Forager Brewery closes temporarily due to COVID exposure

Forager Brewery will close temporarily after a part-time employee tested positive for COVID-19, the company reported Saturday.

The closure was announced on the same day that state health officials said there are 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Olmsted County, and two deaths. One week ago, on July 4, Dooley's Pub in downtown Rochester closed after two staff members discovered they were infected.

Annie Henderson, owner of Forager Brewery, posted a video online, talking about the company’s decision to close. According to its website, the business will reopen July 25.

Read the full story by Jordan Shearer here.

Pine Island RV park sells for $1.1 million

A Pine Island recreational vehicle park sold for $1.1 million earlier this week.

The Hidden Meadows RV Park at 6450 120th St. NW, in rural Pine Island, was purchased by Wabasha-based Hidden Meadows Resort, LLC led by Tracy Hofschulte. The deal closed Wednesday.

It was sold by Kris Powell and Jeff Mack, who had owned the park since 2004.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

In move to 2 print editions, PB is actually offering more

This week, the biggest change in the Post Bulletin's printing practices since ... well, since ever -- will be realized. As announced last month, we will go from a five-day weekly printing schedule to two days.

I'm often asked questions such as: Why? Does this mean the end of the Post Bulletin? And should we feel sorry for you?

Read the full column by Jeff Pieters here.

Mayo Clinic doesn't fare well in hospital ranking that includes civic leadership, patient value

The Mayo Clinic's Gonda building Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in downtown Rochester.
The Mayo Clinic's Gonda building Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in downtown Rochester.

Judging which are the best hospitals in the United States really depends on how you define “best.”

A new national health care ranking goes beyond just looking at patient outcomes like popular lists compiled by magazines such as US News & World Reports or Newsweek do.

The Lown Institute, a nonpartisan health care think tank, added civic leadership and value of care to its scoring system to judge how well a hospital fulfills its social mission to provide care for a community.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

Health officials warn of deadly 'brain-eating amoeba' found in warm freshwater

(Forum News Service File Photo)
(Forum News Service File Photo)

Minnesota Health officials have warned all lake swimmers to keep their nose out of the water or risk contracting a "brain-eating amoeba."

"Given that we've seen prolonged periods of warmer weather, I wanted to bring to your attention the risk of naegleria fowleri infection," said state director of infectious disease Kris Ehresmann in a Friday, July 10, afternoon news call.

Ehresmann said the amoeba has not been found in Minnesota waters, but that "swimmers should assume that naegleria is present in fresh water."

Read the full story by Paul John Scott here.