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.


Big plans, bigger wants for major Rochester parks

As the city looks to spend millions on upgrades, hobbyists are pushing ideas of their own.


Minnesota schools 'swatted' with false reports of active shooters

Multiple schools went into lockdown after a wave of false shooting reports. It's unclear how many were involved, but schools in Rochester, Austin, Mankato and Cloquet were affected. And a late bomb threat was called into Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota.


Rochester unemployment stagnant as seasonal work ends

It's the first time the Rochester area has lost jobs since January.


Rochester looks to spur housing with new zoning, programs

A 2020 Olmsted County housing study forecasts that the city needs about 14,000 more housing units by 2030.


Boy stabbed at Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Park Police say two boys were approached by a group of men around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The men assaulted the boys and stabbed one of them.


Officials at the Destination Medical Center initiative are confident Rochester will hit its $5.6 billion goal

About $1.4 billion in investments have been received since 2013, about a quarter of the amount promised by 2035.


Bat infestation forces Austin, Minn., school district out of rented building

The district moved its community programs out of rented space at a church after learning of a bat colony in the building.


U.K. singer died in Rochester of accidental inhalation of chloroethane

The medical examiner's office ruled Darius Campbell Danesh's death an accident.


Rochester families plan to open new indoor skate park

New facility comes with rising interest in skate parks across Minnesota.


Warrant issued for former southern Minnesota priest charged with sexual assault

Ubaldo Roque Huerta didn't show up Thursday for his first court appearance on a fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.