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MINNESOTA-LYNCH

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch was suspended on Friday from team competition by athletic director Mark Coyle, due to an alleged violation of university sexual misconduct policy after a second woman accused him of assault, according to newspaper reports citing a school investigation. By Dave Campbell and Amy Forliti. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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POLYMET MINE

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A contentious copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota took another step forward Friday when state regulators released a crucial draft permit for public comment. "It's a major milestone for the project," Brad Moore, PolyMet Mining Corp.'s executive vice president for environmental and governmental affairs, told The Associated Press. "We've been through over 10 years of environmental review and permitting to get to this point." By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 635 words, photos.

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RUSSIAN VISITOR KILLED-ORGAN DONATION

PITTSBURGH — A Russian man who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh last month donated his organs — and the Army National Guard veteran who received his kidney gave an emotional thank-you to the man's widow. Anton Kemaev was on a travel visa touring around the United States, and was staying with friends in Pittsburgh when he was shot in the head Dec. 19. Shortly thereafter, John Bond, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, got a call that there was a kidney ready for him. SENT: 380 words, photos.

UREA PLANT-NORTH DAKOTA

BEULAH, N.D. — North Dakota's first urea plant is expected to start making the fertilizer this month, transforming operations at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant and giving a boost to farmers in the region. SENT: 270 words. AP Photos planned.

EXCHANGE-WHISKEY REVOLUTION

HALLOCK, Minn. — A distillery in Minnesota has received a grant from the state Department of Agriculture to study how rye varieties add different flavors to whiskey. Hallock-based Far North Spirits is now distilling 18 varieties of rye. It will be a couple of years before the study is published. Owner Mike Swanson says craft distillers need to pay more attention to the front end of the process. By Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 913 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-FRUIT FARM

WINONA, Minn. — The various types of berries Blue Fruit Farm offers are so unique that owners Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford have turned the tables, teaching local extension about growing them. Blue Fruit Farm is an organic farm outside of Winona that has sold blueberries, cherry plums, elderberries, honeyberries and black currants alongside blueberries for six years. By Matthew Lambert, Agri-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 535 words, photos.

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VIKINGS-BYE

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — No team in the NFL this season allowed fewer yards or fewer points than the Minnesota Vikings, which means no team in the playoffs is better suited to make true the "defense wins championships" mantra than them. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words.

BEARS-SHURMUR

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is interviewing for the Chicago Bears' coaching job. Shurmur could be a strong candidate considering the Vikings have an effective offense despite early losses of quarterback Sam Bradford and running back Dalvin Cook on the way to the NFC North championship. SENT: 225 words.

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