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BC-MN--Minnesota News Digest 1:30 pm, MN

December 7, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Minnesota. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Amy Forliti is on the desk. .

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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AROUND THE STATE:

UMINN PRESIDENT-FINALIST

MINNEAPOLIS _ Friends and colleagues say the woman who may be the next president of the University of Minnesota is a collaborative person who has grown into her leadership role at the University of South Carolina. Joan Gabel is the only finalist interviewing to succeed Eric Kaler. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

EXCHANGE-GROCERIES FOR SENIORS

WAYZATA, Minn. — A Minnesota nonprofit is working to connect seniors to groceries and companionship. Help At Your Door aims to help seniors live independently as long as possible through grocery deliveries. It’s the sort of service that may be increasingly in demand as the state’s population ages. About 1,300 clients each week give Help At Your Door grocery lists or request other services. For many relying on Help At Your Door, it’s not only about food, but companionship, too. By Jon Collins, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 966 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-BALLROOM DANCE FOR KIDS

ROCHESTER, Minn. —Ballroom dancing is bringing Minnesota kids together. Fifth-graders at Riverside Elementary School in Rochester are learning partner dance through an artist-in-residence program called “Heart of Dance.” Classes are held twice a week over 10 weeks, and students learn six different partner dances. The program is funded by the organization and the Rochester School District. By John Molseed, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 484 words, photo.

EXTRA:

Additional stories from members of Institute for Nonprofit News are distributed by AP. For on-air requests, email amplify@inn.org

INMATE SOLAR PROGRAM

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ A growing demand for clean energy employees led the Minnesota Department of Corrections earlier this year to offer a solar installation course to two classes of inmates prior to their release dates. Held last spring and summer, 30 men took the 48-hour solar installer training course from instructors working with the Wisconsin-based Midwest Renewable Energy Association. By Frank Jossi of Energy News Network. SENT: 1,425 words.

IN BRIEF:

POISONED EAGLE, FUGITIVE ELEVATOR MANAGER

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-OFFENSE

EAGAN, Minn. _ Minnesota’s offense has been up and down this season under new coordinator John DeFilippo and new quarterback Kirk Cousins, and the Vikings have a lot of rough spots to smooth out down the final stretch. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 6 p.m. EST.

WILD-OILERS

The Minnesota Wild visit the Edmonton Oilers.

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