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AP-MN--Minnesota News Digest, MN

September 15, 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. Dave Kolpack 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

BOY LEFT IN WOODS

ST. PETER, Minn. — A man and woman in southern Minnesota are accused of dropping off a 5-year-old boy in the woods as punishment for wetting himself. The Star Tribune reports that 42-year-old Lynda Michel and 32-year-old Gregory Wilson were charged Friday in Nicollet County District Court with child neglect. Authorities say the boy was found walking a couple miles south of St. Peter on Aug. 28. SENT: 270 words.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota school administrators and busing companies are scrambling to get students to class on time amid a shortage of school bus drivers. Tom Burr is responsible for moving 32,000 students on 350 bus routes for the St. Paul school district. Burr tells Minnesota Public Radio News that he’s 15 to 20 percent short on drivers. SENT: 300 words.

SANFORD-BIOTECH

The latest target of Sioux Falls billionaire philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is a biopharmaceutical company based in the city. The Argus Leader reports that Sanford is investing $10 million in SAB Biotherapeutics Inc. The investment closed on Aug. 17 and was made through a new entity called Sanford Therapeutics LLC. Sanford bills itself as one of the largest health systems in the nation with facilities in several states, including the Dakotas and Minnesota. SENT: 330 words.

BEACON HILL

BOSTON — The crowded 10-way Democratic primary in Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District has led to a recount and is fueling calls for the state to adopt ranked-choice voting. The system allows voters to rank candidates in numerical order of preference, from their top choice down to their least favorite. Nearly a dozen U.S. cities, including Cambridge, San Francisco and Minneapolis, use a form of ranked-choice voting for municipal elections. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 720 words.

EXCHANGE-HEALING PRAIRIE

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Scott Leddy, 46, who lives in Rushford, said he grew up suffering from epilepsy. In his late teens, “I was really struggling, I was seizing almost every day.” An operation made the seizures worse. “I didn’t think I would live,” he said. Leddy began to walk on prairie. “I came to peace out here on the inside and the out because I was in peace.” Leddy began to heal. It took more than two decades, but he said he’s nearly free of the seizures. No medical tests prove he was healed by prairie, but he believes it. By Jon Weiss, Agri News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 771 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-PASTOR’S CANCER FIGHT

GILBERT, Minn. — The Rev. Nathan Lobb initially thought the power of prayer was the 61-year-old’s only hope for surviving Stage 4 cancer. But the longtime pastor who has much to live for, including a wife of 38 years, five children and 13 grandchildren (with one on the way), took a great big leap of faith recently after learning of an alternative cancer treatment available in Arizona. Lobb, of Palo, is now “very hopeful” the special care, in addition to spiritual assistance, will give him an improved chance of surviving the cancer. By Angie Riebe, Mesabi Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1130 words.

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-PACKERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Minnesota Vikings’ defense is preparing for all scenarios when it comes to their meeting Sunday with the Green Bay Packers and the availability of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers. By Genaro C, Armas. Sent: 780 words photos.

MIAMI (OHIO)-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota seeks a 3-0 finish to the nonconference portion of the schedule, as the Gophers host Miami University of Ohio. The Redhawks are off to an 0-2 start. By Andres Ybarra. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

TWINS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals continue their four-game series against the Minnesota Twins. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:15 p.m. CT.

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