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Welcome to Rochester, Minnesota

Greeting from Mayor,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our community.  We are consistently recognized as a “Top 10” City in multiple categories, including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine rating as one of the “10 Best Cities for the next Decade” (July 2010).  “Best place to: raise a family, grow old, start a business”, are just some of those categories.

Rochester, a growing community of 110,000, is built on the foundation of the world renowned Mayo Clinic and it’s and the communities service-driven citizens.  As host to almost 3 million visitors each year, many receiving care at Mayo Clinic, our citizens take great pride in creating a welcoming city that values diversity, the Arts and higher education.

In addition to our strong foundation of the Mayo Clinic as well as IBM and agriculture, our Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative is to be the catalyst to providing the ideal patient, companion, visitor and community member experience.

Our Civic Music programs, Park Department and its extensive trail system, golf courses, Recreation Center and hockey rinks provide diverse activities for visitors and citizens.  The “Down By the Riverside Concerts” and “Thursdays on First” programs bring thousands of attendees in the summer and Social Ice attracts 40,000 plus hardy winter attendees.  Multiple neighborhood playgrounds are provided throughout the City.  Three public and one private high school provide ample sporting and arts events for participants and fans and two college age baseball teams provide summer fun.

I hope you can see we are an active community with many opportunities for fun, recreation and relaxation.  Did I mention our outstanding Public Library?  You’ll want to visit it conveniently located downtown.

If you have a question, suggestion or want additional information please do not hesitate calling our office.

Ardell F. Brede
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