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Press advisory from Erick Kaardal, the Twin Cities attorney deeply involved in the various Wabasha County controversies involving board politics, county reorganization, safe driving classes, and an attorney for the Association for Government Accountability citizens group: Media Advisory Press Conference... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Furst Draft
In case you missed Brett Boese's excellent story today on Judge Walters' public rebuke by the Minnesota Board of Judicial Standards, here's the link to the PDF of the board's reprimand. There's amazing detail here about why the judge got... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Furst Draft
Rochester's Pizza Hut restaurant along U.S. 52 North is expected to start cooking again today, following its renovation. The 28-year-old brick restaurant at 2001 U.S. 52 North Frontage Road has been closed for about five weeks for a major overhaul... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Heard on the Street
Minnesota Senators observed a moment of silence on Tuesday in honor of former Rochester Republican Sen. Nancy Brataas who died on Thursday at the age of 86. Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, asked for the moment of silence. Brataas was the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Political Notebook
Lane closures coming up on U.S. 52 at Goodhue County Road 9: ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter single-lane traffic in both directions on Highway 52 south of Cannon Falls as construction on an intersection moves forward, according to the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Furst Draft
Yet another building in Rochester's downtown core sold recently. The 129-year-old building at 325 South Broadway was purchased for $771,500 on May 26 by RGA of Rochester. RGA is a group of local investors that includes Paul Armon of Armon... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Heard on the Street
Former Rochester Republican Sen. Nancy Brataas died today. She was 86. Brataas was the first woman elected in her own right to the Minnesota Senate in 1975 and went on to serve 17 years in the Minnesota Legislature. But her... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Political Notebook
The former Mickey's Irish Saloon building is getting a very different tenant soon. Rochester Cremation Services is re-working the former bar building at 1605 Civic Center Drive N.W. Mike Johnson, who owns Rochester Cremation, hopes to be in his new... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Heard on the Street
First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz enjoys a massive cash advantage over his Republican rival, according to recent campaign finance reports. Walz raised more than $848,000 between Jan. 1, 2013 and March 31 towards his re-election bid, according to reports... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Political Notebook
Titan Development's Doubletree by Hilton hotel sent out a letter to the members of its exclusive Rochester Club to notify them that the club will soon stop serving lunch. These club members have access to the Doubletree's Executive Lounge, which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Union pokes holes in craft beer legislation: The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild supports legislation that would make it possible for Minnesota craft breweries and brewpubs to sell their products at its establishments on Sunday. Specifically, this would allow brewpubs to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Furst Draft
A rolling renovation of a long-time Rochester sports venue is picking up speed as well as a new name. Construction has been underway for months to double the size of the bowling alley at 2810 N. Broadway. That expansion is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Interesting question about free speech, Ray, but we and every other media reserve the right to not publish an ad...we don't take tobacco ads, for example...I need to double-check this, but I believe we're not taking e-cigarette ads either.
If you want verification of a core truth about Wabasha County politics, check out the half-page ad in this week's edition of the Wabasha County Herald. It was paid for by the Teamsters Local No. 320, which represents county sheriff's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Furst Draft
Associated Bank is planning to close its branch in the Hy-Vee North grocery and then re-open it in a future northwest Rochester location. The Green Bay, Wis. bank announced this week that it will close the grocery store branch at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Heard on the Street
That's what the story link is for, Ray, and the verbatim lede from the story. Nothing I wrote, from headline to very brief comments, implies anything more than that. Check the lede on the dozens of stories that moved today and they're all basically alike...with more context down below. Are you sure that all the health care providers (not just doctors) on the list in our zipcodes are paid a salary? I think before you say that, you should check the thousands of names in the database from our area. Now -- in light of the jousting we occasionally do about privacy rights, etc., in the U.S. versus the rest of the world, what do you think of this data release, which apparently was 40 years in coming?
Allegiant Air announced Tuesday that it's pulling out of the Rochester International Airport and will end its weekly nonstop flights to Arizona on May 14. "We are always disappointed to end service in a market," said Eric Fletcher, Allegiant's manager... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Heard on the Street
The New York Times has a story, with searchable database, that should go viral at Mayo Clinic today. Here's the lede: A tiny fraction of the 880,000 doctors and other health care providers who take Medicare accounted for nearly a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Furst Draft
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said he is taking seriously DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's comments at a press conference earlier this afternoon that lawmakers should take a vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana. In the past, Bakk said he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Political Notebook
Press release from Carleton: April 8, 2014 For immediate release Carleton Hosts Queer Documentary Film Festival Northfield, Minn.—In celebration of Price Month, this April the Carleton College Gender and Sexuality Center will screen a series of queer-related documentary films as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Furst Draft
So Questcor Pharmaceuticals announced Monday that Ireland-based Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is buying it for a whopping $5.6 BILLION. A little research into Questcor shows that it has followed an interesting path starting with its $100,000 purchase of rights to H.P. Acthar... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Heard on the Street
The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce put out this "action alert" to members -- apparently the language that the Minnesota Chamber is also putting out: Yesterday the Minnesota House and Senate DFL leadership agreed on legislation that will dramatically raise... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Furst Draft
A Fargo, N.D. company is buying Woodruff Co., a 67-year-old Rochester plumbing and utilities wholesale supply firm. Dakota Supply Group and the family-owned Woodruff have a purchase agreement and the sale is expected to close on April 30, according to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Moments after announcing Saturday he was dropping out of the First District congressional race, Rochester Republican Mike Benson was swarmed by local activists asking him to reconsider his decision to retire from the Minnesota Legislature. But Benson said in an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Political Notebook