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

August 20, 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. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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AROUND THE STATE:

DYSFUNCTIONAL TURBINE

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — An ill-fated wind turbine at the Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Cloud will be taken down next year. The $300,000 turbine funded by federal stimulus money to reduce the VA’s energy consumption hasn’t produced any electricity for six years. A hospital spokesman says the project first conceived in 2007 “produced nothing of value.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

3M-WAUSAU POLLUTION

WAUSAU, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is investigating air pollution at a 3M Corp. factory in Wausau. Records show a pollution control device at the plant didn’t operate for several hours on April 13, and that the Minnesota-based company didn’t properly report some emissions in 2016 and 2017. Company and state officials say the incidents have been addressed. 3M also faced scrutiny at its Wausau sites two years ago. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

PENCE-MINNESOTA, LAKE DEATH, TRAIN FATAL, LIQUOR STORE SHOOTING, FARM FATAL

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-FORBATH

EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have released kicker Kai Forbath, completing their plan to turn over the job to rookie Daniel Carlson. Forbath was let go after one of his two field goal attempts in Minnesota’s last exhibition game missed by hitting an upright. Since the Vikings drafted Carlson in the fifth round out of Auburn, Forbath’s time with the team was bound to be limited. In 25 games with the Vikings, including the playoffs, Forbath made 50 of 57 field goals and 48 of 56 extra points. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.

WHITE SOX-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Chicago White Sox visit Minnesota for a makeup game against the Twins that was snowed out in mid-April. By Mike Cook. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CT.

WNBA PLAYOFFS

The WNBA playoffs are set as a wild, unpredictable regular season came to an end Sunday. As expected Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet in the postseason for a third straight year. Unexpectedly it’s in the first round. The two-time WNBA finalists finished a surprising sixth and seventh in the regular season and will face off in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words.

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