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Answer Man: Doctor Will was taller of the two doctors Mayo

August 21, 2018

Editor’s note: This classic Answer Man was originally published in June 2003.

The statue of the Mayo brothers outside the Mayo Building shows them as being about the same height. I seem to remember reading that one was quite a bit shorter than the other. Is this true?

A photo in the spring/summer issue of Mayo magazine is proof positive that Doctor Will was 2 to 4 inches taller than Doctor Charlie. The photo is part of a fascinating story about how the Mayo brothers commissioned a stained-glass window in memory of their father for the 800-year-old church in England where the elder Mayo was baptized.

What’s the process for getting road kill cleaned up off Rochester streets?

The animal control team at the Rochester Police Department doesn’t only chase after live animals; they also clean up the dead ones on city streets.

“We don’t go looking for them, but when people call, we clean them up,” said Lisa Finstuen, one of the city’s three animal control officers. At least two deceased animals are removed from city streets per day.

Finstuen says it’s not necessarily a distasteful task. “It’s actually nice to clean up the roads,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to get them off the road before kids have to see them.”

A city Public Works Department employee said the street maintenance department sometimes gets involved in bigger road kill, such as deer.

How do I dispose of small household batteries?

The Olmsted County Recycling Center accepts rechargeable batteries and button batteries (such as watch and hearing aid batteries) for recycling, but the more common type of disposable household batteries generally aren’t recycled. For more information, call the recycling center at 328-7070.

Household batteries contain at least 22 toxic elements, including mercury, lead, cadmium and chromium, plus plastic and steel. All could be recycled in an ideal world.

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