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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

July 30, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Aug. 4-6:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-RECYCLABLES PLAYGROUND

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota playground is full of projects created by children and teens using recyclables. Adventure Playground at Leonardo’s Basement is a creative spin on the traditional playground. Instead of rigid play structures like slides and swing sets, everything the eye takes in is the product of a child’s imagination. Scrap materials like PVC pipes and pieces of wood are scattered all over the playground, waiting for a child with a creative spark. By Gabriel Kwan, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1209 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-AGILE RABBITS

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — Minnesota kids have trained rabbits to participate in a county fair agility course. Some of the bunnies bumbled. Some of rabbits raced. And all of about 25 hopped through an agility course at the Stearns County Fair last month. Four years ago, the kids who knew the most about rabbits in Stearns County formed its first 4-H rabbit agility project. Student handlers guided their rabbits through different obstacle courses depending on the number of years the rabbit has competed. By Nora G. Hertel, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 441 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-KIDS OUTDOOR CAMP

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A free camp in Minnesota is creating outdoor memories for children through activities such as fishing and hiking. The free weeklong day camp is part of a “Connecting Children to Nature” initiative by the city of St. Paul. The camp pools 98 kindergarten through seventh-grade children from the East Side YMCA, the St. Paul Salvation Army and the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. The camp employs 14 counselors through grants given to the YMCA. By Maddie Debilzan, Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 598 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-BURIED HALL RESTORATION

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Presentation Hall at the Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester is being restored. When the hall became part of the civic center, its outside wall became part of an inside corridor and was covered up. For decades, no one has seen the former outside of Presentation Hall until workers knocked away some brick to take a peek. Work on the restoration is expected to wrap up in August. A dedication is planned for Sept. 10. By John Molseed, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 531 words, photos.

The AP, Minneapolis

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