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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

November 28, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Dec. 1-3:



ST. PAUL, Minn. — A University of Minnesota researcher wants to make the kiwiberry Minnesota’s next big fruit. The green berries — a close cousin of the kiwifruit — are completely hairless, approximately the size of a pingpong ball and ready to pop in your mouth, similar to a grape. Researcher Seth Wannemuehler says kiwiberries’ taste is what truly sets them apart: a range of sweet, tart and tropical flavors that are ripe for the mass market. By Austen Macalus, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 792 words, photos.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul gas station clerk recalls surviving an attempted robbery at the station last year. Jason Gatrell thought he was going to die on Thanksgiving in 2017, after a man tried to rob the station. But quick responses and collaboration between police, the fire department and Regions Hospital staff made a difference for Gatrell, according to Dr. Michael McGonigal, the St. Paul hospital’s director of trauma services. By Mara H. Gottfried, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1714 words, photos.



ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A St. Cloud author and refugee hopes to inspire children, especially young girls, to make a difference in the world. Habso Mohamud lived in a refugee camp in Kenya until she was 10. Now 24, Mohamud lives in St. Cloud. She attended St. Cloud schools and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at St. Cloud State University. She also works for the UNESCO Center of Peace and recently published a children’s book called “It Only Takes One Yes.” By Jenny Berg, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1413 words, photos.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Dirt is a complex, largely unexplored world — and thanks to the efforts of a Minnesota scientist, is becoming one of the newest frontiers of farming and science. Billions of microbes can live in a teaspoon of soil, but scientists don’t know much about how — or why — they’re there. A team of researchers are collecting microbiome data across the country to learn about how soil microbes affect potato plant diseases. By Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1066 words, photos.

The AP, Minneapolis

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