From last night's "Late Show":
I've been to Rochester...we've all been to Rochester...Mayo Clinic is there...it's like, you drive down the main street of Rochester, it's like Las Vegas...one giant hotel after another. There must be two dozen giant hotels in Rochester, Minn. It's like an outpatient deal...all they need is casino gambling.
This may be the first time in television history that Rochester has been compared with Las Vegas. And I'm not sure where the two dozen giant hotels are, though the casino gambling is only 60 miles away.
Dave made the comments during his funny newspaper clippings segment. He showed a classified ad from the P-B for an item that was found: A stainless steel roaster, with roast -- found at 21st and Northern Heights Drive.
We'll check it out and see if the roaster was reunited with its owner.
Anyone see it? Apparently Dave mentioned a P-B lost-and-found classified ad for a "roaster with roast inside"...
I'll look for a link.
Here's a writeup from a pet rescue organization, Minneapolis-based Pet Haven. First, a note about the case, then the proposed submission. To help, call 952-831-3825.
Minnesota's oldest foster-based rescue, Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota, has recently taken in a dog with a hard-knock background. Born to a Minnesota USDA-licensed breeding facility with over 150 breeding dogs, this puppy has multiple genetic issues. Nonetheless, he is the happiest dog you will ever meet.
He will undergo surgery tomorrow to correct one of his issues, and have subsequent surgery(s) after to correct his other issues. To see a full explanation of what Bear is dealing with, please see attached. You can see his struggle to walk, when he first came into rescue care (he has since gotten stronger), here: http://youtu.be/6XWYZdH5hhQ
In a unique angle, a current Olympian athlete has a similar issue so I thought that could make a headline "Dog and Olympian Share Physical Struggles" or something like that. See the Olympian's story: http://ru-facts.com/news/view/32040.html
Please let me know if this story would be of any interest to you and I can get you whatever facts/resources you need.
Bear Write Up
On April 22, 2012 a beautiful little Pekingese puppy was born to this world. Just like many other dogs, he was loved by his littermates and loved by his mom, but unfortunately, he was not loved by his human. You see, this little Pekingese puppy was born in a puppy mill, where his parents were housed with nearly 150 other dogs for the purpose of continuous breeding.
Poor breeding practices like inbreeding and substandard medical attention/nutrition are often found in puppy mills and could be the reason that this little puppy was born with a host of issues. Unable to sell the puppy to a pet store or consumer, this USDA-licensed breeder turned the puppy over to a local shelter, where he was given the name “Bear.”
Upon arrival to the shelter it was clear that Bear had some balance issues and the local veterinarian was not able to diagnose exactly what they were. Without the resources to fix this little guy, the shelter partnered with Pet Haven, where Bear was placed into a foster home that had years of experience caring for dogs with extreme medical issues. Bear was seen by Pet Haven’s veterinarian with the initial diagnosis of possible neurological issues and glaucoma of his right eye. To confirm, he was referred to the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Clinic for observation by a Specialist. An MRI confirmed; the Specialist’s initial diagnosis of atlantoaxial subluxation was accurate.
“Atlantoaxial subluxation is a rare genetic musculoskeletal disorder… [that] results in the instability of the atlantoaxial articulation that produces excessive flexion of the joint causing the cranial aspect of the axis to rotate dorsally into the vertebral canal with subsequent spinal cord compression often resulting in severe, acute neurological deficits.”* In short, the missing vertebra in Bear’s neck was causing balance issues and would result in excessive stumbling, tripping, etc. Additionally, most studies show that this issue is painful for the dog until/unless corrected with surgery.
During the time that these vet visits occurred, the amazing care Bear was receiving in his foster home allowed his personality to blossom. This little guy went from being an underweight, shy, matted puppy mill victim to a confident, happy-go-lucky, snuggly member of the household. Bear loved to play with his two feline housemates and any toy that crossed his path. He welcomed any visitor to the home with a smile, frantic tail wagging, and kisses galore. He was truly a “Cinderella story” in its finest sense.
After some discussion about whether surgical treatment would be pursued for Bear, Pet Haven leadership decided to give this boy the second chance he so deserved and will be proceeding with two rounds of surgery for Bear. The first surgery will be performed by the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center and will correct Bear’s atlantoaxial subluxation. Due to his age and the strength he has gained in foster care, the chances of a successful and complete recovery are high. Once he has recovered from this surgery, Bear will undergo a second surgery to remove his right eye.
The total estimates for Bear’s medical treatments while in Pet Haven’s care are currently at $4,500.
How can you help? Please make a donation to help fund Bear’s medical treatments. Any amount helps. Also, if you choose not to adopt a dog, please choose a reputable breeder and not one who breeds dogs on a mass scale. Advocate for those who do not have a voice. Dogs like Bear, and his family.
News release from Minnesota Public Radio:
I'm writing to let you know about transmitter repair work that will take all of our stations in the Rochester area off the air for several hours this evening.
At around 7:30 tonight, electricians will begin making repairs on the transmitters for news station KZSE (91.7 FM), classical music station KLSE (90.7 FM) and the Current's station KMSE (89.7 FM). The work should take several hours, and we will have all three stations back on the air as quickly as possible.
Latest from MnDOT:
No unnecessary travel advised due to blowing snow
ROCHESTER, Minn. – (9:30 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in southeastern Minnesota because of difficult driving conditions with blowing snow and reduced visibility.
Blowing snow, icy conditions and reduced visibility are making travel difficult through most of the region.
The advisory is for Rice, Steele, Dodge, Mower, Freeborn, Goodhue, Olmsted, Fillmore, Houston, Winona and Wabasha counties.
Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.
Barbie Withers, a great-niece of Drs. Will and Charlie, and a community leader for decades with her husband, Chuck -- former owner and editor of the P-B -- passed away early Thursday. Our deepest sympathy to family and friends, including generations of P-B'ers. We'll have a short news obituary today, and Chuck is preparing her full story for Saturday.
News release from RFD:
Time and date of Incident: 5:03 am 2/14/2014
Incident Address: 703 1st Street SW (Law enforcement parking garage)
Situation Found: Rochester Fire Department arrived to find a sprinkler line that had been accidentally broken, weather was not the cause. The incident took place in the heated garage where Rochester Police and Olmsted County parked their squad cars.
Actions Taken: RFD silenced the alarm and shut off the water supply and supply pump.
Assisting Agencies: Olmsted County maintenance, Sherriff’s department, and Rochester Police Department
Damage Description: Water up to a few inches in some spots isolated to the parking garage, a drain was present and functioning. No water damage to report.
Damage Estimate: $500 to fix broken sprinkler pipe and reset system
Other disposition of ill or injured if not transported: Click here to enter text.
At least St. Thomas is keeping the Winton Guest House, designed by Gehry.
News release from St. Thomas:
University of St. Thomas to sell Gainey
Conference Center in Owatonna
Owatonna, Minn. -- The University of St. Thomas has decided to sell the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, Minn., because it cannot continue to operate the center in a financially sustainable manner and has determined that expansion plans would not overcome ongoing weaknesses in the conference services market.
The center, which opened in 1982, has struggled financially over the past decade and has had annual deficits. St. Thomas has considered options, including expansions, to make Gainey self-sustaining but concluded that it cannot continue to operate the center.
The St. Thomas Board of Trustees, which has reviewed the situation over the last year, voted Thursday to put the 180-acre property on the market.
“This was an extremely difficult decision because we have had a great relationship with the Owatonna community, and we are proud of the services that we have offered over the last three decades,” St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan said. “Unfortunately, we don’t believe we can return the center to break-even status in a way that remains consistent with our educational mission, and we have determined the most prudent action is to sell the center.”
St. Thomas will operate the center as a going concern during the marketing process and will soon select a broker. Depending on a buyer’s plans, the university may operate the center to the date of sale or close it before any transfer.
The center has nine full-time and seven regular part-time employees, most of whom live in the Owatonna area. The property includes the Gainey home, a replica of a French Norman country house; the conference center, which includes meeting rooms, dining facilities and 35 guest rooms; a classroom building called the Mews; two smaller houses; and horse barns.
St. Thomas will retain the ownership rights to the Winton Guest House, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, either on the Gainey property or on a new site. The house was given to St. Thomas and moved from its Lake Minnetonka location to Gainey, where it was renovated and dedicated in October 2011. The house is open for public tours and is used by the St. Thomas Art History Department for academic purposes.
The university has considered expansions at Gainey over the last 15 years as a way to increase volume and improve financial stability.
An expansion was announced in 1999 to provide additional meeting space and bedrooms, but the project was put on hold when Gainey’s largest client, Honeywell, was acquired and moved its conference operations to New Jersey.
St. Thomas raised $2.6 million in gifts and pledges for the most-recent expansion plan as part of its Opening Doors capital campaign, which concluded in 2012. The plan included a second conference room, a chapel and larger dining and kitchen facilities to increase capacity and accommodate multiple clients, but was not finalized because of lingering concerns about the conference services market. St. Thomas will be in contact with project donors in the weeks ahead.
Gainey built horse farm on property
Daniel C. Gainey moved to Owatonna in 1922 to work for Otto Josten, who owned a watch repair and jewelry store, and became general manager within six months. Gainey bought the business and embarked on an expansion in which Jostens became a leading producer of class rings, yearbooks and graduation announcements and diplomas. He served as president and CEO of Jostens from 1933 to 1968, when he retired.
Beginning in 1939, Gainey purchased three farmsteads consisting of 180 acres along the Straight River on the southern outskirts of Owatonna, and he began to raise Arabian horses. He went on to develop a world-renowned line known as Gainey Fountainhead Arabians and served as president of the Arabian Horse Registry from 1958 to 1972.
Gainey hired architect Edwin Lundie to design the French Norman house, which was completed in 1957. The house is filled with materials from around the world, including Louis XV and Louis XVI period furniture, oak-paneled rooms, silk wall coverings, marble floors, teak countertops and elegant chandeliers.
St. Thomas receives Gainey property
Monsignor Terrence Murphy, president of St. Thomas from 1966 to 1991, and Gainey were friends. Upon his death in 1979, the Gainey Foundation left the property to St. Thomas, which used proceeds from gifts from the Gainey, Jostens and Owatonna foundations to construct the conference center.
The $1.5 million center, linked to the Gainey house, opened in August 1982 and was marketed to businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies as a venue for retreats and planning meetings. In recent years, external clients typically have accounted for 60 percent of revenue, with the balance coming from St. Thomas departments that used the center for retreats, seminars, meetings and classes.
St. Thomas has been involved in community projects such as Music in Owatonna, a civic group that has sponsored performances at Gainey. The first two festivals, in 1990 and 1992, had a classical music theme, and subsequent festivals featured sacred, Irish, blues, country, big band, jazz and bluegrass music (in 2012). St. Thomas joined with Owatonna for its sesquicentennial celebration in 2004 to host the Minnesota Orchestra in a Fourth of July concert at the nearby Steele County Fairgrounds.
In the late 2000s, St. Thomas considered the establishment of a wildlife art gallery at Gainey to recognize the work of Owatonna and southern Minnesota artists, several of whom started their careers as commercial artists at Jostens. The gallery concept failed for lack of funding.
St. Thomas created a Gainey advisory board of community leaders and university representatives in 1988. The board meets twice a year and was active in expansion discussions in recent years.
“The board has been instrumental in guiding Gainey over the years, and we thank members past and present for their involvement,” said Mark Vangsgard, vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer, who serves on the board. “We are proud of our association with them and with the Owatonna community.”