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Mayowood Mansion controversy

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--  A vote is taking place regarding who will be in charge of the Mayowood Mansion. The big decision has met some controversy.

What's currently maintained by History Center of Olmsted County could be handed over to Mayo Clinic, primarily because the lack of funding to maintain the building.

Ted St. Mane, a local historian has his doubts about the process, saying it should take months and not weeks - and would hate to lose what many in the community value. "If Mayowood Mansion eventually becomes just a stately building on a hill and it's not open to the public and the public doesn't have access to it's collections and it's history, that's a real loss for the community."

As Dr. John Noseworthy explains, he too is trying to look out for the well being of the community and the preservation of the Mayowood. "Mayo Clinic has made an offer. And the offer is to put aside between 2 to 3 million dollars to work jointly with the History Center to do what's neccessary to address the very critical structural integrity issues that relate to the home. And we believe that's the right thing to do."

The vote over whether or not Mayo Clinic will take over the mansion is Wednesday night at the History Center of Olmsted County at 7 p.m.

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