Monthly Archives: June 2021

Name the Corn Tower here in Rochester MN

Friday, June 11, 2021 was National Corn on the Cob Day. What better way to celebrate than to begin finding a name for the most beloved ear of corn in Minnesota, and maybe the world:

Rochester’s Iconic Corn on the Cob Water Tower (or Ear of Corn Water Tower, or Corn Cob Water Tower…or whatever you prefer as a description).

The water tower has a rich history in Rochester, dating back to the 1930’s:

“The ear of corn water tower was “constructed in 1931 as a nod to one of the two main vegetables processed at the Rochester cannery”, according to the Olmsted County website. The water tower “was originally built to provide water to the Reid, Murdoch and Co. cannery” according to Atlas Obscura. That cannery was eventually purchased by Libby Foods in 1948 and then Seneca Foods in 1982 until 2018 when Seneca closed. (Keep Reading About Corn on the Cob Water Tower)”

The water tower is now owned by Olmsted County and going thru renovations. There’s no plan to use it as a water tower, but the workings have been updated so that’s not out of the question in the future.

So…a name. Now that its “our” water tower, what should we name it? I asked on Facebook and these are the names so far…is there one you really like?

Read More: What Should Rochester Name the Ear of Corn Water Tower? |

‘Best Children’s Hospital’

Mayo Clinic ranked among ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ in U.S.

(ABC 6 News) – Mayo Clinic Children’s Center is ranked as a top-performing children’s hospital on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021–2022 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings.

“Mayo Clinic Children’s Center receives some of the highest rankings in the upper Midwest and continues to rank among the top children’s hospitals in the country. These recognitions are a testament to our staff’s delivery of high-quality care and services,” says Randall Flick, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. “From prenatal patients to those transitioning into adulthood, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center strives to improve the quality of life to children of all ages, abilities and health challenges.”

Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Mayo Clinic’s rankings by pediatric specialty are:

  • Cancer (No. 35)
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery (No. 43)
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology (tie No. 38)
  • Neonatology (tie No. 38)
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery (No. 39)
  • Orthopedics (No. 12)
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Surgery (tie No. 45)
  • Urology (No. 21)

“Similar to many other healthcare-related activities, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings had a slightly different approach this year because of the pandemic,” says Dr. Flick. “U.S. News & World Report incorporated new reputation scores, and the remaining data assessments were reused from 2019–2020 survey results.”

Best Hospital Ranked Mayo Clinic Top Spot

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN is ranked No. 1 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 15 adult and 8 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 1 adult specialty and 10 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital. The evaluation of Mayo Clinic also includes data from Mayo Clinic Hospital – Methodist Campus, Mayo Clinic Hospital – Saint Marys Campus and Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital.

What became the Mayo Clinic was founded in 1889 in Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic opened hospitals in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1986 and Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1987. The Mayo Clinic Health System was established in 1992 and owns 19 hospitals in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is the teaching arm of the Mayo Clinic. The hospital’s two Rochester campuses include the Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital. The Mayo Clinic has a large integrated transplantation program.

The Department of Endocrinology, which treats diabetes, is one of the world’s largest. The hospital offers a Healthy Living Program that is described as an “immersive wellness” experience, encompassing exercise, nutrition and mind-body practices. The Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine facilities in Rochester and Minneapolis serve athletes – from those at the elite level to the strictly recreational – with treatment and sports training. The Mayo Clinic has 57 research centers, such as those working on Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and kidney disease. Innovations at the Mayo Clinic include the heart-lung bypass machine and total hip replacement.