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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

December 28, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Dec. 29-31:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-DOGGIE DAY CARE

DAKOTA, Minn. _ With the energy and rambunctiousness of a puppy, 5-year-old Alice, a pit bull-hound mix, bounded after a tennis ball bouncing across a padded floor at Paws 24/7 doggie daycare. With her tail wagging vigorously, she snatched up the ball and hightailed it through the padded room, out an open door, and down a long padded hallway. Alice has seemingly endless space to run. And she’s certainly enjoying it. The reason? The daycare found the right home, one that doggie daycare owners Mark Woida and Jim Gross — both in real estate — would likely say has a key attribute: “location, location, location.” The two started their new doggie daycare in a vacant school in Dakota that has been empty for three years. By Tesla Mitchell, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 772 words.

EXCHANGE-PINK PISTOLS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ There’s a dead, stuffed fox guarding the entrance and guns and ammo hanging on nearly every inch of the walls at Bill’s Gun Shop in Circle Pines. In the background, there’s the regular “pop-pop” sound of a gun firing. Mark Steiger sits near the front door with his fingers clasped together in front of him, wearing a Golden Gophers shirt. He wants a friendly face to greet any of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender men and women he’s invited, who might not immediately feel the gun range is a safe space for them. By Briana Bierschbach, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1072 word, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-CHANGING GRAND AVENUE

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ At the Grand Hand Gallery on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue, two new owners in their late 50s and 60s are making a go of it despite limited experience working retail. The gallery reopened in November after a monthlong hiatus for remodeling and rebranding _ the “W2” on the outdoor name plate stands for “two women” or “women squared,” take your pick. Local artistry, poetry readings, music performances and other in-store shows are all slated to begin in February. Along Grand Avenue, their enthusiasm is echoed by the proprietors of the recently expanded Golden Fig Fine Foods, as well as a string of new restaurants _ Red Rabbit, Hyacinth, Grand Catch and the Iron Ranger, a northern Minnesota-themed eatery that began as the Sunrise Market. By Frederick Melo, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1565 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-WASTEWATER PLANT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ Whenever you dump something down the drain, it goes to the city of St. Cloud’s NEW (Nutrients, Energy and Water) Recovery Facility, where nutrients are recovered, waste is treated, and clean water is sent back into the environment. But large-scale beverage producers — who have high-sugar waste filled with potential energy — get special treatment when it comes to the byproducts created at their facilities. Beverage producers have been bringing what Pat Shea, public services director for the city, calls high-strength byproducts to the plant for two years. By Anna Haecherl, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 895 words, photos.

The AP, Minneapolis

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