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Severe weather could cause havoc across viewing area

As the saying goes "the heat is on" and it looks like this summer-like spell in our weather is going to hang around all the way through the holiday weekend.

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Elected leaders list accomplishments in Rochester

Friday, area legislators came to Rochester to go over everything that's been accomplished in St. Paul this year.

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"Drive your tractor to school day" continues its tradition

For the past 8 years, seniors at Blooming Prairie High School have started their tractors and drove the rigs to their last day of school.

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One vehicle crash involving motorcycle sends rider to hospital

A one vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in Northwest Rochester sends the rider to the hospital.

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Two dogs fatally shot after lunging at Mower County deputy

The Mower County Sheriff's Office say a deputy fatally shot two aggressive dogs after they charged at him.

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American flag makes its way through Albert Lea to help vets Video included

The American flag is a symbol of pride to the people of the United States, and a group of motorcycle riders in Albert Lea is giving a certain flag a big honor. 

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Southeastern Minnesota cemeteries prepare for Memorial Day Video included

Cemeteries across the area are preparing for Memorial Day by cleaning up sites and placing American flags around the cemetery.

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Saint Mary's University dedicates new Cascade Meadow expansion Video included

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota dedicated a 10,000 square foot expansion to its Cascade Meadow Center Thursday with a ribbon cutting. 

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Mayo Clinic donates bottled water for disaster response to Channel One

Channel One Food Bank just got a truckload of 173 pallets of bottled water, donated by Mayo Clinic.

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Sword collection missing after teenager reports home intruder Video included

An unusual theft in Northeast Rochester resulted in eight swords with blades over 20 inches long being lost.

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Bomb squad responds to suspicious device on Frontage Road Video included

Police were called to check out a suspicious object in the middle of West Frontage last night, and it could be related to a different crime.

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Man arrested for allegedly selling drugs out of Rochester park bathroom Video included

A man is behind bars for allegedly selling drugs out of a bathroom at a public park.

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Austin man arrested for drunk driving after he hit a city lawn mower with his truck, police say Video included

An Austin man is arrested for drunk driving after police say he hit a city lawn mower with his truck.

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Two finalists selected for Rochester fire chief Video included

The two finalists are Battalion Chief Eric Kerska and Deputy Chief Vance Swisher. They now move on to an employee forum and final interviews. Then a recommendation will be made to the city council.

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MnDot to host meeting ahead of Hwy. 63/I-90 interchange project

MnDot is replacing the bridges and making upgrades to the interchange ramps beginning in 2020.

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Rejected RPD Chief candidate reacts to removal

Roy Alston, Ph.D. posted a statement Wednesday night about being dropped from the hiring process.

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Governor Dayton vetoes Republican tax and omnibus budget bills Video included

Governor Mark Dayton has exercised his veto power just a few days after the 2018 legislative session wrapped up in St. Paul.   On Tuesday, we heard very different reactions at the end of the legislative session; Republicans were happy, DFLers were disappointed. But on Wednesday as the governor announced his veto of the Republican Tax and Omnibus bills, it's the Republicans who now feel disappointed.

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Open house commemorates end of Austin Utilities rehabilitation project Video included

Big news for customers of Austin Utilities, as an open house was held Wednesday to celebrate the completion of a rehabilitation project that has been going on for two years.  

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Candidate for Iowa governor makes stop in Mason City Video included

Dr. Andy McGuire, who is making a run for the position of Iowa's governor, made a campaign stop Wednesday in Mason City.  

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Minor injuries after 41st Street crash Video included

Two children were involved in a crash on 41st street just after noon today.  A maroon Honda Element and a silver Subaru Forester collided near the Highway 52 off ramp around 12:10. Two children inside the Honda were on their way to day care when the crash happened.  Both the children and their mother were being treated by Gold Cross ambulance for minor injuries.  The driver of the Subaru was unharmed.  Rochester Fire Department Captain Dave Fitzgerald said tha... More>>

Northwest Rochester construction enters second phase Video included

Construction work on a critical connection in Northwest Rochester enters a second phase today, as another section of 18th Avenue Northwest closes to traffic.  Crews are beginning work on the road from 37th Street to 41st Street Northwest. That's in addition to the 45th to 55th Street Section which has been closed for weeks.  The project is transforming the once rural road into an urbanized system of medians, bike lanes, and a roundabout.  Construction is expected to ... More>>

I-90 pursuit lands Wisconsin man behind bars Video included

A pursuit on I-90 leads to the arrest of a Wisconsin man. 

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Rep. Jeanne Poppe seeks eighth term in St. Paul

Representative Jeanne Poppe, of Austin, is hoping to represent her district in an eighth term in St. Paul.

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Rochester man arrested in connection to Andover Apartments stabbing Video included

An arrest is made in a stabbing in Southeast Rochester. Rochester police say 37 year old Lorenzo Heard was arrested around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon at an apartment 1545 Second Avenue Northeast.

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High speed pursuit ends with 1 man arrested Video included

A pursuit that began with an attempted traffic stop in Albert Lea ended in an arrest in Iowa.

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Rochester turkey shot and killed after month of problems, police say Video included

A "famous" Rochester turkey is shot and killed after a month of problems, says police.

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Butterflies symbolize those who have gone on Video included

St. Mark's Living and Heartland Hospice hosted a Butterfly Release Memorial Tuesday to honor those who have passed on.  

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Candidates across Minnesota officially enter 2018 elections Video included

Tuesday was the first day candidates could file for state, county, and local offices in Minnesota.

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Agreement between different sides of Mayo Clinic benefits issue applauded Video included

A union is calling recent negotiations with Mayo in Albert Lea successful.  

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Rochester Police Department welcomes three new officers Video included

The Rochester Police Department swore them in Tuesday in a ceremony at the government center. 

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Austin teen brings knife to school, police say Video included

Officers were called to Austin High School around 1:15 p.m. Friday to investigate a possible fight involving several juveniles. 

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North Broadway reconstruction design still up for debate

The reconstruction, planned to begin in 2019, aims to transform the Broadway Avenue corridor into a multi-transportation gateway to downtown Rochester and the Destination Medical Center Development District. 

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Tentative deal reached between workers and Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea Video included

Labor leaders are applauding a contract agreement between workers and Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea, but the deal isn't quite finished.

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RPS budget work begins despite uncertainty in state funding

School Board members in Rochester will get to work on next year's budget amid a budget shortfall .and uncertainty at the State Capitol.

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La Crescent couple killed in accident in Iceland

According to the family's posting on Facebook, Brian Schumacher and Dr. Janet Veit were fishing Sunday when she fell into the water.

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Rochester Public Schools honors volunteers Video included

Rochester Public Schools wanted to thank the thousands of volunteers that help to make their schools go and help the children grow.

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Vietnam veteran reflects on his time in the war at Rochester Veterans Roundtable

U.S. Navy Corpsman Pat Kelly spoke at the Veterans Roundtable in Rochester Monday night saying he felt the public had turned on them while they were fighting in the war. 

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Golf tournament raises money for Rochester hospitals Video included

Monday's rain showers didn't slow down golfers participating in the Kids Cup Golf Tournament. This year's tournament tee'd off at Somerby Golf Club in Byron. 

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Mayo Clinic celebrates 30 years of helping patients overcome nicotine addiction Video included

More than 55,000 people have gotten help to kick nicotine addiction at Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center. 

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Farmers working to catch up on planting amid wet spring Video included

The long winter and wet spring is putting farmers behind in getting their crops planted. While the rains returned Monday, last week's warm and sunny conditions helped dry up the fields and allowed many farmers a chance to catch up.

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Dodge Center woman hopes her story will inspire others during 'Click It or Ticket' campaign Video included

Imagine being blind, paralyzed, and experiencing memory loss all because of one mistake you made 19 years ago. "I studied hard and worked hard to get ready for my dream," said 37-year-old Emily Steffens. But Steffens doesn't have to image those things. That's because she's been living it since June 9, 1999. "My dreams were coming true. I just made one mistake. I did not fasten my seat belt." 

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Iowa gubernatorial candidate bus tour stops in Mason City Video included

Iowa gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell's bus tour stopped in Mason City, Iowa, on Monday. The 14-day bus tour allows Hubbell to reach as many Iowans as possible and hear their concerns. The tour will make 35 stops and will end with an election night party on June 5th.

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Hammer assault leads to standoff with police

The victim was struck in the side of the head as he was leaving the suspect's house.

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Jack of all trades: Zollman Zoo

 No species may be more distinguished than the Minnesota Grey Wolf. Cunning and smart, the wolves are headliners at Zollman, but on the other side of the fence is one of the zoos most important assets: Naturalist Clarissa Schrooten.

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