Statewide: March 30, 2011 Archive
A new building is coming to downtown Rochester.
The Mayo Clinic announced it will double the size of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. The four-story expansion will give selected patients access to the wellness facility, that currently is open only to Mayo Clinic employees and their families.
In a statement, Patricia Barrier, medical director of Mayo Clinic's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, said the clinic is committed to improving the overall health and wellness of its patients as well as diagnosing and treating illness and disease.
"This expansion will contribute to Mayo's quest to comprehensively serve the needs of each patient," Barrier said.
At the new center, patients will get highly individualized healthy living guidance tailored to their particular illness or disease. The center also will provide ongoing support aimed at preventing future disease.
The expansion is made possible by the financial generosity of Dan Abraham, a longtime Mayo patient and founder of SlimFast International. Mayo Clinic officials did not release the amount of Abraham's financial gift.
"The generous support by Mr. Abraham has improved the lives of our employees through the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. Now, his same spirit of generosity and commitment to Mayo Clinic will more broadly touch all our patients," John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO, said in a statement.
Clinic officials said the existing floors of the healthy living center will continue to be for Mayo employees and their dependents. The new floors will have a separate entrance for patients.
Officials did not immediately release a timeline for construction of the project.
Posted at 8:00 AM on March 30, 2011
by Michael Olson
Filed under: Around MN
125 companies in Minnesota that accepted subsidies from local and state government failed to create a single job. The Star Tribune dug around and examined more than 650 job-creation deals that took place between 2004 and 2009. Beyond the 125 that didn't produce a job, "at least 46 of the subsidized companies produced no lasting jobs."
Excelsior Energy, for example, promised 150 jobs and a new power plant on the Iron Range in return for $9.5 million in state loans in 2002 and 2004. The plant has yet to be built.
Faribault Woolen Mills promised to keep the state's oldest factory operating with the help of $575,000 in state and local loans. In 2009, the factory was closed, sending the last 36 employees out the door.
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The Northland's NewsCenter (KBJR-TV) and MPR News have joined forces for a face-to-face forum on April 5 on the economic future of Minnesota's Arrowhead. To learn more just click here.
But to get the ball rolling in advance of the forum, KBJR's Barbara Reyelts talked with two economists to get a handle on how mining, tourism and technology will all morph and change the Arrowhead economy.
Drew Digby, labor analyst for the state Deparment of Employment and Economic Development. Tony Barrett, Professor of Economics in the School of Business & Technology at College of St. Scholastica
Read and watch more about the Duluth economy, then comment