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BC-ND--North Dakota News Digest, 1:30 pm, ND

December 23, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in North Dakota. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

ESMOND AMBULANCE

ESMOND, N.D. _ The Esmond community had an ambulance service for 40 years, until a lack of emergency medical technicians caused it to be discontinued. Now, community members are banding together to create the Esmond Community Quick Response Unit. So far, 11 people are available for calls with a few more interested in online emergency medical response classes in January. SENT: 260 words.

EXCHANGE-REFURBISHING AIRCRAFT

MINOT, N.D. _ Members of the 5th Maintenance Squadron at Minot Air Force Base whose military job is working on B-52s are volunteering their time to refurbish warbirds at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot. They are working with the air museum’s longtime refurbishing crew Darrel Kerzmann, coordinator of volunteers, Arvid Pomeroy, Dave Smith and Tim Lett, all Air Force retirees, to refurbish a C-47. They are also working on a P-40 Warhawk. By Eloise Ogden, Minot Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 418 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

DEER DISEASE-NORTH DAKOTA, STOCK SCHEME-SENTENCING, FREE ICE FISHING.

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-LIONS

DETROIT _ The Lions officially fell out of playoff contention with last week’s loss to the Buffalo Bills so are playing the spoiler role against the Vikings, who have playoffs in their sights after coming off one of their best performances of the season against the Miami Dolphins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is noon.

TIMBERWOLVES-THUNDER

KLAHOMA CITY _ The Thunder, one of the hottest teams in the NBA, host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.

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