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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

March 19, 2019

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



EDINA, Minn. _ After playing fairy godmother to more than 10,000 girls over the past decade, Pam Philipp is packing away her magic wand. Since 2007, the founder of Operation Glass Slipper and her legion of volunteers have made prom dreams come true for underprivileged girls by providing them with dresses, shoes and accessories _ all free of charge. But midnight is striking. A “princess event” at Southdale Mall in Edina will be the nonprofit’s last, not because the program has waned in popularity but because Philipp and her core group of nine volunteers are getting on in age or are battling health problems. By Nancy Yang, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 939 words, photos.


ROCHESTER, Minn. _ Tammy French, an autism special education teacher at Bishop Elementary School, put blue filters on the overhead fluorescent lights in her classroom. Her students are sensitive to light, she said. A small table is placed to discourage running in the space. Everything in the classroom is curated to help her teach her class of six kindergarteners through second-grade students with severe autism. By John Molseed, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 485 words, photo.



MANKATO, Minn. _ On any given day, Dustin Tyler can be seen working at Spencer’s Gift Shop at River Hills Mall or at the front desk at Great Clips. And when he isn’t working, he spends his time off reading a book at home or hitting the gym. Tyler isn’t your average Joe, though. Decked out completely in tattoos, he stands out in any environment, including social media. On Instagram, Tyler has more than 70,000 followers including some celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne and adult film star Jenna Jameson. By Diana Rojo-Garcia, The Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 957 words.


VIRGINIA, Minn. _ Phill Drobnick is a coach for Team USA Curling, but not the hardcore numbers-crunching type. Yet in the after-hours of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, after the ice and arena cleared of action, he was searching for any efficiency Team Shuster could use to win. Drobnick and team alternate Joe Polo threw rocks down the empty sheets of ice _ timing them, measuring the curl _ looking for the most accurate and deficient stones in the bunch. When team skip John Shuster needed to make a shot, he wanted the best rocks, and they were taking the guesswork out of it. By Jerry Burnes, Mesabi Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1527 words.

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