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

May 12, 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. Jeff Baenen 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

NORTHSTAR UPGRADE

BIG LAKE, Minn. _ Officials have started work on a $4 million development project at the Northstar Operations and Maintenance Facility in Big Lake. SENT: 330 words.

NORTHERN BORDER DELAYS

DERBY LINE, Vt. _ Hundreds of border agents from across the U.S. are being temporarily transferred south ahead of the busy summer tourism season, worrying those along the northern border who rely on cross-border commerce _ including U.S. innkeepers, shop owners and restaurateurs who fear their Canadian customers could be caught in backups at border crossings. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 780 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-JUSTICE FOR HEIDI

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The girls who grew up with Heidi Firkus thought they would all be friends forever. She was an artist and she hand-made cards, filling them with messages of hope for those closest to her. Heidi Firkus, 25, was killed April 25, 2010. The case remains unsolved, with no one arrested or charged. Now that nine years have passed, those who knew Heidi Firkus miss and mourn her. And her friends are also angry about the lack of justice for Heidi and her family. By Mara H. Gottfried, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1857 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-PRETRIAL SERVICES PROGRAM

ROCHESTER, Minn. _ During the past four months, Ann Marie Jessen-Ford has worked hard to get her life in order after being arrested in December. In the past, it was likely that Jessen-Ford and her longtime partner, Douglas Ray Howard, would have sat in jail waiting for their criminal cases to conclude as they would have been unable to make a monetary bail. Instead, they were some of the first people put on the new pretrial services program in Olmsted County. By Emily Cutts, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 517 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

GOVERNOR’S FISHING OPENER-2020

SPORTS:

TIGERS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS _The Minnesota Twins send Martin Perez and his perfect 5-0 record to the mound to finish a four-game series with the division rival Detroit Tigers. By Joe Ziemer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. CDT.

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