Austin clinic helps keep moms' cars on the road

A broken fuel gauge put a crimp in Sara Abella's day recently.

"I was driving to work, and I ran out of gas," she said. "My sister had to bring me a container of gas."

On Saturday, her mom brought the family car to the Single Mom Car Clinic at Austin's Veterans Pavilion, hosted by Mission 507, a nonprofit organization that works to help single mothers, widows, and wives of deployed members of the military.

Read the full story by Brian Todd here.

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Scouts scour creek for critters near heron rookery

Naturalist Larry Dolphin takes a water sample from Cascade Creek during a water quality assessment in Olmsted County Saturday, May 15, 2021. John Molseed / jmolseed@postbulletin.com
Naturalist Larry Dolphin takes a water sample from Cascade Creek during a water quality assessment in Olmsted County Saturday, May 15, 2021. John Molseed / jmolseed@postbulletin.com

Claire Wirt said she was surprised how many critters she found Saturday in Cascade Creek.

Wirt, 14, was among 11 Girl Scouts helping conduct a water-quality test Saturday afternoon in the creek in Rochester Township.

The informal but scientific examination was part of a group’s ongoing efforts to spread awareness of an upland heron nesting site and to learn more about the environment the birds live in.

Read the full story by John Molseed here.



Med City start-up works to create a better canine cancer treatment

A Rochester start-up is making headway on its goal of using gene editing to treat a devastating cancer in dogs, while developing data to apply toward human cancer research.

Life Engine Animal Health or LEAH Labs, led by CEO and co-founder Wes Wierson, has been busy. The company uses gene editing techniques developed by Wierson at Iowa State University with Mayo Clinic support. LEAH Labs licensed the research from Mayo Clinic.

LEAH Labs' goal is to use its non-viral CAR T cell cancer therapy to create a treatment for B cell lymphoma cancer in dogs. That type of cancer is comparable to Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans and kills an estimated 300,000 dogs every year.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.


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Cannon Falls ace Abby Breuer determined to make this year count

Cannon Falls pitcher Abby Breuer delivers during a Hiawatha Valley League softball game against Kasson-Mantorville on May 6 in Kasson. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Cannon Falls pitcher Abby Breuer delivers during a Hiawatha Valley League softball game against Kasson-Mantorville on May 6 in Kasson. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

The Cannon Falls softball team has high expectations for 2021 thanks to an offense filled with big hitters and a legitimate ace in the pitching circle, Abby Breuer.

The disappointment of missing out on the 2020 season was legitimate, but the Bombers planned to return to the field with a vengeance this spring.

COVID wasn’t content to just take away the 2020 season. The virus struck again and forced the Bombers to miss two weeks at the beginning of this season. But Breuer has made her return to the circle with an absolute vengeance. The Cannon Falls junior opened with a 14-strikeout performance in a 7-1 win over Lake City on May 3. But that wasn’t good enough. She fanned 16 KoMets in a 3-2 win on May 6 and had 11 punchouts against Pine Island on May 10.

Read the full story by Isaac Trotter here.



Workers worried retailers ditching masks on vaccine honor system

An employee wearing a face mask walks near a sign informing customers that face coverings are required in front of a Walmart store in Washington, D.C., on July 15, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)
An employee wearing a face mask walks near a sign informing customers that face coverings are required in front of a Walmart store in Washington, D.C., on July 15, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

As Walmart Inc. and a handful of major retailers dropped mask requirements in their stores, some frontline workers are pushing back on concerns that the new policy will bring them greater health and safety risks.

The world’s largest retailer, along with Costco Wholesale Corp. and Trader Joe’s, were among the first companies to ease their mask policy for vaccinated shoppers following a recommendation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Food and grocery workers are concerned that the rule change, which largely relies on a vaccination honor system, brings them greater health and safety risk.

Read the full story here.