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Answer Man: What’s that Mayo Clinic flag?

November 14, 2018

Dear Answer Man,

I heard about an organ donation flag that was flown for Kari Koens. I’d never heard of such a thing before. Does Mayo Clinic have a flag for employees who donate their organs? — Designated Donor

Dear Donor,

The Donate Life flag, outside the Francis Building, honors all deceased organ donors at Mayo Clinic, and it was raised last week for Kair Koens, who was fatally injured while crossing Second Street Southwest a week ago Friday.

That flag goes up 12 to 20 times in a typical year, according to Charles Rosen, the chairman of the Division of Transplantation Surgery at Mayo Clinic. And then the flag stays up, all through the donation process — usually around 48 hours, though that varies, according to Mayo Clinic public relations.

It doesn’t end there. The families of deceased organ donors can choose to have a small ceremony at the end of the donation process, and receive a certificate and their own Donate Life flag.

So if you see that flag flying outside the Francis Building in the future, take a moment to reflect. It means someone is giving the gift of life in there.

Two-way radio: Rochester history maestro Lee Hilgendorf sent a note to fine-tune yesterday’s otherwise crystal-clear column item that mentioned KROC radio.

Lee wrote, “Did (you) know that when KROC signed on the air on Sept. 30, 1935, they were actually on a frequency of 1310 kilocycles, and not 1340? The FCC changed their frequency in the 1940s.”

That’s news to me as a member of today’s younger generation. So, was that 1310.com, or 1310.org, Lee? Just kidding...

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