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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

February 20, 2019

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Feb. 23-25:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-BIOMATERIAL MANUFACTURER EXPANDS

ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ Microbiologics entered into the virology industry only a little more than one year ago, but the St. Cloud-based biomaterial manufacturer is already making a big impact in the world of viruses and vaccines. Microbiologics acquired San Diego-based Virapur at the end of 2017, allowing the company to expand its research and development support services to vaccines and gene therapy. Founded in 1971, Microbiologics is the leading provider of ready-to-use microorganisms for quality control testing in clinical, pharmaceutical, food, water and educational industries. By Anna Haecherl, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 342 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-UNIVERSITY STUDENT PRESIDENT

MINNEAPOLIS _ As undergraduate student body president at the University of Minnesota, Simran Mishra’s days never look the same. On the first day of spring semester, Mishra woke up around 6 a.m. to get ready for a yoga class at 6:45 a.m. Then she went to three classes, checked in with her colleagues and called University administrators. At the end of the day, she fit in dinner with her friends before working on homework and getting to sleep around midnight. She did all this while getting paid what equates to just over $3 per hour for a 40-hour work week. By Michelle Griffith, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1169 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-FINDING WILDLIFE COLLECTION

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ George Atwood’s collection of exotic taxidermied animals, weapons, rugs, musical instruments, books and sporting equipment was so extensive that the Stillwater lumber magnate built a museum to house it. The Atwood Museum, in a 35,000-square-foot building behind his house, contained the “greatest private collection in the Northwest,” according to a 1933 article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The collection also included swordfish, lizards, Rocky Mountain rattlesnakes, mountain lions, mountain goats and Egyptian lizards. By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1213 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-STRUGGLING THEATER

ROCHESTER, Minn. _To many of us, $100,000 might seem like a lot of money. But when Greg Miller, former artistic director of Rochester Civic Theatre, announced recently that he had raised $100,000 to launch his own theater venture, he also said it wasn’t enough to get started and the project would not go forward. When it comes to live theater, apparently $100,000 is barely enough to open the curtains and turn on the lights — or buy the lights, for that matter. By Tom Weber, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 709 words, photo.

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