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

March 30, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Two St. Paul researchers who tracked patterns among school shooters say Minnesota’s policies that focus on lockdown drills and security infrastructure get school safety wrong. Hamline University professor Jillian Peterson and Metropolitan State University professor James Densley have been collecting data about individuals who committed gun violence in U.S. schools. The professors say the research points toward the need for more mental health support in schools. SENT: 450 words.


FARGO, N.D. _ Business owners and their customers are applauding the repeal of North Dakota’s longstanding restrictions on Sunday sales. Gov. Doug Burgum signed the “Blue Law” repeal Monday, which reverses rules that require most retailers to close from midnight to noon on Sundays. KVRR-TV reports that starting Aug. 4, retailers can open up before noon. Burgum says it gives local business a “more level playing field” to compete with online retailers and neighboring states South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. SENT: 310 words.


ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ A local assisted living community is making strides for the state of Minnesota in the world of memory care. The Sanctuary at St. Cloud is the first 100 percent-trained dementia-friendly community in the state, according to Cristina Rodriguez, resident engagement director for memory care. The Sanctuary opened in St. Cloud in January 2018. The facility has 101 assisted living apartments and 36 memory care apartments, according to Jean Werschay Reum, director of marketing for the center. By Alyssa Zaczek, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1121 words, photos.


ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Spencer Venancio was 8 when he began cooking four-course dinners for friends and family. By 10, the Woodbury teen was poring over cooking websites, asking for cooking equipment for Christmas, perfecting complicated culinary techniques and preparing elaborate six-course dinners. Spencer, 14, is now interning at some of Minneapolis’ finest restaurants, teaching cooking classes and hosting 12-course pop-up tasting-menu dinners. By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1788 words.





MINNEAPOLIS _ he Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins continue their season-opening series at Target Field. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. CST.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Jimmy Butler and the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Minnesota Timberwolves, where Butler is sure to receive a rude reception after he forced his way out in a trade earlier this season. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ The Minnesota United FC plays at the New England Revolution.


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