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

February 11, 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. Steve Karnowski 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

MINNESOTA-SPECIAL ELECTIONS

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Monday’s special election for a Cottage Grove-area state Senate district will provide the latest barometer for how Democrats can capitalize on a midterm swoon for Republicans nationwide and cue up a fight for control over a closely divided Senate. But the Democratic and Republican candidates are doing their best to tune out the high stakes surrounding the unusual Monday special election, instead focusing on their legislative credentials from previous stints at the Capitol. SENT: 830 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

SPORTS GEAR-NEIGHBORHOOD VENTURE

MINNEAPOLIS — Three Minneapolis residents have started a sports equipment and winter clothing rental program in a neighborhood where access to such gear is limited. Charly Tiempos, Hamsa Osman and Sayed Adan started Sports — Check It Out at the Cedar Riverside Community School last year, the Minnesota Daily reported. Local youth can rent out sports gear and winter clothing from the program. SENT: 300 words, photos.

FOOD TRUCKS-WINONA

WINONA, Minn. — Leaders of a southeast Minnesota city are considering easing local laws on food trucks. The Winona City Council is considering changes that would allow food trucks to operate in more places and expand their hours. SENT: 240 words.

EXCHANGE-BUS STOP COFFEE

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis woman has been helping students start their day with a hot beverage for three years. Shirley Arendt is a secretary at Southeast Christian Church. Every Wednesday, Arendt stands at a bus stop on the corner of Como Avenue Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast to hand out cookies, coffee and hot chocolate to students. She says the church “just wanted to show love to our neighborhood.” By Carter Blochwitz, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 438 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-JUNK MARKET

VIRGINIA, Minn. — What started as friends selling junk together, turned into Junk Quest North which was held at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia, Minnesota last fall, and has morphed again into a small, travel business. With the success of last fall’s Junk Quest North, the team has begun to plan for another in the spring. By Leah Ryan, Mesabi Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 999 words.

IN BRIEF:

POLICE SHOOTING-SABIN.

SPORTS:

BKN--KINGS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves start a three-game homestand to take them into the All-Star break, hosting the Sacramento Kings. The Wolves have the best home record in the Western Conference at 22-6. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.

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