The southeastern Minnesota facilities that produce and process silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, were booming a year ago. But now, natural gas prices are down -- and so is the demand for the sand.
Gov. Mark Dayton spoke in Rochester Thursday about his proposed state budget.
The Mayo Clinic is pledging to spend $3 billion over the next 20 years to expand in Rochester, and asks that the state of Minnesota contribute half a billion dollars to pay for infrastructure needs associated with that growth. Lawmakers have not decided whether the state should support the plan but a lot of people are talking about how Mayo might continue to expand its footprint in Rochester.
Mayo Clinic wants to expand and is asking state help for city infrastructure. Meanwhile, Rochester is feeling strain from the rapid growth it's already seen.
IBM's decision this week to move some of its Minnesota operations to New York and Mexico has some wondering how much longer the company will stay in Rochester. The extent of cuts to the company's workforce is yet undisclosed.
Minnesota's Mayo Clinic wants to secure its position as a leader in the health care industry, and has proposed a $5 billion expansion plan to accomplish that goal. But Mayo faces competition from several well-funded global medical centers, and that's part of the reason the clinic says it needs to build for the future.
Rochester-based Mayo Clinic reports a large decline in its bottom line last year, but officials are still calling the results a solid financial performance. Clinic officials say the drop in income was by design, but is also due in part to a large payment to its pension plan.
State lawmakers will hold hearings beginning this week to address the fast-growing frac sand industry and its effect on Minnesota. Although local lawmakers are grappling with how to zone and regulate the industry, rules differ widely throughout the state.
The Red Wing City Council is calling for an independent investigation into Mayor Dennis Egan's new position as executive director of a lobbying group for the silica sand industry.
Two small Minnesota towns are struggling with the same problem: flooding that left the local school buildings in bad shape. In Rushford-Peterson and Moose Lake, the damages were repaired and students are back in school, but officials in both districts say the fixes are temporary.
Red Wing's Mayor Dennis Egan has taken a new job as executive director of the newly-created Minnesota Industrial Sand Council. The council is a group of companies with interests in mining silica sand and providing services to the industry. Officials in other southeastern Minnesota cities don't know much yet about the council, but some say best practices should be left to state officials and not an industry group.
Rochester is in the middle of transition. The city's flagship employer, the Mayo Clinic, proposes to invest billions of dollars over the next two decades to attract more patients, as well as add tens of thousands of new jobs to southeastern Minnesota. But there's a missing piece to the plan before Rochester can become a global medical destination.
Mayo proposes to invest billions over two decades to make Rochester and surrounding communities a "destination medical center." But to get that done, Mayo needs help from taxpayers.
A Puerto Rican medical and dental provider has joined the Mayo Clinic as the newest member of its care network.
Authorities say police fatally shot an 83-year-old North Mankato man after he fired at officers following a three-hour standoff.