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Construction of a new downtown Rochester skyway is well underway. This is a small skyway that will link the 318 Commons building on First Avenue to the former Paine Furniture building on South Broadway. It will span a small alley... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Heard on the Street
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After 107 years of being based solely in the Med City, the Macken family is adding its first funeral home outside of Rochester. The Mackens, who own Rochester's Macken Funeral Home, are investing more than $2 million to build a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Heard on the Street
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A 13-story luxury apartment complex proposed by Rochester and Twin Cities-based developers would transform the neighborhood just west of Saint Marys Hospital. The project would cost more than $100 million and include 310 apartments, 49 townhomes, retail and commercial space,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Furst Draft
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A local music school has really struck a chord in Rochester. Ryan Utterback launched Pure Rock Studios in his home in 2012. When it swelled beyond that space, he moved it into a 2,500-square-foot building at 515 Rocky Creek Drive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Heard on the Street
Here's the latest from Ken Jones and city of Rochester emergency management regarding storm potential today: Updated information: Today's thunderstorms have potential to dump a large amount of water. Locally, some rain could be quite heavy. In the past, heavy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Furst Draft
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DoApp Inc., an 8-year-old Rochester media technology firm, was acquired this week by the top software firm in the newspaper industry. Newscycle Solutions bought DoApp to become part of a new mobile division to add to its services for newspapers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Almost a year since buying a former Med City mail processing center for $2.11 million, Mayo Clinic still is working out what to do with it. Mayo Clinic purchased the former U.S. Postal Service facility at 3939 Valleyhigh Drive in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Former GOP Rep. Fran Bradley sent a letter to his DFL rival today asking him to agree to a "fact-based, no distortion" campaign. Bradley is running against DFLer Duane Sauke for the House District 25B seat. Current DFL Rep. Kim... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Political Notebook
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Two years after making a flashy return to Minnesota with a Rochester shop, Dunkin' Donuts has signed a franchise agreement to bring three more locations to the region. The Massachusetts doughnut maker announced Thursday that it has signed a deal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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A long-anticipated downtown Rochester development, the first Destination Medical Center project, is still waiting for financing before can can begin. City officials were notified recently by Hinshaw & Culbertson, a Minneapolis law firm, that a $102.5 million loan to finance... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Mayo Clinic has signed another licensing deal with TapImmune, a biotechnology firm that Mayo has worked closely with for at least six years. On June 1, the deal was signed to give TapImmune "an exclusive licensing option agreement" with Rochester's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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A Twin Cities-developer interested in buying an old Rochester school building says it needs more time to put a plan together. Ryan Cos. signed an agreement last fall to buy the former Golden Hill School building for $1.8 million from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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After less than a year in operation, Rochester's popular Forager Brewing Co. gastropub is outgrowing its space. The hipster-friendly beer, coffee and food place plans to take over space within its 1005 Sixth St. NW building that now houses the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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It was announced last week that the National Institutes of Health awarded Mayo Clinic $142 million, spread out over five years, to a new federal Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program biobank. That made me think of a couple things. First,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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I was a bit premature Tuesday when I wrote that South Dakota developer Stencil Homes had re-named its Buckeye Apartments project in downtown Rochester. I spotted the project on Stencil's website labeled as Ovation on Monday. I wasn't able to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Heard on the Street
Rochester City Council Member Michael Wojcik reports on his Vote Wojcik blog that the city's Ethical Practices Board has come out with an opinion on his concerns about the Rochester Area Builders' representative on the Heart of the City task... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Furst Draft
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The name of a 92-unit apartment complex being built on the corner of Fourth Street and Third Avenue Southeast in downtown Rochester has been a sensitive issue for some of the neighbors. South Dakota developer Stencil Homes labeled it Buckeye... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Heard on the Street
Here's a late-breaking email from the Minnesota School Boards Association, calling attention to a feature of the omnibus tax bill passed by the Legislature that could have an impact on voters in the P-E-M bond referendum, coming Tuesday. That is,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Furst Draft
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After 24 years in the fast lane, Roger Gansen is ready to slow down a bit. Gansen has owned and run Auto Techs, a repair and sales shop, in Rochester since 1992. He has operated at his current location at... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Minnesota lawmakers are faced with a midnight deadline to pass bills and lots of work left to do. Legislators are scrambling to get a package of tax cuts and a bill with additional spending to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's desk.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Political Notebook
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This came from a Plainview-Elgin-Millville referendum supporter as a letter to the editor but got hung up in email for a few days -- apparently got caught in our spam. We'll likely get a version of this in the paper... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Furst Draft
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I received several messages last night from taco bowl fans about Rochester's south Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1201 S. Broadway being closed. It was just closed on Thursday, due to a water heater problem. I checked in with a manager... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Looking to help boost a variety of medical start-up businesses, Mayo Clinic Ventures is targeting collaborations and investments in Israel with a new program. The goal of the Mayo Clinic Israeli Startup Initiative is to work with companies either through... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Heard on the Street
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Here's a great story from the San Francisco Chronicle, published a few weekends ago...we'll get a version. Photo courtesy of the Chronicle, photographer Brant Ward. Thanks to the P-B reader who stopped in today to point it out. A key... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Furst Draft
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Here's some from my column on the culinary changes at the Kahler hotels. Local food fans in the know may recognize the names Tommie Tran and Duc Le. Tran used to own and operate The Lunch Box in the old... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Heard on the Street