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Judge's order stops ex-Mayo executive's work for competing firm — An Olmsted County judge has granted a temporary restraining order that prevents a former Mayo Clinic top executive from working at a competing company. Mayo Clinic alleges Dr. Franklin Cockerill III was secretly hired by Quest Diagnostics Inc. but continued to work as the president and CEO of Mayo Medical Labs so he could steal trade secrets.

Mayo Clinc alleges a former top exec stole secrets — The Mayo Clinic is suing a former top executive who allegedly misappropriated trade secrets when he left the clinic for a leadership position with a competing company. Mayo alleges Dr. Franklin Cockerill III was secretly hired by Quest Diagnostics Inc. but continued to work as the president and CEO of Mayo Medical Labs so he could steal trade secrets.

Rochester's new broadband antennas boost wireless work at Mayo — The network will prevent dropped calls and speed up the wireless Internet for Mayo Clinic staff, officials said.

SE Minn. to see Medica-Mayo health plan options through MNsure — You are MPR. Support the news you rely on. Give Now Southeast Minnesota residents will now have Medica plans that include Mayo Clinic as an in-network option on MNSure, the state's online health insurance marketplace. Medica on Monday said it will begin offering a new health plan for individuals and families in 18 southern Minnesota counties.

Winona State's new floating classroom gives students close look at Mississippi — Your support makes MPR News possible. Give Now Winona State University has a new, nearly $1 million floating classroom. Named after Cal Fremling, a late fisheries biology professor who spent much of his career studying the Mississippi River, the vessel will offer teachers and students a close look at the river - and its ecosystem.

Rat heart cells could offer clues to treating hypothermia — In a dark corner of a lab inside Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary's Campus, Niccole Schaible peers through a microscope into the cardiomyoctes, or muscle cells of a rat's heart. They're on a glass slide, nearly invisible to the naked eye. "It's kind of a cool procedure when you actually see it contracting," she said.

Judge OKs move of Waseca teen accused in bomb plot — A Waseca teen accused of plotting to kill his family and classmates will be transferred to a new facility. District Court Judge Gerald Wolf granted the request to move 17-year-old John LaDue to the Prairie Lakes Youth Program's secure facilities in Willmar, Minnesota.

Growing Karen population brings changes to Austin — As 5-year-olds Mi Meh and Paw Soe sit at a table, their little hands digging through a tray of crayons, they pick out pink and peach ones, and wait for Wendy Pedersen's instructions. "We're doing the letter 'L' today," said Pederson, a teacher at Woodson Kindergarten Center. "L says 'ellll', 'ellll', 'elll'.

Apple harvest begins in Minnesota — Hail storms wiped out apple crops in parts of central Minnesota, but the crop looks good in some areas of the state.

Months after assault, giant steps tonight for ex-Mankato State football player — Former Minnesota State University, Mankato linebacker Isaac Kolstad is expected to lead the Mavericks' football team onto the field tonight for the season opener against St. Cloud State. Kolstad suffered life-threatening brain injuries after an assault outside a Mankato bar in May.
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Sep 04, 2014

Winona Fire crews still working to put out fire at city’s YWCA.

Aug 18, 2014

RT @NWSLaCrosse: Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for most of the area until 2 am

Aug 13, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton speaks to crowd in Mankato about Civic Center expansion.

Aug 12, 2014

GOP hopeful @seifertmn speaks to supporters in Mankato after defeat in #mngov primary.

Aug 12, 2014

Just a handful of @seifertmn supporters have arrived at Rounders Bar and Grill in Mankato. Official kickoff begins at 8:01 pm. #mngov

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