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

January 11, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

NATURAL RESOURCES MEETING

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. _ Gov. Tim Walz says his new administration will be “actively engaged” on contentious natural resources issues, including the Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. Speaking to reporters at a Department of Natural Resources conference, Walz said he has asked his team to review the lawsuit that was filed by the Dayton administration challenging the independent Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the project. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m., photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

GOOGLE-DATA CENTER

MINNEAPOLIS _ Google is looking at building a giant Minnesota data center in Becker that would cost at least $600 million and would be powered by two dedicated wind farms. It would be one of the largest private construction projects in recent state history and would create about 50 full-time tech jobs. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

TWO DEAD-CHILD MISSING

BARRON, Wis. _ Authorities say a 21-year-old man is jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges for the October killing of a Wisconsin couple and abduction of their teenage daughter, who was found alive. Investigators announced Friday that Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested a day earlier, shortly after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found near the small town of Gordon, where Patterson lives. The girl had approached a woman walking her dog, saying she’d just escaped from a cabin where she’d been held captive. By Jeff Baenen and Gretchen Ehlke. SENT: 1,020 words. Will be updated. With AP Photos.

With Two Dead-Child Missing-The Latest and Two Dead-Child Missing-Timeline.

EXCHANGE-ADULTS-POKEMON GO

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ It’s 17 minutes till the battle at the butterfly house. Car after car rolls up at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on a chilly December weekend. No events are scheduled. Nothing is going on that anybody can see. Everyone’s looking at their phones. People get out of cars, come stand by the butterfly house and look at their phones some more. A few look up to introduce themselves. These grown-ups, mostly strangers, are there to play Pokemon Go. By Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1048 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-BLACK WOMEN-GUN VIOLENCE

MINNEAPOLIS _ Ayolanda Evans heard a rush of loud, sharp pops cut across her north Minneapolis neighborhood recently. It was 8 a.m. on a Saturday. She bolted from her bed and ran downstairs to find her 8-year-old son, who thought it was just fireworks. Evans, 38, who works for the anti-gun violence group Protect Minnesota, knew better. By Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1344 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SNOWMOBILE TRAIL-HOMICIDE, AVERA ACQUISITION, FATAL SHOOTING-MARINE

SPORTS:

MAVERICKS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Dallas Mavericks, an NBA-worst 3-18 on the road this season, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will play their first home game under interim head coach Ryan Saunders. By Joe Ziemer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

OBIT-MICHELS

KINGSPORT, Tenn. _ John Michels, a College Football Hall of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach included all four of their Super Bowl appearances, has died. He was 87. SENT: 210 words.

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