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

December 29, 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. Jim Nord 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

SEWER PROJECTS-LAWSUIT

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. _ Little Falls Mayor Greg Zylka felt relieved when he learned last year that his central Minnesota city would get almost $7 million for a new sewage treatment plant. But a lawsuit has put that project and others like it on hold, leaving officials unclear on when they will be able to move forward. SENT: 490 words.

INVASIVE INSECTS-DECORATIONS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota and Wisconsin agriculture officials are trying to block the spread of an invasive evergreen tree-eating insect after it was found in holiday decorations sold at retailers in both states. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-DOGGIE DAY CARE

DAKOTA, Minn. _ With the energy and rambunctiousness of a puppy, 5-year-old Alice, a pit bull-hound mix, bounded after a tennis ball bouncing across a padded floor at Paws 24/7 doggie daycare. With her tail wagging vigorously, she snatched up the ball and hightailed it through the padded room, out an open door, and down a long padded hallway. Alice has seemingly endless space to run. And she’s certainly enjoying it. The reason? The daycare found the right home, one that doggie daycare owners Mark Woida and Jim Gross — both in real estate — would likely say has a key attribute: “location, location, location.” The two started their new doggie daycare in a vacant school in Dakota that has been empty for three years. By Tesla Mitchell, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 772 words.

EXCHANGE-PINK PISTOLS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ There’s a dead, stuffed fox guarding the entrance and guns and ammo hanging on nearly every inch of the walls at Bill’s Gun Shop in Circle Pines. In the background, there’s the regular “pop-pop” sound of a gun firing. Mark Steiger sits near the front door with his fingers clasped together in front of him, wearing a Golden Gophers shirt. He wants a friendly face to greet any of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender men and women he’s invited, who might not immediately feel the gun range is a safe space for them. By Briana Bierschbach, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1072 word, photos.

IN BRIEF:

POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS

SPORTS:

BKC--SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA-STATE-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Nebraska closes nonconference play with a game against Division II Southwest Minnesota State. Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles was the Mustangs’ head coach from 1997-2001. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words after 1 p.m. CST start.

HKN--WILD-JETS

The Minnesota Wild visit the Winnipeg Jets.

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