Cyclists often hunt for smooth, rural roads to ride on. Emphasis here on 'smooth.' This weekend, more than 1,000 cyclists from around the country and Europe will pound the winding, backcountry roads just south of Rochester in a 100-mile race called Almanzo. The event has become one of the nation's premier gravel road events and the route will take riders on some of the region's most rugged and unforgiving roads.
The divisive vote on same-sex marriage could be an indicator into how some parts of the state are changing politically.
Two of the most logical places where the Mayo Clinic might expand would be Florida and Arizona, where existing campuses are growing steadily.
Two bills that would help the Mayo Clinic develop its planned $5 billion expansions are making their way through the Minnesota Legislature this session.
State lawmakers say if the Mayo Clinic is going to expand in Rochester, more of the money will need to come from city and county residents. Lawmakers have asked Rochester to more than double its share of local taxes committed to the project, bringing the city's contribution to $128 million. It's unclear how much Rochester residents are willing to pay to help Mayo expand.
Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion plan in Rochester drew more than 200 people to a town hall meeting Wednesday evening.
If the Mayo Clinic is to expand in Rochester, city and county residents must contribute a larger share of the $500 million needed for public transit and other improvements, state lawmakers said this week.
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.