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BC-ND--North Dakota News Digest 1:30 pm, ND

March 1, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in North Dakota. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Amy Forliti 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

FARGO, N.D. _ North Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened for business Friday, more than two years after voters approved a drug that legislators wouldn’t. Buyers who visit The Botanist in Fargo stepped into a stylish, stark space with the feel of a spa or salon, with the product available as dried leaves and flowers or in concentrate form. The state hopes to approve the opening of seven more dispensaries around the state by fall. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 665 words, photos.

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MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. _ A new report says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index in February hit its highest level since September, signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

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MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

EXCHANGE-HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGES

MINOT, N.D. _ A North Dakota pastor is leading groups on pilgrimages to Israel. Kent Hinkel made his first pilgrimage to Israel when he was a student in his last year of ministry training in 1994. Now as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Minot, Hinkel has led four trips. The most recent pilgrimage was Jan. 16-26, when a group of 27 people hosted by Hinkel went to Israel. By Eloise Ogden, Minot Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1303 words.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL 1995 SHOOTING

SPORTS:

TWINS-PINEDA’S DEBUT

FORT MYERS, Fla. _ Right-hander Michael Pineda makes his first spring training game appearance for the Minnesota Twins after sitting out last season to recover from elbow surgery. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 5 p.m. EST.

MINNESOTA-WAHLEN’S WAY

PISCATAWAY, N.J. _ It has been a learning process for Lindsay Whalen in her first year as coach of Minnesota. On and off the court, the rookie coach has been finding her way with a bit of help. “Practice and things like that, you can figure out what you like and how you want to run things,” Whalen said. “You always have to be thinking one more step ahead as a coach. You have to be prepared to answer any question at any time.” By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 920 words, photos.

MLS-PLAYERS TO WATCH

The MLS season about to launch has plenty of players to keep an eye on in 2019. That includes Darwin Quintero and Osvaldo Alonso of Minnesota United. It’s time for the Loons to show up. They will move into their new stadium in April. They’ve added one of the best defensive midfielders in the league in Osvaldo Alonso. Now it’s on Quintero to be the leader of Minnesota’s offensive attack that will need to give fans something to get excited about at Allianz Field. By Tim Booth. SENT: 595 words, photos.

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N DAKOTA ST-WHITE HOUSE

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