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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden blasted DFL Sen. Al Franken today for supporting the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. During a Rochester press conference, McFadden said it's a mistake to close Guantanamo Bay, especially considering recent reports... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Political Notebook
Gov. Mark Dayton joined other DFL candidates in Rochester Wednesday afternoon to urge Democrats to get to the polls Tuesday and cast their ballots. Otherwise, he warned the crowd of about 100 supporters that the state could be headed for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Political Notebook
A new fitness studio is gearing up to open in downtown Rochester before the holiday feasting begins. Sarah Pacchetti's Studio on Third is all set to open on Monday at 18 Third Ave. S.W. in the basement of the Merchant... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Heard on the Street
A local firewood business plans to use a new Rochester retail site to heat things up for the insidious tree pest, the emerald ash borer. Procut Firewood, which has been operating in the area for 25 years, launched its first... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Heard on the Street
Why did the Rochester Arts Council morph into the new Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust? What's the mission of the new group, and is the local arts community on board with the change? That's the topic for the next... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Furst Draft
With Rochester's Federal Medical Center behind him, Republican 1st District candidate Jim Hagedorn accused DFL Congressman Tim Walz of seeking to bring terrorists to Rochester. Hagedorn pointed to Walz's support for closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba prison and allowing detainees... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Political Notebook
While Flamingo Bingo is rolling along in its new home in Rochester's Elks Lodge, it soon will be game over for its former home. The empty building at 2828 U.S. 52 North is slated for demolition by its owner, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Heard on the Street
We've had a few calls from a patrol supervisor at the Dodge County Sheriff's Office (including one to the publisher) who says he's heard that we're checking out a story that could be construed as negative about Sheriff's Investigator Scott... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Furst Draft
News release from the state Health Department: MDH establishes information line for Minnesotans with Ebola questions As part of an ongoing effort to provide Minnesotans with information about Ebola and related precautions against the disease, the Minnesota Department of Health... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Furst Draft
The Kahler Grand Hotel's Grand Grill has a grand makeover on a way, though it will mean being closed for construction over the holidays. The restaurant on the main level of the prominent downtown hotel expected to be closed to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Heard on the Street
First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz touts his efforts to reform the Veterans Administration health system in the wake of the recent scandal in his latest TV ad. The 30-second spot features veteran Hank Sadler talking about the VA scandal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Political Notebook
A former executive accused of allegedly stealing trade secrets says he's "disappointed" in Mayo Clinic's lawsuit against him, in a statement released by his attorney. On Tuesday, Mayo Clinic filed a lawsuit (The complaint is posted here) alleging misappropriation of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Heard on the Street
A former top Mayo Clinic executive is being sued for allegedly hiding his hiring by a competitor of Mayo Medical Laboratories for months while he continued to work for Mayo and for stealing trade secrets. Mayo Clinic filed a lawsuit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Heard on the Street
This one seems to have a lot of local momentum behind it. -------- The health care technology arm of a Sri Lanka-based company is officially launching its Rochester office on Tuesday morning. Brandix i3 is hosting a grand opening in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Mayo Clinic has deepened its long-time relationship with Cardio3 Biosciences by giving the Belgium firm "preferred access" to new regenerative-medicine discoveries. Having preferred access means staff from Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine meet with Cardio3 on a quarterly basis... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Our next roving Community Conversation has been set for Chatfield on Wednesday, Oct. 22. If you're interested in what's going on in Chatfield, join P-B editors and reporters at the Potter Auditorium that night. The hour-long public event will begin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Furst Draft
From MnDOT: Highway 58 traffic detoured while crash investigated north of Zumbrota ROCHESTER, Minn. (3 p.m.) – Highway 58 is closed and traffic is being detoured north of Zumbrota while the Minnesota State Patrol investigates a crash involving a semi... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Furst Draft
First District GOP candidate Jim Hagedorn released his first post-primary TV ad today. In the ad, the Blue Earth Republican makes a point of linking DFL Congressman Tim Walz to President Obama. The ad begins with black-and-white footage of Obama... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Political Notebook
Kane and Johnson Architects, a small firm with a 63-year history in Rochester and Austin, is joining forces with a larger Minnesota company. The five-person office merged Oct. 1 with Crookston-based Widseth Smith Nolting, an engineering and planning company. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Heard on the Street
A New York publisher now owns the rights to nine Mayo Clinic books, including the popular Mayo Clinic Diet book, after buying them and other assets for $1.57 million at a bankruptcy auction. Skyhorse Publishing and The Perseus Books Group... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Here's a pretty funny note and tragi-comic photo from Ray Schmitz, a Facebook friend and former Olmsted County attorney: There are days when I despair of civilization, kudos to park maintence the immediate response to my call this a.m. was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Furst Draft
Olmsted Medical Center is expanding its footprint in a Third Avenue office building to house much of its administration staff. Since 2013, OMC has been leasing 4,200 square feet of office space in the SEH-Yaggy building at 717 Third Ave.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Heard on the Street
The governor's office, which is in the enviable position during an election year of announcing state money for projects, announced this morning that U.S. Highway 14 from Owatonna to Dodge Center will get $7.3 million for right-of-way acquisition for expansion.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Furst Draft
Too much going on now for me to get to this, but wish I could -- here's a news release from South Dakota State University: BROOKINGS, S.D. — Oct. 7, 2014 — Four South Dakota tribal speakers will deliver perspectives... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Furst Draft
After the federal indicment of 11 people, including nine from Owatonna and one from Rochester, for meth-related charges were announced Friday, I received an email from someone with a pic of Dodge County Sheriff Jim Jensen at a bar with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Furst Draft