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Strong attendance at Minnesota State Fair

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Officials with the Minnesota State Fair said 555,000 people have entered the gates in Falcon Heights during the first four days of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.The attendance figure is about 10,000 more people than this time last year. The all-time record for Minnesota State Fair attendance came in 2009 when just over 1.79 million people entered the fairgrounds. 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>>

Woman allegedly tries to steal pickup truck

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says a woman who allegedly tried to steal a pickup truck on the Interstate 90 Rochester exit map near Stewartville late Tuesday morning was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus for a psychiatric evaluation. 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>>

Child hit while riding bike in southeast Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Rochester child was treated after being hit by a car while riding her bike.Rochester police said a 4-year-old girl rode her bike in front of a car and was hit in a parking lot at 950 16th Ave. SE at about 6:45 p.m. Monday.The driver did not see the child, and was driving just 10 miles per hour when the accident happened.The child was treated at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus.Police said the driver was not given a citation. More>>

Local businesses to receive Destination Medical Center "stamp of approval" Video included

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- Businesses across the city will now be able to earn Destination Medical Center's stamp of approval under a new program through the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau. Under the new program, retail, restaurant, hotel, and transportation businesses will complete an application, which will then be reviewed by a task force and cross-referenced in various databases. According to the Visitors Bureau, businesses that are committed to high quality standards and demon... More>>

Byron Elementary balances keyboards and pencils in curriculum Video included

BYRON, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Keyboards and computers are replacing pencils and paper in classrooms more and more every year. All across the country, spiral notebooks have been largely replaced by iPads and laptops."Certainly as time goes on, we need to evolve and meet the needs of our students and learners,” said Byron Public Schools superintendent Jeff Elstad.The art of cursive handwriting is on the decline, Elstad says, and he admits he doesn't use script in his everyday life himself. Students,... More>>

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