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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

February 13, 2019

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Feb.16-18:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-LAW OFFICERS-PTSD

STILLWATER, Minn. _ Nationally, law-enforcement officers are more likely to die by suicide than to be killed in the line of duty. At least 159 officers in the U.S. took their own lives in 2018, more than the estimated 145 who died while on the job, according to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit organization that tracks officer suicides. Jerry Lannon was one of three officers who died by suicide last year in Minnesota. Lannon’s wife, Cindy Lannon, is on a mission to raise awareness about officer suicides and mental illness. By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2768 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The front office at St. Paul Music Academy looks like most school offices. But there’s also a dentist chair where students and their siblings can get needed dental care several times a month. The school also has a therapist, provides literacy tutoring, hosts a monthly food shelf and operates a family center offering resources on housing, energy and other assistance. It’s known as a full-service school, a place where education, health care and other student and family needs are met under one roof. The model has been tried in a few school districts around Minnesota. By Elizabeth Shockman, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 779 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-SNOWMOBILE CLUB

ST. STEPHEN, Minn. _ The difference a half century makes can be stark. Just looking at a machine as timeless as a snowmobile from 1969 to 2019 shows the way things can change. People in the area had a chance to see that change up close recently at the 50th anniversary celebration of the St. Stephen River Runners snowmobile club. Now a half-century old, the club has changed in everything from the machines used to the membership. The one constant has been the love of snowmobiling. By Jordyn Brown, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 665 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-OPERA-GOSPEL FUSION

MINNEAPOLIS _ Out of the Box Opera company is known for being avant-garde. So, as opera-lovers filled one of the Weisman Art Museum’s main galleries for a sold-out opera/gospel fusion event on a recent Saturday night, many didn’t know what to expect. By creating a set list that included gospel classics like “Glory” and “Oh Happy Day” alongside opera arias like “Addio del Passato” and “Nessun Dorma,” Out of the Box Opera challenged preconceptions about traditional music genres while spotlighting the fluidity of music as a medium. By Becca Most, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 544 words, photos.

The AP, Minneapolis

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