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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

March 5, 2019

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

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-MENTAL HEALTH TATTOOS

ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ Tattoo artists in Minnesota have raised money and awareness for mental health. A line of people snaked up the stairs from the Cream City Tattoo counter and nearly out the door one recent morning, as dozens waited for their semicolon tattoos in St. Cloud. The semicolon has become a symbol of resilience for people facing or impacted by mental illness. A semicolon tattoo can be a permanent reminder not to give up. By Nora G. Hertel, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 220 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-BRIDGING POLITICAL DIVIDE

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ A group is working to bring Minnesota Republicans and Democrats together for civil conversations across the political divide. Better Angels formed after the 2016 election. It began in South Lebanon, Ohio, and now organizes workshops and conversations nationwide. The meetings have become more common around the Twin Cities as of late. By Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 884 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-DANCE-BLACK EXPERIENCE

MINNEAPOLIS _ A Minneapolis dance company is promoting healing and self-love through dance, writing, discussion and American Sign Language. Dance company BLAQ works to give black women a space where they can be free of the stereotypes and discrimination they experience in daily life and heal through the unfiltered expression of dance. By Becca Most, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 621 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-88-YEAR-OLD MCDONALD’S WORKER

WAYZATA, MINN. _ An 88-year-old Minnesota man is planning to retire from a McDonald’s job that began as a temporary stint but stretched into a nearly three-decade career. Mason Little started working at the Wayzata McDonald’s when the restaurant was short-staffed. A manager asked Mason if he would be willing to fill in for a couple of weeks. Those two weeks turned into 29 years. Mason plans to retire in May, just two days before his 89th birthday. By Boyd Huppert, KARE-TV. SENT IN ADVANCE: 594 words.

The AP, Minneapolis