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Retiring Rochester Mayor reflects on time in office

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

In case you didn't catch him Friday morning, Rochester's Mayor, Ardell Brede, took to the radio airwaves. 

Mayor Brede was on KROC's 1340 AM "Rochester Today" show to discuss his recent announcement to retire at the end of this year.

During the show, he talked about memories from the past 16 years, including lunches with the four previous mayors and the teddy bear collection in his office.

Mayor Brede also spoke about what qualities he would like to see in the new mayor.

"I think what the public really likes is that you're available and that you show up at events," said Mayor Brede. "Being compassionate, being accessible and approachable. In that regard, I think that is very important."

In regards to the teddy bear collection, Mayor Brede said he would like to donate the teddy bears to the Ronald McDonald House after they are dry-cleaned. 

However, it sounds like there are a couple of bears in the collection that he and his grandchildren would like to keep.

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