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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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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
Imagine Kutzky, the neighborhood organization formerly part of the Kutzky Park Neighborhood Association and now on its own, with interests beyond just Kutzky Park, weighs in on the Francisco's restaurant proposal: From: Imagine Kutzky To: Members of the City of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Furst Draft
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“Extremely unfortunate." That’s how Javon Bea, the Oronoco health care executive and businessman who’s at the top of the Rochester real estate investment world, described the collapse of plans to build a $63 million hotel project across from Saint Marys... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Furst Draft
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Two area chefs are creating a downtown Rochester restaurant to offer "an eclectic mix of adventurous and innovative comfort food" in a historic building. Chefs Erik Kleven and Erik Paulsen are fulfilling their dreams of opening their own place, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz will be at a Rochester grocery store on Monday to listen to constituent concerns. Walz's Congress on Your Corner stop will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Hy-Vee, 4221 W. Circle Dr. N.W.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Political Notebook
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A growing engineering firm is planning to move soon to a new, larger northwest Rochester office. The Rochester office of Eau Claire, Wis.-based MEP Associates plans to move into the former Venture Computer Systems/ Marco Inc. complex at 3416 Lakeridge... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Lanesboro Democrat Jon Pieper is dropping his bid for the Minnesota House to instead run against Winona GOP Sen. Jeremy Miller in November. Pieper’s decision means there will no longer be an endorsing fight at Saturday’s Senate District 28 DFL... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Political Notebook
Here are two documents that the Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester put out to explain their decision not to pursue a permanent home at the historic Armory building downtown. These were sent out in advance of the announcement Wednesday. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Furst Draft
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The Rochester Public Library has put out a news release that tees up the library's "next step" in winning approval of its proposed $55 million expansion. Library Director Audrey Betcher is headed next to the Olmsted County Board to seek... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Furst Draft
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After about a year in the Shops at University Square shopping center, City Wines and Spirits is moving to a new downtown Rochester home as well as taking on a new name. City Wines and Spirits is tucked away on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Here's another take on IRET's acquisition of 393 luxury rental units in Rochester, including Avalon Cove, along Second Street Southwest: IRET has been disposing of nonresidential pieces of its portfolio. According to the news release: "The acquisition of this multifamily... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Furst Draft
Here's the news release from the Lynx and Mayo Clinic regarding their May 8 preseason game in Rochester: Lynx and Mayo Clinic to Host Preseason Game at Mayo Civic Center Minnesota to play Washington Mystics on May 8 MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Furst Draft
TEDxZumbro River speakers were announced this morning...here's the news release: TEDxZumbroRiver Local Speakers Announced! ROCHESTER, Minn. —TEDxZumbroRiver announces the release of the 8 local speakers. What: TEDxZumbroRiver 2016 When: Thurs, May 5th, 1-6pm Where: Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester, MN Speaker... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Furst Draft
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Why did they announce this on a Friday? Now we have to wait all weekend to find out if the Lynx are moving to Rochester, at least for one year. Though there were plausible denials in the news stories today,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Furst Draft
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After many months of on again, off again construction, it sounds like a new southeast Rochester commercial center could be ready for business soon. Construction of a 5,040-square-foot retail building began last summer in front of the Eastwood Plaza at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Luis and Rosalinda Campos are cleaning up Rochester, naturally. The Camposes launched a new residential and commercial cleaning firm called Organic Home Cleaning Service in early March. As the name suggests, Organic Home Cleaning does not use any chemicals. "The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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To wrap up the 501 on First issue, Rochester City Council Member Mark Bilderback said this morning that the Historic Southwest and Downtown neighborhood associations "are not receiving any money" from the developer, if any money is available. That's how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Furst Draft
Here's more of what I learned today about the deal that apparently was struck to resolve the 501 on First issue last night. I haven't talked with all parties yet, but it only seems fair to get some of this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Furst Draft