Plus …Meet the pair of Minnesotans that have passion for Pez dispensers.
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Pair of Minnesotans have passion for Pez dispensers
Math teacher Jayson Pautzke says he started collecting Pez dispensers more than 20 years ago after a student gave him one as a gift.
His classroom collection has grown to almost 600 dispensers.
Another Minnesota Pez collector, Andi Arnold, has almost 3,000 dispensers. She has every Pez dispenser ever released to the public, except three.
A Netflix documentary called “The Pez Outlaw”, which chronicles the bizarre tale of a Michigan Man, who smuggled illegal Pez products into the U.S. from Europe, is giving Pez collecting a second look.
“It’s like a whole world of Pez collecting. So there’s a lot of us out there, more than people realize, which might be frightening,” said Arnold.
Both Arnold and Pautzke say that while they are fans of the dispensers, Pez candy is not their favorite.
“No. I don’t like Pez candy at all. I think it tastes like chalk,” said Arnold.
“I mean the candy. It’s just a hard piece of sugar. You don’t get it for the candy,” said Pautzke.
Canine influenza: Tips for preventing its spread
A canine influenza outbreak impacted around 200 dogs at Animal Humane Society shelters in Anoka, Hennepin, and Washington counties. There are now strong indicators of community spread throughout the Twin Cities.
Avoid direct dog-to-dog contact with dogs outside your household or dogs known to have been boarded, attended dog day-care, or visited a dog park in the last seven days.
Keep your distance (six feet) at places where dogs congregate like dog parks and while on walks with your dog.
If your dog is sick, keep them at home, away from other animals, and call your veterinarian.
The Animal Humane Society announced the decision on Wednesday, saying “For the first time in 52 years, Animal Humane Society will hold a Walk for Animals celebration without dogs in attendance.”
“As much as we would love to see dogs at the Walk this year, our top priority is always the health and safety of animals in our community,” says AHS President and CEO Janelle Dixon.
🎨 Things to do this week 🎨
St. Paul Art Crawl:
Union Depot, St. Paul
April 28 through April 30
Shop 30 local artists with a wide variety of options at Union Depot including painters, photographers, mixed media artists, jewelry designers and apothecary creators. The event also features live music, specials and happy hour at Station 81 restaurant, and free prizes.
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