BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN
Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Sept. 15-17:
RUSHFORD, Minn. — Scott Leddy, 46, who lives in Rushford, said he grew up suffering from epilepsy. In his late teens, “I was really struggling, I was seizing almost every day.” An operation made the seizures worse. “I didn’t think I would live,” he said. Leddy began to walk on prairie. “I came to peace out here on the inside and the out because I was in peace.” Leddy began to heal. It took more than two decades, but he said he’s nearly free of the seizures. No medical tests prove he was healed by prairie, but he believes it. By Jon Weiss, Agri News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 771 words, photo.
EXCHANGE-PASTOR’S CANCER FIGHT
GILBERT, Minn. — The Rev. Nathan Lobb initially thought the power of prayer was the 61-year-old’s only hope for surviving Stage 4 cancer. But the longtime pastor who has much to live for, including a wife of 38 years, five children and 13 grandchildren (with one on the way), took a great big leap of faith recently after learning of an alternative cancer treatment available in Arizona. Lobb, of Palo, is now “very hopeful” the special care, in addition to spiritual assistance, will give him an improved chance of surviving the cancer. By Angie Riebe, Mesabi Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1130 words.
EXCHANGE-20 YEARS MISSING
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. — Tony, Jennaya and Allison Edberg and their mom, Jackie Edberg, haven’t seen Nathan for nearly 20 years. As they’ve marked life’s moments — graduations, marriages and having children — their memories of Nathan remain strong. Nathan Edberg went missing on April 14, 1999, after being last seen at Decoy’s Bar in White Bear Lake. He was 21 when he disappeared, and will turn 41 years old in September. Investigators continue working on the case, with hopes of finding some evidence to help solve his disappearance. By Kelly Busche, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 883 words, photos.
EXCHANGE-ZACH’S OWN PATH
MANKATO, Minn. — Zach Koser, 18, left Mankato West High School after his sophomore year, and graduated from a St. Paul-based online high school. He struggles with social anxiety issues, and it became a serious problem in high school. While many brilliant careers began in a college classroom, Koser knew his path didn’t need to go that route. He’s been working for a local farmer. By Robb Murray, Mankato Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1265 words, photos.
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