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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

December 20, 2018

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

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-NET-ZERO HOME

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Steve Tuckner admits he failed. His goal: To build an “affordable” net-zero home. So he picked an affordable neighborhood: St. Paul’s North End. Sold the spacious three-bedroom abode in Roseville where he lived for decades. Moved with his wife and two dogs into an apartment _ and hired builders. That was over a year ago. By Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1278 words, photos

EXCHANGE-FARMERS STRESS

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. _ Brenda Rudolph went in February for her first physical in three years, and she flipped out on her doctor about the price of milk, the 38-year-old dairy farmer and blogger said. After that doctor’s visit, Rudolph started seeing a counselor, addressed a vitamin deficiency and noticed her negative thoughts about being a failure. She recounted her experience in her Raising a Farmer blog in June and again Dec. 7 at the Farming in Tough Times workshop held by the University of Minnesota Extension. By Nora G. Hertel, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 959 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-PREVENTING STUDENT SUICIDES

MINNEAPOLIS _ In August, Gila Grad marked one year since surviving a suicide attempt when she jumped from a bridge in Minneapolis. On the anniversary, she gathered friends for a party to celebrate her survival. During the party, she discussed how mental illness can affect anyone _ advocating for open discussion and destigmatization. Grad currently studies gender and women’s studies, religious studies and Jewish studies as a part-time student at the University of Minnesota. She’s an advocate for accessibility to resources because she said mental illness can impact anyone. By Helen Sabrowsky and J.D. Duggan, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1516 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-ICE SCULPTORS

MANKATO, Minn. _ Ice sculpting is a bit of an artistic niche, so winter festival season acts as a reunion for Minnesotans passionate about the art form. “There aren’t that many ice sculptors, so we tend to bump into each other,” said Deneena Hughes, an ice carver from Eden Prairie. Hughes was on one of four teams who transformed ice blocks in Sibley Park into sleighs, reindeer, holiday gnomes and an abominable snowman at Mankato’s Kiwanis Holiday Lights. The group was technically competing against each other for a $500 people’s choice award _ won by Adam and Ashley Scholljegerdes for their abominable snowman and Rudolph carving _ but their familiarity with each other makes it more of a friendly contest than anything. By Brian Arola, The Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 522 words, photos.

The AP, Minneapolis

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