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

February 22, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

BWCA RESERVATIONS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The U.S. Forest Service is slowly untangling a new reservation system for Boundary Waters canoeists that has been problematic since it first launched last month. The system, which has delayed bookings and irritated some outfitters by moving away from the old lottery system, is now expected to go live March 4. By Steve Karnowski.

AROUND THE STATE:

ATLANTA CYCLORAMA

ATLANTA _ As cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, an enormous painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the American Civil War will soon reopen to the public. German immigrants painted it at the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee, creating the work for a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta. The painting debuted in Minneapolis in 1886. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 865 words, photos.

INN-EQUITY GRANTS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and his fledgling administration are contemplating the future of what have been dubbed “equity grants.” Since the summer of 2016, the equity grants have been distributed to dozens of nonprofits and government organizations focused on an array of issues. Some of the groups that got money were chosen through a competitive process, but others were picked by the Legislature. Some programs got money to train workers, while others got money for administrative purposes. By Walker Orenstein of MinnPost. 1,200 words, HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 A.M. CST.

FOREST-GOLD EXPLORATION

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ A Minnesota company plans to conduct exploratory drilling for gold near Silver City in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota, while two other companies have withdrawn proposals to drill on forest land. Forest Service officials are working on an agreement with Big Rock Exploration that would require the Minneapolis company to fund an environmental analysis. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-BIOMATERIAL MANUFACTURER EXPANDS

ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ Microbiologics entered into the virology industry only a little more than one year ago, but the St. Cloud-based biomaterial manufacturer is already making a big impact in the world of viruses and vaccines. Microbiologics acquired San Diego-based Virapur at the end of 2017, allowing the company to expand its research and development support services to vaccines and gene therapy. Founded in 1971, Microbiologics is the leading provider of ready-to-use microorganisms for quality control testing in clinical, pharmaceutical, food, water and educational industries. By Anna Haecherl, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 342 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-UNIVERSITY STUDENT PRESIDENT

MINNEAPOLIS _ As undergraduate student body president at the University of Minnesota, Simran Mishra’s days never look the same. On the first day of spring semester, Mishra woke up around 6 a.m. to get ready for a yoga class at 6:45 a.m. Then she went to three classes, checked in with her colleagues and called University administrators. At the end of the day, she fit in dinner with her friends before working on homework and getting to sleep around midnight. She did all this while getting paid what equates to just over $3 per hour for a 40-hour work week. By Michelle Griffith, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1169 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD ENDANGERED-PLEA, FATAL SHOOTING-ST. PAUL

SPORTS:

TWINS-MARWIN GONZALEZ

Versatile Marwin Gonzalez and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Gonzalez would receive $12 million this year and $9 million in 2020 under the contract. The infielder and outfielder who turns 30 next month spent the last seven seasons with the Houston Astros. He hit .247 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs last year. He played 73 games as a corner outfielder, plus 29 at shortstop, 32 at second and 24 at first. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 330 words, photo.

TIMBERWOLVES-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.

WILD-WINGS

DETROIT _ The Minnesota Wild visit the Detroit Red Wings. AP photos planned. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

MINNESOTA-KILL-FLECK, TIMBERWOLVES-TOWNS, TWINS-MARWIN GONZALEZ

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