Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Jan. 20-22.



WINONA, Minn. — A Minnesota woman's life is heavily influenced by her affinity for colors. Winona resident Sarah Johnson is a counselor, musician and artist who's involved in the community. She makes it her goal to "see how many rainbows" she can eat in a day. Her hair is always a different color and her outfits almost always contain a splash of this and that. By Ben Strand, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 687 words, photo.


VIRGINIA, Minn. — A Minnesota woman is retiring from a local museum after having worked there for 20 years. Betty Pond has been Virginia Area Historical Society Heritage Museum's museum assistant for the past two decades. She finally accepted the title of museum manager earlier this year. She'll officially retire on Feb. 5, 2018. By Leah Ryan, Mesabi Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,409 words, photo.



STILLWATER, Minn. — A Minnesota woman has purchased a ballroom that she often went to as a child. Laura Miron Mendele grew up going to the Withrow Ballroom in northern Washington County. Now, Mendele is the new owner of the ballroom. Mendele, 32, of Lakeville, purchased the historic ballroom, believed to be the oldest ballroom in Minnesota, during an online auction in November; she and a silent partner paid $376,000 for the property. By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 766 words, photo.


MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota residents are continuing to enjoy a TV dancing show which began 60 years ago. "Bandwagon" began in 1960, and was launched to help promote the launch of KEYC itself. Through the years, the format remained the same: polka music, people dancing, cameras rolling. Kato Ballroom now charges $8 admission for the event. By Robb Murray, Mankato Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,491 words, photos.

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