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DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday dismissed a Republican lawmaker's threat to block a high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities, calling it "a good way to get a headline." Rep. Pat Garofalo recently announced he plans to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Political Notebook
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It looks like construction of the new Holiday Station c-store at Valleyhigh Drive and 40th Ave. N.W. is pumping right along. Work on this station is further along than Holiday's other new station project at 19th Street and U.S. 52,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Heard on the Street
A suburban Republican state lawmaker wants to block the state from moving ahead on a proposed high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities, calling the Zip Rail project "a California-style boondoggle." Rep. Pat Garofalo, of Farmington, said Zip... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Political Notebook
A preview of a column coming up Saturday or Monday: Politically engaged readers pay close attention to word choice, headline size and other nuances in the heat of campaign season, so we need to keep on our toes. One aspect... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Furst Draft
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Mama Fu's Asian House still wants to open an eatery in Rochester, but don't expect to try General Fu's Chicken here anytime soon. The Austin, Texas-based "Asian-centric" restaurant chain says its plans for a downtown location near Mayo Clinic are... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Heard on the Street
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Danielle David's Rochester consignment business has outgrown its shop and its name once again. What started out as Danielle's E-Shoes in a small spot back in 2009 quickly moved into a space double the original space with "& More" tacked... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Heard on the Street
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Green Bay, Wis.-based Associated Bank broke will break ground on Wednesday for its new 3,000-square-foot branch in northwest Rochester. The new building will replace the branch in the Hy-Vee North grocery on 37th Street Northwest, which closed on July 24.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Just in from the state Health Department: Health officials link E. coli O157 infections to traveling petting zoo Thirteen cases confirmed so far; Olmsted County Fair was most recent venue The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has identified at least... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Furst Draft
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The result of a recent deal is a double shot of fresh juice plus new food offerings in downtown Rochester. On Aug. 6, Ann Chafoulias sold her Essential Juice in the First Avenue Food Court to David Hewitt. He also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Heard on the Street
A sample ballot of endorsed candidates sent out by the Republican Party of Minnesota to southern Minnesota voters failed to include GOP-endorsed 1st District candidate Aaron Miller's name, according to Politics.mn. The ballot listed endorsed candidates running for statewide races... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Political Notebook
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It looks like the fro-yo is no longer a go in Rochester's Shoppes on Maine commercial enclave, though it's still flowing right along at Shoppes on Second. The doors at the Med City's second Cherry Berry frozen yogurt shop, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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First District Republican candidate Jim Hagedorn released a list with 40 names of Minnesota Republicans who are backing his congressional campaign. On the list are nine current and former state lawmakers, including Sen. Julie Rosen of Fairmont and Rep. Joe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Political Notebook
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Courtesy Corp., which owns the six McDonald's restaurants in Rochester, plans to open its new northwest location on Aug. 14. The still under-construction McDonald's stands in front of the Costco warehouse store, facing West Circle Drive Northwest. It will replace... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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An European publisher of auto repair manuals told local employees this week that its Rochester office is closing following the company's decision to back out of the U.S. market. Maidenhead, England-based Autodata originally moved its U.S. headquarters to Rochester in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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A major makeover plus a new retail building are on the way for a shopping center on a prominent southeast Rochester corner. Ari Kolas is planning to build a 5,000-square-foot building next to the existing Eastwood Plaza shopping center at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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A Rochester fitness studio has outgrown its current spot, so it's on the move to a larger space. CrossFit Credence, owned by Dave and Alison Timm, has bulked up to almost 300 members in the three years the boot camp-style... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Heard on the Street
First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz's campaign recently issued an invitation to his GOP challengers Jim Hagedorn and Aaron Miller to participate in two debates. The first debate would be a candidate forum on Wednesday at Farmfest in Redwood Falls.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Political Notebook
A St. Paul-based developer is looking to follow up its first Med City project with a couple more in the increasingly active northwest quadrant. TJL Development recently built a new 4,000-square-foot paint store for Sherwin-Williams in south Rochester, in front... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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A 46-year-old Rochester business is spinning off its audio and music business. Custom Communications Inc., founded by Leigh J. Johnson in his basement in 1968, started in the background or "elevator" music business by providing sound systems and music for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Candidates for Rochester mayor, school board and city council will square-off tomorrow in a candidate forum. The League of Women Voters — Rochester is hosting the event with support from the Post-Bulletin and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Political Notebook
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Mayo Clinic has decided to put administrative offices in the long-empty former Red Lobster space in downtown Rochester. The roughly 6,000-square-foot space is on the street level of the 60-year-old Rosa Parks Pavilion building at 195 S. Broadway. Mayo bought... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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St. Paul-based bank Bremer Bank announced Thursday that it's expanding into southeastern Minnesota by acquiring Rochester's Eastwood Bank. This move quickly ramps up Bremer's presence in this area by adding Eastwood's 13 locations. Bremer has 85 branches in Minnesota, Wisconsin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz is applauding a proposal to phase out the use of older rail tank cars that carry highly flammable materials. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced proposed rules today that would phase out the use... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Political Notebook
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The Kahler Hospitality Group, the Rochester company led by Javon Bea, is checking out the hotel market beyond downtown. The local buzz for weeks has been that the Kahler group, which owns four hotels in downtown Rochester, is taking the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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First District GOP candidate Aaron Miller's campaign is starting to get the attention of the national Republican party. On Tuesday morning, the National Republican Congressional Campaign announced Miller had achieved "On the Radar" status in its Young Guns program. To... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Political Notebook