Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for March 24-26:



MELROSE, Minn. — A Minnesota barn is turning to robotic technology. Two robotic milkers and three other robots that push food or manure do much of the grunt work in Isaak Hinnenkamp's 140-cow barn. His robots cost about $250,000 each and will take eight years to pay for themselves. His cows produce about 3,000 gallons every two days. He sells it to Land O'Lakes. By Nora G. Hertel, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,122 words, photos.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota veteran had a long road to recovery after he fell about 80 feet above ground when his parachute malfunctioned during a training jump. Former Army Sgt. Brian Grundtner's injury prevented him from returning to the Army, so instead he spent several months traveling the country, returned home to Minnesota to earn a master's degree in business and begin working as a civilian. By S. M. Chavey, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,428 words.



MABEL, Minn. — A Minnesota high school student is thriving after battling anorexia, losing her best friend in a car accident and helping her mom fight cancer. Miranda Cox is now a senior at Mabel-Canton High School. She said all the events have contributed to who she is today. "And I'm more determined than ever," she said. By Tesla Mitchell, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 906 words, photo.


MANKATO, Minn. — Nell Meinhardt of Mankato joined a branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve 75 years ago during World War II. She was in her 20s and known as Chief Petty Officer Nell Pecora. Meinhardt, 96, recently reminisced about her experiences in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. By Edie Schmierbach, Mankato Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 656 words, photo.

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