Olmsted County News


04/20/2018 06:12 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Mayo Clinic Study Adds Valuable Knowledge to Body of Research on Pediatric Anesthesia 

Study of children undergoing anesthesia before age 3 supports earlier findings of no significant negative impact on intelligence, but multiple exposures may be associated with behavioral or learning problems; more research needed. Newswise - April 18, 2018 - A Mayo Clinic study of children who received one or more exposures to anesthesia before the age of 3 has provided valuable information about the potential neurological and behavioral impact of general anesthesia on very young children, according to the International Anesthesia Research Society and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia.


04/19/2018 11:26 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Two Byron students' D.A.R.E. posters will be on display at capitol 

During the Byron D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony April 11, Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputy Jon Strum announced that two of the sixth graders from Byron Middle School had created posters that placed in the top ten statewide for the DARE contest. Gianna Brewer won first prize for the best DARE poster.


04/19/2018 02:14 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Rochester Woman Accused of Taking Vulnerable Child 

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office got a report of a missing vulnerable 17-year-old around 3:15 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Authorities believed a woman, who had her custodial rights terminated, took the child. According to Olmsted County Sheriff's Captain Scott Behrns, his team tracked the woman and child to Waterloo, IA that same day, and worked with the Waterloo Police Department to get the child back.


04/19/2018 09:14 AM  ~~~Source~~~
County's zoo seeks new cougar 

A pregnant cougar's due date will likely determine when an empty space at Olmsted County's Zollman Zoo will be filled. Karlin Ziegler, the county's parks superintendent, said the zoo's cougar died after eating a piece of rope, which blocked it's intestine.


04/19/2018 04:26 AM  ~~~Source~~~
MnDOT to host open house on CR 9 roundabout 

A new roundabout will be constructed this summer at the intersection of Olmsted County Road 9 and Minnesota Highway 42. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will host an open house where the public is invited to learn more about the project, according to a statement from MnDOT. Members of the MnDOT team will be available to answer questions at the Eyota Volunteer Ambulance Station, 753 Robert Ave. SW, in Eyota.


04/18/2018 09:22 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Graham Park renovation likely to go south to north 

"There's a lot of assumptions built into this," said Bryan Harjes of Hoisington Koegler Group Inc., which has been hired to help create a master plan for the park, which is also known as the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. Olmsted County commissioners received the latest look at the planning process Tuesday, seeing a proposed grounds that would update the existing Graham arenas, build a new expo building and create an outdoor farmers market space and other attractions, while keeping many traditional aspects of the grounds.


04/18/2018 04:48 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Heard on the Street: Downtown parking lot sells for $4.75 million 

First Broadway Rochester LLC , owned by the Opus Group , bought eight parcels totaling 1.3 acres at 402 First Ave. SW. First Broadway bought it from Urban on First LLC , which is owned by Rochester's Titan Development .


04/18/2018 11:53 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Study finds no evidence of lower intelligence in young children who had anesthesia 

A Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that children given anesthesia before their third birthdays have lower IQs than those who did not have it. A more complex picture emerges among people who had anesthesia several times as small children: Although their intelligence is comparable, they score modestly lower on tests measuring fine motor skills, and their parents are more likely to report behavioral and learning problems.


04/18/2018 06:36 AM  ~~~Source~~~
How do you keep families in their homes? 

As the clock ticks for several Olmsted County individuals and families, commissioners are hoping to find a way to keep them in their homes. Twenty-three homes on a list of 47 facing tax forfeiture next month have people living in them, according to Heather Bestler of the county's Property Records and Licensing Office.


04/18/2018 01:39 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Two-vehicle collision near Byron 

The Minnesota State Patrol says Teresa Louise Knutson, 54 of West Concord, was driving east on Highway 14 when she was struck from behind by the vehicle driven by Brooke Elaine Clark, 22 of Owatonna. The State Patrol says Clark suffered a non-life threatening injury in the accident and was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.


04/18/2018 01:39 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Man gets probation for December collision 

Shanden Daniel Ristau, 27 of Preston, pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and two counts of criminal vehicular operation.


04/17/2018 01:16 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Rochester Authorities say Man Crashed into Neighbor's Vehicle 

A Rochester man is recovering after he said his neighbor crashed into his vehicle. Around 6:47 p.m. on Monday, April 16, Olmsted County deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of 75th St. NW for a report of a car accident.


04/17/2018 03:32 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Man accused of threatening to shoot people pleads not guilty 

Jordan Mitchell Blevins, 36 of Rochester, is charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence and 5th degree possession of marijuana. He was arrested on February 26 after Rochester police were told Blevins threated people at Fusion Lounge with a shotgun.


04/17/2018 03:32 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Truck hits tree in Olmsted County 

The Minnesota State Patrol says Jessica Ann Steenblock, 20 of Chatfield, was westbound in a pickup truck on Highway 30 near Olmsted County Road 139 when the crash occurred around 5:44 pm.


04/16/2018 06:04 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Despite Snowstorm, Local Authorities Report Few Accidents 

Olmsted County authorities said the number of accidents they responded to were "not bad" considering the weekend's snowy and icy conditions.