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City and county leaders joined Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Thursday to speak out in support of the governor's $11 billion transportation proposal, which would fund up to $75 million in local road and bridge improvements. Among those backing the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Political Notebook
News release from Rochester Public Utilities -- note the real-time frost level graphic: All RPU customers urged to monitor the temperature of their water ROCHESTER, MN— Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is starting to hear from customers that are experiencing frozen... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Furst Draft
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In the wake of the sale of Rochester's Maple Manor Health Care, the senior apartments next door now have been sold for $1.01 million. The 18-unit Maples Senior Apartments at 1893 19th St. NW was purchased by Kurt Luschen, of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Heard on the Street
Tough weather and road conditions in the Rochester area earlier -- here's a release from MnDOT from early this afternoon: Vehicles crash into three MnDOT snowplows in three hours ROCHESTER, Minn. (1 p.m.) – Three Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplows... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Furst Draft
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This has been in the works for quite a while. It looks like it's now a done deal, at least on the city, RAEDI and DEED side. We'll see what happens next. After following this for more than a decade,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Heard on the Street
Greg Jensen, the Albert Lea real estate agent and radio station owner, called to say his new property will be back on the air at 4 p.m. today. Check out 97.5 at that hour and you'll know if it's still... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Furst Draft
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Despite their popularity, nonstop flights to Detroit will soon end for passengers using the Rochester International Airport, after only a few months. After about six months, Delta Air Lines has notified the airport that it will be pulling the plug... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Heard on the Street
A deal to temporarily freeze salary increases for the governor’s cabinet members allowed a stalled emergency funding bill to advance Thursday in the Minnesota House. Tucked within the measure is $413,000 for Mayo Clinic Hospital — Saint Marys Campus for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Political Notebook
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Here's some from my article today about a proposed brewery/coffee house/wood fired pizza shop and local market. ------- A new project promises to bring a small batch brewery, wood fired pizzas, a coffee shop and more to Rochester's Kutzky neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Heard on the Street
The Salvation Army put out this message this afternoon: The Rochester Salvation Army will open its Warming Center tonight at 8:00 p.m. during the National Weather Service wind chill advisory, issued through Wednesday at Noon. Wind chills from -20 degrees... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Furst Draft
A bill to make sure Destination Medical Center’s administrative costs aren’t funded with property tax increases easily won the support today of a House panel. Rochester City Council President Randy Staver told House members the legislation ensures any administrative costs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Political Notebook
Among Rochester's major challenges is promoting more affordable housing for current residents and the thousands of new workers expected to come here as Mayo's Destination Medical Center initiative grows. The Olmsted County Board is considering a Housing and Redevelopment Authority... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Furst Draft
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Reuters' Olivia Oran filed an interesting story Thursday about Austin's favorite Fortune 500 company. Hormel Foods reportedly is "in late-stage talks" to snap up Applegate Farms. Applegate is in the organic pork biz and makes organic hot dogs, bacon and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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President Obama is expected to sign a veteran suicide prevention bill today authored by 1st DFL District Rep. Tim Walz. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act unanimously passed the House and Senate in January. The bill's successful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Political Notebook
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The Rochester commercial complex that houses a prosthetics firm and a veterinarian clinic recently sold for $4.51 million. Rochester developer Gus Chafoulias sold the 13-year-old building at 121 23rd Ave. SW to Mace Holdings LLP of Billings, Mont. Chafoulias developed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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Here's the details on Thursday's auction. I have a full story on this in today's paper. Michaels auction On Thursday, more than 2,000 lots will be auctioned off by Grafe Auction of Spring Valley and John Kruesel's General Merchandise &... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Heard on the Street
In a surprise move, retired Mayo Clinic Dr. Patricia Simmons jumped into the University of Minnesota Board of Regents race, making a run at a third term on the board. Simmons told members of a joint-legislative committee on Tuesday that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Political Notebook
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A commercial building in northeast Rochester recently sold for $535,000. On Jan. 30, Pensco Trust Co. of Denver bought the 4,680-square-foot former Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. building at 305 Alliance Place. The empty building is north of 37th Street Northeast... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Heard on the Street
Republican House leaders said today they are not interested in delaying the selection of five University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Last week, Minnetonka DFL Sen. Terri Bonoff, who chairs the Senate higher education committee, asked Senate leaders to delay... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Political Notebook
...at least I hope you'll find it interesting -- big changes coming in the Your Money section this weekend. Prediction: Puzzles, horoscopes will move Just to head off confusion now, I'll repeat that headline: I predict with confidence that the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Furst Draft
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Bankrupt Radio Shack Corp. is closing hundreds of stores across the U.S., though Red Wing in the only southeastern Minnesota one slated to close up shop. Radio Shack is also closing another 25 stores. Most are in the Twin Cities.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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Change is on the way for a prominent corner in northwest Rochester. The 38-year-old Investors Financial building at 12 Elton Hills Dr. NW sold for $875,000 in Jan. 19. It was purchased by John and Cindy Benike's Corner Square LLC,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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Former First District congressional candidate and Hayfield Republican Rep. Randy Demmer said he's going to make a bid for a seat on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Demmer said he made the decision today after hearing news that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Political Notebook
Recently retired Mayo Clinic Dr. Claire Bender has withdrawn her candidacy for the First District seat on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Bender said she decided to withdraw due to “personal reasons” adding “I have to take care... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Political Notebook
We'll have the story on the front page today, but here are notes from Mike Nigbur, director of the city Parks and Recreation Department, that were in the Park Board packet: REQUEST FOR PARK BOARD ACTION A group of sports... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Furst Draft