Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

The Rochester City Council recently voted to share its sales tax revenue with 17 small towns in southeastern Minnesota. The allocation comes after Rochester voters last fall to approve an extension of the local sales tax. The city will distribute $5 million to help support economic development projects. (06/27/2013)
Rochester leaders voted recently to share part of the city's new sales tax revenue with 17 small towns in the area. Officials in the recipient cities, where town survival is seen as tied directly to what happens in Rochester, say the disbursement help boost projects that would have taken much longer. (06/27/2013)
Xcel Energy is asking a court to throw out purchase agreements with the New Era Wind company over a project in Goodhue County that has been stalled for more than four years. (06/19/2013)
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say nearly 70 percent of Olmsted County residents are on at least one prescription medication, and more than half take two. (06/19/2013)
After almost two years of debate, the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners approved two ordinances that will regulate the silica sand mining industry. (06/18/2013)
Aid for Minnesota livestock farmers who have lost nearly a million acres of alfalfa this year is being requested from the federal government by Gov. Mark Dayton. (06/17/2013)
A new program designed to serve healthy, locally grown food to young children kicks off on Monday at 62 child care centers around Minnesota. (06/17/2013)
Mayo Medical School is one of 11 medical schools across the country to each receive a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association to help transform the way medical students are trained. (06/15/2013)
Two Kasson, Minn. residents are asking a judge to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the demolition of the city's historic public school building. (06/14/2013)
Fergus Falls city officials have agreed to allow a developer from Georgia to convert a vacant regional treatment center into a $41 million facility featuring apartments, a hotel, a gym, and restaurants. (06/13/2013)
Union officials say cuts to the IBM workforce made this week are affecting employees at the Rochester facility. (06/12/2013)
It's been a difficult spring for thousands of dairy farmers across the Midwest who rely on protein-rich alfalfa to feed their cows. (06/05/2013)
A mixed-used project is planned for development just a few blocks away from Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The downtown project will help diversify the dining, housing and recreational options that some say are needed to attract even more residents and visitors. (05/31/2013)
Crowds of runners and spectators are expected in Rochester this weekend for the city's Med City Marathon. (05/25/2013)
With approval of taxpayer support for Mayo Clinic's "destination medical center" are questions about how the money will be spent, its effects on Rochester and a timetable for development. (05/23/2013)