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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

March 6, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for March 10-12:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-SHRIMP FARMERS

MORRISTOWN, Minn. — Two Minnesota farmers have been raising shrimp since June in an effort to diversify from their crop farming. Dan and Jon Melchert, of Shrimp Guys, grow the most commonly farmed shrimp, white Pacific shrimp, flying babies in from Florida and Texas. The Melcherts grew up farming corn and soybeans, and they continue that today. So their approach to shrimp farming is far from dumping in feed and leaving for the day. By Matthew Lambert, Agri News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 488 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-72 HOURS IN PSYCH UNIT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Richard Kelly gets agitated when he talks about the three days last March when he was held against his will at St. Cloud Hospital. In his human services career, Kelly has helped commit mentally ill people for involuntary treatment. Last year the tables turned: Family members and officials considered him for commitment through a 72-hour hold and courthouse hearing. By Nora G. Hertel, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,922 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS DISPOSAL

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants tougher regulation on construction debris disposal, but counties that run many of the landfills are pushing back, arguing the MPCA hasn’t justified the need for expensive changes. By Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 830 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-HOME VISIT NURSES

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ramsey County’s Healthy Families program provides home visits from a nurse from pregnancy until a child is 3 years old. The program ensures that parents have the right skills and that children are developing properly so they’re ready for preschool and beyond. The voluntary program, typically offered to new parents with low-incomes, also aims to strengthen family bonds and help new parents understand all the resources available to them. By Christopher Magan, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 999 words, photos.

The AP, Minneapolis

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