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Officer shot and killed during routine traffic stop; suspect still at large Video included

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 47) - A Mendota Heights police officer was shot Wednesday afternoon during a routine traffic stop in a Twin Cities suburb.Police say Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick, 47, died after being shot during that traffic stop about 12:30 p.m. Officer Patrick had been with the police department since 1995 and the department said he was one of 18 sworn-in officers in the city.Investigators spent Wednesday afternoon processing the officer's SUV for evidence and are searc... More>>

Shaping up with Zumba

"Zumba on the Plaza" "Zumba on the Plaza"

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - Zumba! It's a funny sounding word. And in case you are looking up the etymology right now, you can put down your Dictionary. It's the name of a brand of exercise with approximately 14,000,000 people in 185 countries taking part in it every year. After taking a class or two, some will most likely remember the colorful outfits of the participants and the high energy of its instructors. It's the music, however, that really gets the group into high gear. "FOX in the Mo... More>>

Summer fashion tips

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - With every season comes new fashion and sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with what's "in."Fashion consultant Jessica Murphy works for Hanny's and shared her take on some of the best ways to wear this summer's hottest new trends for men and women. "The first piece that really pops for women this summer is a peplum top, the peplum top is huge this season. The most important thing about the peplum is that it hits you at your natural waist so about an inch abov... More>>

Freeborn County celebrates 6 days of fun at County Fair in Albert Lea

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (FOX 47)-- The Freeborn County Fair began on Tuesday and continues to be a major attraction in Albert Lea. The six day long fair features a host of games, activities and live acts that the whole region looks forward too.Whether it's listening to your favorite polka tune or beating the heat with a nice, big scoop of ice cream, the Freeborn County Fair has it all. Some people take a stroll through the vintage tractors lined up for everyone's viewing pleasure, but others prefer... More>>

Houston County: DNR has no power over Erickson mine

HOUSTON, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Department of Natural Resources has ordered a sand mine in Southeast Minnesota to stop production immediately, but Houston County officials say that's not their decision.The owners of the Erickson mine, which is in Houston, received a letter in the mail a few days ago, demanding that they stop production within five days.In the letter, DNR water regulation supervisor Tom Hovey writes that a 2013 silica sand mining law requires that their mine must apply for a tr... More>>

Austin PD arrests a man for pulling gun on another man near an elementary school

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) -- An Austin man is in custody after allegedly pulling a gun on another man during an argument outside an Austin elementary school late Wednesday night.Police said the two men were shouting at each other outside of Neveln Elementary school when officers say one man pulled a gun out on the other. Authorities said the man without the gun fled back to his vehicle while the man brandishing the gun proceeded to try to put the gun back in his pants, but failed to do so. He to... More>>

Rochester Police Department details safety precautions at traffic stops

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- After a routine traffic stop turned deadly in a sleepy St. Paul suburb Wednesday afternoon, what measures is the Rochester Police Department taking to make sure their officers are safe while patrolling the streets?During law enforcement training, officers are put through a variety of rigorous training exercises in order to prepare them for what or who they might encounter while on duty.This could range from practice scenarios to real-life traffic stop training. Off... More>>

Rochester man arrested, accused of threatening with boxcutter

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Rochester man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly threatening another man with a boxcutter. Police say it happened at a gathering of several people on the 42-hundred block of 22nd Avenue Northwest around 5 p.m.Police Lt. Mike Sadauskis said Ojak Gwer, 25, got into a disagreement with someone there and then threatened him with a boxcutter. A person at the scene then called 9-1-1.Gwer is facing an assault charge, in addition to disorderly conduct and making a t... More>>

First Neurological Hospitality House in the world to open in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A one-of-a-kind facility will soon be opening in Rochester -- a Neurological Recovery House led by a group of doctors and professionals.Located at 839 2nd Street Southwest, the Neuro Hospitality House would be the first facility of its kind in the world. And it would be just down the street from Mayo Clinic's world class hospital sites at Saint Marys and Rochester Methodist.The Neurological Recovery House would provide affordable lodging to family members of patie... More>>

Apache Mall store clerk fights with man suspected of shoplifting

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A man from Alexandria, Minnesota is facing multiple charges after being arrested for shoplifting at Apache Mall in Rochester around 6:20 last night. Police said Mitchell Vipond, 23, was arrested after allegedly stealing three T-shirts at Champs. Police said Vipond fought with the 23-year-old female store employee and a 49-year-old male security guard. He was wanted on a warrant out of Douglas County and is now also facing a simple robbery charge. More>>

Chatfield organization looks to win big bucks

CHATFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) -- Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit agency headquartered in Chatfield. serving communities, businesses and residents throughout Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa. CEDA was selected as one of six finalists to compete for a $15,000 "Strong Communities" award, given by Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. Nominated by community partner FM Community Bank in Preston and Chatfield, CEDA was selected for its work wi... More>>

Expert shares information about native Minnesota foxes

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - There are many species of native wildlife in the Minnesota area. Gray foxes are one of the Minnesota native foxes that reside at Oxbow Park Zollman Zoo. Clarissa Josselyn works with the animals there and shared her knowledge of the native foxes. "Gray foxes are really unique in Minnesota they actually don't extend into the whole state the will not be in that arrow head, the north east part of Minnesota, which is rare because a lot of our animals you find heavily p... More>>

Cooking with Himalayan salt blocks Video included

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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>>

Late summer staple popping up all over Video included

WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) --It's that time of year again, sweet corn stands are starting to pop up all over the state. Summer wouldn't be summer without the succulent ears of corn and the roadside stands that provide the fresh farm produce. "Watermelons are five dollars and these are five dollars," said vendor Allie Szewczynski as one of its biggest staples hits the stands."It's just like a summer tradition going into fall. It started a long time ago and throughout the years it's kind of evolved... More>>

Crews remain hard at work dredging sand out of Mississippi Video included

ALMA, Wisc. (FOX 47) -- All week cargo-filled barges heading south have been stalled all along the Mississippi River and Wednesday, dredging operations continue to clear stretches of sandbars blocking traffic.After heavy June flooding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had a late start to its dredging season, and now crews have been working overtime to make sure commercial barges can move on in a race against the clock.As one looks down on the bow of the Corps dredge, you can see what looks li... More>>

The hidden dangers in summer shoes Video included

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 Video included

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>>

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>>

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>>

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

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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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