Monthly Archives: July 2021

Mayo Clinic in Rochester tops U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” list

Once again, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic is receiving national accolades as the best in the U.S.

a tall building in a city: Mayo Clinic

U.S. News & World Report’s annual ‘Best Hospital’ rankings have been released and the Rochester health care facility is number one.

The list according to U.S. News & World Report, “has been to help guide patients, in consultation with their doctors, to the right hospital when they need care.”  They also note that the coronavirus pandemic underscored the importance of high-quality health care, “and reinforced U.S. News’ long-standing commitment to help patients across the nation find the best hospital for their needs.”

The Best Hospitals list highlights 20 hospitals that excel across most or all types of care evaluated by U.S. News. Hospitals received points if they were nationally ranked in the 15 specialties – the more specialties and the higher their rank, the more points they got – and if they were rated high performing in any of 17 procedures and conditions. The top point-scorers made their honor roll.

According to the list, Mayo Clinic is nationally ranked in 14 adult and eight pediatric specialties, and rated high performing in one adult specialty and 16 procedures and conditions which helped it to the number one spot.

Other prominent hospitals on the list include the renowned Cleveland Clinic, UCLA Medical Center, Johns Hopkins and Massachusetts General in the top five.  The New York area had three make the list, with Chicago, LA and Boston each getting two.

U.S. News does this ranking each year as a tool that can help these patients find sources of especially skilled inpatient care.

Here is the list of U.S. News’ top twenty hospitals:

1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

2. Cleveland Clinic.

3. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles.

4. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

6. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

7. New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York.

8. NYU Langone Hospitals, New York.

9. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco.

10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

11. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor.

12. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California.

13. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia.

14. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

15. Mayo Clinic-Phoenix.

16. Houston Methodist Hospital.

17. (tie) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

17. (tie) Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.

19. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

20. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville

Rochester prepares for “Night Market”

By Beret Leone KTTC News

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — It all started with an idea.

“I think Rochester has a lot of diversity in food and businesses, but we don’t always see them all together in the same place,” Night Market organizer Tiffany Alexandria said. “And I just thought it’s something really fun to showcase.”

A showcase Saturday night — that will transform the Mayo Civic Center Riverfront Plaza, into Rochester’s first ever “Night Market.” In a three night series, it aims to bring Asian culture to the heart of Rochester; featuring food, drinks, art and handmade products that encompass Asian society and traditions.

“I have a lot of community support, which I am so grateful for,” Alexandria said. “I couldn’t have done it without the community.”

Growing up in Taiwan, Alexandria attended night markets frequently. Now living in Rochester, she wanted to bring a piece of home — and a piece of Asian culture — to the Med City.

“Night markets in Taiwan are not like a super organized event like this,” she said. “It’s just where people gather at night. There will be street vendors showing up in the streets and people just know to go and seek it out at night. Night markets are an every day, where ever you go. They have different areas, there might be two or three or even ten in a city. So, you just pick your favorite place to go and eat their food.”

While Alexandria was the master mind behind the event, there was another crucial piece of the puzzle: funding. That’s where Rochester Downtown Alliance came in. Each year RDA grants up to $3,000 to bring new, creative events to downtown Rochester. And this year, the Night Market pitch got chosen as one of RDA’s yearly “Start Up Grant Funding” recipients.

“We just want to get the money out there to people who can execute and do something new,” RDA Executive Director Holly Masek said. “And the Night Market struck us as engaging a new community downtown, highlighting a new area downtown and we are just really excited to see it come to life.”

The free, outdoor event has dozens of local vendors, eager to share Asian and BIPOC arts, games, handmade products and food. One of which, is Infuzn Foods. Co-founder, Chandu Valluri says he and his team wanted to be apart of it to share and educate.

“It’s the ability to share culture. To be a part of the spirit of inclusivity, equity and diversity,” Valluri said. “The opportunity to share, to learn, to educate about things and foods that are passion to us.”

You can also find Infuzn Foods at the Rochester Farmer’s market.

The Night Market will kick off Saturday night, July 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be two other markets on Aug. 21 and Sept. 18.

I Spy – Identifying Things in Nature

Bring your kiddo’s to Sargent’s Garden Center North for a scavenger hunt July 21st! Sargent’s is committed to helping kids get out and enjoy the great outdoors through gardening. ‘Wee Wednesdays’ are designed for preschool and kindergarten-aged children

All classes include hands-on activities, a story, and a tasty treat. Class times are 9:30 am and 10:30 am on the third Wednesday of the month. A $9 class fee covers supplies and snacks. Please plan to stay with your children during the class. Kids will get to explore and seek out nature’s treasures.

Location: 7955 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901


Wee Wednesday July- I Spy-Identify Things in Nature – Sargent’s Gardens (

The Olmsted County Free Fair is in less than three weeks and preparations are well underway.

Posted: Jul 7, 2021 10:22 AM

Posted By: Madelyne Watkins

ROCHESTER, Minn. – You’ll be able to get the smells of fried food and the sounds of animals this month as the Olmsted County Free Fair is in less than three weeks. This will be the first year back on the fairgrounds since 2019, so you can expect to see some things to look a little different.

Fair board member, Brandon Helgeson, said there have been several hours of work put in by volunteers to get the fair ready to go come July 26th. With the week-long event not happening last year, all the changes they made to the grounds weren’t able to be seen by the public.

While they might be little changes, Helgeson is hopeful guests will appreciate them. “All the parking kind of remains on the outskirts of the grounds now,” he explained. “So, we’re excited about it. This one building has been remodeled in the past couple of years and it’s going to be our new beer garden. A few changes from 2019, but I think they’re all positive ones.”

Helgeson said the fair board has around 30 or 40 paid employees they hire to make everything that week is possible. He explained it’s been a little tricky to find enough help. They’re currently looking for staff to cover a variety of areas. “We hire some office staff that will help field phone calls, help with all the paperwork that goes on in the office,” said Helgeson. “So we’re scrambling trying to find some of those. a big thing that we need to hire is we need to hire parking staff.”

The Olmsted County Free Fair begins on July 26th and runs through August 1st.

Link: Preparations for the Olmsted County Free Fair are well underway (

Your fireworks guide for this 4th of July in southeast Minnesota, northern Iowa

4th Fest: Fireworks, Music +More | Rochester, MN 55902

Updated: July 01, 2021 11:48 AM
Created: July 01, 2021 11:07 AM

(ABC 6 News) – Independence Day is a day of celebration and time together with family and community. With an extended weekend for the 2021 July 4th holiday, take advantage of the time and catch fireworks throughout the area. The forecast shows a hot, sunny and dry weekend, so take advantage of the weather and see some fireworks!

Sunday – 10 p.m. at Soldiers Field Park
4th Fest includes live music and celebrations and is at an open-to-the-public City park, so lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers are welcome. Find more information on the Experience Rochester MN website