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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

February 13, 2018

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Feb. 19-21.

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-UNDERGROUND RAILROAD STOP

WINONA, Minn. — A woman is working to prove that her Minnesota town was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Carol Jefferson has spent the past four years trying to prove a point that still eludes her grasp: that runaway slaves once passed through Winona with the help of local abolitionists, making the city part of the Underground Railroad. Jefferson, 69, taught ecology at Winona State University for three decades, transitioning to Underground Railroad research when she was laid up with a broken ankle in 2014. By Kyle Farris, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 979 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-OLYMPIC ICE-MAKER

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota ice maker will be making ice at this year’s Winter Olympics. Adam Stirn, the University of Minnesota’s lead ice maker, doesn’t like dirt; not in hallways, not on rink boards and especially not on ice. Stirn is one of just 16 ice makers worldwide selected to work for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He will spend February making and maintaining the world’s highest-quality hockey ice for the world’s best athletes. By Rilyn Eischens, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,308 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR

NEWPORT, Minn. — A Minnesota woman has written a children’s book. Ara Elizabeth was out of town on a business trip when she found herself in the presence of something unexpected: free time. After scrolling through social media and seeing how angry and sad it was, she was inspired to write a book. By Molly Guthrey, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,331 words.

EXCHANGE-LUNCHBOX MICROSCOPE

ROCHESTER, Minn. — What if schools had access to inexpensive, rugged microscopes that every student could take home to experiment with in the woods, by a pond or in their backyard? That’s the question that led a local science education group and a Rochester business to create a high quality “lunch box” microscope that costs $250 instead of the typical $2,000 to $5,000. By Jeff Kiger, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 745 words, photo.

The AP, Minneapolis

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