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First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz enjoys a massive cash advantage over his Republican rival, according to recent campaign finance reports. Walz raised more than $848,000 between Jan. 1, 2013 and March 31 towards his re-election bid, according to reports... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Political Notebook
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Titan Development's Doubletree by Hilton hotel sent out a letter to the members of its exclusive Rochester Club to notify them that the club will soon stop serving lunch. These club members have access to the Doubletree's Executive Lounge, which... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Heard on the Street
Union pokes holes in craft beer legislation: The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild supports legislation that would make it possible for Minnesota craft breweries and brewpubs to sell their products at its establishments on Sunday. Specifically, this would allow brewpubs to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Furst Draft
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A rolling renovation of a long-time Rochester sports venue is picking up speed as well as a new name. Construction has been underway for months to double the size of the bowling alley at 2810 N. Broadway. That expansion is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Heard on the Street
Interesting question about free speech, Ray, but we and every other media reserve the right to not publish an ad...we don't take tobacco ads, for example...I need to double-check this, but I believe we're not taking e-cigarette ads either.
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If you want verification of a core truth about Wabasha County politics, check out the half-page ad in this week's edition of the Wabasha County Herald. It was paid for by the Teamsters Local No. 320, which represents county sheriff's... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Furst Draft
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Associated Bank is planning to close its branch in the Hy-Vee North grocery and then re-open it in a future northwest Rochester location. The Green Bay, Wis. bank announced this week that it will close the grocery store branch at... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Heard on the Street
That's what the story link is for, Ray, and the verbatim lede from the story. Nothing I wrote, from headline to very brief comments, implies anything more than that. Check the lede on the dozens of stories that moved today and they're all basically alike...with more context down below. Are you sure that all the health care providers (not just doctors) on the list in our zipcodes are paid a salary? I think before you say that, you should check the thousands of names in the database from our area. Now -- in light of the jousting we occasionally do about privacy rights, etc., in the U.S. versus the rest of the world, what do you think of this data release, which apparently was 40 years in coming?
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Allegiant Air announced Tuesday that it's pulling out of the Rochester International Airport and will end its weekly nonstop flights to Arizona on May 14. "We are always disappointed to end service in a market," said Eric Fletcher, Allegiant's manager... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Heard on the Street
The New York Times has a story, with searchable database, that should go viral at Mayo Clinic today. Here's the lede: A tiny fraction of the 880,000 doctors and other health care providers who take Medicare accounted for nearly a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Furst Draft
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said he is taking seriously DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's comments at a press conference earlier this afternoon that lawmakers should take a vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana. In the past, Bakk said he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Political Notebook
Press release from Carleton: April 8, 2014 For immediate release Carleton Hosts Queer Documentary Film Festival Northfield, Minn.—In celebration of Price Month, this April the Carleton College Gender and Sexuality Center will screen a series of queer-related documentary films as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Furst Draft
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So Questcor Pharmaceuticals announced Monday that Ireland-based Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is buying it for a whopping $5.6 BILLION. A little research into Questcor shows that it has followed an interesting path starting with its $100,000 purchase of rights to H.P. Acthar... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Heard on the Street
The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce put out this "action alert" to members -- apparently the language that the Minnesota Chamber is also putting out: Yesterday the Minnesota House and Senate DFL leadership agreed on legislation that will dramatically raise... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Furst Draft
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A Fargo, N.D. company is buying Woodruff Co., a 67-year-old Rochester plumbing and utilities wholesale supply firm. Dakota Supply Group and the family-owned Woodruff have a purchase agreement and the sale is expected to close on April 30, according to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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Moments after announcing Saturday he was dropping out of the First District congressional race, Rochester Republican Mike Benson was swarmed by local activists asking him to reconsider his decision to retire from the Minnesota Legislature. But Benson said in an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Political Notebook
Byron Army veteran and political newcomer Aaron Miller will take on DFL Congressman Tim Walz in November after winning the endorsement of First District Republicans on Saturday. Miller clinched the endorsement at the district convention after three ballots, beating out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Political Notebook
As First District Republicans prepare for their endorsing convention on Saturday in Albert Lea, they are looking to avoid a repeat of their epic 2012 convention. That year the endorsing battle between Mike Parry and Allen Quist raged on for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Political Notebook
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Check out Rochester's new 111-room, seven-story Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel going up on the 1300 block of Second Street Southwest. It looks like this project must be starting to near the final few laps of the race to completion.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Heard on the Street
The latest from Rochester/Olmsted Emergency Management: The forecast over the past two days has not changed significantly. A winter storm is lifting from Missouri, and will bring snow overnight. MSP is under a winter storm warning and will receive 6+... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Furst Draft
Reporter Edie Grossfield has a story today on $6.9 million in capitol projects at Mayo from June to December of last year that count toward the $200 million in new development needed to trigger the release of $585 million in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Furst Draft
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Mayo Clinic seems to be looking to south Rochester for a future project, even though there's no official word yet. Tom Hexum, of Maine Street Development Co. of Rochester, filed a Land Development Application on March 11 for a 22,000-square-foot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Here's a blog post by an Illinois woman who has some issues with Mayo's appointment office: Alas, the Mayo Clinic is apparently too cool to do things like re-schedule appointments. And, while it is true that the woman on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Furst Draft
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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 531 AM CDT THU APR 3 2014 MITCHELL-WABASHA-DODGE-OLMSTED-WINONA-MOWER-FILLMORE-TAYLOR-CLARK- BUFFALO-TREMPEALEAU-JACKSON- 531 AM CDT THU APR 3 2014 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST IOWA...SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...AND WEST CENTRAL INTO NORTH... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Furst Draft