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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

May 22, 2019

AP-Minnesota stories for May 25 and May 27. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 612-322-2727.

For use Saturday, May 25, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-PREGNANCY CENTERS

MINNEAPOLIS _ A handful of University of Minnesota student protesters lined the sidewalk in front of First Care Pregnancy Center in Prospect Park in late April. The students turned out to caution others against visiting pregnancy centers they view as illegitimate. First Care Pregnancy Center and Abria Pregnancy Resources, two clinics located near the university, do not perform abortions, though they advertise resources for those who are pregnant. These clinics have come under fire by abortion rights organizations for trying to dissuade women from getting an abortion and perpetuating misinformation. By Tiffany Bui, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1563 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-VIKING FARMERS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Neil Price is one of a team of researchers at Uppsala University Museum near Stockholm who worked on “The Vikings Begin” _ the latest exhibition at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. It presents some of the key findings from a burial site in Valsgarde, an ancient city located just on the outskirts of modern Uppsala, Sweden. By Marianne Combs, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 596 words, photos.

For use Monday, May 27, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-DEATH DOULAS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ In the dimly lit room, Mark Quinlan struggles to be heard. His voice box has been silenced by his thyroid cancer. He tries to whisper, but the hum of his oxygen machine drowns out the sound. The voice of the bone-thin 67-year-old barely carries to the edge of his hospice bed. But Christy Marek is listening. Marek, an end-of-life assistant called a death doula, leans forward to catch every word. She asks him about funerals, the afterlife and memories of happier times. By Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1062 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-HOMELESS SHOWER

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. _ After learning about a lack of places for homeless people to shower, a Sauk Rapids couple will begin running a mobile shower unit in June. Nancy Dyson and Jason Jaques first brainstormed locations where homeless people could access showers after someone asked if they knew of places to go. They’re working on the idea of a self-contained unit to be called Shower the People. It’ll be operated under the couple’s nonprofit, Neighbors to Friends. By Clairissa Baker, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 387 words, photos.

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