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Mayo breaks ground at St. Olaf

By David Gonnerman '90
September 17, 2010

St. Olaf President David R. Anderson '74 talks with Tim and Marian McKone, parents of James McKone '08, after the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mayo facility that will be located on St. Olaf property near the hospital. Tim McKone will be the radiation oncologist at the new facility when it opens next summer.

The Mayo Clinic held a groundbreaking ceremony September 15 for its new radiation oncology treatment center that will be located on St. Olaf property near Northfield Hospital. The center will serve the many people who currently travel 45 miles and more from Northfield and the surrounding area to Rochester for treatment. Mayo says the facility, which will employ a dozen people, will be built to LEED standards.

In his comments during the ceremony, St. Olaf President David R. Anderson '74, a Mayo patient himself, called the center “a good thing for Northfield and a good thing for St. Olaf,” and said the college looks forward to exploring academic and employment opportunities for its students with Mayo.

“We’re glad the Mayo Brothers are riding into town,” added Northfield Hospital President and CEO Mark Henke '81.

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