BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN
Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Jan. 5-7:
EXCHANGE-SOMALI WOMEN-CANCER SCREENINGS
MINNEAPOLIS _ University of Minnesota researchers have partnered with a Minneapolis mosque to address alarmingly low rates of cancer screenings in the Somali community. Misconceptions and cultural barriers often keep people from seeking prevention. Dar Al-Hijrah has held workshops, presentations and conversations with focus groups to better understand why some fear the testing, especially for treatable cancers like early stage breast cancer. By Riham Feshir, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 802 words, photos.
MINNEAPOLIS _ Neither heights nor tight spaces nor buckets of bat guano can stand between a Minnesota pastor and his vision to transform derelict churches into beautiful places of worship. Rev. Paul Marzahn has done it three times now _ a little country church in Waterville; a 125-year-old church in Minneapolis; and a 150-year-old church in Inver Grove Heights _ and he’s already got a fourth property in mind. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,488 words, photo.
EXCHANGE-CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH
SARTELL, Minn. _ Minnesota mental health providers are using integrated mental health services to help kids. Providers use play therapy techniques or sometimes just play a game while they’re talking with a child, to lessen stress and ease communication. By Stephanie Dickrell, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,490 words, photos.
ST. PETER, Minn. _ A 99-year-old Minnesota woman is volunteering for a local meal delivery program for the elderly. For Gale Kreykes, volunteering has always been a way of life. Kreykes volunteers every weekday serving and packing meals at Parkview Manor in St. Peter and for the Meals on Wheels program. The Lutheran Social Service nonprofit organization delivers free or low-cost meals to the elderly. Kreykes puts in 20 hours a week. By Dan Greenwood, The Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 768 words, photo.
The AP, Minneapolis