Rochester reporter | Rochester

Trey Mewes joined the Star Tribune in 2022 as our Rochester correspondent. He has spent more than 10 years reporting on southern Minnesota, first at the Austin Daily Herald, and more recently at the Mankato Free Press. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, with a double major in journalism and history. He is a Minnesota native who grew up in the southern part of the Cities. He enjoys hiking, pop culture, video games and basketball.


Olmsted County turns attention to racism as a health issue

County staff is beginning work on 42 recommendations to address public health outcomes for residents of color.


Head of Rochester Downtown Alliance leaving for Bloomington

Holly Masek will lead Bloomington's port authority starting next month.


Red Wing woman pleads guilty to murdering her baby in 2003

Jennifer Lynn Matter, 50, could be sentenced to 27 years in prison under a plea agreement.


Rochester Public Schools looks to cut $14M, dozens of teachers from budget

District officials would axe about 144 full-time staff positions, including about 77 teaching jobs.


Rochester poised to turn Soldiers Field pool into $20 million aquatics center

The new center is part of a larger effort to expand recreation facilities in Rochester.


Minnesota briefs: U.S. Rep. Brad Finstad proposes renaming Blue Earth post office after Jim Hagedorn

Plus: St. Cloud open houses planned for proposed Mississippi bridge; Duluth's WDSE-WRPT rebranded as PBS North.


Third person sentenced in 2021 death of Austin man

Francisco Silva, 19, got more than three years in prison for second-degree manslaughter in the death of 75-year-old William Hall.


Mower County sheriff cleared to return to work after probe, PTSD diagnosis

Allegation sheriff was drunk at work unsubstantiated, according to investigation.


Rochester leaders to focus on housing, sustainability, growth in coming year

Mayor Kim Norton called on residents to be more civil, citing vitriolic speech online and in public.


Rochester groups push for grant money in 'Shark Tank'-style event

The Rochester Downtown Alliance hosted its second-ever pitch event showcasing future activities.