Rochester officials want to turn about 5.5 acres of land near the Olmsted County Government Center into a significant waterfront district.

Rochester City Council signs off on plan to develop new waterfront district

Plan calls for turning city-owned land into housing, commercial space, outdoor recreation and more.

Raise more money or cut courses? Rochester golf at crossroads

July 16
City looking for public input on future of municipal courses.

Turkey vulture causes southeast Minnesota power outage

July 18
About 1,300 people in the Chatfield area were affected.
July 23
Democratic First Congressional District candidate and former Hormel Foods CEO Jeff Ettinger mingled at a fundraiser at the law offices of Maschka, Rie

Ex-Hormel CEO hopes moderate views will win over First District

Jeff Ettinger had never run for office before seeking the southern Minnesota congressional seat held by the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn.
July 23
Sgt. Milton Hanna, a Medal of Honor recipient who enlisted in Minnesota, fought in the Civil War and died in 1913 at age 71. He is buried at Glenwood

Civil War gravestones get cleaned, repaired in Blue Earth County

More than 100 stones could be cleaned or replaced in the project funded from donations.
July 22
The Rochester school board and district officials review the district’s new strategic plan in June at the Edison Administration Building. District o

Rochester schools eye mental health screenings, behavioral strategies for students

District staff working on ways to address social, behavioral, mental health issues in the classroom.
July 22

Rochester man charged with robbing multiple gas stations, liquor store in Austin

Adrick Mims is accused of hitting Austin, Rochester businesses.
July 19

Woman found dead at Rochester's Cook Park

Deceased 39-year-old had no obvious signs of trauma.
July 17

Plainview woman dies in motorcycle accident

The one-vehicle accident in Wabasha County happened when the driver swerved to avoid a deer.
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July 16

Minnesota briefs: New weeklong, free music festival kicks off in St. Peter

ST. PETERMusic festival aimed at cultivating talentA new, weeklong music festival will debut in southern Minnesota this week, aiming to become a center for both…
July 16
Frank Klauda’s family and friends say he was defined by his kindness, his friendliness and his gratitude for life in his chosen country.

Frank Klauda, Rochester booster who survived World War II, dies at 97

Hungarian immigrant worked as IBM engineer, jewelry appraiser and volunteer.
July 15
Bob Timmons, Tim Torgerson and Dan Winga cycle along 183rd Avenue in Fillmore Township Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in Southeast Minn. ] Aaron Lavinsky �

3 days, 200 miles: Bikepacking the backroads of Minnesota's extraordinary Driftless Area

Bikepackers in parts of the Driftless Area met unmatched beauty and rugged challenges.
July 14

75-year-old motorcyclist crashes and dies on southern Minnesota highway

The crash occurred on Hwy. 30 about 25 miles west of Rochester.
July 13

19-year-old pleads guilty to drug-related murder in Austin home

Miguel Nunez Jr. can expect to serve about nine years in prison and the balance of his 15-year sentence on supervised release.
July 11
Mayo Clinic officials announced Monday they would begin testing for monkeypox in Rochester after receiving virus kits from the CDC last month as feder

Mayo Clinic now testing for monkeypox

The move is part of an effort to get commercial laboratories to expand testing capacity in the U.S.
July 11
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced its final batch of recipients Monday. The awards are based in part on standardized test results.

Three schools produced a quarter of state's National Merit recipients

Forty-three of this year's 158 winners attend Mounds View, Minnetonka or Wayzata high schools.
July 9

Minnesota briefs: Water levels drop in Rainy River Basin

Water levels in the Rainy River Basin, hit hard by record flooding in recent weeks, have begun to drop.Rainy Lake is nearly 20 inches below…
July 9
Tiffany Alexandria hopes Rochester’s Night Market, now in its second year, can help vendors of color turn their products into full-fledged local bus

Rochester's Night Market builds on first year's surprise success

Community bazaar continues to grow in second year.
July 7
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a verdict awarding nearly $1.5 million to Sherburn, Minn., veterinarian Shirley Kittleson for care and feedi

Minnesota appeals court upholds $1.5 million award for care of miniature ponies

A Sherburn, Minn., veterinarian cared for more than 70 ponies after authorities removed them from a breeder's farm.
July 6

Woman allegedly broke into Rochester home, killed cat

Police found suspect asleep next to deceased feline.
July 4
A sign out front signals the main terminal entrance to the Rochester International Airport. Rochester departures dropped from 4,208 in 2018 to less th

Minnesota's regional airports grapple with pilot shortage

Rochester International, like many regional airports in the country, saw departures drop during the pandemic.
June 30
The Rochester Pubilc Schools Board and district officials meet Tuesday, June 21, 2022, inside the Edison Administration Building in Rochester.

Following other districts, Rochester schools to discuss adding Eid to calendar

District officials propose pre-excusing Muslim students during annual celebration
June 29