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BC-MN--Minnesota Weekend Exchange Digest, MN

May 14, 2019 GMT

Here are the Minnesota AP Member Exchange Features for AP-Minnesota stories for May 18-20. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 612-322-2727.

For use Saturday, May 18, and thereafter.


MINNEAPOLIS _ During his daily classroom rounds, Morgan McDonald looks for early signs of tension among students at Lucy Laney Elementary School. Check-ins with teachers are one way McDonald, a student support specialist, tries to head off fights at the north Minneapolis elementary school. McDonald, also a certified boxer, coach and official, used to keep a punching bag in his office. He discovered that some kids would only open up about what was bothering them after they put on boxing gloves and took out their aggression on a punching bag. By Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 984 words.



HASTINGS, Minn. _ Spencer Johnson’s stories are like train cars _ colorful, interesting, constantly moving and somehow all connected. The 61-year-old history teacher sat in the cafeteria of Hastings Middle School on a recent Tuesday and talked about his 39 years of telling stories to students. He’ll be retiring at the end of the school year. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 639 words, photos.

For use Monday, May 20, and thereafter.


ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ Suud Olat’s parents never dreamed their children would earn bachelor’s degrees, he said. Olat’s family left Somalia for the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya when Olat was about six months old. They spent more than two decades there. On May 10, Olat, 28, received his bachelor of arts degree from St. Cloud State University. By Nora Hertel, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 866 words, photos.


BLOOMINGTON, Minn. _ If we told you a 10-year-old feels at home in a high school precalculus class, you might be impressed. But Elliott Tanner isn’t just keeping up with college-bound high school students. He’s tutoring them. Elliott has already aced college algebra, physics for scientists & engineers, trigonometry and calculus _ earning a 4.0 GPA as he nears the end of his second year at Normandale Community College. By Boyd Huppert, KARE-TV. SENT IN ADVANCE: 758 words.

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