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Trey Mewes is a reporter based in Rochester for the Star Tribune. Sign up to receive the Rochester Now newsletter.

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.


Rochester council member suing the city kicked out of council meeting

"You are interrupting me again. Enough!" Council President Brooke Carlson told Molly Dennis before ejecting her.


New 'rare' 400-acre wildlife preserve opens near Rochester

The Moon Valley Wilderness Management Area is ready for hikers and hunters.


A $10M referendum failed last fall; now Rochester schools are doubling their request

District officials warn that school closures are likely if voters reject the proposal.


Owatonna opens time capsule tucked in the high school a century ago

The rusty metal box was filled with newspapers, city history and lots of telling financial statements.


Albert Lea Pride drag show draws controversy after venue pulls out

Venue change comes amid planning for city's second-ever Pride celebration.


New sober house for veterans in southern Minnesota wants to treat the real issue: PTSD

Organizers say the Bravo Zulu House in Winnebago could kickstart a new nationwide model for recovery.


Austin man sentenced to 32 years for killing woman who was playing with a stun gun

Me'darian L. Mcgruder received 386 months in prison during a sentencing hearing Friday.


Mankato-area sirens working again; faulty phone line caused failed test

Blue Earth County is working on a backup system in case the sirens fail in the future.


Mankato area schedules new siren test Friday after malfunction

Blue Earth County officials say they think they've worked out the problem.


'I'm not going to walk away from this': Rochester council member wants her day in court

Molly Dennis and attorneys for the city argued whether her lawsuit against the city should be dismissed in federal court Tuesday.