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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

January 9, 2019

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Jan. 12-14:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-ADULTS-POKEMON GO

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ It’s 17 minutes till the battle at the butterfly house. Car after car rolls up at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on a chilly December weekend. No events are scheduled. Nothing is going on that anybody can see. Everyone’s looking at their phones. People get out of cars, come stand by the butterfly house and look at their phones some more. A few look up to introduce themselves. These grown-ups, mostly strangers, are there to play Pokemon Go. By Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1048 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-BLACK WOMEN-GUN VIOLENCE

MINNEAPOLIS _ Ayolanda Evans heard a rush of loud, sharp pops cut across her north Minneapolis neighborhood recently. It was 8 a.m. on a Saturday. She bolted from her bed and ran downstairs to find her 8-year-old son, who thought it was just fireworks. Evans, 38, who works for the anti-gun violence group Protect Minnesota, knew better. By Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1344 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-VACCINE CHAMPION

ROCHESTER, Minn. _ If someone told you a routinely recommended vaccine could help prevent multiple types of cancer, would you get it? Would you wonder why you hadn’t been vaccinated a long time ago? Robert Jacobson wants to make sure no more Minnesotans ask themselves that question. By Anne Halliwell, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 737 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-HELPING NEW PARENTS

MANKATO, Minn. _ Stacey Tabor doesn’t ask questions before she starts handing out diapers, formula and other baby essentials. There are no income or residency restrictions to access her Feeding Every Baby Formula Shelf. The Eagle Lake mom offers supplies to any parent struggling to make ends meet. Most of her offerings have been donated by fellow parents who understand the struggle. By Kristine Goodrich, The Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 716 words, photos.

The AP, Minneapolis

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