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Snow removal changes have Rochester property owners crying foul

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- The sight of snow plows buzzing about Rochester may seem far away in mid-September day, but city officials and property owners are already prepping for big changes to the way the white stuff is removed. Come this winter, commercial property owners will now be responsible for removing all snow fall from any city-owned property that directly abuts their property. This applies to city-owned land, like bike trails and pedestrian paths that may touch privately-owned lan... More>>

UPDATE: Shooting in Southeast Austin leaves one with gunshot wound

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Police are investigating a crime scene in the northeast part of Austin.They are at a residence on the corner of 5th Ave. NE and 8th Street NE, across the street from Lincoln Apartments.Our reporter on scene tells us a silver Jaguar was being towed away from the scene. Police are also searching tarps and a tent on the lawn of the property. More>>

Rochester Workforce Center opens new location at RCTC

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) --Rochester's Workforce Center opened its doors on Tuesday at its new location at Rochester's Community and Technical College.The Workforce Center provides free support for job seekers while helping local businesses find skilled workers,There was a ribbon cutting ceremony. After that, local leaders including Representatives Kim Norton and Duane Quam as well as Senators Carla Nelson and Dave Senjem made remarks at the grand opening ceremony.This is the seventh Minneso... More>>

PreferredOne pulls out of MNsure health exchange

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The insurance company with the lowest rates and most customers on Minnesota's health care exchange has told state officials that it's pulling out of MNsure.The decision by Golden Valley-based PreferredOne deals a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches. It likely means higher rates for consumers next year and could have repercussions in the governor's race.A joint statement by MNsure CEO Scott Leitz and PreferredOne CEO Marcus Merz ... More>>

Mayo Clinic community giving campaign kicks off

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A creative display of artwork in Annenberg Plaza kicked off the annual Mayo Clinic community giving campaign.Eighteen Mayo Clinic employees volunteered to paint the canvases to represent the six themes of giving in the "Lend a Hand" campaign. The themes include food and shelter, the environment, safety and security, mentoring, health and wellness and arts and culture."There are many areas," said Jeff Bolton, chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic. "And the on... More>>

Woman taken to hospital for evaluation after scare in SW Rochester neighborhood

A woman was taken to the hospital for an evaluation after Rochester police said she caused a scare with a handgun and machete outside her home in southwest Rochester. More>>

Participants say CrossFit is more than a trend Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - Fitness trends have a tendency to come and go but some say this one is here to stay. CrossFit has caught on all over the world including a handful of gyms in the Rochester area. Since their introduction in 2000, the number of CrossFit gyms has reached more than 10,000 gyms worldwide, half of which are here in the United States.CrossFit is a branded type of group fitness that uses many varied activities."They mix it up and they set the program for you every day. You... More>>

Celebrate apples at La Crescent's "Applefest" Video included

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Mary Lehrman, the president of La Crescent's "Applefest," stopped by "FOX in the Morning" to talk about what's on the calendar for this year's celebration. She also discussed the history of "Applefest"and the assortment of badges and "bling" that cover her directors blazer. More>>

Second allegation made against Adrian Peterson

Another child abuse allegation against Adrian Peterson has been made public. More>>

KidSport in Winona has new practice location after fire burns old facility Video included

WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Winona gymnastics organization has a new temporary home after their facility burned down earlier this month.The group and its 300 or so members started practicing at the Winona Mall on Monday, September 15. The KidSport website says they have been working hard to get the space ready for gymnastics use.KidSport's old facility at the former YWCA building in Winona caught fire on the morning of Thursday, September 4. It took about two hours for firefighters to contain... More>>

Peterson case sparks corporal punishment debate Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- The recent child abuse charges against Adrian Peterson have opened up a controversial debate regarding parenting and corporal punishment. What is the difference between discipline and child abuse? To give some perspective, corporal punishment, like a parent spanking their children, is legal in all 50 states, but each state defines the line between abuse and discipline slightly differently. Under Texas law, the state where Peterson was indicted, child abuse is defin... More>>

UPDATE: Lake City man charged with homicide in Wisconsin Video included

LAKE CITY, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Lake City man who called police after a passenger in his car was shot has been charged in Wisconsin with first-degree intentional homicide.Tanner J. Rix, 22, of Lake City, was charged Monday in St. Croix County in the death of his girlfriend, 28-year-old Angel C. Linderman, of Lake City. Her body was found in a car near Woodville on Sept. 9.An autopsy report showed Linderman had been dead for some time before officers were called. Since then, Wisconsin officials... More>>

UPDATE: Driver killed in crash on Highway 14 identified Video included

The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of the driver killed in a crash on Highway 14 west in Rochester. More>>

Rochester named a top 100 best place to live in 2015

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The website Livability has ranked Rochester second on its list of the top 100 best places to live in 2015.The website based the ranking on "Destination Medical Center" and the new jobs and people it will attract. The ranking also pointed to the expanding University of Minnesota-Rochester campus, downtown outdoor and rooftop seating, and festivals including Thursdays on First and Third.The editors of Livabilty.com partnered with the Martin Prosperity Institute of t... More>>

John Marshall High School activities director resigns

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The John Marshall High School activities director is stepping down.Rochester Public Schools announced Monday that Paul Cox is resigning effective Tuesday. Cox has served in leadership with JM Rockets activities and athletic events for seventeen years.“After a wonderful period of time with the Rockets, it is time for me to move forward with a new endeavor and spend more time with my family,” said Paul Cox in a statement from Rochester Public Schools.In the statemen... More>>

1 treated for smoke inhalation after SW Rochester house fire Video included

One person was treated for smoke inhalation after a house fire in southwest Rochester early Monday morning. More>>

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market "produces" great produce

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47)-- Not too far down Highway 52, every Tuesday, you'll find the smaller version of the “Rochester Downtown Farmer's Market.” David Kotsonas, who is market manager, explains the market has been around for quite awhile. “The market's been open for 29 years. It's been slowly growing over time. Now, we have 93 vendors this year. It originally started out with four vendors; just a small group who decided they wanted to get together and sell,” said Kotsonas. “It's moved quit... More>>

Bison in Minnesota Video included

BYRON, Minn. (FOX 47) - Clarissa Josselyn from Oxbow Park Zollman Zoo shares facts about the native Minnesota bison. More>>

Vikings home opener draws crowds despite Adrian Peterson absence Video included

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 47) -- It was a sea of purple and gold Sunday as thousands of Vikings fanatics celebrated the first home game of the season at the teams new venue, TCF Bank Stadium.The spirit was spewing out of the mouths of both avid Vikings and Patriots fans alike at TCF Bank Stadium as they cheered down the streets, but it could also be found in manifest ways at every corner of the tailgating parking lot.From the personalized fashions, like one fan's decked out wardrobe."Custom Nik... More>>

Byron home lost in Friday night fire

BYRON, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A family of four is without a home after their Byron home was lost in a Friday night fire.According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's office, a neighbor called 911 just after midnight on Friday after they saw fire at 716 4th Avenue Northwest in Byron.The home was totally engulfed in flames for quite some time and the fire department stayed until the early morning hours putting out hot spots.The owners were not home at the time of the blaze and thankfully there were no i... More>>

Rochester Kennel Club hosts dog show

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Hundreds of dogs came to town for a popular annual all-breed dog show. During the two-day event hosted by the Rochester Kennel Club, 115 different breeds will compete for the coveted Best in Show trophy.Obedience and Rally competitions take place Saturday and Sunday as individual breeds are judged against the American Kennel Club standards.Each breed is judged on standards such as their structure, coat, attitude, and movement. In order to prepare the dogs for comp... More>>

Colossal wood pile takes shape at Rochester Art Center Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- One might expect to find a massive wood pile on a farm or behind a cabin, but a gigantic collection of stumps and logs has found a home at the Rochester Art Center. Artist Andrea Grimm's installation entitled Colossal Wood Pile was formally debuted on Sunday. Each one of the tree branches and stumps were gathered by Grimm from various locations across southeastern Minnesota.The logs are marked with colored rings that each tell their own unique story. For example, b... More>>

Dog bites 9-year-old Rochester boy in the face Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A 9-year-old Rochester boy has four stitches on his face after being bitten by a neighborhood dog.Rochester Police Department Lt. Casey Moilanen said the boy was riding his bike in his driveway on the 29-hundred block of Felton Court Southwest early last night when it happened.A Stafford-shire bull-terrier, which the owner says is under 40 pounds, escaped from the front door of the house across the street.The dog jumped on the boy and bit him on the face near his ... More>>

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