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Mankato prepares for Vikings training camp

The 49th annual Vikings training camp kicks off Thursday in Mankato, although players won't be hitting the field just yet. More>>

Deep-fried and stacked sky high at the Olmsted County Fair Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- Deep-fried, stacked high, and on a stick: the best part of any summer fair is the food and the Olmsted County Fair is no exception. From classics like cotton candy and corn dogs to new favorites like egg rolls on a stick and deep-fried pickles, the fair is full of treats to tickle every taste bud. The Minneapple Pie stand serves up a unique and deep-fried take on the all-American classic apple pie. The stand's owner said that's what fair food is all about. "It's go... More>>

Samaritan Bethany treadmill gives patients an out of this world feeling Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) --A Rochester nursing care facility is giving patients the feeling they are walking on the moon when it comes to rehabilitation. A brand new anti-gravity treadmill is helping to get patients back on their feet more efficiently and with less pain.It really feels like you're walking on a cloud and will help rehab patients that have recently had a stroke or any other injury that affects mobility. Once you put on a special pair of shorts an get zipped in, science takes o... More>>

Ventura Iowa becomes a surprise hot spot for RAGBRAI Video included

VENTURA, Iowa (FOX 47) -- The town of Ventura has a population of just over 700 people, but when the RAGBRAI bike ride through Iowa comes to town, the population really explodes."Main Street and East Lake Street, basically the four-way intersection, there's probably more people at that location than in the whole town that lives here," says Ventura resident Andy Linahon.The stop on the journey across Iowa is quite the hot spot with many riders stopping to take pictures in front of the town's w... More>>

Use of drug antidote declines at one local ambulance service Video included

WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47)-- Numerous cases of heroin overdoses have been recently publicized in the area, but one local ambulance service said they are seeing a decline in the use of naloxone, a drug commonly used as an antidote to treat drug overdoses. In 2013, Winona Area Ambulance Service administered the drug naloxone to 23 patients. Since January, EMT professionals have only given the drug to 7 patients, which is about 1/3 less than last year. Previously, only some medical professionals co... More>>

More conservative deer hunt this coming season

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is saying hunters can expect a conservative 2014 deer season that is designed to rebuild deer numbers across the state.Leslie McInenly, a big game program leader for the DNR, said that in 95% of the state, only one deer can be harvested. She also says antlerless harvesting will not be allowed in some areas, and that in the areas where it will be permitted, hunters will have to be chosen in a lottery.69 of Minnesota's 12... More>>

1 arrested, 1 hospitalized after fight in Lewiston Video included

LEWISTON, Minn. (FOX 47) -- One man has been arrested and another has been hospitalized after a fight in Lewiston.Deputies were called Wednesday afternoon to an alley behind 35 First Street SW. The Winona County Sheriff's Office said a fight broke out at a vacant apartment down the street at 110 First Street. At least four people were involved in the fight.The sheriff's office said a man being assaulted got away on foot and three people got into a vehicle. Another man struck the man who had b... More>>

Hairball takes the stage Wednesday at the Olmsted County Fair

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The excitement continues Wednesday at the Olmsted County Fair with a performance by hard-rock tribute band Hairball.Gates open at 6 p.m. for the show at the grandstand.You can enjoy food vendors from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.The carnival is open from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. More>>

Rochester police looking for tips about shooting

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Rochester police are asking for your help in an investigation that continues after a shooting in March of last year. Police said they do have a person of significant interest, but new forensic evidence obtained from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has investigators searching for more information. According to police, authorities responded to 540 Northern Hills Drive in late March 2013. That's where they found the 21-year-old victim with two gunshot w... More>>

Early morning rollover shuts down Highway 14 traffic

A rollover crash shut down traffic early Wednesday morning on Highway 14. More>>

Thousands brave the heat for RAGBRAI Video included

FOREST CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- On a hot and humid day it's easy to think about a dip in the pool, but the bike riders of the RAGBRAI bike ride pass by the cool waters, and instead set their thoughts on finishing an 80-mile leg of the ride across Iowa "Everybody is in the same situation. It's not like you have it worse than anybody else, so if it is hot you know it's hot for the next guy. If it's humid, it's long distance you know everyone is suffering through the same thing," says Chicago based ... More>>

Olmsted County Board wins annual Cow Milking Contest Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- The second day of the 2014 Olmsted County Fair included some friendly competitions. Rochester's City Council and the Olmsted County Board competed for bragging rights at the fourth annual Olmsted County Fair Celebrity Cow Milking Contest. The rivalry continued at the Miracle of Birthing Center as Rochester City Council President, Randy Staver, challenged Olmsted County Board Chair, Matt Flynn. The competitors had only 60 seconds to fill a bucket with the water from... More>>

Women at Work: Kimberly Radke of Exclusive Pet Sitting Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- Sit, stay, and roll over. These are the three essential words that dog trainer Kimberly Radke has built her pet sitting business on. Dogs are not only Radke's best friends, they are her four-legged business partners. "It's almost the same as having children," said Radke, who has been training canines for the better part of two decades.After attending classes in dog training, Exclusive Pet Sitting was born from both a love for animals and a need in the community. "I... More>>

Winona State University football player passes away Video included

A Winona State University football player passed away on Monday while working out with some of his football teammates at Maxwell Field. More>>

New bicycle registration in Rochester Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A spike in bicycle thefts and bicycle recoveries noticed by the Rochester Police Department has prompted a new registration program.About 20 years ago there was a bike registration program in Rochester, but there hasn't been on since. This new program is completely free to register your bike and it could help get your bike back to you in the event it is stolen."We'll get a call that says 'well the bicycle has been here for three or for months or weeks can you come... More>>

Fruit recall at Trader Joe's, Costco and Walmart

CUTLER, Calif. (FOX 47) -- A California company is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots sold at Trader Joe's, Walmart and Costco over concerns of possible listeria contamination.Wawona Packing Co. said the fruit was packed and shipped between June 1 and July 12. The recall came after internal testing at the company's packing house in Cutler, a community in Tulare County.Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement that he is not aware of any illnesse... More>>

Police: Brawl in Bear Creek Park involved up to 15 people

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Police were called to a brawl involving weapons and 10 to 15 people in Bear Creek Park.Rochester police said officers responded to a report of a fight at the park involving guns and knives at 7:30 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived, no one cooperated, and many had left the park. Police and a K-9 officer searched the area and those involved for guns, but turned up empty handed.The incident is still under investigation. More>>

Rochester man arrested after allegedly threatening roommate with knife

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A man is behind bars after allegedly threatening his roommate with a knife.Officers arrested Edward Kerr, 49, of Rochester, after police said he threatened his roommate at 1905 1st Ave. SW at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday.Police said, when the roommate came home, Kerr was intoxicated, and grabbed a knife when the roommate tried to walk away.The man dialed 911, and the roommate's girlfriend told police she heard Kerr threatening the him.Kerr is facing several charges, includin... More>>

Rochester City Council passes first vote on aggressive panhandling ordinance, approves affordable housing project

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Rochester City Council passed the first vote on an aggressive panhandling ordinance Monday night. The ordinance does not ban panhandling altogether, but it does ban panhandlers from things like following someone or approaching a car on the street.It also bans panhandling within 15 feet of an ATM, bank, public restroom or sidewalk cafe.There was significant debate over the issue, but the council did pass it on a 5-2 margin. The City Council will revisit the ord... More>>

Vikings single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday

The Vikings have announced single-game tickets for the 2014 season go on sale Tuesday. More>>

New mural in lights up cityscape of Lanesboro Video included

LANESBORO, Minn. (FOX 47) --Mike Meyer is a well known artist around southern Minnesota known for painting signs and murals. If you're heading to historic Lanesboro, you'll notice a brand new mural going up on the main drag."Mike, I love it, I absolutely love it," said Pat Shanahan, who is opening up the Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn. It will sell motorcycle accessories and include four hotel rooms for people passing through town.Shanahan wanted to showcase the town's history. After meetings ... More>>

President approves federal aid for Minnesota after June flooding Video included

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- President Barack Obama approved financial aid for state and local recovery efforts in Minnesota on Monday. The aid will help areas impacted by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides between June 11 and July 11.Federal money is available to state and eligible local governments for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged during the period of active weather. Freeborn County is one of eight counties receivin... More>>

Rochester man sentenced to 7.5 years for sexual assault Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Rochester man has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for sexually assaulting his girlfriend. Joseph Patrick Martin, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Investigators said Martin held his girlfriend captive for 24-hours and sexually and physically assaulted her last month in a home on 14th Avenue Northwest. She eventually persuaded Martin to go to a nearby business where she escaped and he was arrested. More>>

MSP investigating crash on Highway 52 at Civic Center Drive

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle rear-end crash that stopped traffic on Highway 52 at Civic Center Drive.The accident was reported about 11:50 a.m. Monday.The report says two people were involved in the crash but there's no information available at this time about injuries. More>>

Police: Rochester man accused of attacking father with rock

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Rochester man is facing assault charges after attacking his father with a rock.Rochester police said Abubakar Faqi Yassin, 22, argued with his father over computer equipment Saturday night in the 3800 block of Blossom Street Northwest.The report stated Yassin allegedly became violent, using an internet router to smack holes in a wall, and then hitting his father in the head and chest with a fist-sized rock.The dad suffered cuts and bruises but wasn't taken to th... More>>

Olmsted County Fair kicks off Monday Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Olmsted County Fair officially kicks off Monday.While the carnival and live music don't start until Tuesday, livestock judging and 4-H events start Monday. The always popular Miracle of Birth Center opens on Tuesday where you'll find chickens, pigs, cows and more bringing babies into the world for all to see.As for grandstand events and performances, there's a lot to enjoy this year. On Wednesday night, the rock cover band Hairball performs. Gates open at 6 p.... More>>

Man arrested after fight outside Rochester bar

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A fight in downtown Rochester led to a gun scare outside of a Rochester bar.Officers responded to a report of a fight in front of Dooley's about 2 a.m. Saturday. According to the police report, officers arrived to find a group of people gathered, screaming that someone had a gun.Police said Jake Daniel Dombrock, 28, was found across the street, claiming he'd already put the weapon down. The report stated the weapon was a BB gun, and Dombrock also had a small amoun... More>>

1-month-old baby in critical condition after crash in Rochester Video included

 A one-month-old baby is in critical condition Monday after a crash Sunday in Rochester.

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Rochester woman injured after falling from car window Video included

A Rochester woman was injured after falling out of the window of a moving car in Fillmore County.Saralyn Squillace, 23, of Rochester, was riding in a car east of Chatfield Saturday afternoon on County Road 40. More>>

Secret Garden Tour draws dozens to Owatonna for beautiful blooms Video included

OWATONNA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- After a break from the rain these past couple of weeks, many gardens are in full bloom and it had plenty of people house-hopping in Owatonna Sunday for the Secret Garden Tour.For more than a decade, the Owatonna Arts Center has hosted this annual tour, which is not much of a secret anymore as people swarmed the city to admire eleven very original garden designs.When they enter these strangers' backyards, it is as if they are walking into something they did not even... More>>

Out loud and proud at Rochester's Pridefest Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- Hundreds were out loud and out proud Sunday afternoon at Rochester's annual Pridefest. The festivities took place on downtown's Peace Plaza and included dozens of craft vendors, live music, and food booths.Activists and supporters from throughout the community came together to celebrate the rich culture and history of the LGBTQ community in southeastern Minnesota. Many who attended the event celebrated a landmark one year of marriage equality in the state of Minnes... More>>

Rochester residents scream for ice cream Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- An excuse for ice-cream lovers to indulge in another scoop or two as Sunday marks National Ice Cream Day. Whether you like it in a cone or a cup, nothing says summer quite like ice cream and folks across Rochester were out celebrating the unofficial holiday at Flapdoodles Ice Cream Sunday afternoon. President Ronald Reagan declared the month of July National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day in 1984. Flapdoodle's owner called th... More>>

Fire damages Austin mayor's home Video included

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Fire damaged the home of Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm early Friday. Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger said the fire started shortly before 7 a.m. at the home of Mayor Tom Stiehm and his wife, Sarah, at 508 15th Avenue Southwest. Krueger said the fire was believed to have started in the basement and the couple's personal possessions were damaged by smoke and water. The couple's dog also died in the fire.Mayor Stiehm and his wife, Sarah, were not hurt. More>>

Rochester residents protest Israeli invasion of Gaza

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- As the Israeli military invades the Gaza Strip, local protestors gathered in downtown Rochester. They say they want to raise awareness about the violence in the region and are calling for peace.Dozens gathered along North Broadway in Rochester calling for peace in the Gaza Strip. Many of the protesters are part of the Muslim community in Rochester, but they say the issue is not about religion.They say they are trying to raise awareness of the violence in the regio... More>>

Rochester man faces charges after leading police on chase

A Rochester man is facing multiple charges after allegedly running through southeast Rochester carrying a handgun and then leading police on a chase. More>>

UPDATE: 2 arrests made in connection with Albert Lea vandalism spree Video included

Two arrests have been made in connection with a vandalism spree in Albert Lea. More>>

Harsh winter damages grape vineyards across the state

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (KTTC) -- A brutal winter obliterated many grape farms north of the Twin Cities this summer and it's having an impact on some wineries in Southeast Minnesota as well.One winery is saying this may affect how much they pay for one type of grape, but don't worry, it won't hurt your pocket.According to winemakers at Four Daughters winery in Spring Valley, the harsh weather impacted the damage-susceptible Edelweiss grape, used in one of the winery's most popular wines, Chad's ... More>>

Newt's set to bring burgers to Rochester's Crossroads Shopping Center Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- Burger lovers won't have to drive all across town to get their fix as plans for an additional Newt's location in Rochester are on the horizon. The new Newt's location is set to be built in a lot located between Andy's Liquor and Home Federal Savings Bank at Crossroads Shopping Center. According to Newt's North manager Kaitlyn Benike, construction is slated to begin within the coming months, all depending on when building plans are approved. In the past, the same si... More>>

Albert Lea man in critical condition after motorcycle crash Video included

An Albert Lea man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a motorcycle crash near Albert Lea. More>>

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