Kline and Paulsen’s districts. (MPR)

Bachmann: Obamacare rollout problems are ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ to smash liberalism. (MinnPost)

Franken open to delaying health care mandate if website problems persist. (MPR)

Franken: Focus needs to be on fixing health-care exchange website. (MinnPost)

Klobuchar, Franken pleased with Senate filibuster overhaul. (MinnPost)

Jobs Coalition poll finds Minnesotans breaking against Obamacare, away from Franken. (HotDish)

Franken, Dayton endorsed by Minnesota AFL-CIO. (PIM)

Klobuchar receives maritime industry award. (ForumNews)

Did Dayton pick ‘winners, losers’ with his health care decision? (MinnPost)

Ritchie proposes new election rules on ID, proof of address. (PIM)

Rukavina: Vikings’ new stadium won’t make much use of Minnesota iron ore. (AP)

Rukavina: Copper nickel mining debate divides Range. (KARE)

Who’s investing in copper-nickel mining on the Range? (KARE)

DNR proposes plan to stop spread of Asian carp. (Worthington)

Hormel, farm bill and more at Agri-Growth meeting. (AgriNews)

GMO: Label or no? (AgriNews)

EPA proposes to lower gallons of ethanol required in 2014. (Benson)

St. Cloud-based GNP Co. formerly Gold’n Plump, getting new owner. (Willmar)

Letter (Otto): Auditor’s mining stand a proper watchdog role. (Duluth)

Letter: LGA increase easing burden on cities. (New Ulm)

Davnie Column: Minnesota lawmakers delivered on property tax relief. (Duluth)

Klobuchar Column: Lessons learned from our farmers. (Morris)

Column: Can copper mining be done safely? Yes: Technology and regulations ensure protection of environment. (Duluth)

Column: Can copper mining be done safely? No: Even Wisconsin’s Flambeau mine demonstrates pollution is unavoidable. (Duluth)

Editorial: Tuition is too high. (MnDaily-Austin)

Editorial: What does filibuster rule mean outside of Washington? (New Ulm)

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Outstate News (11-18-13)

Editorial: Ethanol remains better than oil. (Albert Lea)

Seifert to announce intentions Thursday. (Marshall)

Daudt: Political Notebook: House Republicans look to target DFL on education reform. (Rochester)

Huntley: Dayton suspends sex offender releases. (ForumNews)

Hann/Frans: Early indicator: Property taxes headed up. (ForumNews)

Newman/Ritchie: Online voter registration controversy heating up. (Glencoe)

Franken: Republican Senate candidate Dahlberg makes East Grand Forks visit. (GrandForks)

Franken: LHS students earn trip to Washington, D.C. (Litchfield-Willmar)

Franken speaks in NR – Senator gives Veterans Day address at school. (New Richland)

Sen. Franken addresses health care concerns of Austin vets. (Rochester)

Franken calls for better VA system. (Albert Lea)

Durbin, Franken Introduce Legislation to Help Make College Textbooks More Affordable. (PolNews)

Blunt, Murray, Franken, Grassley Lead 28 Colleagues Urging Administration To Support American Biodiesel Industry. (KOAM)

Franken/McCollum/Klobuchar: Ramsey County residents bothered by train activity. (PioneerPress)

Walz: Legislation to give military retirees the honor they deserve. (HTF)

Walz among few Democrats to vote yes for ‘Keep Your Plan’ (Austin)

Nolan votes for GOP health care ‘fix’ bill – Minnesotans Peterson and Walz also part of 39 Democratic supporters. (Virginia)

Nolan supports southern route for Highway 169. (Duluth)

Nolan: A congressional Ranger hot dish and venison sauerbraten. (HTF)

Michele says that despite Marcus’s “significant health issues,” Bachmanns don’t have insurance. (CityPages)

Sertich: IRRRB approves $11.2 million in job investments, creating 148 jobs. (HTF)

Zelle: State schedules 10 extra transportation projects. (ForumNews)

Dayton/Rothman: Minnesota health plans ask state to reject president’s Obamacare ‘fix’ (MinnPost)

Kleis: Northstar rail line spurs development; St. Cloud wants in. (St. Cloud)

Education Minnesota gives early endorsement of Gov. Dayton’s re-election bid. (MinnPost)

Downey: Controversial GOP posts prompt party to draft social-media guidelines. (MinnPost)

Septic system regulations and their resultant problems. (HTF)

Minnesota adds 500 waters to impaired list. (Duluth)

Study: Minnesota throwing away jobs by not recycling more. (AP)

Don’s grilled cheese voted best in state. (Morris)

Historic church in New London may be razed if buyer not found. (Willmar)

County has first-in-state [bio-diesel] blender pumps. (Jackson)

EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate. (Agweek)

Proposal to lower ethanol use upsets grain farmers. (MPR)

Corn Belt [ethanol] controversy. (Marshall)

Ethanol boom: More corn acres, less CRP. (Rochester)

Letter: AP ethanol stories were incorrect. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Errors filled AP ethanol piece. (Albert Lea)

Letter: Too much misinformation [in ethanol article). (Fairmont)

Letter: Farmers respond to market [on land use]. (Fargo)

Letter: State Auditor Otto MIA in the area. (Virginia)

Letter: Call it KlobucharFrankenWalzMcCollumEllisonCare. (Glencoe)

Simonson Column: Minnesota’s economy has turned a corner; we need to ensure that it reaches the whole state. (Duluth)

Column (Melin-Metsa-Dill): Otto’s anti-mining vote ignores interests of northern Minnesota. (Duluth)

Knoblach Column: Bill’s passage was far from constitutional. (St. Cloud)

Landwehr Column: Minnesota’s culture and environment must be preserved. (Alexandria)

Column (IRRRB-Delta): Economic development by corporate handout. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Knoblach has point on precedent – Clear legislation keeps Minn. costs in check. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Online voter registration: Whose job to decide? Legislature or Ritchie? (Glencoe)

Editorial (Zellers-Swanson-Dayton): Sex offenders in system are troubling problem. (Fairmont)

Editorial (Otto): Auditor fails Dot-to-Dot test on vote, fundraiser. (Virginia)

Editorial (Metsa-Dill): Sublime response to Otto by lawmakers. (Virginia)

Editorial (Rosen-Seifert-Zellers-Johnson-et al): Governor’s race needs candidates from Greater MN. (Fergus Falls)

Editorial: Duluth, states making Obamacare work. (Duluth)

Editorial: Education funding must be adequate, fair, accountable. (ECM)

Editorial: Go Wolves is not about hunting. (Ely)

Editorial (Dayton-Rybak): Appearance of favoritism clouds light rail deal. (Mankato)

Editorial (Dayton): Highway 23 two-lane gaps left out again. (Willmar)

Editorial: Corridors of Commerce recognizes Highway 14. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Hwy. 14 funding good for Steele County, but not the time to rest. (Owatonna)

Editorial: FDA should definitely ban trans fats. (St. Joseph)

Editorial: Farm bill conferees go to work – Congress needs to stop stalling. (Agweek)

Editorial: A mixed perception of ethanol. (Fargo)

Editorial: Ethanol has problems; there should be a review. (Fairmont)

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Outstate News (11-10-13)

Gruenhagen/Shimanski/Zelle: Highway work all comes down to money. (Hutchinson)

Dill/Metsa: Otto tries to leverage ‘no’ vote
- Auditor solicits campaign donations based on her decision against exploratory minerals drilling in area.

GOP state Rep. Andrea Kieffer, who voted for gay marriage, won’t run again. (MinnPost)

Kieffer/Daudt/FitzSimmons/Loon/Garofalo/Petersen: GOP supporter of same-sex marriage bill won’t run again in 2014. (MPR)

Drazkowski/Franson/Leidiger/Newberger: Conservatives take Ritchie to court over new online voter registration. (ForumNews)

Hausman/Urdahl/Green: House bonding committee hears proposal for Glacial Lakes State Trail. (Willmar)

Hausman/Hamilton: House group hears regional bonding requests during Worthington visit. (Worthington)

Hausman: Key lawmaker skeptical of Nicollet Mall bonding request. (PIM)

Rosen/Sviggum/Moe/Klobuchar/Dayton/et al: Capitol Chatter: Some see 2014 as good for GOP. (ForumNews)

Tomassoni/Metsa/Sertich: Delta gets $5.9 million [IRRRB loan] to add 107 jobs to Range call center. (Duluth)

Davids/Miller/Ropes/Walz: Construction begins on SE Minn state veterans cemetery. (Rochester)

Zellers letter criticizes Dayton for planned sex offender release. (PIM)

Dayton administration blasts Kurt Zellers over sex offender controversy. (CityPages)

Simon/Hillstrom/Ritchie: Republican starts bid for Minn. elections post. (AP)

Carla Nelson decides against challenging Walz. (Rochester)

Abeler/Ortman/Franken: GOP Senate contest underway. (Rochester)

Poll: Dahlberg is closest GOP challenger to Franken. (Duluth)

Quotation context is key to McFadden health-care hit on Franken. (MinnPost)

Republicans target Franken on health care law. (MPR)

Franken/Klobuchar: Bills backing strategic metals praised. (Hibbing)

Franken to hold hearings on government surveillance. (MPR)

Senator Franken Talks Farm Bill. (KELO)

Klobuchar: Farmers’ story same for weather, economics: volatile. (ForumNews)

Congressman Nolan visits PR. (Park Rapids)

Nolan opponent Mills on the ‘four pillars’ of his campaign and how he’d win in 2014. (MinnPost)

Nolan/Kline/et al: Back to Back to Back? Will Another Minnesota US Rep Fall in 2014? (SmartPolitics)

Possible challenger to Paulsen surfaces. (MinnPost)

Dayton calls Washington NFL team name ‘racist’ (MPR)

Wellstone/Ramstad: A milestone for mental-health parity: ‘Final rule’ is announced. (MinnPost)

Zelle: Large gap between MnDOT’s needs, revenue. (Glencoe)

Landwehr: Federal shutdown delays PolyMet environmental review release. (Duluth)

Minn. biz groups spent big on lobbying in 2012. (PIM)

Bemidji lands 2014 Governor’s hunting opener. (AP)

Child care unionization opponent speaks in Hutchinson. (Hutchinson)

UMM recognized by EPA for green power production. (Morris)

Venison Recipes: Sweet taste of success. (HTF)

Corn harvest down 3 percent from ’12. (AP)

Low sugar beet, corn prices forcing area farmers to ‘ride out the storm’ (Fargo)

Wash. state measure on labeling GMO foods defeated. (AP)

Letter: Savick voted for implement tax. (Albert Lea)

Letter (Nolan): Mills will make rich richer. (Pine City)

Peterson Column: We need to put vets first. (Detroit Lakes)

Landkamer Column: Why state needs a farm bill now. (New Ulm)

Column: Three experts take a shot at the future of wolf recovery. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Zellers/Johnson/Thompson/Dayton): Statewide candidates should not forget Steele County and the rest of Greater Minnesota. (Owatonna)

Editorial: Lawmakers must listen to business community. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Food-stamp cutbacks spell sad day for America. (Sartell)

Editorial: Per diems a waste of tax money – Undo fiscal injustices next legislative session. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Franken-Pawlenty): ‘Citizen Cabinet’ idea has Minnesota roots. (Grand Forks)

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Outstate News (11-3-13)

Knoblach sues over Senate building. (ForumNews)

Knoblach/Dayton: Republican sues to block Senate building project. (AP)

Knoblach/Norton/Bakk/Senjem/Hann: Could lawsuit over Senate building undo Mayo Clinic’s expansion funding? (Rochester)

Knoblach/Norton/Bakk/Winkler: Lawsuit over Senate building would be a headache for DFL but likely wouldn’t derail projects. (MinnPost)

Knoblach/Franson/Pawlenty: Single subject a tough legal subject. (ForumNews)

Swanson/Dayton: Minnesota attorney general tries to block release of serial rapist. (Strib)

Melin/Liebling/Quam/Dayton: Campaign to legalize medical pot in Minnesota underway. (Rochester)

Savick: Local health insurance rates higher than much of state. (Albert Lea)

Westrom/Ingebrigtsen/Franson/Anderson: Future of regional mental health discussed with legislators. (Morris)

Bonoff/Clausen/Palowski: Legislators look at higher education options. (ECM)

Rest/Tomassoni/Carlson/Hortman/et al: Minnesota lawmakers receive $3 million in reimbursements-In addition to per diems, officials paid for travel, phone, other expenses. (St. Cloud)

Rep. Phyllis Kahn to introduce bill restricting e-cigs during next legislative session. (CityPages)

Stumf/Kiffmeyer/Saxhaug: Legislators get first hand look at possible projects for 2014 bonding bill. (Bemidji)

Stumpf: Senators tour Armory Square. (Park Rapids)

Hillstrom: Pushback felt in effort to license interior designers. (Hutchinson)

Lenczewski/Anderson: Legislature must find money before new taxes can disappear. (ForumNews)

Sheran/Calusen/Kiffmeyer: State starts to plug holes that led to release of mentally ill man. (ForumNews)

Thompson: Education questions greet GOP candidate. (Glencoe)

Downey/Martin: Local Republican group’s Facebook post sparks firestorm. (HotDish)

Jeff Johnson’s campaign aide targeted for ‘extremely sexist’ posts. (MinnPost)

Seifert to decide political future by Thanksgiving. (MPR)

Kiffmeyer/Emmer/Krinkie: Political science professor enters [DFL] 6th District race. (ECM)

Erickson/Nolan/Martin: Republican, former Libertarian, sets sights on 8th District seat. (ECM)

Lake County DFL cries foul over Nolan support of U.S. House mining bill. (Two Harbors)

Poll: Franken, Dayton lead by double digits. (PPP)

Klobuchar, Franken co-sponsor ‘critical minerals’ bill in Senate. (Duluth)

Sen. Franken calls transparency hearing with Google and ‘top administration officials’ (TheVerge)

Franken is NRHEG’s Veterans Day speaker. (New Richland)

Klobuchar tours southern Minnesota talking about federal ag policy. (Redwood Falls)

Franken visits West Concord poultry farm. (AgriNews)

Sen. Franken on the farm. (Kenyon)

Franken optimistic farm bill will be passed by Jan. 1. (Blooming Prairie)

Peterson optimistic again for farm bill vote. (Willmar)

Peterson: Signs of cooperation in farm bill conference, but disagreements remain. (AgWeek)

Michele Bachmann is irrationally terrified by Rick Perry, new book says. (CityPages)

Liberal group apologizes for characterizing MNGOP guv candidate as “evil on the inside” (CityPages)

Michele Bachmann: “God, I’m a loser” (City Pages)

Propane supplies tight as harvest-related demand grows. (Willmar)

Farmers get half of needed propane. (Fergus Falls)

Making green milk: WCROC works on a renewable-energy dairy. (Morris)

Zelle: Funding a challenge for roads. (Marshall)

Across Minnesota, many asphalt roads are crumbling. (Austin-Strib)

Pheasant critical habitat license plate available now. (Detroit Lakes)

Ingebrigsen Letter: Legislature has no control over MNsure. (Alexandria)

Letter (Gruenhagen-Urdahl-Newman): Childcare Unionization Town Hall Meeting. (New Ulm)

Davids Column: Bureaucrats’ power will increase under MNsure. (Rochester)

Quam Column: MNsure, like federal exchange, wasn’t ready for prime time. (Rochester)

Westrom Column: Health care changes are here. (Alexandria)

Franken Column: Proud of Minnesota’s mining tradition and excited about its future. (Virginia)

Column (Nolan): Victims of the monsters we abide. (Aitkin)

MN Chamber Column: Which legislative session grew economy? (Albert Lea)

Column: Cheaper health insurance…only a clunky website away. (Timberjay)

Column: ‘SNAP’ decision would increase hunger problem. (Alexandria)

Column: Tracks toward the state’s future-High-speed rail would directly benefit Hormel, Austin area. (Austin)

Editorial (Seifert-Rosen): Governor’s race needs candidates from Greater Minn. (Albert Lea)

Editorial: What was Nolan thinking? Maybe not what you think. (Two Harbors)

Editorial: More noise needed to move Highway 212 project to forefront. (Glencoe)

Editorial: An IRRRB task force of far too many. (Virginia)

Editorial: Delay ACA deadline for individuals. (Mankato)

Editorial: Website woes are just part of this nightmare. (Fairmont)

Editorial: A long-term tuition freeze. (MnDaily)

Editorial: The Higher Education Act-Congress should implement policy changes that improve the federal aid process. (MNDaily)

Editorial: Voter-suppression can destroy democracy. (St. Joseph)

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Outstate News (10-27-13)

GOP Sen. Roger Chamberlain: We got ‘rolled’ by the Vikings. (MinnPost)

Sieben/Shoen/Kent: MNsure travels to answer questions. (ForumNews)

Hann/Newman/Sanders: GOP legislators confront Ritchie over voter site. (AP)

Ritchie: Gov. Mark Dayton supports online voter registration. (Brainerd)

Davids/Miller: Legislators visit Preston to experience National Trout Center offerings. (Preston)

Stumpf: Bonding tour includes look at proposed extension of Glacial Lakes Trail. (Willmar)

Eken/Rosen/Ritchie/McCollum/Klobuchar/et al: Notebook: Congress close to approving Minnesota Asian carp barrier. (ForumNews)

Zellers/Thompson/Johnson/et al: Gubernatorial candidates woo Olmsted Republicans. (Rochester)

Seifert/Zellers/Ortman/Thompson/Johnson/et al: Johnson, Ortman win Minn. GOP scrimmages. (AP)

Franken: Fed health care website getting better. (AP)

Franken/Klobuchar: Minnesota senators argue for medical device tax repeal. (St. Cloud)

Franken: Manufacturing event celebrates local success, promotes promising careers. (Forest Lake)

Franken asking right questions about smartphone biometrics. (Biometric)

U.S. Senator Al Franken Accepting Military Academy Applications. (WDIO)

Franken/Peterson/Walz/Klobuchar: Farm bill talks portend next big congressional showdown. (Strib)

Franken: Shutdown could provide farm bill momentum. (St. Cloud)

Franken Hopeful on New Farm Bill. (KEYC)

Franken discusses farm bill in West Concord. (Owatonna)

Sen. Franken on the farm. (Faribault)

Walz hopes farm bill signed into law by end of year. (AgriNews)

Peterson: Shutdown over, farm bill up next. (ForumNews)

Sen. Klobuchar expects Congress will avoid shutdown next time. (ECM)

Rick Nolan calls on Obama to “man up” and fire somebody over Obamacare website debacle. (CityPages)

Bachmann: Sebelius should resign over health-care website problems. (MinnPost)

Wellstone’s Revenge: How Minnesota Democrats Took Their State Back. (MotherJones)

New York Observer report paints unflattering picture of Mark Dayton. (CityPages)

Pawlenty: T-Paw Talks 2014, Says His ‘Political Career Has Come to an End.’ (USNews)

Democratic poll: Kline-Obermueller race a close one. (MinnPost)

MNsure: Good news; bad news. (HTF)

DNR to provide Lake Vermilion State Park update at open house. (HTF)

LqP Valley greenhouse going up, with help from near, far. (Willmar)

New crop insurance pricing options available for organic producers. (Willmar)

Davids Letter: Entenza not honest about taxes. (Fairmont)

Newman Letter (Urdahl-Gruenhagen): Unionized childcare topic of [Nov. 5th] town hall meeting. (Glencoe)

McNamar Column: Things are better when they’re made in Minnesota. (Morris)

Westrom Column: Minnesota lowers in rank as one of the 10 states with the worst tax climate. (Morris)

Saxhaug Column: It’s time to level the playing field [in forest products industry]. (Bemidji)

Clark Johnson Column: Legislative Update. (St. Peter)

Petersburg Column: Waseca legislator praises community efforts. (Owatonna)

Benson Column: DFL tax increases are yielding bitter fruit. (Rochester)

Hann-Newman Column (Ritchie): Secretary of state ought to pause system, obey law. (St. Cloud-Winona)

Ritchie Column: Online voter registration: Secure, convenient and less expensive. (Faribault)

Klobuchar Column: Eliminate fraud on seniors. (Bemidji-Ely-Faribault-Rochester)

Column: Sen. Franken, students and educators agree, act on important needs. (ECM)

Column (Gazelka-LeMieur-Kresha-Nolan): Minnesota DFL works for progress; Washington Republicans work for politics. (Little Falls)

Column: Lessons from a government brownout. (Timberjay)

Column: Just a case of kicking the can down the road, again. (Glenwood)

Editorial (Simonson-Shoen-Klobuchar): Synthetic drug war is far from over. (Rochester-Albert Lea)

Editorial: Ritchie can not have it both ways – Voting changes should have lawmakers’ input. (St. Cloud)

Editorial (Ritchie): Secretary should have tackled this differently. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Ritchie out of line with online registration. (Virginia)

Editorial (Otto-Rotchie-Swanson-Dayton-Solon): Finally, leases awarded to drill holes. (Virginia)

Editorial: Klobuchar steps into Senate leadership role. (Fairmont)

Editorial (Peterson): You remember the farm bill. (Marshall)

Editorial: Will Tea Party cause another shutdown? (St. Joseph)

Editorial: Root of all our political turmoil is unlimited campaign funds. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Earmarks can help Congress get groove back. (Mankato)

Editorial: Time for liberals to keep promise. (New Ulm)

Editorial: State should mind its [business tax] reputation. (Red Wing)

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