AP-MN--Minnesota News Digest, MN
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AROUND THE STATE:
PAY DAY LOAN COMPETITOR
MINNEAPOLIS — Sky-high interest payday loans are getting some more affordable competition in the Twin Cities area from community-based organizations. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Exodus Lending is one nonprofit offering residents interest-free loans to help pay off debts. Exodus Executive Director Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer says the organization has helped about 200 borrowers since April 2015. Village Financial Cooperative plans to open as a credit union next year to increase access to banking service. SENT: 350 words, photos.
STRUGGLING FARMERS-EXPERT ADVICE
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota Extension is providing free help to farmers who may be struggling in an agricultural economic downturn. The Minnesota Daily reports that the extension’s Farm Information Line is connecting farmers with retired agricultural financial and business experts who will provide analysis and advice. SENT: 280 words.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard is proposing a plan to expand its training center in a northeastern county to accommodate more military members. The Minot Daily News reports that Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrman says the state’s National Guard wans to expand its Camp Grafton Training Center-South in Eddy County. Military members in North Dakota often have to travel to Camp Guernsey in Wyoming and Camp Ripley in Minnesota for training. SENT: 210 words.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota woman is giving apples from her backyard to a local food bank. A gentle thud can be heard every time an apple from one of Kelsey Johnson’s 30 backyard trees falls and hits the ground. But the northwest Rochester homeowner said she can’t possibly use all of the thousands of Honeycrisps and Connell Reds. So, when a friend suggested she give Channel One Food Bank a call, she thought that was a perfect fit. By Katie Lauer, Post-Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 569 words, photos.
DULUTH, Minn. — Nordic skiers young and old recently gathered in Duluth to hear from an Olympic champion. Jessie Diggins helped win America’s first Olympic gold medal in Nordic skiing earlier this year in South Korea, when she sprinted to gold in the team relay. But to many of the skiers on hand at a ski chalet at the base of Spirit Mountain — the example Diggins has set, win or lose — is equally meaningful. By Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 894 words.
TRUMP-MEDAL OF FREEDOM, POLICE SHOOTING-SHAKOPEE. BALLOT DISPUTE
MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler is headed to Philadelphia, ending the weeks-long saga of him wanting out of Minnesota. A person with knowledge of the situation says Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. DEVELOPING.
MINNEAPOLIS — Purdue plays Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium in a Big Ten West Division game, with the Boilermakers aiming to take advantage of a reeling Gophers defense to secure bowl eligibility. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 2:30 p.m. CDT.
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