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Trey Mewes

Rochester reporter | Rochester
Phone: 507-405-7002

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.
Recent content from Trey Mewes
The Castle building, formerly the Armory building, in Rochester.

Rochester sends default notice to Castle owners over vacancies, closure to public

Castle Community has faced lawsuit, city warnings over tenant and vacancy issues.
Kasson-Mantorville senior Wyatt Deno, center, had been diagnosed with a dangerous brain tumor in 2011.

A decade after rare brain tumor, Minnesota student set to graduate

Wyatt Deno beat the odds as a 7-year-old and hopes to work with other children and families dealing with medical trauma.
The Landing co-founder Dan Fifield stands in front of the former National Pawn Shop, the proposed site of the homeless shelter’s permanent day cente

Rochester homeless shelter closing in on new home

The Landing MN has faced stumbling blocks on its path to secure a permanent day center.
At a celebration inaugurating Rochester’s revamped Peace Plaza downtown, people posed for a drone photo by holding up paper doves symbolizing peace.

Peace Plaza is reborn for Rochester's 'Heart of the City' downtown overhaul

The $17 million in upgrades are part of an effort to make downtown more vibrant.
Sean Emmons

Winona man pleads guilty to murder after stabbing a man in the knee

Witnesses said the attack was over a domestic situation.
Micah Montre Marrison

Red Wing man pleads guilty in 16-year-old's overdose death

Micah Montre Marrison sold fentanyl-laced pills to the teen.
The historic Chateau Theater in Rochester, Minn.

Historic Chateau Theater coming back to life in Rochester

Arts organization Threshold Arts to operate landmark as multi-use community space
Michael Davis

Former Minnesota Mormon leader convicted of sexually assaulting 13-year-old boy

The jury deliberated less than four hours in the weeklong trial.
Debby Adams, administrator at Peace United Church of Christ, shows how a fire safety door stopped flames set on April 18, 2022, in the church’s lowe

Rochester church picks up after 'heartbreaking' fire

Police are looking for information on suspected arson
Students 'devastated' after St. Mary's Univ. decision to cut 11 programs

Students 'devastated' after St. Mary's Univ. decision to cut 11 programs

The Catholic university will lay off 13 faculty by the 2023-2024 school year.
The Voyageurs Wolf Project tagged its first wolf pups of the season. The two pups are from the Half-Moon Pack, though researchers suspect more exist i

Minnesota briefs: First wolf pups of the season tagged by Voyageurs researchers

Investigation continues into Mankato plane crash.
The Olmsted County Board approved this redistricting plan at an April 26 meeting.

Olmsted County adopts redistricting plan amid pushback

Critics argue Rochester is not properly represented on County Board.
Jenifer Majerus, a tour guide with the Rochester Trolley & Tour Company, describes features of the Plummer House, a famous home in Rochester, Minn., d

Rochester eager to welcome tourists after 'nightmare' two years

City, business officials tout 2022 plans.
Minnesota briefs: Environmental lawyer appointed to State Court of Appeals

Minnesota briefs: Environmental lawyer appointed to State Court of Appeals

Bird flu suspected in geese deaths in Rochester.
Olmsted County Commissioner Mark Thein, left, and Rochester Mayor Kim Norton signed on Friday a proclamation for the city and county to join the House

Rochester, Olmsted County join federal housing initiative

House America hopes to leverage federal, state, local money
Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin spoke about local public safety Tuesday at a crime forum organized by the conservative think tank Center of the Am

Rescheduled Center of the American Experiment event draws crowd in Rochester

Conservative think tank's "Crime Crisis" event highlighted how public distrust in policing affects departments across Minnesota.
Paul Widman, director of Rochester’s Parks and Recreation Department, on Thursday, April 21, pointed out goose nests the city has treated this year

Limiting goose population — and their messes — paying off in Rochester

The city found about four times as many nests last year.
Tim Suby held up a photo of himself and his older brother Peter, showing the two of them in 1982 before Tim donated his kidney to Peter. Tim’s shirt

'Thank you very much for this': Brothers mark rare anniversary

While there are examples of long-term transplant patients who never need another kidney, two Rochester brothers who have gone 40 years without needing another operation after one donated a kidney to save the other are an anomaly.
The city of Rochester plans to issue municipal identification cards through its library system to help disadvantaged people in the community.

Rochester moving forward on municipal IDs

The free IDs would be issued by the city's library system.
Gov. Tim Walz spoke about Hwy 14.’s crash-prone reputation Tuesday at a groundbreaking ceremony in Courtland, Minn., for a project to expand the las

Officials break ground on final leg of Hwy. 14 expansion between Rochester and New Ulm

When completed, Hwy. 14 will be four lanes between New Ulm and Rochester.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz takes a tour of what is left of Taopi alongside Mower County Emergency Manager Amy Lammey, left, and State Emergency Manag

'Waiting to see': Cleanup, insurance weigh heavily on Taopi residents

Ten out of 24 homes in town destroyed
Several homes and buildings were destroyed in Taopi, Minn., Tuesday night when powerful storms rolled through Mower County.

Tornado flattens Taopi in Mower County: 'Half the town is gone'

Homes were destroyed and residents evacuated from the town of about 80 people southeast of Austin, Minn.
Kokou Christopher Fiafonou

No charges for Austin police officer in fatal shooting

Olmsted County Attorney says evidence doesn't support prosecution.
Pat Lund

Longtime Rochester sports broadcaster Pat Lund dies at 58

Pat Lund worked at KTTC for 30 years. He was a graduate of Mayo High School in Rochester and St. Cloud State University.
Fans at Buffalo Wild Wings in Mankato roared after Minnesota State, Mankato scored a goal in the first period of Saturday’s NCAA Frozen Four champio

Fans deflate after Mankato collapses in Frozen Four championship game

What started as a happy night took a downturn in the third period.
Anthony Deveaux and Laurie Fulgham stacked bags of stuffed animals onto a cart Saturday at All Climate Self Storage in Rochester.

Warm, fuzzy ending: Rochester group averts stuffed-animal disaster

Thousands of toys saved from incineration
Ayub Abucar Hagi Iman

Rochester man found guilty in March 2019 murder

The jury deliberated for about four hours.
Downtown Rochester shown in April 2017.

Rochester City Council OKs $2 million bid to fix downtown sidewalks

Project in the works for over a year
The University of Minnesota Rochester is looking to expand its space in downtown Rochester.

University of Minnesota Rochester eyes downtown space for future expansion

"We are in serious exploration mode," chancellor says.