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I was a bit premature Tuesday when I wrote that South Dakota developer Stencil Homes had re-named its Buckeye Apartments project in downtown Rochester. I spotted the project on Stencil's website labeled as Ovation on Monday. I wasn't able to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Heard on the Street
Rochester City Council Member Michael Wojcik reports on his Vote Wojcik blog that the city's Ethical Practices Board has come out with an opinion on his concerns about the Rochester Area Builders' representative on the Heart of the City task... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Furst Draft
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The name of a 92-unit apartment complex being built on the corner of Fourth Street and Third Avenue Southeast in downtown Rochester has been a sensitive issue for some of the neighbors. South Dakota developer Stencil Homes labeled it Buckeye... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Heard on the Street
Here's a late-breaking email from the Minnesota School Boards Association, calling attention to a feature of the omnibus tax bill passed by the Legislature that could have an impact on voters in the P-E-M bond referendum, coming Tuesday. That is,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Furst Draft
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After 24 years in the fast lane, Roger Gansen is ready to slow down a bit. Gansen has owned and run Auto Techs, a repair and sales shop, in Rochester since 1992. He has operated at his current location at... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Heard on the Street
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Minnesota lawmakers are faced with a midnight deadline to pass bills and lots of work left to do. Legislators are scrambling to get a package of tax cuts and a bill with additional spending to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's desk.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Political Notebook
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This came from a Plainview-Elgin-Millville referendum supporter as a letter to the editor but got hung up in email for a few days -- apparently got caught in our spam. We'll likely get a version of this in the paper... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Furst Draft
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I received several messages last night from taco bowl fans about Rochester's south Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1201 S. Broadway being closed. It was just closed on Thursday, due to a water heater problem. I checked in with a manager... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Heard on the Street
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Looking to help boost a variety of medical start-up businesses, Mayo Clinic Ventures is targeting collaborations and investments in Israel with a new program. The goal of the Mayo Clinic Israeli Startup Initiative is to work with companies either through... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Heard on the Street
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Here's a great story from the San Francisco Chronicle, published a few weekends ago...we'll get a version. Photo courtesy of the Chronicle, photographer Brant Ward. Thanks to the P-B reader who stopped in today to point it out. A key... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Furst Draft
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Here's some from my column on the culinary changes at the Kahler hotels. Local food fans in the know may recognize the names Tommie Tran and Duc Le. Tran used to own and operate The Lunch Box in the old... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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News release from MnSCU on new interim president at RCTC: Mary Davenport named interim president of Rochester Community and Technical College St. PAUL, Minn., May 18, 2016– The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today appointed Mary... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Furst Draft
Not a single Rochester project made it into the House Republicans' $947 million construction package unveiled late Wednesday evening. Rochester projects that failed to make the cut include $20 million for Rochester Community Technical College for demolition and renovation work,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Political Notebook
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Mayo Clinic is returning to the fifth floor of Rochester's Minnesota BioBusiness Center, after a Belgium-based biotech firm left it empty for more than a year. In March 2015, the Rochester City Council approved a five-year lease for Mayo Clinic-linked... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Getting hungry waiting for food trucks to finally get the green light to be in downtown Rochester? As of Tuesday you can enjoy a hot dog on the Peace Plaza while you wait. The spring winds have spurred Rick "Murph"... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Chef Stewart "Shefzilla" Woodman's short tenure in Rochester is over. The award-winning chef and cookbook author came to the Med City in September to take the reins of the culinary operations of the Kahler Grand Hotel and its sister hotels.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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A more than $100 million housing and commercial development is proposed for a high-profile corner of Second Street Southwest, next to Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys campus. The plans call for a 13-story building with two levels of underground parking to... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Heard on the Street
Coincidentally, a reader sent me a pic today of IBM Rochester's current OSHA form showing total employment on site. Current total FTEs according to that form: 2,539. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Furst Draft
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Statement from IBM Rochester: A statement from: Tory Johnson, Vice President of Supply Chain Engineering, and Senior Location Executive for IBM in Rochester, MN As part of IBM's ongoing transformation as a cognitive computing and cloud platform company, IBM in... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Furst Draft
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Major news from IBM Rochester: consolidating operations in eight buildings on east side of campus, selling the rest -- about 1 million square feet to go on the market. Transition within a year. Details shortly at Postbulletin.com. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Furst Draft
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News release from the governor's office: Governor Dayton orders I-35W Bridge to remain purple all weekend ST. PAUL, Minn. – In commemoration of the life of one of Minnesota’s most beloved native sons and an international music legend, Prince, Governor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Furst Draft
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Last week, MnSCU officials announced that the search for a new president for Rochester Community and Technical College has not gone well. P-B reporter Taylor Nachtigal had that story Wednesday. Finalists were to be announced this week and a new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Furst Draft
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Everyone knows lots of properties are selling in Rochester, though, in many cases, only the buyers know what is coming next. Mayo Clinic sold three open lots plus one with a 97-year-old house in southwest Rochester for $720,000 on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Heard on the Street
News release from the governor's office: Office of Governor Mark Dayton & Lt. Governor Tina Smith FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2016 Statements from Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith on the retirement of MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Furst Draft
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Wendy Westlake has a big vision for 535 Gallery, her new Rochester art gallery. "The concept is for large-scale contemporary pieces as a service for designers and the general public looking for a distinctive statement piece to make an impact... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Heard on the Street