Statewide: September 8, 2011 Archive
The donation came from Robert and Patricia Kern, a Wisconsin couple who has visited the Rochester Clinic since 1930.
Their contribution will jump start the new center that will focus on creating, evaluating and implementing approaches to deliver high-value care.
Robert Kern is the founder and owner of Generac Power Systems, a generator manufacturer based in Waukesha, Wis. The company produces industrial, commercial and residential power generators.
In a statement, Robert Kern said Mayo has been an important part of his family for many decades.
"We admire their culture of putting the needs of the patient first, and we are honored to join with them to lead the transformation of health care," Kern said.
The $20 million donation will be used to hire staff, build space and help open the Center for of Health Care Delivery, according to Clinic officials.
The goal of the center will be to identify the most efficient and effective best practices in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients.
The center will be located in the Harwick Building on Mayo Clinic's downtown Rochester campus.
Posted at 9:49 AM on September 8, 2011
by Michael Olson
Filed under: Around MN
For 1,300 miles, Craig Schafer pulled the weight of the thousand pound steel beam from the World Trade Center on a trailer and in some senses, the weight of the world (KARE).
Also on MN TodayMall counterterror reports ID mostly minorities Programs aimed at keeping a lookout for potential terrorists are not about profiling, government officials stress. But an analysis of suspicious activity reports of incidents at the Mall of America suggests the mall may be questioning people based partly on their appearance (MPR).
Laws, conditions compared at Minn-Wis mining meeting
Wisconsin officials spent Tuesday on the Iron Range with their Minnesota counterparts to discuss mining. They hope to get answers for a new iron ore mining law for Wisconsin (Ashland Current).
St. Paul police chief outlines $2.2 million in cuts
St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith described his department Wednesday as "very healthy" even while facing a $2.2 million budget cut in 2012 that will mean eliminating the police band and selling eight Harley-Davidson motorcycles (Star Tribune).
Emerson adding 100 jobs in Minnesota
The state of Minnesota said Wednesday it's giving a $500,000 forgivable loan to Emerson to help it expand and add 100 jobs at its Eden Prairie facility MSP Biz.
Rochester could change public transit providers
For more than 25-years, Rochester City Lines has been making sure people get to and from their destinations, but by the end of the year a new company may be transporting you around the city (KTTC).
Fond du Lac Band radio station hits the air
A new public radio station nine years in the making debuted Wednesday on the Fond du Lac Reservation.The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa began broadcasting at 89.1 FM WGZS. The Ojibwe word "giizis" means "moon." (Duluth News Tribune)
'Bears' speak Lakota: Cartoon aims to boost struggling language
The Berenstain Bears, a popular educational children's cartoon program on public television, soon will be speaking in the language of the Lakota Sioux (Forum of Fargo Moorhead).
Descendant donates Minnesota chief's peace pipe
A descendant of Chief Sleepy Eye donated a peace pipe that once belonged to her ancestor, ensuring the pipe will always remain in the Minnesota city that adopted the chief's name (Native Times).
Surly considers its options as area suitors smooth out obstacles
Surly's real estate firm expects to winnow the list to three to five location possibilities in the next 45 days, aiming for an agreement in the first quarter of 2012 (Star Tribune).
MN DNR's fall color report website is live
Some leaves are starting to change around the state. The Arrowhead has the most action (MN DNR). (Thank to Cathy Wurzer for the tip)
Renovations planned for historic Plummer house
A Rochester landmark and home of a former Mayo Clinic doctor is in need of major repairs.The city of Rochester is working to secure a legacy grant to repair the Plummer House (KAAL).
By the numbers
Number of Minnesota households that struggles with hunger: 1 in 10
A new report released Wednesday by the United States Department of Agriculture shows one in ten Minnesotan households doesn't always have access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle (MPR News).
Romney only candidate not to invoke Reagan at during debate
Wednesday evening's presidential debate was held at his library, and his name was invoked two dozens times by Republican hopefuls on issues related to immigration, trade policy, isolationism, taxes and spending, and jobs (Smart Politics).
The Bemidji street called Stoner Avenue will keep its name -- for now. The City Council has put on hold plans to change the name of the street.
The city has been plagued by repeated thefts of Stoner Avenue street signs. Some 15 signs disappear each year. City officials say they've probably spent close to $20,000 replacing the signs over the past decade.
But at a public hearing this week on the name change, Stoner Avenue residents convinced council members to table the issue. Residents complained that changing the name would be a hassle for the more than 40 property owners who live along the street, because they'd have to update their drivers license, as well as banking and other documents.
The city agreed to explore options to make the signs less vulnerable to theft, including using different types of screws or using taller sign posts. Some residents even suggested using video cameras to deter would-be sign thieves.
Stoner Avenue is named for Marcus Stoner, a man who surveyed much of the Bemidji area beginning in the late 1800s. Stoner was Bemidji's first city engineer and Beltrami County surveyor.
Right now, about 10 Stoner Avenue signs are missing and need to be replaced.