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Election judges would be able to find out each other’s political affiliations under a bill advancing in the Minnesota Senate. Sen. Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, is sponsoring a measure to allow election judges serving in the same precinct to find out... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Political Notebook
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To take advantage of the rapidly growing medical tourism market, Mayo Clinic has deepened its relationship with a Hong Kong firm to bring more Chinese patients to Rochester. Medisun Holdings Ltd. announced Monday it has signed a colla borative deal... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Heard on the Street
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While many are speculating about the future of a 129-year-old building in the heart of Rochester's downtown, the owners say they haven't locked down a plan yet. The long-empty former Paine Furniture store at 313 S. Broadway was purchased by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Heard on the Street
Frac-sand mining opponents are demanding a House committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow be canceled because it fails to set aside time for the public to testify. The House Mining & Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee is scheduled to hold an informational... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Political Notebook
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After being empty for years, new life is on the way for a former home construction showroom in northwest Rochester. Widseth Smith Nolting, a Crookston-based engineering and architecture firm, announced this week it has signed a purchase agreement to buy... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Heard on the Street
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That's the question Rep. Tina Liebling will be raising at an upcoming town hall meeting. Rochester is the only district in the state to use an at-large election system where candidates can choose which seat to file for — regardless... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Political Notebook
Turns out there will be a slight delay before DFL Gov. Mark Dayton will have a chance to sign a bill fixing Destination Medical Center's funding formula. The bill stills needs the signature of House Speaker Kurt Daudt, who is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Political Notebook
A bill loaded with $20 million in tax cuts and language fixing Destination Medical Center’s funding formula is headed to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk. The Minnesota Senate voted unanimously in favor of the bill today. The Minnesota House passed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Political Notebook
The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities wants lawmakers to boost funding on Local Government Aid by $45.5 million by 2017. That would restore LGA to 2002 levels. So just how much more money could cities expect to get if this... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Political Notebook
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Senate Republicans are making the case it’s time for Minnesota to join the 38 other states that don’t tax Social Security income. Sen. Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, announced today the introduction of the “Retire in Minnesota Act.” It would phase out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Political Notebook
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The Blum family's history has been interwoven with Rochester's Maple Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation since its doors opened in late 1964. That changed last week, when Pat Blum retired after 36 years as an administrator, and the family sold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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Senate Taxes Committee Chairman Rod Skoe said Rochester leaders are completely within their right to fight some of the Destination Medical Center administrative costs being laid at their doorstep. Skoe, who played a key role in passing the DMC bill... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Political Notebook
An international pharmaceutical giant has signed a deal to license a cancer-killing virus from Rochester drug company. MedImmune, which is owned by London-based AstraZeneca, is licensing a genetically engineered strain of the vesicular stomatitis virus from Omnis Pharmaceuticals. Omnis is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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A downtown Rochester landmark now is sporting a new name. A new sign for the Morgan Stanley Center went up on Wednesday at 201 S. Broadway, the former Lanmark Center. "When we renewed our lease, we asked about the naming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Heard on the Street
Republican lawmakers are encouraging residents dismayed by property tax increases to turn out for a meeting next week in Stewartville. Rep. Nels Pierson, of Rochester, and Rep. Duane Quam, of Byron, are sponsoring a listening session on property taxes at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Political Notebook
A bill to fix the funding formula for Destination Medical Center cleared its first legislative hurdle on Monday. Members of the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee unanimously approved the measure on a voice vote. That... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Political Notebook
The new owners of a downtown Rochester coffee shop are planning for a soft re-opening under a new name on Tuesday. Press Coffee and Tea Lounge at 315 S. Broadway abruptly closed in late December when its then-owner, Chris Holloway,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Heard on the Street
The new year brings with it a new committee assignment for First District Rep. Tim Walz. The Mankato Democrat was appointed on Friday to the House Armed Services Committee. It's a post the congressman has actively been seeking. "I'm honored... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Political Notebook
With the backing of veterans' groups, First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz is pushing once again to pass his bill overhauling veteran suicide prevention programs. Walz reintroduced the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans bill today. He was joined... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Political Notebook
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TPI Hospitality, which has three hotels and about 125 employees in Rochester, transitioned from the family-owned company to an employee-owned one at the start of 2015. The Willmar-based firm owns the recently opened Homewood Suites, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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Cardio3 BioSciences, which works closely with both Mayo Clinic and the City of Rochester, has paid $10 million for the oncology division of a New Hampshire firm. The Belgium-based Cardio3 agreed to pay Celdara Medical $6 million in cash and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Heard on the Street
The 2015 Minnesota legislative session will officially get underway at noon tomorrow. The political dynamics will be quite different compared to the last two years, when DFLer's had control of the House, Senate and the governor's mansion. Republicans won back... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Political Notebook
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About 40 people lost their jobs unexpectedly on New Year's Day when Rochester's Green Mill Restaurant closed after eight years of cooking on the northwest side. The staff reportedly was not given any notice of the closing until company executives... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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A 68-year-old commercial center in northwest Rochester recently sold for $765,000. The strip mall at 902 Seventh St. N.W., anchored by Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, was purchased by Song H. Hong on Dec. 1. Hon g also owns Safechoice Insurance... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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As a real-estate firm builds a new home in Rochester, its current location was recently sold. The Rochester office building at 4600 18th Avenue N.W., where Re/Max Results has its local headquarters, was purchased for $1.1 million on Nov. 24.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Heard on the Street