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OLMSTED COUNTY The Oronoco Gold Rush Days Committee has partnered with the Olmsted County Journal to help promote this year’s event. As the largest newspaper in Southeastern Minnesota, you can advertise your business and reach over 62,000 households. Not only will your advertisement be included in this special section, it will be available online at and listed in the full page promotional ad on August 17, 2011. In addition, extra copies of this section will be made available at the Gold Rush Days event.

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The Gift of Life keeps on giving By traCy eBmeyer

One of the houses for the Gift of Life, located at 705 2nd Street S.W. in Rochester offers affordable housing for pre- and post-operation transplant patients. Photo courtesy of Gift of LIfe Transplant House

ERU demonstrates collaboration By Jason sethre

On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 21, a convoy of more than 20 members of the Rochester/ Olmsted County Emergency Response Unit were signaled to respond to a mutual aid call from a nearby rural community outside of Olmsted County. There was a serious concern about the safety of a four-year-old child in the hands of four adults who were under the influence a drug commonly referred to

as “plant food” or mephadrone. This particular situation became a three hour stand-off, which the ERU and local law enforcement were able to resolve without casualties. What is the ERU? If you ever happen to see something that looks like a heavily armored road Above, The PeaceKeeper, an armored tactiwarrior cross-over vehicle cal vehicle that accompanies the Rochester/ that someone like Arnold Olmsted County Emergency Response Unit Swarzenegger or Mel Gib- with all situations. Photo provided by the Rochester Police Department See ERU Page 5 

It has been twenty-seven years since Ed Pompeian founded the Gift of Life Transplant House after receiving a donated kidney in 1973. Understanding the need for quality, comfortable, long-term lodging due to the many difficul- Simon Keith ties associated with organ transplant, he developed the non-profit and opened the first house that offered eight bedrooms for recent transplant patients. That number has grown to eighty four with the recent purchase of the “724” house across the street from the main campus. The organization is vital to transplant patients according to Gift of Life Transplant House Manager Lynnette Stadtherr. “These patients

need to be here for long periods of time,” Stadtherr said, “and have huge medical bills.” Having affordable long term lodging is important as some patients may be required to stay in Rochester for more than a year. Depending on the situation, some patients may spend months living at one of the houses before receiving a transplant and the costs associated with lodging alone could cost tens of thousands of dollars if it were not for the Gift of Life Transplant House. The organization charges twenty five dollars a night to the patients. The remainder of the balance comes from resources that are raised through benefactors and fundraisers similar to the one which will be held during the second week of July. The twenty-seventh annual benefit golf tournament, dinner, and silent/live auction will be held Monday, July 11th. There will be special hole-in-one events on all par three’s including a five thousand dollar See GIFT Page 5 

Interim superintendent thanked for her work By C andy CzerniCki

Funding issues and declining enrollment are causing the departure of several Rochester school district employees, according to reports given to the school board at its regular meeting Tuesday, June 21. Teachers are not the only ones affected, and personnel is not the only area: Various school improvement projects scheduled for the 2011-12 school year also have had to be delayed. Two tenured teachers were placed

on leave of absence as of June 10, without pay or benefits. It is possible that they may be recalled to different positions in a less than full-time capacity. A master electrician also was terminated, effective June 30, for financial reasons, and several paraprofessional positions also were discontinued. Depending on funding, new hires for those positions may be made in the fall. Board members also approved a number of technological improveSee SCHOOL Page 7 

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