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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

November 20, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Nov. 24-26:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-OFFICER HELPS HOMELESS

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul police officer is helping homeless residents. The day after city officials shut down a homeless camp near Cathedral Hill, St. Paul police officer Dean Koehnen is finding the campers again. It’s part of his job. Koehnen is there to make things go smoothly — or at least a little less rough — for his acquaintances. Some of whom he’s known for years. By Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1016 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-VINE CRUSADE

WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota residents are tackling a killer vine with handsaws and herbicides. Anne Morse, Winona County’s sustainability coordinator, is leading efforts to eradicate a vine called Oriental bittersweet before it takes down more of the region’s trees. The invasive vine is known for its red-orange berries and aggressive behavior. By Jerry Olson, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 550 words.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-PREPARING PETS

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Now in Minnesota, pet owners can make sure their animals are cared for through a pet trust. In 2016, Minnesota became the last state in the U.S. to adopt pet trust legislation. The law lumps in pets with personal property, which means they can’t inherit any money themselves. But with a trust, a pet owner can provide funds to support a pet, designate a caretaker and outline how they want the pet to be cared for. By Stephanie Dickrell, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 910 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-RECRUITING CURLERS

MANKATO, Minn. — Curling garnered more attention since being reintroduced into the Olympics in 1998 after a 60-year hiatus. Mapleton’s own John Landsteiner won a gold medal in curling during the 2018 winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Mankato Curling Club President Erik Siefkes said they’ve been attracting newcomers ever since. By Dan Greenwood, The Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 888 words, photos.

The AP, Minneapolis

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