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

January 12, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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MADISON, Wis. _ The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn’t understand why he targeted her, deepening a mystery that has captivated the state for months. Someone blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs’ home near Barron in October, gunned the couple down and made off with their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 970 words, photos. Will be updated.

With Two Dead-Child Missing-The Latest.


GORDON, Wis. _ The man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents more than two months ago appears to have led an unremarkable existence until then. 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson graduated in 2015 from high school in Minong, not far from the woodland cabin where 13-year-old Jayme Closs says he had held her since she was kidnapped in October. Patterson has no apparent online presence. He participated in the high school quiz bowl team. By Todd Richmond and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Former kidnapping victims say 13-year-old Jayme Closs must be allowed to discuss her ordeal on her own terms as she tries to recover from her traumatic experiences. Jayme was found alive Thursday after approaching a stranger nearly three months after police say a man abducted her from her northern Wisconsin home after fatally shooting her parents. A 21-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after her rescue. By Tammy Webber and Brady McCombs. SENT: 980 words, photos.



WINONA, Minn. _ Winona officials will soon begin looking for funding options for a multi-million dollar plan to develop the community’s bluff-side parks. The Winona Daily News reports that the Bluffs Traverse Conservation Area and Bluffside Parks Plan could cost between $2.67 million and $3.18 million. The project will develop multiple area parks and add multi-use trails. A city official says it will have long-term environmental benefits, promote economic development and expand outdoor programming options. SENT: 260 words.


ST. PAUL, Minn. _ It’s 17 minutes till the battle at the butterfly house. Car after car rolls up at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on a chilly December weekend. No events are scheduled. Nothing is going on that anybody can see. Everyone’s looking at their phones. People get out of cars, come stand by the butterfly house and look at their phones some more. A few look up to introduce themselves. These grown-ups, mostly strangers, are there to play Pokemon Go. By Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1048 words, photo.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Ayolanda Evans heard a rush of loud, sharp pops cut across her north Minneapolis neighborhood recently. It was 8 a.m. on a Saturday. She bolted from her bed and ran downstairs to find her 8-year-old son, who thought it was just fireworks. Evans, 38, who works for the anti-gun violence group Protect Minnesota, knew better. By Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1344 words, photos



MINNEAPOLIS _ he New Orleans Pelicans start a string of five straight road games with a matchup of Western Conference teams trying to avoid behind left behind in the playoff race at Minnesota, where the Timberwolves are trying to settle in under interim head coach Ryan Saunders. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.


MINNEAPOLIS _ The Detroit Red Wings play the second half of a challenging back-to-back set of road games, moving from Winnipeg to Minnesota. The Wild are coming off a home win over the Jets. By Mike Cook. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota tries to bounce back from a loss at home to Maryland earlier in the week, staying at Williams Arena to host Rutgers, which upset Ohio State in its last game. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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