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. James MacPherson is on the desk.

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AROUND THE STATE:

SOLAR POWER GROWTH

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota is expected to see more strong growth in solar energy after the state added enough solar panels in 2017 to power about 53,000 homes. The state has an overall capacity of more than 700 megawatts, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. SENT: 320 words.

EXCHANGE-HOMEMADE CHEESEMAKER

CANNON FALLS, Minn. — CannonBelles is a cheese-making business that converted from a hobby to what is now a premier cheese-making facility in southern Minnesota. Established in Cannon Falls, Jackie Ohmann, Deeann Lufkin and Kathy Hupf did market research, going to every grocery store in a 25-mile radius to test cheese and find price points, and inquiring with local cheesemakers about their secrets. By Matthew Lambert, Agri-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 779 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-STICK-LOVING DOG

SARTELL, Minn. — A Minnesota dog is best friends with a stick and never leaves home without one. Cassie, a yellow Labrador, has been carrying a stick for all her 11 years. Cassie has been carrying her current stick for six months, but others have been her companions for as long as five years. By Boyd Huppert, KARE-TV. SENT IN ADVANCE: 429 words.

IN BRIEF: MISSING PERSON-BODY FOUND

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