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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

June 6, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for June 9-11:



MANKATO, Minn. —Two Minnesota high schools have new biomedical classrooms that give realistic experiences and college credit. East and West high students have spent researching a mannequin with a made-up disease. Grants from community supporters allowed Mankato Area Public Schools to launch a new Project Lead The Way biomedical sciences program this year. More than 160 students enrolled in the first yearlong class introducing them to human physiology. By Kristine Goodrich, The Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 494 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS —A Minneapolis business owner says her take on soul food will be on display as part of Eat on the Avenue, a campaign to support startups and showcase the range of food options in the community. Wendy Puckett is the owner of Wendy’s House of SOUL. She says she hopes the campaign changes the perception of north Minneapolis from a high-crime area to a food destination. By Evan Frost, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 764 words, photos.


ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. —A new documentary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway has been made as it marks 50 years. In 1968, efforts to protect the St. Croix led to the passage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The documentary called “The Wild and Scenic St. Croix” is commemorating that action and to reinvigorate the commitment that led to the river’s protected status. The film debuted June 6. By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,322 words, photos.



PINE ISLAND, Minn. —A farm near Pine Island has been home to and provided a livelihood for family generations. The Klingsporn Farm is home to three generations of the family. They live and work on the 160-acre farm that will be honored by the Minnesota State Fair as a Century Farm this year and as a Sesquicentennial Farm by the Minnesota Farm Bureau. Linda Klingsporn says the farm has been in the family since 1868. Brian Todd, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 655 words, photos.


OAKDALE, Minn. —A woman in Minnesota says she’s preparing to compete to be Mrs. Minnesota America 2018. Kellie Chauvin says she could be the first “Mrs. Hmong,” as she calls it, to score a victory in the pageant nationally. One other Hmong woman from Minnesota is also competing this year. Chauvin was born in Laos in 1974 during a time of war. In 1977, her family fled to safety in Thailand, where they lived in a refugee camp. By S. M. Chavey, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,032 words, photos.

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