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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

February 7, 2019

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Feb.9-11:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-JANITOR-ARTISTIC TALENT

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Myron Peterson lifted his Minnesota Twins baseball cap with one hand and wiped the sweat off his face with his big red hankie, squinting his eyes at the bright fluorescents lighting the classroom at Christian Heritage Academy in Lakeville. A car accident in 2016 left him with a traumatic brain injury that manifests itself through blurred vision, intense migraines that make him sweat and bring nausea, balance issues and, as he described it, “a scrambled brain.” He lost his ability to bike and fish, two of his favorite pastimes; he lost his job as a facilities manager of two megachurch campuses; and, for a while, he lost his will to live. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1447 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-DISABILITY WORKER SHORTAGE

ROCHESTER, Minn. _ More than six months after being forced to absorb a 7 percent cut in public funding, Rochester area disability organizations are coping with crisis-level staffing shortages. Officials at Ability Building Center and Hiawatha Homes say the scarcity of workers has led to lengthening waiting lists, referrals put on hold, stressed-out employees and a workplace situation that in the long run is unsustainable. Residential homes have been hit particularly hard by the shortage, say residents and staff. By Matthew Stolle, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1052 words, photo.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES-CRIME

ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ In an effort to improve community health and reduce crime, Stearns County law enforcement is working with community partners to reduce the effects of adverse childhood experiences. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) happen to people before age 19 and can include issues like substance abuse, divorce, neglect or physical abuse. Some are about the behaviors of other people in the household. These experiences have lasting effects, some well into adulthood, ranging from health and social problems to early death. The risk for negative consequences increase with the number of ACEs a person had. By Clairissa Baker, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 475 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-MONITORING CANCER TREATMENTS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Hannah Carlin, a fourth-year student studying microbiology, doesn’t recall much of her cancer treatment _ granted, she was 16 months old at the time of her diagnosis. But her mother, Beth Heinz, certainly does. A new device from the University of Minnesota Medical School may make it easier to monitor certain types of at-home, oral treatments for cancer patients _ a technology that may have benefited Carlin and her mother. Edward Greeno, a University oncology professor and medical director for the Masonic Cancer Clinic, said the device will help doctors monitor chemotherapy medications taken by patients at home. By Dylan Miettinen, The Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 821 words, photo.

The AP, Minneapolis

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