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

January 5, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

MAJOR LEAGUE QUIDDITCH

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minneapolis will soon be home to a major league Quidditch team, an unusual sport inspired by the “Harry Potter” book series that’s gaining popularity among Muggles around the world. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Major League Quidditch expansion team in Minneapolis will hold tryouts in April. Quidditch began as an intramural sport at a handful of high schools and colleges. Now there are more than 500 teams in 39 countries that try to emulate the fictional magical sport. SENT: 320 words.

EXCHANGE-SOMALI WOMEN-CANCER SCREENINGS

MINNEAPOLIS _ University of Minnesota researchers have partnered with a Minneapolis mosque to address alarmingly low rates of cancer screenings in the Somali community. Misconceptions and cultural barriers often keep people from seeking prevention. Dar Al-Hijrah has held workshops, presentations and conversations with focus groups to better understand why some fear the testing, especially for treatable cancers like early stage breast cancer. By Riham Feshir, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 802 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CHURCH FLIPPER

MINNEAPOLIS _ Neither heights nor tight spaces nor buckets of bat guano can stand between a Minnesota pastor and his vision to transform derelict churches into beautiful places of worship. Rev. Paul Marzahn has done it three times now _ a little country church in Waterville; a 125-year-old church in Minneapolis; and a 150-year-old church in Inver Grove Heights _ and he’s already got a fourth property in mind. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,488 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS-COMPLAINTS, POLICE SHOOTING-ALBERT LEA.

SPORTS:

WILD-SENATORS

OTTAWA, Ont. _ The Minnesota Wild visit the Ottawa Senators.

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