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    Online Smart Salting Workshops come to Rochester

    The City of Rochester is collaborating with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to offer their signature Smart Salting Workshops helping our community prepare for this coming winter.


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    City announces new plans for Day Center

    City of Rochester leaders and community partners are announcing a new plan to provide services to individuals experiencing homelessness.

    07/31/2020 11:53 AM

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    City of Rochester Announces Recommended Appointment of Wendy Turri as Public Works Director

    Wendy Turri, current Deputy Public Works Director of Environmental Services, has been recommended for the role of Director of Public Works for the City of Rochester. She has been serving as the interim role since the fall of 2019. The City Council is being asked to support the recommendation...

    07/30/2020 10:52 AM

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    City of Rochester Parks & Recreation Department Announce Temporary Closure of Cascade Lake Beach

    The Parks & Recreation Department has been testing the water at Cascade Lake and the bacteria levels were elevated this past week. Due to the levels, warning signs were posted. The water was tested again on July 28, 2020 and the bacteria results received on July 29, 2020 were considerably higher...

    07/29/2020 1:43 PM

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    Traffic shift on West Center Street

    Parking lanes will be closed and traffic will shift north on West Center Street from 2 Avenue SW east to the alley. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction.

    07/27/2020 9:29 AM

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    Political signs are not permitted in the right of way

    Campaign signs are not allowed to be placed on city road right of way under state law. City right of way includes public streets, bridges, medians, bike lanes, sidewalks, boulevards, trails and pedestrian bridges over roadways.

    07/27/2020 9:28 AM

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    Residential parking permit enforcement resumes Aug. 3

    Starting August 3, a valid permit will again be required to park a vehicle in Rochester’s 14 residential parking permit zones.


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    City of Rochester Mask Order to Expire with New Executive Order from Governor Walz

    As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. The City of Rochester’s face covering Order will expire at 11:59 p.m. on July 24, 2020 due to the new state Order.

    07/22/2020 3:49 PM

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    City of Rochester Launches Downtown Waterfront Small Area Plan

    The City of Rochester is launching the Downtown Waterfront S.E. Small Area Plan (DWSE SAP), which is a 60+ acre study area located southeast of the downtown core and has approximately 1,600 feet of Zumbro River frontage. The plan will include visionary concepts that are people centric...

    07/22/2020 1:49 PM

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    Rochester, MN Joins National Clean Energy Challenge

    The City of Rochester is taking on the challenge to see how it stacks up to other cities across the nation when it comes to clean energy successes. Thirty communities in five states are taking the Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge, which offers tools and support to assess clean energy...

    07/21/2020 9:01 AM

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    Second Phase of CARES Funding Allocated by Rochester City Council

    The Rochester City Council has approved a plan for investing $5.1M dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding. The funding originated from the federal government and was allocated to the City of Rochester by the State of Minnesota.

    07/20/2020 4:26 PM

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    Sidewalk closure on Northern Heights Drive

    The sidewalk on the southern side of Northern Hills Drive NW in front of the water tower near 13 Avenue NE will be completely closed from July 20 to October 15, 2020.

    07/20/2020 10:57 AM

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    Rochester Recognized for Environmental Sustainability Efforts

    The City of Rochester received an award for being a Step 4 and 5 city in the Minnesota GreenStep program. Rochester is one of 140 participating cities and tribal nations in the 10-year-old challenge, assistance, and recognition program.

    07/20/2020 10:29 AM

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    07/19/2020 1:37 PM

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    Public Works launches web map showing construction impacts

    This interactive web map shows major impacts to roads, pedestrian facilities, and parking. This tool also provides general information on City of Rochester sponsored projects that are currently or planned to be under construction.

    07/14/2020 11:42 AM

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    Closure of 3 Street NW from 1 Avenue NW to Broadway Avenue

    3 Street NW will be completely closed to vehicular traffic from 1 Avenue NW to Broadway Avenue beginning on July 13, 2020. Pedestrian access along 3 Street NW will be maintained at this time.

    07/13/2020 9:15 AM

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    Rochester Police Department to Launch Digital Data Dashboard

    During the June 11, 2020 Virtual Town Hall event, the Rochester Police Department was asked and committed to creating a digital dashboard within 30 days. The initial dashboard will be launched on July 10, 2020. The dashboard will include information such as use of force data.

    07/10/2020 2:37 PM

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    Route 26 Detour inbound to Downtown

    Starting Monday, July 13, Route 26 will follow a detour to avoid construction at the intersection of Center St and 6 Ave NW.


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    Closure of 3 Street NW from 1 Avenue NW to Broadway Avenue

    3 Street NW will be completely closed to vehicular traffic from 1 Avenue NW to Broadway Avenue beginning on July 13, 2020.

    07/09/2020 4:51 PM

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    City of Rochester and Olmsted County Respond to Heat Advisory

    The City of Rochester and Olmsted County announce ways for community members to stay safe and “beat the heat” during the hot weather that is expected on July 8, 2020. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory and local officials believe it is important to provide recommendations...

    07/08/2020 7:35 AM

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