Minnesota enterprise and Member Exchange features in sight for Saturday-Monday, Oct. 20-22:
For Saturday-Sunday use:
EXCHANGE-SCIENCE MUSEUM-EXHIBIT BUILDERS
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The exhibit "Lost Egypt" has returned to the Science Museum of Minnesota, and this time, visitors can actually see it. The last time it was here, it was being built behind closed doors in the museum fabrication shop. "Lost Egypt" highlights a part of the museum invisible to the public: exhibit design and development. The museum's exhibit services division employs more than 100 people, ranging from writers to model builders to carpenters and audio-visual specialists. It's quietly become of the nation's biggest players in exhibit-building. By Maja Beckstrom, St. Paul Pioneer Press.
AP Photos planned (http://bit.ly/T0ymli).
EXCHANGE-SUGAR BEET FARMERS
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley are busy harvesting a bumper crop this fall, the second harvest since American Crystal Sugar locked 1,300 union workers out of its five factories in a labor dispute. Unions hope a national consumer boycott against Crystal Sugar will pressure the company to settle, but the beet farmers who own the American Crystal Sugar cooperative are not feeling that pressure. For farmers like David Kragnes, the big push is to load beets from fertile fields into trucks. Sugar beets are the most consistently profitable crop Kragnes raises, and when he hears the thump of beets hitting the metal truck box, for him it's the sound of money. By Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio.
AP Photos planned (http://bit.ly/T8a9K2).
BROOKLYN PARK — Republican Sen. Benjamin Kruse didn't mention how the Legislature won last year's staredown with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to eliminate a $5 billion deficit without raising taxes, or the 20-day government shutdown that preceded the agreement. Instead, as he dropped in on voters last week, the freshman legislator talked about working with Dayton to help schools — Exhibit A in his case for bipartisanship. Kruse is one of several freshman Republicans emphasizing across-the-aisle cooperation as they face tough campaigns this year. Meanwhile, Democrats are running hard to recapture GOP-held seats in suburbs such as Blaine, Eagan and Woodbury and outstate districts including Grand Rapids, Willmar and Rochester, as they try to regain legislative majorities they lost two years ago. The shutdown — and the gridlock and political dysfunction it represented — is key evidence as they appeal to voters to go a new direction. By Martiga Lohn.
AP Photos planned.
DULUTH, Minn. — Michael Jackson was born prematurely, with bleeding on his brain. In his 18 years, he has been through 60 surgeries. When he walked across the stage to accept his diploma at Duluth East High School this year, it was the first time most of his classmates had seen him out of his wheelchair. In short, Jackson has had his challenges. Ask him what was hardest, though, and he'll tell you about the two months this summer when he couldn't talk about one of the most exciting accomplishments of his remarkable young life -- being selected as a finalist for a national humanitarian award. By John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune.
AP Photos planned (http://bit.ly/UZFRKC ).
EXCHANGE-ONE LAST TRIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The iconic red, white and blue barber pole turns lazily outside of TR's Barber Shop, making the small-town charm of the Lakeville barber official. Golf Digest, Pheasants Forever and Popular Mechanics magazines fill the rack for customers to read while waiting for their turn in the black leather swivel chair. Reuben "Bud" Mohn, in his crisp white tunic, khaki pants and black-rimmed glasses, stands at the corner station cutting hair while waving at customers and friends through a large bay window. The buzz of hair clippers, vacuums and chatter fill the small shop as customers regularly flow in and out, no appointment necessary. After 58 years in the business, Mohn will unplug his clippers for good this month. By Katie Askew, St. Paul Pioneer Press.
AP Photos planned (http://bit.ly/QyYUFm).
The AP, Minneapolis