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

August 10, 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. Steve Karnowski 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

GOVERNOR-MINNESOTA-SWANSON

ST. PAUL, Minn.— A former staffer in Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office said he was tasked with recruiting and pressuring her employees to help burnish her political ambitions, raising questions just days before she faces voters in a three-way Democratic primary for governor. Swanson called the man a liar. SENT: 745 words, photos.

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GOVERNOR-MINNESOTA-DEBATE

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s Democratic candidates for governor debate. By Kyle Potter. UPCOMING: 400-500 words from 11 a.m. debate.

MIDTERMS-BREAKING THE WAVE

WATERVILLE, Minn. — For all the talk of a blue wave sweeping Democrats back into the House majority this fall, their efforts could be thwarted in one of the nation’s bluest states. Voters in the sprawling farm country south of Minneapolis and in the economically struggling Iron Range along the Canadian border give Republicans in those two congressional districts perhaps their best chance anywhere for flipping Democratic seats. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 940 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-SHELTER SHUTDOWN

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Tri-County Humane Society is getting ready to build a new shelter as the current facility is seeing a lack of space and wear and tear. In 1989, the shelter took in 62 stray cats. Last year, they accepted 527 strays. One of the main reasons to build new is the needs of the area have shifted. When the shelter was built, the split between cats and dogs was fairly even. Today, cats make up more than two-thirds of the animals accepted at the shelter and dogs are less than a quarter. By Stephanie Dickrell, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1364 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-ROADSIDE SWEET CORN

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota business has been selling produce from roadside truck stands for about 26 years. Kristin and Mike Blattner’s business, Produce Plus, sells a variety of produce, but focuses on sweet corn. They have about 30 trucks that set up shop in Rochester and the surrounding area, all the way to La Crosse, Wisconsin. Each truck has produce that was picked fresh that day or the day before by the Blattners. By Noah Fish, Agri News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 756 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

CAMPGROUND ILLNESS OUTBREAK, CHURCH ABUSE-MINNESOTA, STALKING CHARGE-696 TEXTS

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INN-AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENTS

MINNEAPOLIS — In 2015, Minnesota created called the American Indian Education Aid program, aimed to support culturally relevant programming in schools with at least 20 Native students. To be eligible for funding for the program, however, schools have to pass a crucial test: a vote by parents and students on whether they feel a district is doing an adequate job of meeting the academic and cultural needs of its Native students. By Erin Hinrichs of MinnPost. HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 A.M. CDT

SPORTS:

TWINS-TIGERS  

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers come into Friday night’s matchup with the Minnesota Twins as losers of their last six games. In their last meeting on June 14th, Michael Fulmer earned the win in a 3-1 victory for the Tigers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

WNBA PLAYOFF CHASE

NEW YORK — Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx are back in the postseason. The defending champions still have a long way to go to get a bye or two in the first round. The Lynx reached the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year with Thursday night’s win over Las Vegas. Seven teams have clinched playoff berths while Dallas isn’t far off from claiming that final position despite losing six consecutive games. The Wings still hold a 2 1/2 game lead over Las Vegas. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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