Former Clinic supervisor sentenced in $172,000 theft

More than three years after the crime was discovered, a case involving $172,000 in cash being stolen from Mayo Clinic's parking ramps finally reached a conclusion today

Olmsted County Judge Jacob Allen sentenced former Mayo Clinic parking manager Timothy Paul Stafford to 60 days in jail, 10 years of probation and to pay $100,000 in restitution for pocketing thousands in cash that he was supposed to deposit for months in 2015 and 2016.

Over a Zoom call, the 48-year-old Stafford was told by the judge that while he committed a crime without an individual victim, he breached the trust of his employer and he knew his actions were wrong.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

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Change is in the mix for Andy's Liquor

It looks like change is stirring for Med City’s oldest name in liquor, with a new flavor being added to the mix.

On Monday, the Rochester City Council approved the transfer of the licenses of four Andy’s Liquor stores to the St. Cloud-based Coborn’s. Coborn's owns more than 120 grocery and stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa.

The licenses are for the Andy’s stores at 1201 S. Broadway, 82 36 Ave. NW, 2932 41 St. NW and 3514 55 St. NW. While only the South Broadway store was transferred to a corporate entity under the Coborn’s name, the three other companies that took control of the other licenses are all based at the same St. Cloud address of Coborn’s headquarters.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

Here's what you need to know about Minnesota's mask mandate

Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, spoke to reporters at the Capitol complex about the state's mask mandate. John Autey / Pioneer Press
Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, spoke to reporters at the Capitol complex about the state's mask mandate. John Autey / Pioneer Press

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, July 22, announced that Minnesota will adopt a statewide mask mandate beginning Saturday, July 25.

The requirement follows several other states and Minnesota cities that have required residents to don face coverings or masks when in public. And state health officials said the mandate could help quell the spread of COVID-19 after positivity rates for the illness crept up in recent weeks.

Before the mandate takes effect, here's what you need to know about the new rule.

Read the full story by Dana Ferguson here.

Pine Island passes welcoming declaration; protests likely to continue

Joe Loftus speaks at the city council meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at the Pine Island City Hall. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Joe Loftus speaks at the city council meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at the Pine Island City Hall. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

How much change is needed in Pine Island?

That's the question that kept getting asked, though not answered, Tuesday night at the Pine Island City Council meeting.

The meeting, which covered topics ranging from allowing chickens in the city to paying the monthly bills, including passage of a resolution supporting an inclusive and welcoming community for people of all "age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin."

Meister's game, offers keep growing

Rochester John Marshall’s Lilly Meister is a rising basketball talent. Her parents, Angie and Kurt, both played in college and are enjoying the process of watching her grow into the game. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)
Rochester John Marshall’s Lilly Meister is a rising basketball talent. Her parents, Angie and Kurt, both played in college and are enjoying the process of watching her grow into the game. (Ken Klotzbach / kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

It wasn’t many days ago that married couple Kurt and Angie Meister dragged out their old VCR high school basketball tapes.

Kurt starred at Hamilton (Ill.) High School, while Angie (then Angie Swenson) was a Rochester John Marshall standout. Both went on to have glossy careers at South Dakota State University, where they met.

The viewing of those tapes was a family thing, and strategic — though a little bit tongue-in-cheek from Kurt. He got them out as a reminder to all three of their kids that he and Angie could really play in their day and that their basketball advice should be accepted — or at least considered.

Read the full story by Pat Ruff here.