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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

September 18, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Sept. 22-24:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-LYME DISEASE SUPPORT

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Lisa Najarian has suffered from Lyme disease for 19 years. She started the Twin Cities Lyme Foundation and raised $148,000 at the group’s first gala this month. The foundation uses an assessment tool to help individuals experiencing poor health determine if they have Lyme disease. The foundation donates $1,000 per person toward getting a diagnosis and connects people with doctors who have been certified by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 755 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-CHAPEL OF THE PINES

SIDE LAKE, Minn. — Every Sunday that the Chapel of the Pines Church in Side Lake has been open, Mariann Lowen has faithfully filled it with hand-picked flowers. And she’s done so for the past 50 years. Lowen believes the small touches help beautify the space for services and the occasional funeral. By Carrie Manner, Hibbing Daily Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 776 words, photo.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-NEW UNIVERSITY APPLE

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Most Minnesota orchards are now fully stocked with apples ready to be plucked from trees. At Sekapp Orchard and several other orchards across the state, an excitement can still be sensed from the debut of a new apple variety, called First Kiss. First Kiss is the brand name for apples developed by the apple breeding team at the University of Minnesota. The variety was developed to ripen about a month earlier than Honeycrisp apples, while still providing a similar texture and taste for which university-bred apples are known. By Noah Fish, Agri News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 626 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-HOME TURNED MUSEUM

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Tucked away on a residential street in southwest Rochester, you’ll find a house like no other in town. Since 2012, Arlyn Gagnon, widow of sculptor Charles Eugene Gagnon, has been transforming her home into a showcase for her late husband’s bronze sculptures. She opened the doors to the public last month. By Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 824 words.

The AP, Minneapolis

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