Post Bulletin Reporter Jeff Kiger

Jeff Kiger

Business Reporter / Columnist

Jeff Kiger writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street," in addition to writing articles about local businesses, Mayo Clinic, IBM, Hormel Foods, Crenlo and others.

He has worked as a newspaper journalist in Indiana, Wyoming and Minnesota since 1992. Kiger has worked in Rochester for the Post Bulletin since 1999.

Readers can reach Jeff at 507-285-7798 or jkiger@postbulletin.com.

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In February, the news broke that Mayo Clinic would not treat patients covered by UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage insurance plan. The two Minnesota health care giants have now “reached an agreement on a new, multi-year network relationship.”
There have been 199 reported monkeypox cases in the U.S. across 26 states and Washington, D.C., as of Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
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Brand Sampson and Marty Frana of Rochester-based Limb Lab recently received a patent for the design of a new "universal digit" prosthetic.
Two former Mayo Clinic employees — Shelly Kiel of Owatonna and Sherry Ihde of Zumbro Falls — filed lawsuits this week claiming they were unfairly fired for refusing COVD-19 vaccines. Their attorney said he will be filing more than 100 similar ones against Mayo Clinic as well as Olmsted Medical Center.
Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, a former Mayo Clinic attorney and Rochester resident, wrote the controversial 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. A year after he wrote it, Blackmun described it as “one of the worst mistakes in the court’s history or one of its great decisions.”
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Dr. Laura Meihofer calls herself “The Pelvic Guru.” Her educational videos, often in genitalia costumes, are growing in popularity with women and men. Her goal is to make it easier to talk about and treat conditions that many people consider embarrassing.
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In February 2021, Gov. Tim Walz, Mayor Kim Norton and Mayo Clinic executives welcomed Google's first Minnesota office to Rochester as a boost to “provide sustained economic opportunity not only for the Rochester area, but for our entire state.” Since then, not much has been seen of the office other than a Google sign.
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Mayo Clinic will issue the bonds, in partnership with the City of Rochester and the City of Phoenix, to pay for Minnesota and Arizona projects and to pay off a $200 million bond issue from 2012.
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Monday morning release shows a return to pre-pandemic earnings with a record high of $1.2 billion operating income in 2021. That’s a 65 percent jump from $727 million in 2020.
Mayo Clinic did not confirm or deny if it is currently negotiating a contract with UnitedHealthcare. UnitedHealthcare is Minnesota's third-largest Medicare Advantage carrier, with 113,800 members.