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UPDATE: Lanesboro man killed in motorcycle crash Video included

The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the man killed in a motorcycle crash near Lanesboro. More>>

The hidden dangers in summer shoes

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- After a winter spent in snow boots, summertime in the Midwest seems like the perfect time to kick off the wool socks and let those feet breath. However, those classic summer flip-flops could be causing unseen and unsightly damage to your feet. With the rising temperatures come rising concerns from podiatrists in the area, who warn of the potential danger hidden in the footwear. "Flip-flops were mainly made for going to the pool or going to the health club...but whe... More>>

3 charged in raid of Brownsdale home

The Mower County Sheriff's Office raided a home in Brownsdale on Saturday, discovering vast amounts of stolen property and more. More>>

Officers carry out drug-related search warrant in southeast Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Rochester police carried out a drug-related search warrant Wednesday at a home police said they've taken several complaints about.Officers searched the home at 1416 Berkman Court Southeast about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Officers searched the entire house, as well as each car in the driveway with the help of a police K-9. Four people live in the home, but only three were there when officers arrived this morning. No arrests were made.Sgt. Paul Wilson said the investigat... More>>

Cooking with Himalayan salt blocks Video included

Cooking asparagus on a Himalayan salt block Cooking asparagus on a Himalayan salt block

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>>

A clean outlook on life Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn.(FOX 47) - If you would have told Amy Brooks that she would be making soap for a living eighteen years ago, she would probably think your proverbial bubble has popped. Now, it's a different story. More>>

Women at Work: Mainstream Boutique Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- Combining a passion for fashion with a love for helping women, two Rochester gal pals took their dream of owning a small business and made it into a reality. Mark Twain famously said, "Clothes make the man", but at Rochester's Mainstream Boutique, maxi dresses, tank tops, and colorful jewelry make the woman. "We have a motto here, come as a customer, leave as a friend," said co-owner Jennelle Stemper. Two years ago, friends Linda Winkle and Jennelle Stemper put bot... More>>

Fire consumes barn in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A fire broke out in a barn at 22279 Enterprise Valley Drive around 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.The homeowner, Darlene Ferguson, said she was burying iron in her yard and she thinks a spark started the blaze in the barn.Ferguson said the barn was full of hay when the fire broke out.Firefighters on scene said they were afraid two surrounding grain bins might collapse, but that threat diminished soon after the blaze was contained.Our crew on scene says the middle part of... More>>

RPU study reveals need for rate increase Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Rochester Public Utilities Board reviewed results of the Electric Cost of Service Study at a board meeting on Tuesday night. The board commissioned the rate study to ensure rates were fair and balanced across the board.More than 20 rate classes were included in the study. The study revealed an increase is needed at some point to ensure the stability of the organization. It suggested an overall general rate increases for 2015-2017 would be 3.5% in 2015, and 1.7... More>>

Public discussion on proposed high-speed rail between Rochester and Twin Cities Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The public gets to join in on the discussion of a proposed high-speed rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities.MnDOT and two railroad agencies are examining a 100-mile corridor through seven counties between Rochester and the Twin Cities for Zip rail. They've put together a document detailing the plan. It's open for public review and comment right now and there's a public forum Tuesday evening at RCTC. Officials will also hold a brief presentation.The forum... More>>

3 teens hurt in overnight crash involving stolen car

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Three teenagers are blamed for stealing a car from downtown Rochester and then driving it into a tree.Rochester police said three teenage boys were in downtown Rochester late Monday night and found a van with its keys inside left outside the downtown Mosque. The van was property of the Mosque, according to the report.Police said the boys stole the vehicle, speeding and driving erratically, eventually losing control and slamming into a tree at Seventh Street and Fo... More>>

Process underway to move historic home in Rochester Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Crews are removing trees at one of Rochester's most historic homes, which is being moved to make way for an apartment building.The Kutzky house at 718 West Center Street is being moved to make room for a new apartment complex. The Heritage Preservation Commission had designated the home as potentially historic, but the city of Rochester hired an independent group, which decided the restored building could be moved.The commission also fought to keep the Conley home... More>>

Fire breaks out at Quarry Hill Park

Fire broke out early Tuesday morning at a storage shed at Quarry Hill Park. More>>

How burning trash leads to energy : a look inside the Olmsted Waste to Energy Facility

Olmsted Waste to Energy Facility Olmsted Waste to Energy Facility

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - In Olmsted County, the journey your trash takes after you throw it out is actually fairly unique.According to the EPA, the Olmsted Waste to Energy Facility is one of only 86 facilities in the United States utilizing burning trash as an energy source.John Helmers explained the process to me."The waste comes in, drops into the storage area, it's brought up by a grapple crane, dropped in to a gravity fed shoot that goes into the grate system, the hot gasses rise up in... More>>

Some charges dropped against Waseca teen accused of plotting attack Video included

Attempted murder charges have been dismissed against the Waseca teenager accused of plotting an attack on his school and family. More>>

Rochester Police Department seeks city council approval of study for new precinct Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Rochester Police Department is looking to expand, as Destination Medical Center promises to bring more people to the city, and a need for greater numbers in law enforcement.At Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting, city council members heard an RPD proposal to hire BKV Group, an architectural firm, to conduct a feasibility study of the need for a new police precinct which would most likely be located in north Rochester.The study would look to the future, exa... More>>

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