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

September 7, 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. Ivan Moreno 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

SENATE-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Republican Karin Housley’s second TV ad in Minnesota’s Senate race invokes her husband Phil Housley’s Hall of Fame hockey celebrity as she tries to close the gap on Democratic Sen. Tina Smith. Meanwhile, Smith takes aim at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 435 words, photos

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-WOMEN’S SOBER HOUSE

MANKATO, Minn. — Nearing a year since Beyond the Brink sober house opened in Mankato, its organizers are brainstorming additional ways to help people in recovery. The nonprofit quickly reached its six-woman capacity once it opened in October 2017. At least 10 more women are on the organization’s waiting list. Founder Brandy Brink said the sober house’s first year has exceeded her expectations, to the point the nonprofit’s board is exploring further support services in the region. By Brian Arola, Mankato Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 799 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-MINNESOTA THRILLER

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mindy Mejia’s new psychological thriller, “Leave No Trace,” has been called “brutal, devastating, and utterly riveting.” Mejia, 39, lives in Apple Valley with her husband, Philip, their son and daughter, and three orange cats. Her two previous books — “The Dragon Keeper” and “Everything You Want Me to Be” — were well received nationally but she’s not as well-known as she should be in Minnesota, where she set her new book. “Leave No Trace” is the story of Maya Stark, a 23-year-old assistant language therapist working in Duluth’s Congdon Psychiatric Facility, where she had been a patient. By Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1192 words, photo.

EXTRA:

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BIKING THE SUN

MADISON, Wis. — On Jim Tinjum’s #bikethewind tour last year, he often saw the installations he visited for miles in advance — turbines towering gracefully in the distance. On his recent #bikethesun tour, covering about 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) of the Upper Midwest, he often had to pedal around in search of his solar destinations. By Kari Lydersen of Energy News Network. SENT: 1,055 words.

BAYER-LAWSUITS

It’s been nearly three weeks since the merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto officially began its integration, about two months since the deal closed and nearly two years since the planned deal was announced. Despite that, newly appointed Bayer officials are vague on how they plan to handle the mountain of lawsuits inherited from Monsanto over pesticides such as glyphosate and dicamba. By Christopher Walljasper of Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. SENT: 830 words.

IN BRIEF:

REFINERY EXPLOSION-WISCONSIN, DULUTH SHOOTING

SPORTS:

ROYALS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins start a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals, with Stephen Gonsalves starting for the Twins and Heath Fillmyer taking the mound for the Royals in a matchup of rookie pitchers. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. EDT.

VIKINGS-COACH NEWMAN

EAGAN, Minn. —Terence Newman acknowledged this week the strangeness of being called “Coach,” but coaching is what he’s been doing all along as a valuable mentor for Minnesota’s young cornerbacks. Newman joined the coaching staff of the Vikings this week after retiring as a player. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m. EDT, photo.

FRESNO ST-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Seth Green was going to be the third-string quarterback for Minnesota this season, until the Gophers coaches got the idea to better apply his skills. Now he’s a hybrid who plays wide receiver and tight end, plus a ball-carrying role that produced two touchdowns off a direct snap in the opening win against New Mexico State. Green and the Gophers will face a much tougher test, particularly on defense, when Fresno State visits this weekend. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, by 3 p.m. EDT.

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