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

December 14, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

CHINA-US TRADE

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The resumption of soybean sales to China is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the Asian country. But producers see it only as a small step toward normalcy as they continue monitoring the unsettled trade relations between the countries and call for more federal aid. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 720 words.

NETHERLANDS-US STUDENT SLAIN

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands _ A suspect in the slaying of a 21-year-old American psychology student and musician living in this Dutch port city has appeared before a judge and has been ordered detained for a further two weeks while investigations continue. Sarah Papenheim, a native of Minnesota, was fatally stabbed Wednesday at her home in Rotterdam. By Mike Corder. SENT: 510 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

TRANSMISSION LINE

MADISON, Wis. _ A controversial high-voltage power line across western Wisconsin has been put into service after almost three years of construction. Supporters say the 180-mile, $580 million Badger Coulee line will enable clean and cheap wind energy from Minnesota and Iowa to reach big cities where there’s demand. Opponents consider it an unnecessary expense that guarantees profits for the owners while discouraging conservation and local renewable energy investments. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-ROCK CLIMBING IN MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota residents have infiltrated the climbing universe _ whether the world knows it or not. Brought here in the late 1980s by a vagabond crew of Minnesota residents, rock climbing has stuck. Originally, one could only access limited outdoor ascents in Taylors Falls and Red Wing. Indoor climbers only had a single rope atop a brick wall inside a Roseville outdoors retailer. Now, with a young generation crushing in a new style, the sport’s landscape is putting on a new face. By Samir Ferdowsi, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1797 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-EXPLOSION ANNIVERSARY

ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ St. Cloud residents are looking back on a gas explosion that shook the area 20 years ago. The 1998 gas explosion in St. Cloud destroyed buildings and killed four people. The explosion spurred creation of a city ordinance that was one of the first in the nation to address safety related to cable installation. The explosion also led the way for a new Minnesota law that required 911 be called immediately whenever gas lines are ruptured. By Jenny Berg, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 3000 words, photos.

SPORTS:

ALL-STATE FOOTBALL

MINNEAPOLIS _ Owatonna running back Jason Williamson is the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for prep football in 2018. SENT: 130 words, with All-State Team-Past POY-List and All-State Team-List. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

MINNESOTA-FLECK EXTENSION, DOLPHINS-HOWARD, AUGUSTANA-DIV I

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