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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

October 2, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Oct. 6-8:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-APPLE ENTREPRENEUR

ELGIN, Minn. — An Elgin apple company is a big player in Minnesota’s small apple industry. Between his growing and packing operations in Washington and the Minnesota-Wisconsin side of the company, Fred Wescott’s wholesale apple business amounts to about 3 million bushels of apples a year. Considering the whole Wisconsin-Minnesota apple industry — wholesale and retail — amounts to about 1.5 million bushels, Wescott is a big player in the region. By Brian Todd, Post-Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1353 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-RENTING ART TO STUDENTS

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota is continuing to rent art to students. The tradition began in 1934. The Weisman Art Museum Collective recently hosted its annual “Homework Art Rental Launch Party.” The Collective reserved 45 artworks specifically for students from their larger 1200-piece rental collection. Priced at $15 per piece for the semester, students could choose from a variety of works including drawings, paintings and prints. By Liv Martin, The Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 840 words, photo.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-APPLE FARM

WINONA, Minn. — A Wisconsin farm near the Minnesota border is working to offer more than just apples. Family-owned since its inception in 1945, Ecker’s Apple Farm in Trempealeau has looked for ways to push beyond traditional orchard offerings in the past few years, from hosting weddings to running yoga classes to making their own cider. It’s not that the apples themselves are drawing any less of a crowd — they typically welcome more than 1,500 people on a fall Saturday — but diversifying the options keeps them coming back. By Madeline Heim, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 752 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-STUDENTS-MANUFACTURING CAREERS

MANKATO, Minn. — A program in Mankato is helping high school students get into manufacturing jobs. About a dozen students are participating in the Mankato Area Public Schools Youth Employment Acceleration Program. Students can earn a paycheck and school credit while working at manufacturing companies in the city. The apprenticeship program started four years ago, propelled by the leaders of three businesses looking for innovative ways to attract young people to manufacturing careers. By Kristine Goodrich, The Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 488 words, photos.

The AP, Minneapolis

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