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MISSOURI RIVER POWER
BISMARCK, N.D. — Electric power generation from the Missouri River's six upstream dams increased in 2017 but the federal agency that sells the power still had to buy electricity on the open market to fulfill contracts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages dams and reservoirs along the 2,341-mile river, said energy production from the dams in the Dakotas, Montana and Nebraska totaled 9.6 billion kilowatts of electricity last year. The Western Area Power Administration says the hydropower did not fulfill all contracts and it had to augment its power supplies by buying $28.3 million in electricity on the open market. By James MacPherson. SENT: 400 words.
FARGO TO FRISCO
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State is returning to the Football Championship Subdivision title game, missing out last year after winning five straight national championships. The program that once owned Frisco, Texas, will find it more crowded this year with a powerful James Madison team seeking its second straight crown and a fan base that also travels well. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 670 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday, delivering a white coating that some cities hadn't seen in decades. Cars spun out of control on icy overpasses from Texas to Georgia. The water park at Disney World and other Florida theme parks closed because of the unusually cold temperatures, adding to the misery of a dayslong bitter cold snap across the country. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 825 words, photos, video.
DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST
BISMARCK, N.D. — With recent temperatures reaching double digits below zero, the homeless in Bismarck are doing what they can to survive. The city's lone emergency shelter for men closed last fall. SENT: 315 words.
FORMER OFFICER-SEXUAL ASSAULT, INFANT ABUSE-CHARGES, FARGO APARTMENT FIRE, STATE POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
NEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves look to continue their strong recent play with a third straight victory when they visit the Brooklyn Nets. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:30 p.m. CT.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Sam Bradford is back at practice with the Minnesota Vikings, his left knee now strong enough to at least take part in drills. His future, including whether he's a viable option for the playoff roster, remains unclear. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 3 p.m. CST.
MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois and Minnesota resume Big Ten play in their first game of the new year. The Gophers (12-3) hope to get point guard Nate Mason back from an ankle injury. The Illini (10-5) lost their first two conference games by a total of five points, both in overtime. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.
VIKINGS ATHLETIC TRAINERS
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