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Mayo Clinic has withdrawn its trade secret lawsuit against Dr. Franklin R. Cockerill III, the former CEO of Mayo Medical Labs, as part of a settlement agreement. The settlement was reached Wednesday, and Mayo Clinic withdrew "with prejudice," meaning it... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Heard on the Street
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After 14 years as the face of Rochester's Home Federal Savings Bank, Al Mannino is leaving to try something new. Mannino, the well-known vice president of communications for the bank, is stepping down at the end of December to try... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Heard on the Street
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The cover and title will remain the same, but the "author" of a local used book shop is changing in the start of 2015. Erik Olson is taking over the 34-year-old Paperback Book Palace from longtime owner Karen Meyer, who... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Heard on the Street
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In case you didn't see this in print over the weekend, here's a column about an interesting pesonnel change. Plus it sounds like another well-known Rochester leader is also making a switch. Should have more on that soon. -------------- A... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Heard on the Street
Thanks for the Council on Black Minnesotans and Christ United Methodist Church for joining with us Wednesday night to present a conversation on race and justice, in the aftermath of the Ferguson and Staten Island incidents. We took written questions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Furst Draft
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Workers braved the chilly weather today to start putting up the big sign for the new Aldi grocery in northwest Rochester. The 17,000-square-foot store has went up quickly by McDonalds and Costco. Aldi officials from their Faribault division have previously... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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The former Hardee's/Indian restaurant at 7 12 St. S .E., that's at Rochester's corner of U.S. 14 and South U.S. 63, is being scraped away today. No sure yet what the plans, if any, are for the site. That 31-year-old... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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The doctor being sued by Mayo Clinic for allegedly stealing trade secrets has resigned from his job at Mayo competitor, Quest Diagnostics. Dr. Franklin R. Cockerill III, the former CEO of the for-profit Mayo Medical Labs, resigned from his position... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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New local owners hope to breathe new life into a 129-year-old building in downtown Rochester. On Nov. 20, local developers Grant Michelitz and Hal Henderson purchased the long-empty former Paine Furniture store site at 313 S. Broadway as well as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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A 37-year-old Rochester hotel is trading a national brand for a local one. The Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, owned by Dan and Terri Penz, of Rochester, officially became the Kahler Apache on Friday. The 149-room hotel is at 1517... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Heard on the Street
I'm working on a P-B Dialogues for a week from today on fast-paced changes in downtown Rochester's dining world. On Monday, Michaels restaurant announced it will close after 63 years of business -- it's last day of business will be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Furst Draft
This is excerpted from the Sontes website and blog: I am excited to share some news with you. We are embarking on a new partnership that will bring a craft brewery to downtown Rochester. Grand Rounds Brewing Company will be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Furst Draft
News release: Sontes Restaurant to close on January 1, 2015 New craft brewery to take its place in downtown Rochester November 26, 2014 (Rochester, MN) -- After eight years, Sontes restaurant will close its doors on January, 1, 2015. “I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Furst Draft
This is shocking news, since we called Marty Lenss this morning and asked him directly if he had resigned to take a new job in Iowa and he flatly denied it... News release from Mayo, which owns the airport company:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Furst Draft
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Preston GOP Rep. Greg Davids sent a letter Friday to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson asking her to investigate whether Dr. Jonathan Gruber's work on MNsure failed to live up to the terms of his state contract. Gruber, an MIT... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Political Notebook
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A commercial center on Rochester's Bandel Road recently sold for almost $1.6 million as an investment for the future. Vance Prigge, majority owner and president of Atlas Insurance Brokers, bought the Bandel Road Business Center at 5721 Bandel Road N.W.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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Things are shaping up for a second Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping studio to launch in Rochester. Owner Doug Schminke plans to bookend the city with a new location at 4206 U.S. Highway 52 North to counterbalance his southwest studio. It'll be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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This pic ran in the Post-Bulletin and elsewhere Wednesday with coverage of student unhappiness about MnSCU's "Charting the Future." The Groucho-type glasses/masks were intended to ridicule MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. Aside from being an adolescent gimmick, it strikes me as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Furst Draft
Statement from MnSCU today: Board of Trustees, Presidents Reaffirm Support for Chancellor Rosenstone and Charting the Future ST. PAUL, Minn., November 20, 2014 – The Board of Trustees and the presidents of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities reaffirmed their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Furst Draft
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In looks like work is really rolling along on Rochester's new Fairfield Inn & Suites. This is the 91-room, four-story hotel being built at 10 17th Ave. N.W., where th e Courtesy Inn was demolished this summer. That's near the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Democratic leaders shutdown First District Rep. Tim Walz's bid on Wednesday to become Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.The Mankato Democrat had launched an aggressive bid for the leadership post against Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, who is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Political Notebook
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Connie Hawley really, really loves shoes and sees them as art. She has now brought that vision to life on Zumbrota's Main Street in her new store, Luya Shoes and Other Fine Things. The 4,000-square-foot store carries footwear of all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Republican Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt this morning announced which lawmakers will get a committee gavel in the upcoming legislative session. Three lawmakers from southeast Minnesota — Rep. Greg Davids of Preston, Rep. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa, and Rep. Tim Kelly, or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Political Notebook
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After 57 years on North Broadway, the family-owned Christian Book and Gift Shop announced Monday it will close its doors for good on Dec. 31. In a note to customers, owner/manager Karen Mulholland McKenzie and co-manager Judy Mulholland stated it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended by the NFL without pay for the rest of the season, the league announced this morning. Lots more to come... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Furst Draft