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In Rochester, abandoned wheelchairs are part of the landscape

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Rochester, Minn. — Anyone who has spent much time in Minnesota’s “Med City” can’t help but notice that wheelchairs are everywhere, often in unusual surroundings.

From city parking ramps and downtown sidewalks to park trails and the local mall, the chairs have an inescapable presence.

More than likely, that has to do with the fact that Rochester is home to Mayo Clinic, visited by thousands of patients every day. Many of them use wheelchairs to get around.

The big curiosity is how they end up all over the city with their users nowhere in sight — a slice of life that some local residents can be oblivious to.


Granny basketballers: ‘You’ve got to keep active’

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Faribault, Minn. — For a couple of dozen Minnesota women, playing basketball is just what the doctor ordered. The Faribault Hot Shots and the Wanamingo Bulldogs, the state’s two self-described “granny” basketball teams, will host two Iowa teams Saturday in Minnesota’s first granny tournament.

The women play for the love of the game, but they also take to the court to cope with the realities of aging.

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