Insurance companies have stayed out of the Rochester market largely because Mayo sets prices in the region, and they're higher than anywhere else in Minnesota. Mayo officials say their costs are expensive because the clinic treats patients with complex illnesses.
In Rochester, health care is more expensive than anywhere else in Minnesota because the Mayo Clinic sets the region's prices. That's the reality facing southeast Minnesota. Despite the federal Affordable Care Act and the new MNsure health coverage marketplace.
The $67 million gift from Robert and Patricia Kern marks the second largest outright gift in Mayo's history.
Many children are not being vaccinated against a cervical cancer virus because their parents don't know enough about the vaccine, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician warns.
When severe flooding this summer worsened erosion around many of the region's cold-water trout streams, environmentalists searched for ways to keep soil out of the water without breaking local government budgets. They decided to try walls of trees.
An oversight board is developing rules for mining, processing and transporting silica sand - used in hydraulic fracturing.
Science, technology, engineering and math disciplines will generate tens of thousands of jobs in Minnesota in the next decade. Many of those careers require knowledge of the code language that runs computers. Rochester officials and business leaders are teaching kids to code in hopes of bringing those jobs to the area.
"There are cases of measles and rubella outbreak in other parts of the world and as we always say, 'We're one plane ride away from an outbreak like that happening in the U.S.," according to Greg Poland, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Mayo.
The deal, reached after five months of negotiations, addresses quality of patient care and gives nurses more input on staffing levels without fear of retaliation, said nurse David Nachreiner.
The state currently has two veterans cemeteries -- one in Minneapolis and one in Little Falls. Construction begins soon on a third cemetery in southeastern Minnesota that will be a final resting place for more than 35,000 veterans.
The Mayo Clinic is teaming up with Sesame Street to deliver healthy messages to women and families in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina.
The fire that destroyed two buildings and damaged several others in downtown Winona earlier this month started between the roof and the ceiling of the Islamic Center of Winona.
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has received a $10 million federal grant to develop a state veterans cemetery in southeastern Minnesota.
Rochester and Mayo Clinic leaders estimate the city will grow by about 32,000 residents over the next 20 years as the clinic expands its footprint in the region. The new Economic Development Agency will vet private information and development plans.
A new study will help researchers determine whether to continue releasing stingless wasps as a strategy in the battle against the emerald ash borer, a tiny invasive beetle that's posing a dire threat to Minnesota's ash trees.