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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

March 28, 2019

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for March 30-31:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-DEMENTIA FRIENDS

ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ A local assisted living community is making strides for the state of Minnesota in the world of memory care. The Sanctuary at St. Cloud is the first 100 percent-trained dementia-friendly community in the state, according to Cristina Rodriguez, resident engagement director for memory care. The Sanctuary opened in St. Cloud in January 2018. The facility has 101 assisted living apartments and 36 memory care apartments, according to Jean Werschay Reum, director of marketing for the center. By Alyssa Zaczek, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1121 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-YOUNG CHEF

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Spencer Venancio was 8 when he began cooking four-course dinners for friends and family. By 10, the Woodbury teen was poring over cooking websites, asking for cooking equipment for Christmas, perfecting complicated culinary techniques and preparing elaborate six-course dinners. Spencer, 14, is now interning at some of Minneapolis’ finest restaurants, teaching cooking classes and hosting 12-course pop-up tasting-menu dinners. By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1788 words.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-COSTUME DESIGNER

ALBERT LEA, Minn. _ Before a former Albert Lea woman was building shin guards for Jason Momoa, she was clothing women in champagne bubbles. Stacia Lang, daughter of longtime Albert Lea residents Neil and Barb Lang, works as a specialty costume keyperson, among other roles, in Los Angeles. Her hands have built and her eyes have overseen costume production in over 30 blockbuster feature films, including recents “Thor: Ragnarok,” ″Aquaman” and “First Man.” By Sarah Kocher, Albert Lea Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2386 words.

EXCHANGE-GOVERNOR’S TOP AIDE

ROCHESTER, Minn. _ On the night he won election last November, Gov. Tim Walz’s first decision was to turn to a 35-year-old Rochester native and ask him to be his chief of staff. Chris Schmitter, a 2002 John Marshall High School graduate, and Walz had been bound together politically from the moment they first met. Fifteen years earlier, before Walz embarked on his own political career, Schmitter was the first politico he got to know. By Matthew Stolle, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1386 words, photos.

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