In 2017 Governor Mark Dayton joined governors from across the nation to officially proclaim March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in the State of Minnesota. Mayor Chris Coleman also sees the importance of colon cancer awareness and screening and proclaimed the same in the City of Saint Paul.

On Monday, March 6, over 20 civic, public, and private organizations across the state banded together to turn Minnesota BLUE. Many different landmarks and buildings will be shine blue from dusk to dawn to show support for colon cancer survivors and patients. The commitment of these groups to promote colon cancer screening gives Minnesota a platform to raise awareness of the nation’s second most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States. Here are just a few of the photos.

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  • HealthPartners, 8170 33rd Ave S


  • Enger Tower, 16th Avenue West & Skyline Pkwy
  • Essentia Health – Duluth Clinic – 1st St Bldg, 420 East First Street


  • Colon Cancer Coalition at Edina Commons, 5610 Lincoln Dr.


  •  RC Hospital & Clinics, 231 2nd St W, Hector

Le Sueur

  • Cambria Company, 31496 Cambria Ave


  • 35W Bridge over the Mississippi River
  • Lowry Ave Bridge, 953 County Rd 153
  • Foshay Tower, 821 S Marquette Ave
  • Mayo Clinic Square, 600 Hennepin Ave

New Ulm

  • American Artstone “Welcome to New Ulm” signs
  • City Hall Entrance, 100 N Broadway St
  • Defenders Monument, Center Street
  • Gerty Goose, Riverside Park
  • Goosetown Fire Station, 526 8th St N
  • New Ulm Medical Center Entrance, 1324 5th St N
  • Martin Luther College, 1995 Luther Ct


  • RC Hospital & Clinics, 100 Healthy Way, Olivia
  • City of Olivia, 1009 West Lincoln Avenue
  • F & M Bank Minnesota, 815 East DePue Avenue
  • United FCS, 1815 West Lincoln Avenue
  • Fischer Laser Eye Center, 902 West Lincoln Avenue


  • RC Hospital & Clinics, 420 Main St N, Renville


  • Mayo Clinic Plummer Building, 100 2nd St SW

Saint Cloud

  • Abraham Lincoln Plaza, 5th Ave & 1st St

Saint Paul

  • 1st Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St
  • Minnesota Governor’s Residence, 1006 Summit Ave
  • Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson St

*Businesses will be lit blue and/or promoting colon cancer awareness on this day and throughout the month.

2017 Colon Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation, State of Minnesota

State of Minnesota Proclamation from Governor Mark Dayton

2017 Colon Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation, City of Saint Paul

City of Saint Paul Proclamation from Mayor Chris Coleman

MN Clinics Exceeding 80% sceening

mancinisThank you to all who joined us at Mancini’s Char House (531 West Seventh Street, Saint Paul) for the Building Blue Bridges reception. Pat Mancini, owner of this celebrated Saint Paul establishment, is also a 5+ year colon cancer survivor.

This was a great time to be together with colon cancer patients and the healthcare community, building bridges and creating conversations between individuals, community organizations, and healthcare providers. Providers and clinics who have made tremendous strides towards increasing screening and meeting the 80% screening goal set by the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table were recognized at this event.