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Wanted fugitive appears in Mower County District Court

Just days after his capture in California, wanted fugitive Gregory Ahlers appeared in Mower County District Court Tuesday on drug and terroristic threats charges. More>>

Loss of traffic signal has local business owner anticipating changes Video included

CANNON FALLS, Minn. (FOX 47)-- After months of road work, the final traffic signal between Rochester and the Twin Cities was removed on Tuesday off Highway 52 and Goodhue County Road 24. It's another step in MnDOT's $14.3 million project aimed at improving the safety of the highway.To date, two signaled intersections have been removed in the area. Those two intersections were the site of 124 crashes from 2004-2013. One local boutique owner is already anticipating changes to the flow of her bu... More>>

Kasson-Mantorville Eagle Scout gives safety reminder to drivers Video included

KASSON, Minn. (FOX 47) -- There are still some school districts in the area that have yet to start class. Over in Kasson, a future Eagle Scout is trying to teach his peers a lesson before class starts."Buckle your seat belt" is something we have heard time and again, but some of us simply forget to do. One Kasson-Mantorville senior is spreading that message in a bright, and unique way."It's important to buckle up, I mean, everyone should," says new Eagle Scout, Logan Weaver. That's exactly wh... More>>

Delta launches flights from Rochester to Detroit and Atlanta Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Delta Airlines launched new daily non-stop service Tuesday from Rochester to Detroit and Atlanta.The inaugural Rochester to Detroit flight left at 6:30 a.m. The first flight to Atlanta is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The new flights come after Allegiant Airlines announced it was pulling out of Rochester International Airport. Allegiant launched direct service from Rochester to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in November 2012.With Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis service, ... More>>

Pep rally welcomes John Marshall High School freshmen Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- It was a big day not only for incoming freshmen at John Marshall High School in Rochester, but for upperclassmen who threw a pep rally for the new students. As students were welcomed back for a new year, kids walked off the bus decked out in their new clothes. Tuesday was a day of celebration for students as the upperclassmen, school band, and cheerleaders cheered on the freshmen as they walked into the gymnasium. Students were encouraged to participate in interac... More>>

Man stabbed at Bear Creek Park in Rochester Video included

Rochester police are looking for suspects after a man was stabbed in the head and taken to the hospital over the holiday weekend. More>>

Shots fired at NW Rochester apartment complex

Rochester police are investigating a report of shots fired at a northwest Rochester apartment complex. More>>

A Historical House in Rochester Video included

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) --The city of Rochester is full of history. One of those pieces of history happens to be the “Heritage House Victorian Museum.”

Fugitive Gregory Ahlers reportedly captured by bounty hunter Video included

A man who has led sheriff's offices on a manhunt for months is in custody after being captured by a bounty hunter in California. More>>

Albert Lea hotel robbed at gunpoint

An Albert Lea hotel was robbed at gunpoint late Monday night. More>>

Dog agility trials wrap up at Olmsted County Fairgrounds Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) --Hundreds of canines are headed back home. The Rochester Kennel Club agility trials wrapped up Monday morning at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.The annual event was held all weekend long featuring dogs and their owners from all over the country. Some of the events included teeter totters and hoops to jump through.For today's final event, all the jumping training paid off. And for some dogs, the training for these events starts at birth."I start out in the litter box... More>>

Boaters spend Labor Day on Lake Zumbro to say goodbye to summer Video included

ORONOCO, Minn. (FOX 47) --Though the summer-like weather isn't going to just disappear, for a lot of area families, Monday was the unofficial last weekend on the water. After the rain cleared, families lined up to put their boats in Lake Zumbro to enjoy the end of the extended weekend. We talked to the Black family as they were putting their boat in the water.They this last summer holiday is the last chance they get to get out on the lake before everyone's schedules get too busy."Memorial Da... More>>

Minnesota tourism flourishes despite heavy rain and flooding Video included

WABASHA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Although the Land of 10,000 Lakes was pummeled with rain and flooding early on this summer, 2014 proved to be the fifth year in a row that travel has grown in Minnesota.River Valley towns such as Wabasha were swallowed by Mississippi waters back in June, driving away the typical droves of people that call those towns their vacation spots in the summertime.However, Wabasha, as well as many other areas in Minnesota, bounced back during the latter half of the summer se... More>>

UPDATE: Boil advisory lifted for Plainview residents Video included

PLAINVIEW, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Residents in Plainview received the all clear Monday afternoon after being under a boil advisory since Saturday morning.The area lost power on Saturday causing the pumps to go out in the outage. The pumps did not restart when the power was restored. Residents were without water for a short period of time.During the power outage the water pressure dropped below 20 which mandated a boil alert. City Officials told residents they needed to boil their water for at leas... More>>

Anniversary of state trooper's death ramps up forces on highways Video included

Sunday marked the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Minnesota State Patrol trooper Ted Foss. This holiday weekend, officials are remembering his life and reminding motorists to stay safe while on the road. More>>

Two local restaurants earn spots on review website top 10 list

ROCHESTER/WINONA, Minn. (KXLT) -- Two local restaurants have been named part of the Best 10 in Minnesota outside of the Twin Cities, according to food and drink review site Thrillist.The two restaurants are well known for their fish, with one residing right on the water and the other nestled in the heart of downtown Rochester.One of the two local spots on the list is the Boat House restaurant in Winona. With beautiful views of the Mississippi River the Boat House is a newcomer to the restaura... More>>

Minnesota receives funds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to research bat disease

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Minnesota is receiving part of a $280,000 grant to support research and monitor white nose syndrome in bats.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is granting nearly $1.3 million in funds to 30 states in order to help detect and respond to white nose syndrome afflicting bat populations.The disease was first discovered in New York in 2006, but has spread rapidly in the past seven years, now plaguing 25 states and five Canadian provinces.The service is now working with st... More>>

Final weekend of the year for Barnyard Boutique

DOVER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Sunday is the last day of the fourth annual Barnyard Boutique in Dover, where people spent the weekend searching for unique finds. Barnyard Boutique is a fairly self explanatory concept: it's a boutique, in a barnyard, and is held once a year. The first year, only about 15 vendors participated. This year, 40 vendors filled the walls of Paula Derouin's barn. Most of them are local, who take the opportunity to sell handmade goods of all kinds. "We had this big ol' barn, a... More>>

Foster Arend Park beach closes Monday

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KXLT) -- As millions of Americans enjoy the holiday weekend, there's at least one downside to Labor Day: the end of summer.It's a sign that colder months are around the corner, so many took to Foster Arend Park in Rochester for one last dip in the lake. Swimmers have until Monday to soak up the sun and play in the water.The weather at the beach cooperated for park visitors during the unofficial last weekend of summer."Well it's a beautiful day," says Evan Hill of Minneapolis... More>>

Road construction and gas price preview for the holiday weekend Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- As Labor Day weekend begins, millions across the country are getting ready to pack up their cars for the last road trip of summer. If you're driving in Southeastern Minnesota, there are three road construction projects on I-90 including an eight mile pavement project in Winona County, 12 miles of concrete work between Stewartville and Eyota, and the Dresbach bridge work near la crosse.Highway 52 will go down to one lane in and south of Cannon Falls.You can check o... More>>

Man accused of assaulting pregnant girlfriend

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and stealing her money near Rochester.

Rochester child found stuck in Red Wing crock

A rough afternoon for a Rochester child who got her legs stuck in some kitchenware. More>>

Rochester woman arrested after beating daughter

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Rochester police arrested a woman accused of beating her daughter while under the influence. More>>

Mayo Clinic offers Saturday Morning Sports Clinic Video included

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- With fall just around the corner, that means one thing: fall sports will soon begin. In those sports like football, basketball, etc., we know that precautions are taken to keep young athletes safe. However, injuries happen more often than not.

Easy, elegant hair styles Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - Women with long or short hair can always benefit from additional ideas for hair styles. Beauty consultant Lisa Peterson shared four quick updos that anyone can do themselves.She showed off a bumped ponytail with a front braid, side twists with a side ponytail, a twisted formal updo, and a different take on a bun. More>>

City officials debate new liquor ordinance Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- City officials are debating a new ordinance that would alter a particular set of liquor laws after the Rochester City Clerk's office received numerous complaints. The ordinance seeks to address an ongoing problem within the city involving bar tending services where alcohol is served to guests free of charge, like at an open bar at a wedding or gala.Currently, bar tending services do not need a liquor license or any liability insurance. Therefore, there could be no ... More>>

Winona State University security on high alert after assaults near campus Video included

WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- In the aftermath of three separate assaults on August 22, Winona police have no developments on leads, leaving campus security on high alert and ready as ever to protect students.On a campus seemingly as serene as Winona State University, when asked about their safety, many students scoff at the question of being in harm's way."There's so many people, I just feel like nothing bad could happen," says WSU freshman, Camille Flandrena.Many students have also heard all of... More>>

Deputies remember Trooper Ted Foss, warn motorists this weekend

LEWISTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Minnesota State Patrol is reminding drivers to slow down and move over this Labor Day weekend by remembering a fellow officer.This Sunday, August 31, marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Trooper Ted Foss, who was killed by a motorist while conducting a traffic stop. The tragic incident took place near the Enterprise Rest stop on Interstate 90, just east of Lewiston. Several sergeants and Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude spoke at a news conference Thursday to remind dri... More>>

Byron teens win award at state fair for PSA Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A group of high schoolers from Byron is receiving state-wide attention for a video they created this summer."I just wanted to get the message out there that you have to do something,” said high school junior Payton Koehler.Peyton and his friends Noah and Mitaya spent their summer vacation creating a PSA against bullying.“You say you can't stop it,” says the actor, Noah, during the PSA. “Maybe that's not the case.”The dramatic lighting of the set is what sets the t... More>>

Last Thursdays on first & 3rd of the summer Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Thursday is the last Thursdays on first 3rd of the summer.The weekly downtown Rochester outdoor festival and market kicked off June 5. Up to 30,000 people have come out each week to enjoy the food, drink, live music and other entertainment. More>>

Rochester area Dairy Queen customers not affected by potential data breach

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Dairy Queen is the latest business added to the list of retailers that have been hacked, but local stores say customers should not be affected.The Star Tribune reports a limited number of stores may be at risk for their credit card information being stolen. Management at the northside Dairy Queen in Rochester told KTTC that the three stores in Rochester and many surrounding communities are independently owned, and are not connected to the corporate computer system... More>>

Police arrest man with gun in Mayo Park Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Rochester police arrested a man with a gun in Mayo Park, which has been the scene of two recent armed robberies.Lt. Mike Sadauskis said the Street Crimes Unit was doing surveillance about 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mayo Park. Officers noticed a group of men when two of them started fighting. Sadauskis said officers saw Kendrick Mondell Ankum, 22, pull out a gun.When officers moved in, Sadauskis said Ankum took off and tossed something under a bush. Ankum was eventually c... More>>

29 arrested for sex trafficking crimes in Rochester Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Rochester police announced 29 arrests for sex trafficking crimes as part of "Operation Aware."At a news conference Thursday morning, Lt. Mike Sadauskis said the operation has been underway since late May. Many of the arrests came from undercover officers making or responding to ads in the escort section of the website, "backpage.com."Sadauskis said five separate operations resulted in 29 arrests. The arrests included 11 suspects for offering to hire a person under... More>>

A Big, red exhibit, comes to Rochester Video included

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) – If you are looking for something to do with the “little ones” and want to meet a popular TV character, you may want to head down to the Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester. .. More>>

Floral arrangement tips Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - Bouquets and arrangements may look complicated, but creating your own is really quite simple. Rochester Garden Flower Club members Ginni Cormack and Nancy Hedger shared their techniques for creating a stunning vertical arrangement using flowers from the garden. "You know it's really interesting because when you do the work yourself, it's so rewarding. You can sit back, and periodically I do this myself, I'll make an arrangement and I'll think ' hmm I wonder if I'd... More>>

Stewartville company phasing out more than 60 jobs in 2015 Video included

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Dozens of workers at Rochester Medical Corporation learned Tuesday that their jobs will be moved to Mexico beginning next year.According to the vice president of parent company, C.R. Bard, recently acquired Rochester Medical will move some five dozen jobs to Mexico starting next year.C.R. Bard vice president, Scott Lowry confirmed that beginning in 2015, 64 jobs will be phased out of the medical technology company in Stewartville.However, Lowry says the jobs th... More>>

Progressive think tank releases educational spending report Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- As local schools prepare for the start of a new school year, progressive think tank Minnesota 20-20 has released a report detailing their take on educational spending across the state. The group examined statewide financial data from various school districts over the past ten years.They found in Rochester, spending on courses like performing and studio arts, dropped below the state average of 10%. On the other side of the chalkboard, math education received a 10% b... More>>

1 hurt after car hits parked city bus in downtown Rochester Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The driver of a car was taken to the hospital after crashing into a parked city bus near the Second Street Southwest bus stop.The accident happened about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday on Second Street Southwest near Second Avenue. Rochester police said a car in the left lane of Second Street swerved, causing a car in the right lane to swerve as well and hit a parked city bus.The driver was taken to the hospital. Rochester police said the driver's injuries were not serious. More>>

The Patriot Tour motorcycle ride makes it's way through Minnesota Video included

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (FOX 47) -- There's something about the freedom of the open road that goes hand and hand with the freedoms the American Flag represents."It brings a tear to my eye. It symbolizes the freedoms that we all enjoy. We're still the most free nation in this world and it's because of those people who served," says Steve O'Conner Commander of VFW 4114 in Spring Valley.So start up your engines and raise the American flag because The Patriot Tour motorcycle ride across America is c... More>>

Man injured in barge accident in Red Wing Video included

RED WING, Minn. (FOX 47) --A terrible accident late Sunday afternoon on the Mississippi leaves a barge worker badly hurt after he is crushed inside the Lock and Dam and airlifted to the hospital. The man was crushed between a lock wall and barge when the water pushed it against him.It happened near Red Wing at Lock and Dam Number Three around 5:45 Sunday night.30-year-old Clayton Little, a deckhand from Reagan, Tennessee was standing on a lock wall ladder waiting for a tugboat to pass through... More>>

Police: Man arrested after holding woman hostage all night Video included

Rochester police arrested a man after they said he held a woman hostage all night, assaulting and choking her. More>>

Police: 2 armed robberies behind Mayo Civic Center

Rochester police are investigating two recent armed robberies behind the Mayo Civic Center. More>>

Cooking with Himalayan salt blocks

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - Himalayan salt blocks are slabs of salt that have been compacted over millions of years and are now being used as cooking devices.Himalayan salt adds a mellow flavor to foods and is lower in sodium than regular salt. Using oil while cooking on the salt blocks allows the salty flavor to cook into and season the food. The salt block should be heated slowly, over the course of about an hour, using an oven, a gas burner or a grill. Heating the block too quickly could c... More>>

"Baby Time" brings smiles, laughs and fun Video included

Children are our future, there's no doubt about that. That's why it's essential to make sure they have a solid educational foundation. At the Rochester Public Library, they are learning all kinds of fun things, like reading, dancing and singing.

Fox in the Morning anchor India Everett takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - Fox in the Morning anchor and host India Everett was nominated by Fox 47's 9:00 news anchor Mary McGuire. In her challenge Wednesday, Everett nominated Vikings' quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Xtreme youth cheerleaders, and two of her best friends from high school, Chelsea and Lizzy.The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a way to raise awareness and encourage donations.ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a degenerative disease that has no known cause ... More>>

Never make a boring sandwich again Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - Chef Jon Dykeman and Holly Mangelsen from Tesora restaurants shared their insights on easy, unique flavor pairings that will save dull salads and sandwiches.They shared recipes for making vinaigrette and aioli from scratch, as well a steak sandwich.Maple balsamic vinaigretteYou'll need: 1 cup extra virgin olive oil6 oz. balsamic vinegar1 tsp diced shallots2 oz. maple syrup Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Whisk all ingredients together until emulsified.Sun d... More>>

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