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First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz is applauding a proposal to phase out the use of older rail tank cars that carry highly flammable materials. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced proposed rules today that would phase out the use... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Political Notebook
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The Kahler Hospitality Group, the Rochester company led by Javon Bea, is checking out the hotel market beyond downtown. The local buzz for weeks has been that the Kahler group, which owns four hotels in downtown Rochester, is taking the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Heard on the Street
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First District GOP candidate Aaron Miller's campaign is starting to get the attention of the national Republican party. On Tuesday morning, the National Republican Congressional Campaign announced Miller had achieved "On the Radar" status in its Young Guns program. To... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Political Notebook
The latest on the E. coli outbreak: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture continue to investigate the E. coli O111 outbreak first reported on Monday, July 14, looking to identify a food item that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Furst Draft
The latest on the E. coli outbreak: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture continue to investigate the E. coli O111 outbreak first reported on Monday, July 14, looking to identify a food item that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Furst Draft
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After years in limbo, a plan to build a restaurant/bar in front of Rochester's Crossroads Shopping Center once again is moving ahead. However, it won't be the long anticipated Buffalo Wild Wings. Instead, it'll be the latest version of Rochester's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Heard on the Street
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More caffeine is on its way through Rochester's development pipeline. A long-empty ex-BP Pump & Munch building at 451 16th Ave. N.W. is slated to be cleared away to make room for a new Caribou Coffee shop in northwest Rochester.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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Doggone it, this is excellent news: Hello Mr. Furst, My name is Jennie Shen and I am writing to you with the exciting news that the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be in the Rochester area from July 15th – 20th!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Furst Draft
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I arrived at work today to find on my desk the first attack mailer of the campaign season. A colleague had received it in his mailbox and was kind enough to bring it in. The mailer, funded by the conservative... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Political Notebook
First District congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn is calling out his Republican rival Aaron Miller for not accepting his invitation to a series of debates. Last week, Hagedorn sent a letter to Miller with "a gentleman's invitation" to participate in multiple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Political Notebook
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Here's a little chunk from a well-researched, long article written by Paul Heintz from Vermont's alt paper, Seven Days. While there is no direct link (as far as I know) between the fate of the Vermont campus and the one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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The word is that Rochester's latest Western-themed eatery opened its doors and fired up the grill on Monday. After an extended build-out, Cowboy Jack’s is now cooking in the Wyndham Garden hotel at 1625 S. Broadway. That's the 145-unit hotel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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Demolition of the Courtesy Inn is picking up speed to clear the way for a new hotel to be built in northwest Rochester. Once the old 44-room Courtesy Inn is torn down, a group of local investors will start construction... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Heard on the Street
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The Rochester Chabad Lubavitch center has an event tonight to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. Here are the details, which I just received this morning: Commemorating Gimmel Tammuz, the 20th Yahrzeit of the LUBAVITCHER... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Furst Draft
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Schneiderman’s Furniture is targeting an August opening for its new Rochester location, which will be the fourth furniture store to open in the Med City this summer. The well-known Minnesota furniture retailer is making its first foray into southeast Minnesota... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Hot story from WCCO on a court case in Houston County -- we're chasing today: MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A lawsuit has exposed deep-seated secrets surrounding a religious group in southern Minnesota. For 35 years, Suzanne and Karl Solum were members... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Furst Draft
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Cardio3 BioSciences, a Belgium company working closely with Mayo Clinic, recently launched a joint venture in China, the third largest pharmaceutical market in the world. Working with Hong Kong-based Medisun International Limited, it created Cardio3 BioSciences Asia Holdings Ltd. to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Heard on the Street
The Daily Beast has a detailed and disturbing story about Steven Zelick, the suspect being held in connection with the killing of two women, one of whom authorities believe was murdered in a Rochester hotel room. Their bodies were found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Furst Draft
Media advisory from Gov. Mark Dayton's office: Members of the Press – Minnesotsa Management and Budget announced this morning that $150 million was deposited today into the State Budget Reserve – the first increase in 13 years. These new funds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Furst Draft
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Austin-based Hormel Foods Corp. is bulking up its portfolio of companies by buying the maker of Muscle Milk protein drinks for $450 million. Hormel, which produces Spam, Jennie-O Turkey and Skippy Peanut Butter among many other products, announced Monday evening... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Six new drug courts coming to Minnesota counties -- no Olmsted County yet. News release from the judicial branch: Six New Drug Courts to Open in Minnesota New funding from the Legislature spurs program expansion For immediate release SAINT PAUL,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Furst Draft
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Here's some of the lead-in to my package from the weekend about the $4.1 million contracts for the consultants to create the Destination Medical Center plan to re-make Rochester. There's a lot more detail in the rest of the package.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Heard on the Street
Charles E. Hill, one of the great leaders of higher education in Rochester for decades, has died at age 99. We received the notice this morning that he died at Charter House. Funeral arrangements are pending with Ranfranz and Vine.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Furst Draft
FYI in advance of tonight's P-B Dialogues meeting on panhandling in Rochester and whether an ordinance is needed, I heard from Jerry Williams, interim president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, and he said this by email (and was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Furst Draft
Vandals target West Concord squad car...police are looking for suspects...here's the news release: City of West Concord Police Department - OFFICE OF THE CHIEF 180 E. Main Street West Concord, MN 55985 507-527-2870 MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - REQUEST... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Furst Draft