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

February 2, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

WINTER WEATHER-MINNESOTA LAKES

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota’s bitterly cold weather this week might have left many residents cooped up indoors, but environmental experts say the frigid temperatures have an advantage. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that experts say subzero weather can be good for the state’s many lakes by curbing the growth of harmful algae and reducing water loss. Extended cold weather covers lakes with thick ice, keeping water temperatures cooler in the spring. Lakes often see fewer harmful algal blooms in the summer. SENT: 290 words.

XCEL-FUTURE ENERGY

BECKER, Minn. _ A central Minnesota city that is home to the largest coal-fired plant in the Upper Midwest is looking to diversify its economy as Xcel Energy plans to retire most of the plant’s generators over the next seven years. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the Minneapolis-based utility recently announced plans to replace two Sherburne County Generating Station generators with a smaller natural gas plant. Xcel Energy aims to eliminate all its carbon emissions from electric power by 2050. SENT: 305 words, photos.

WINTER WEATHER-ASH BORER

MADISON, Wis. _ Recent findings suggest that the bitter cold temperatures that gripped Wisconsin this week could also have a chilling effect on an invasive insect species that threatens the state’s ash trees. U.S. Forest Service research biologist Rob Venette co-authored a study that found temperatures 20 degrees below zero can reduce emerald ash borer populations by half. Venette tells Wisconsin Public Radio that this week’s extreme cold will likely kill up to 80 percent of the invasive beetles in Wisconsin. SENT: 275 words.

EXCHANGE-YOUNG EAGLES PILOT

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Madison Doffing was born after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the annual photos of the airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center had made her fearful of flying. She recently put that fear to rest when William “Bill” Steier took her up in his Cessna 172 Skyhawk as part of the Young Eagles program which introduces children to aviation. It was a big moment for Steier, too, as he passed a significant milestone. He has taken over 600 students on free flights since joining the program in 1997. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 953 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CHAIN MAIL FACTORY

ADA, Minn. _ In January 2012, Edie Ramstad started wrapping wire around a knitting needle and cutting the coil into rings with a small hand saw. She had recently married a northwest Minnesota farmer and moved from Arizona to a farm just outside Ada, Minnesota. She was bored and not ready to retire. She had experience making the rings for a jewelry class she taught in Arizona. So she started making jump rings, tiny metal loops that are woven together without soldering or welding. She figured she could make 2,000 rings a week. So the hobby became a side job. By Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1274 words.

IN BRIEF:

BOUNDARY WATERS-PERMITS, PLANE LANDING-EXIT RAMP.

SPORTS:

BLACKHAWKS-WILD

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Minnesota Wild, who are playing their first home game in two weeks. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.

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