A time capsule buried under a statue in 1986 was found unexpectedly last week in Rochester, Minnesota and city leaders wonder if it's too soon to open it. "I have to do some thinking about that," Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede told the Rochester Post-Bulletin. "Obviously, we could open it now, or we could wait until the statue is placed and open it then, or we could not open it at all."
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Workers found the rather large time capsule under the statue of the Mayo brothers who established the esteemed Mayo Clinic. Their likeness, located outside of the Mayo Civic Center, was removed during what will be a long term renovation project. Workers were surprised to find the time capsule under the feet of the medical pioneers.
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The statue of Dr. William James Mayo and Dr. Charles Horace Mayo was built in 1950 to honor the brothers as forward-thinking doctors who developed the concept of group medical practices back in the late 1800's. They believed that patients were better served in a place where doctors pooled their knowledge. That model was copied throughout the US and also the world. The statue will be temporarily housed in a storage facility until the renovation project is completed.
Time capsules can range in age from hundreds of years old to just five or ten years. Some have been opened to reveal items in near pristine condition, but others have deteriorated so badly there is hardly anything left inside due to flimsy materials used to encase the objects buried long ago. Rochester residents are waiting to hear the decision on whether they will soon see what's hidden in this "young" time capsule, or if it will be undisturbed and reburied until it reaches a riper age.