The water at Mayo Clinic Hospital–Saint Marys campus is dark-colored and may be unsafe to drink. The all-clear, however, is given after a three-day drinking ban. … The Rochester School Board ratifies a two-year teachers contract that includes a retroactive 3-percent cost of living raise for 2017-18, and a 2.5-percent raise for 2018-19, plus other incentives. … In an effort to promote peace in her mother’s native land, the Korean peninsula, Rochester artist Kyong Juhn begins at 330-mile walk, from Rochester to Bemidji, a distance that approximates the distance Juhn’s mother traveled when she fled community North Korea during the Korean War.
The Rochester Public Library is one of 10 winners of the National Medal of Museum and Library Service. … Groundbreaking kicks off construction of the $115 million Alatus tower project, a residential high-rise on Second Street Southwest near Saint Marys. … Boston College dean Rev. James Burns is named the new president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and will begin his tenure July 9. … “I’m not alone anymore,” says Rochester native Lan Thi, who meets her father, discovered as a result of an Ancestry.com DNA test. Wayne Brown, 72, lives in the Los Angeles area. … Winona's Bluffview Montessori celebrates its 25th year as the second (barely) charter school in the nation.
Mayo Clinic “goes live” with its new $1.5 billion technology transition to a new records system, Epic Systems, for its medical records, billing and other aspects of its computer network. … Kasson-Mantorville graduate Derek Wiebke is one of two University of Minnesota student-athletes who has been named a 2018 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient. … Aldrich Nursery, in Rochester, breaks ground on a 2,200-square-foot addition that will add two classrooms and a library.
The new owner of the historic Villa Maria Retreat in Frontenac announces plans to convert the more than century-old villa and its 63 acres into a “romantic country boutique hotel.” … The exodus from the Red Wing City Council continues, as member Peggy Rehder announces his resignation. She joins Dustin Schulenberg and Dan Munson, who resigned their seats in April.
Area ballot measures go 1-for-4 in the May 8 election. Eyota voters approved a new $1.445 million renovation and expansion of the city’s fire hall. A second question in Eyota, to buy property and build a new city hall, and school bond referenda in Kingsland and Goodue all failed. … Austin’s Red Bike rental program has hit a bump: Few bikes are being returned to their racks after use. The program, begun in April 2016, has been placed on hold.
Vyriad, a biotechnology firm, will build a $9 million, state-of-the-art headquarters to manufacture anti-cancer vaccines on the former IBM campus. … Two Rochester students, Michael Thomas, from Century, and Maxwell Walters-Smith, from Mayo, are named National Merit Scholars.
A Rochester man is charged in a “horrific” sex assault involving two girls over six years is in custody. Heriberto Natividad Campos, 36, faces two counts each of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Campos posted $75,000 bond then is picked up by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. … A pet turtle made a quick getaway. Mackenzie Carter is offering a $200 reward for the return of Tortellini, her Russian tortoise, who has a brown and tan shell and is a picky eater. He was found about a month and a half later, partially burrowed in a garden about three blocks away.
Lourdes High School’s boys tennis team is in a rare spot: No. 1 in the state Class A rankings, with two players individually ranked in the top 10. … Meanwhile, Lourdes’ boys golf team claims the crown in the All-City Classic tournament at Northern Hills Golf Course, narrowly edging out Mayo High School. … And in one more piece of Lourdes news, 1992 graduate Brian Tanaka concludes his stint as commander of the U.S.S. Minnesota, a cutting-edge Virginia class attack nuclear submarine. The next chapter of his career takes him to Naples, Italy, to be deputy commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet.
Are there plans to build an ICE detention facility in Pine Island? Don’t hold your breath. Contrary to an Associated Press report, there is no imminent proposal, only a long-ago inquiry that didn’t seem to go anywhere. … Triton High School alum Matt Hanson, 33, sets a world record for an Ironman-branded triathlon, completing the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile marathon in 7:39:25.
One of three candidates to replace retiring Rochester Police Chief Roger Petersen is knocked out of the running amid allegations that he lied on his application. The candidate, Roy Alston, later appeals his disqualification but is still passed over for the top cop job. … Four newly hatched falcon chicks are found dead in their nesting box on the southeast corner of the Mayo Building. The chicks were part of Mayo Clinic’s peregrine falcon program. The cause of death is unknown, but a later lab analysis points to poison exposure as a possible cause.
Rochester’s VFW Post 1215 closes its doors at its longtime downtown headquarters and begins to prepare for a move to a new center, at 2775 43rd St. NW. A grand opening event is planned for June 14. The former site was purchased by University of Minnesota Rochester. … Fifty-eight-year-old Ricky Allan Thalacker is killed when his mobility scooter gets stuck on the train tracks on First Avenue Northwest in downtown Rochester and he is struck by an oncoming train.
A shortage of lifeguards imperils the swimming season at Byron and Spring Valley municipal pools. However, the pools both do finally open. … Remember, you are treating a person, not “an interesting case,” journalist and Mayo Clinic trustee Cokie Roberts tells 77 physicians and researchers in graduating ceremonies for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. … Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem will have an election challenger from inside his own office. Veteran prosecutor Geoff Hjerleid has filed to run in the fall election. Ostrem ultimately holds his seat.
McKenna Hovenga, a 7-week-old baby, is hit in the head by a ball at her father’s softball game in Iowa and is recovering at Mayo Clinic from skull fractures and two brain bleeds. “The kindness and love shown to our family this past week is greatly appreciated,” the family says in a statement. McKenna returns home in good health by the end of June. … Brady Berge is going to Slovakia. The Kasson-Mantorville graduate, a wrestling standout, earned the right to compete at Junior Worlds in October.
A rural Cannon Falls couple is “freaked out, but not hurt” after being robbed at gunpoint in a home invasion case. … Skillet, a Christian rock band, and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will perform at this summer’s Olmsted County Fair. … A wild turkey nicknamed Jake made a name for itself, strutting and fanning and occasionally charging cars on 16th Street Southwest. But aggressive behavior ran Jake a-fowl of the law, and police, after attempts to capture the bird, finally determine to kill it.
A groundbreaking ends a years-long dry spell in Claremont, where even the offer of free residential lots could not lure new residents to town. The groundbreaking is a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. … The Century boys tennis team avenges a 2017 section loss to Mayo and advances to the state tournament with a 4-3 victory. … The former Crossroads College is being converted to a residential campus under the oversight of Bear Creek Christian Church.
Council member Michael Wojcik is the subject of another ethics complaint, the second one filed against him by city resident Mark Bransford, who said Wojcik made “vindictive, personal attacks” against him in a public meeting. The city ethics board does not find against Wojcik, but notes that he could have been nicer. … Twenty-four-year-old Thomas Walker is the new manager of the Rochester Honkers as the season is about to begin.
Excessive heat and humidity prompt officials to shorten the Med City Marathon to a half-marathon. Still, at least three runners are treated for heat stroke symptoms. … The Doggery, a basement speakeasy-style bar in downtown Rochester, serves its last cocktail before its eclectic furnishings are packed up and taken away. Owner Ansley Jones cites personal and business reasons for the closure. “It’s more a feeling of relief for me,” he says.
Seventh-grader Lauren Ping and freshman Grace Ping, both of Winona Cotter, set records in the 3200 meter track and field event at the section meet and qualify for state. … Filmmaker Ken Burns previews his upcoming Mayo Clinic documentary in a public event at the Siebens Building in downtown Rochester. The film, “Mayo Clinic: Faith–Hope–Science” is set for a September release. … Salvation Army Majors James and Paulette Frye say farewell to Rochester in a retirement celebration. The Fryes served the Salvation Army for 42 years.