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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>>

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>>

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>>

Minnesota Department of Agriculture collects unused pesticides Video included

Similar to dropping off unused drugs, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected about 3,000 pounds of pesticides Tuesday in Goodhue. 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

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>>

"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>>

Dodge County Sheriff's Office investigating vehicle vandalism Video included

DODGE CENTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Dodge County Sheriff's Office is looking for information about two people who took door magnets off a vehicle and destroyed them.Sheriff Jim Jensen said the incident happened during the evening of August 10 or the early morning hours of August 11. Several campaign signs were also stolen during the same evening in Dodge Center.The sheriff's office has posted video of the two suspects on its Facebook page.Anyone with information is asked to call the Dodge Cou... More>>

RPS improves reading scores, declines in math and science Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)--The latest Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments results revealed Rochester Public Schools showed mild improvements in reading but dropped slightly in math and science in 2014. Rochester Public Schools improved reading scores by one point from last year's score of 58.2 percent."We have been putting a lot of emphasis in the past couple of years on our reading instruction and I think we're seeing some improvement in that area,” said RPS Superintendent Michael Munoz. The... More>>

Federal Reserve Bank survey forecasts drop in farmland prices Video included

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (FOX 47) -- For more than the last decade, farmland prices have been rising tall and reaching full growth."The first farm I sold was for $500 an acre, now we've sold farms, the highest priced farm I sold was $15,540 an acre, and that was in 2012," explains Greg Jensen, the owner of an auctioneer and farmland brokerage in Albert Lea.Now at its peak, experts from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota say the market has been ripe for too long. They suggest that farmland price... More>>

Cold winter brings delayed start to apple harvest in Rochester Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- Kids in search of the perfect "back-to-school" gift for their new teachers are in luck- apple picking season has begun in southeastern Minnesota. Dozens of "Zestar" apple trees at Rochester's Sekapp Orchard became ready for harvest this week, but the fruit is actually behind schedule. Apple blooms were pushed back about 10 days this season due to the long, harsh winter our region endured. This is drastically different than in previous years, where fruit trees have ... More>>

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