Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for Aug. 11-13:
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Tri-County Humane Society is getting ready to build a new shelter as the current facility is seeing a lack of space and wear and tear. In 1989, the shelter took in 62 stray cats. Last year, they accepted 527 strays. One of the main reasons to build new is the needs of the area have shifted. When the shelter was built, the split between cats and dogs was fairly even. Today, cats make up more than two-thirds of the animals accepted at the shelter and dogs are less than a quarter. By Stephanie Dickrell, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1364 words, photos.
EXCHANGE-ROADSIDE SWEET CORN
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota business has been selling produce from roadside truck stands for about 26 years. Kristin and Mike Blattner’s business, Produce Plus, sells a variety of produce, but focuses on sweet corn. They have about 30 trucks that set up shop in Rochester and the surrounding area, all the way to La Crosse, Wisconsin. Each truck has produce that was picked fresh that day or the day before by the Blattners. By Noah Fish, Agri News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 756 words, photo.
EXCHANGE-POP TAB COLLECTOR
MEDFORD, Minn. — A Minnesota man has spent his life collecting pop tabs. Jim Spinler has collected more than 3 million tabs so far. Spinler’s 30-year pursuit still hasn’t stopped. Sometimes twice a day, he heads out in his golf cart in search of Medford’s discarded aluminum cans. By Boyd Huppert, KARE-TV. SENT IN ADVANCE: 402 words.
EXCHANGE-CONSTRUCTION JOBS TRAINING
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A free Minnesota program is working to recruit more women and minorities in the trades. With the help of a federally funded grant, a carpenters union and Workforce Development Inc. put together a seven-week program that sought to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in the trade. Sixteen Rochester area people were enrolled in the program. By Matthew Stolle, Post-Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 894 words, photo.
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