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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

December 4, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Dec. 8-10:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-GROCERIES FOR SENIORS

WAYZATA, Minn. — A Minnesota nonprofit is working to connect seniors to groceries and companionship. Help At Your Door aims to help seniors live independently as long as possible through grocery deliveries. It’s the sort of service that may be increasingly in demand as the state’s population ages. About 1,300 clients each week give Help At Your Door grocery lists or request other services. For many relying on Help At Your Door, it’s not only about food, but companionship, too. By Jon Collins, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 966 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-BALLROOM DANCE FOR KIDS

ROCHESTER, Minn. —Ballroom dancing is bringing Minnesota kids together. Fifth-graders at Riverside Elementary School in Rochester are learning partner dance through an artist-in-residence program called “Heart of Dance.” Classes are held twice a week over 10 weeks, and students learn six different partner dances. The program is funded by the organization and the Rochester School District. By John Molseed, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 484 words, photo.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-HOPE HOUSE

STILLWATER, Minn. — A Minnesota adult foster-care home is providing a place for people living with HIV or AIDS. Casey and Teresa vanderBent founded Hope House in December 1993. The first resident moved in 25 years ago. Licensed under the Minnesota Adult Foster Care law, it is one of five Twin Cities foster-care residences for people living with AIDS. By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1138 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-LONGTIME PEN PALS

ST. PETER, Minn. — A Minnesota woman has finally met her longtime pen pal. Lorraine Knutson’s friendship with Merle Cantrell has been unwavering. Since they were young teenagers, the friends corresponded from a distance of 9,000 miles, though they’d never met in person, until now. The St. Peter mother of eight just returned from a trip to Tasmania where she met her pen pal of 65 years for the first, and likely only, time. By Dan Greenwood, The Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 816 words., photos

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