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Songs to wash your hands to when ‘Happy Birthday’ doesn’t cut it

With the outbreak of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, now a pandemic, one of the simplest ways to keep yourself and others safe is by washing your hands.

The CDC recommends soaping up for at least 20 seconds — or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. But what if you can’t handle that particular earworm dozens of time a day?

Enter the good samaritans of Twitter, who have been finding alternative songs with 20 second choruses. A Twitter thread created by Twitter user Jen Monnier includes a plethora of songs — and other Twitter users chimed in to give their best option for a 20-second ditty as well.

You’re supposed to wash your hands for 20 sec, which is the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. But I’m tired of singing Happy Birthday and you probably are too, so I’ve done the very important public service of compiling other songs with roughly 20 sec choruses to sing:

— Jen Monnier (@JenMonnier) March 2, 2020

One Twitter user replied, “I use one verse of My Sharona, but sung as My Carona.” Too far?

Savannah Guthrie took a creative approach by making up a song for Vale called “The Corona Shuffle.”

And a new website Wash Your Lyrics even generates a hand-washing infographic for the song of your choice.

Dr. Ana Flavia Zuim, Director of Vocal Performance at NYU Steinhardt School, recommends jazzing up your hand-washing routine with a musical theater song, because why not put on a show if you’re going to be singing to yourself?

Dr. Zuim’s suggestions include “My Shot” from the hit musical Hamilton, or, for a more comedic take, “Hands Clean,” by Alanis Morisette. Isn’t it ironic?

Songs to sing while washing hands

•1. “Love On Top,” by Beyoncé

•2. “Truth Hurts,” by Lizzo

•3. “Jolene,” by Dolly Parton

•4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the Wizard of Oz

•5. “The Sound of Music,” from The Sound of Music

•6. “My Shot,” from Hamilton

•7. “Hands Clean,” by Alanis Morisette

•8. “Karma Chameleon,” by Culture Club

•9. “Stayin’ Alive,” by The BeeGees (also a favorite song for performing CPR)

•10. “Toxic,” by Britney Spears

•11. “Livin’ On a Prayer,” by Bon Jovi

•12. “No Scrubs,” by TLC

•13. “Raspberry Beret,” by Prince

•14. “Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac

•15. “Love Shack” by The B-52’s

People have even made coronavirus hand-washing playlists on spotify: Now there’s no excuse not to wash your hands. Clean lyrics optional.

Madeline Merinuk TODAY ●‎March‎ ‎11‎, ‎2020‎ ‎3‎:‎45‎ ‎PM

Mayo Clinic marks 20,000th transplant performed in Minnesota

February 20, 2020By; Heather Carlson Kehren

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Mayo Clinic transplant team recently performed the 20,000th transplant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This major milestone comes as researchers study the potential for regenerative medicine approaches to dramatically transform how transplants are performed in the future. Regenerative medicine aims to shift the focus from treating disease to tapping the body’s ability to heal diseased cells, tissues and organs. Mayo Clinic’s transplant history began in 1963, when surgeons performed the clinic’s first living donor kidney transplant. That same year, transplant teams completed Mayo Clinic’s first bone marrow transplant.

Since those early days, Mayo Clinic’s transplant programs have expanded from kidney and bone marrow to face, hand, heart, liver, lung, pancreas and pediatric transplant programs. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Mayo Clinic’s William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration in Rochester.

“Mayo Clinic would never have been able to achieve this incredible milestone had it not been for the heroic decisions of donors and their families to give these lifesaving gifts,” says J.P. Scott, M.D., the transplant center’s interim director. “We are grateful for the trust that transplant recipients and donors have placed in us, and proud of our caring transplant center staff who always put the needs of our patients first.”

Mayo Clinic in Rochester has performed 8,808 bone marrow transplants, 6,297 kidney transplants, 3,198 liver transplants, 714 heart transplants, 538 pancreas transplants, 441 lung transplants, three islet cell transplants and one face transplant.

Researchers are also studying how to use the latest technology and recent medical discoveries to transform how transplants will be performed in the future.

Dennis Wigle, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon and researcher, sees regenerative medicine as key to the future of transplant. New therapies could allow for damaged or diseased organs to be repaired so they could be used for transplant. These breakthroughs also could help make sure transplanted organs remain healthy, preventing rejection or the need for a second transplant. Dr. Wigle’s research is focused on the potential for using a person’s own stem cells to build an artificial or new lung.

“What was really science fiction four or five years ago has become a potential clinical reality,” Wigle says. “Obviously it’s a technology that is not going to be ready tomorrow or next week, or even next year, but there’s a lot of groups that have made a ton of advances, including ours, in trying to work toward that goal as a reality.”

Until that future day arrives, the need for organ and bone marrow donors remains critical.

Living donors can donate a kidney or a portion of their liver. Deceased donors can donate up to eight organs, corneas and other types of tissues. More than 112,000 people are on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. To register to become an organ donor, go to Donate Life America’s website. To be a bone marrow donor, join the Be The Match registry.

About Mayo Clinic- Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

Media contact: •Heather Carlson Kehren, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,

Getting settled in Rochester, MN: Seven things to do

Are you new in town? Welcome to Rochester!

Let’s get acquainted. Rochester, Olmsted County’s seat and Minnesota’s third-largest city, sits aside Zumbro River’s south fork, and spread outs for about 54 square miles.

Here are seven things you need to do to get settled.

1. Update your address at the post office Rochester: 1445 Valleyhigh Drive NW, 55901 102 S. Broadway, Ste 100, 55904 1224 Eastgate Drive SE, 55904 Byron: 218 Byron Ave. N, 55920 Oronoco: 10 N. Minnesota Ave., 55960 Stewartville: 120 2nd St. SE, 55976 Kasson: 14 E. Veterans Memorial Hwy., 55944

2. Update your driver’s license and register to vote, Within 30 days of moving, visit the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS). Olmsted County Government Office 151 SE 4th St., Rochester, MN 55904 507-328-7630 3.

3. Start utilities Electricity and water: Rochester Public Utilities 4000 E River Rd. NE, Rochester, MN 55906 507-280-1500 Electricity: People’s Energy Cooperative 1775 Lake Shady Ave. S, Oronoco, MN 55960 507-367-7000 Gas: Minnesota Energy Resources 1995 Rahncliff Ct #200, Eagan, MN 55122 800-889-9508

4. Set up waste/recycling pick-up Advanced Disposal 507-281-5850, Sunshine Sanitation 507-285-5550, Waste Management 877-480-4439,

5. Apply for a library card Rochester Public Library 101 2nd St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904 507-328-2300

6. Hook up internet, television, phone Charter Spectrum 855-757-7328, CenturyLink 507-765-9999, DirecTV 1-855-493-3473, DISH Network 1-855-548-2369,

7. Get familiar with our local publications Post-Bulletin You’re reading it right now. Rochester’s daily newspaper since 1925. Named Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 2018 Daily Newspaper of the Year. Call 507-285-7600,

Rochester Magazine The city’s award-winning, glossy monthly: Your city, your life, your magazine. Call 507-285-7770, or click here for subscription information

What’s Old Is New Again: Why Townhouses Are the Latest ‘It’ Homes

Recent waves of outside-the-box ideas in housing have brought us teeny-weeny homes, converted shipping containers, prefab modern palaces, and co-housing apartments with luxe perks for millennials.

But the latest “it” homes with builders and buyers have actually been around since the 19th century.

Townhouses, those classic rows of attached single-family homes that are a fixture in American cities and suburbs alike, got a second wind in the 1960s. That’s due to folks scooping up these existing, and often inexpensive, older abodes as they moved back into the big cities. And now the lovechild of a condominium and standalone house is back again and hotter than ever with both buyers and builders.

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In fact, townhomes are now the fastest-growing segment of the single-family housing construction market, according to the National Association of Home Builders, a Washington, DC–based trade group.

Townhouse construction was up 17.8% from 2014 to 2015, according to the most recent data available from the NAHB. Meanwhile, construction on standalone homes rose only 10%, while co-op, condo, and apartment construction jumped 12.1% over the same period.

They made up about 12.4% of all new construction in the single-family home market last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

The secret of their popularity lies with first-time buyers, who are typically younger and cash-strapped. Townhouses and row homes sold for a median $198,000 in September—about 12% less than detached single-family homes, according to the most recent data available from®.

About a quarter of current and wannabe homeowners plan to buy a townhouse this year, according to a® survey released in October. It was the most popular form of housing after single-family homes. That percentage was even higher for millennials, about a third of whom plan to close on one in 2017.

“Townhouses are indeed the affordable solution to expensive land in more and more urban areas,” says’s chief economist, Jonathan Smoke. “For many people, it can be the most affordable way to buy a home and to get into a more desirable neighborhood.”

Many baby boomers also see the charms of a home that doesn’t require strenuous outdoor maintenance. (Residents of many townhome developments can pay their homeowners association to take care of those chores.)

Whether they’re in the city or the suburbs, townhomes are often located in trendier, more walkable areas with good schools and shopping nearby, Smoke says. They also often tend to be close to employment and transit centers.

Using a townhome as a ‘bridge’ to better things

With a 16-month-old daughter and a baby on the way, Julie and Zach Pastko figured they would need more space than what they had in their two-bedroom, two-bath Chicago condo.

So, like many a young family, they looked to the suburbs, settling on Palatine, IL, known for its excellent schools. But instead of plunking down all their cash on a traditional single-family home with a yard, they made a more modest purchase: a four-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouse.

“We never had a dining room table before,” says Julie of their additional living space. “And we have two more bedrooms to furnish. We were so cramped [in the condo] that my daughter’s toys were all over the living room.”

Buyers like the Pastkos see townhomes as “a bridge” between a cramped apartment and a standalone house with a white picket fence and a yard, says the NAHB’s chief economist, Robert Dietz.

The Pastkos have plenty of room to breathe in their 2,200-square-foot townhouse, but it’s still not their ideal situation.

“We want to buy a [standalone] house eventually, in five to seven years,” says Julie, explaining that that purchase would be too much to handle financially right now. Julie, 33, works in sales for a health insurance company, and Zach, 35, is a consumer marketing consultant. The couple spent a little more than $400,000 on their townhouse, which isn’t that much for the Chicago suburbs.

Chicago-based Lexington Homes, which is building the Pastkos’ 24-unit townhouse community, has seen a big change in its clientele in just the past six months. Nearly all of Lexington Homes’ buyers are millennials, and most of them are either recently married or about to wed, says Lexington’s principal, Jeff Benach.

“We’ve seen a big shift since the recession,” he says. “Before, it was mostly empty nesters or divorcees with kids.”

Townhouses are a win-win for builders

For builders, townhouses are a win-win, says Dietz. They take up less space than standalone homes, enabling builders to construct more of them on smaller lots. This is a big deal in metro areas and older suburbs, where land is scarce and expensive. By keeping the land costs down, the builders are able to offer townhomes at a lower price than single-family homes.

“You tend to have really nice townhouse developments built in areas that are running out of land,” says’s Smoke. “They should be gaining in popularity as [more] people realize they’re more affordable alternatives to renting.”

By Lew Sichelman on Apr 5, 2017

This winter weather can be brutal. Stay warm, enter through your personal two-car garage and curl up to the fireplace at The Brittany’s!

Next week’s Arctic blast will be so cold, forecasters expect it to break 170 records across US.

This week’s cold snap is only an appetizer compared with the main Arctic blast that’s coming next week, meteorologists said. That freeze could be one for the record books. “The National Weather Service is forecasting 170 potential daily record cold high temperatures Monday to Wednesday,” tweeted Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman. “A little taste of January in November.” The temperature nosedive will be a three-day process as a cold front charges across the central and eastern U.S. from Sunday into Tuesday. The front will plunge quickly through the northern Plains and upper Midwest Sunday, into the southern Plains and Ohio Valley Monday, then through most of the East Coast and Deep South by Tuesday, the Weather Channel said.

High temperatures on Monday may be stuck in the teens and 20s in the Midwest and around the Great Lakes. It could be the coldest Veterans Day on record in cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis, according to the Weather Channel. By Tuesday, record cold is possible in the Northeast, Ohio Valley and portions of the South. Highs may get only into the 30s as far south as Alabama. The Florida Panhandle may shiver with lows in the 30s Wednesday and Thursday morning. Low temperatures may fall below freezing all the way to the Gulf Coast. The most intense cold will be in the northern Plains where temperatures may fall below zero, according to AccuWeather. Gusty winds will make it feel even colder across the region, and time spent outside will need to be limited. In addition to the cold, a storm system may develop over the central USA, AccuWeather said, bringing icy conditions to the central Plains near the dividing line of warm and cold air next week. Snow may be in the forecast for portions of the eastern and even southern USA as the storm is likely to track in that direction into the middle of the week.

Verified account: @RyanMaue       More Arctic blast is courtesy of strong Canadian high pressure (1048 mb). By Monday, the brutal cold front reaches Texas with a good portion of the central Lower 48 experiencing freezing, record cold temperatures. ECMWF 12z update ( ) 10:22 AM – 7 Nov 2019

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

Electric bus has Rochester riders charged up

A 60-foot electric-powered bus parked at Rochester’s downtown transit hub caught some eyes Tuesday.

That was the point.

Rochester Public Transit officials parked the bus at the hub, on Second Street Southwest, as a preview of things to come. A similar model is expected to join the city transit fleet by the end next year, said Nick Lemmer, marketing and outreach coordinator for Rochester Public Transit and Parking.

However, since the bus on display isn’t owned by the city and is not in service, the drivers of the 40-foot diesel buses running their routes at the hub needed the space it occupied.

The bus was moved around the corner onto Second Avenue Southwest.

“We got more traffic there, but we were in the way,” Lemmer said.

The large bus still drew onlookers. “The shape, the attractive color, it’s pretty,” said Robert McIntosh.

The bus attracted at least one transit driver who parked the bus he was driving to see the electric bus up close.

Lemmer said the articulated frame gives the bus a tighter turning radius than the 40-foot buses have. The electric motor generates a smoother and quieter ride.

“You hop on the thing now and you hear the air conditioning fan and that’s about it,” Lemmer said.

The bus has about a 150-mile range on a charge, he added. The city’s long-range transit plan calls for nine electric buses to join the fleet.

The first buses will be used for direct routes and not continuous service. One of the buses can carry about 60 people seated and about another 60 people standing. That’s up 50 percent more than the 40-foot diesel buses carry.

“We’re looking to move larger to and from our park and rides,” Lemmer said.

That means the first bus will be put in service twice a day and can be charged between morning and afternoon runs, even though the bus could likely run both routes on a single charge, Lemmer said.

Transit officials have been watching the performance of Duluth’s electric buses to gauge how well they run in the winter. The first electric bus will likely be equipped with a diesel heater for extreme cold running. Running the electric heater shortens the bus’s range, as does the cold weather itself. The Duluth buses have performed well, Lemmer said, and have to deal with more extreme hills than Rochester presents, he added.

A $2.29 million grant through the federal Low- or No-Emission Grant program made purchasing the bus possible and is helping fund a charging station at the city’s bus garage. An expansion project there will accommodate the charging station.

Delivery of the bus from the manufacturer, New Flyer, is still a year or more away because grant requirements and contracts need to be completed before the order is officially placed.

“Once those are done, the order will be placed and the bus will be on its way,” Lemmer said.

Published by John Molseed Post Bulletin

Rochester, MN is the Best City for Registered Nurses

Today, AdvisorSmith, a leading information resource for small businesses, released a study ranking 375 U.S. cities based on their attractiveness for Registered Nurses. The study considered the following data: • Average salaries for registered nurses • Availability of nursing jobs in each city • Cost of living Key Findings • The #1 city for registered nurses was Rochester, Minnesota, which is home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit academic medical center. • The top cities in the report hosted regional medical centers that employed many nurses. These medical centers offered substantial career opportunities for registered nurses and also benefited from a combination of high salaries or low costs of living. • The top large cities for Registered Nurses were Modesto, CA, McAllen, TX, and Augusta, GA. The top midsize cities were Rochester, MN, Flint, MI, and Redding, CA. The top small cities were Bay City, MI, Bloomsburg, PA, and Lima, OH. The first choice for Registered Nurses:

Rochester, MN Rank: 1 Annual Wage: $77920 Cost of Living: 101 Location Quotient: 3.26

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Fun for all ages brings families out to Rochesterfest

Rochesterfest is committed to promoting and celebrating the city of Rochester and southeast Minnesota annually by connecting people through a variety of wholesome, entertaining community events. This is located in downtown Rochester with a parade on Saturday. Grand Parade presented by Clements Chevrolet and your Select Chevy Dealers at 2:00pm start on 6th St SW. Enjoy southern Minnesota’s biggest parade with over 100 units! The Rochester Elks and Knights of Columbus assist with the Parade. Check out all of the fun events and activities at ‘’ , going on from June 22nd-3oth.