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

September 21, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORY:

ELECTION 2018-EARLY VOTING

MINNEAPOLIS — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump’s social media posts. Yet here in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. Voting machines are set up inside city buildings. A series of get-out-the-vote rallies is scheduled. And each party is spending millions of dollars to push its supporters to the polls. By Steve Peoples and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 1,100 words, photos

AROUND THE STATE:

SEVERE WEATHER-MINNESOTA

FARIBAULT, Minn. — Severe storms packing powerful winds and possible tornadoes have left a trail of damage across the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

SEVERE WEATHER-MINNESOTA-THE LATEST

EXCHANGE-LYME DISEASE SUPPORT

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Lisa Najarian has suffered from Lyme disease for 19 years. She started the Twin Cities Lyme Foundation and raised $148,000 at the group’s first gala this month. The foundation uses an assessment tool to help individuals experiencing poor health determine if they have Lyme disease. The foundation donates $1,000 per person toward getting a diagnosis and connects people with doctors who have been certified by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 755 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-CHAPEL OF THE PINES

SIDE LAKE, Minn. — Every Sunday that the Chapel of the Pines Church in Side Lake has been open, Mariann Lowen has faithfully filled it with hand-picked flowers. And she’s done so for the past 50 years. Lowen believes the small touches help beautify the space for services and the occasional funeral. By Carrie Manner, Hibbing Daily Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 776 words, photo.

EXTRA:

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SOLAR JOBS IN THE CITY

MINNEAPOLIS — Jamez Staples has big dreams of bringing clean energy — and its economic benefits — to his underserved and racially diverse Minneapolis neighborhood. The 39-year-old solar entrepreneur recently bought and is working to reopen a shuttered state workforce center as a clean energy job training hub in an area of town that’s long been isolated from such opportunities. By Frank Jossi of Energy News Network. SENT: 1,790 words.

IN BRIEF:

POLICE SHOOTING-VADNAIS HEIGHTS

SPORTS:

TWINS-ATHLETICS

Minnesota plays Oakland at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

MINNESOTA-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland and Minnesota open Big Ten play Saturday sharing an unwanted bond: Both will be mourning the loss of a teammate. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photo by 3 p.m. ET.

BIG TEN-DOWN YEAR

Less than a month into the college football season, the results haven’t been particularly good for the Big Ten. Traditional powers Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State have lost nonconference games. There are five unbeaten teams left in the league and No. 4 Ohio State plays at No. 10 Penn State on Sept. 29. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 725 words, photos.

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