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Police: Rochester maintenance worker dies after falling off roof of hotel

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A maintenance worker at a Rochester hotel fell off a roof and died Friday while performing work on an air conditioning system. Authorities say 58-year-old Scott Pelnar, of Rochester, died after falling off the roof of the Brentwood Inn and Suites (123 4th Ave. SW) at around 9:15 a


Breaking down Tuesday's prep sports

After rainy weather postponed or impacted Monday's prep events in the area, Tuesday is shaping up to be more pleasant. That's good news for local sports fan as all area schools have multiple events on the schedule.


Could Heated Sidewalks Come To Rochester?

(ABC 6 News) -- As Rochester city officials look ahead toward a multimillion-dollar repair of several blocks of downtown sidewalks, the city council is weighing the pros and cons of spending additional money to add a heating element to melt snow and ice.


Rochester police: Woman facing felony drug charges after car confirmed stolen

ROCHESTER, Minn. - An alert that a vehicle had been stolen led authorities to a woman who is now facing felony drug charges. Marion Baca, 33, of Hinckley, is facing charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree sales of a controlled substance, theft of a motor vehicle, d


Heard on the Street: $25.5 million store sale is Rochester's largest of 2019

A Med City retail center plus a related convenience store sold for $25.5 million on April 15, the largest Rochester real estate deal of the year so far. The 273,800-square-foot Mills Fleet Farm store at 4891 Maine Ave. SE and its C-store station were purchased by Minnesota real estate investor Steve


Increasing Liquor On-Sale License Fees

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rochester is priced low compared to communities like Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth for liquor on-sale licenses. One bar owner says he's not excited about a spike in his bills but says if it's for a good cause like law enforcement, he can get behind it.


Man leads police on high-speed chase after kidnapping his son

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A Texas man was accused of leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase along I-90 while a one-year-old sat unrestrained in the front seat. Police said Pablo Rodriguez, 31, was in Rochester visiting the mother of his one-year-old son when he became violent.


Rochester city leaders take closer look at unsafe sidewalks

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Are downtown Rochester sidewalks in need of a makeover? The city’s Public Works Department seems to think so. City leaders tackled that question Monday afternoon.


Public Works team pushes sidewalk safety for Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The city public works team is expected to present at the City Council Meeting, focusing on several blocks of downtown that could use a sidewalk upgrade.


Man caught on camera attempting to saw off a part of an RV

ORONOCO, Minn. (KTTC) – A Millville man was caught trying to saw off a valuable part of an RV at an Oronoco dealership Sunday morning. The Olmsted Count Sheriff’s Office said that they responded to a call reporting a suspicious person at Buy and Sell RVs around 1 a.m. Sunday.


Annie Mack launches 'Goodtime Hour' program

You’ve heard Annie Mack sing. Now you’re going to hear her talk. Mack will serve as host and moderator for a new variety show, “Annie Mack’s Rochester Goodtime Hour,” which makes its debut Thursday at Bleu Duck Kitchen.


City Considering Heated Sidewalks in Downtown Rochester

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester City is scheduled to be briefed this afternoon on a recommendation to replace most of the sidewalks along South Broadway through downtown Rochester.


Waste Management Acquires Another Garbage Company

The news broke that Waste Management would be buying yet again, another garbage company. This time a much larger company. It wasn't long ago that the small local company, Garbage Man was purchased by them, sending many Rochester residents into a frenzy. I was one of those Garbage Man customers that


18th Ave Reconstruction Project in Rochester is Set to Resume

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The third year of work on a road construction project in northwest Rochester is scheduled to get underway on Monday. The city’s reconstruction of 18th Avenue Northwest went into overtime last fall due to rainy weather and the delayed work is now scheduled to be complet


Farming accident kills Minnesota man in Stearns County

A central Minnesota man was killed in a farming accident last Friday, according to a release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office. The accident was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the 34000 block of 260th St. in Lake Henry Township, which is located southwest of St. Cloud and north/northeast of Wil


Expired tags lead to guilty plea for meth possession

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A woman charged with drug dealing is pleading guilty to drug possession. Lacey Ann Brown, 37 of Rochester, was arrested on July 12, 2018, after a traffic stop in Stewartville. Arresting officers say Brown admitted to having marijuana and a search then found 29.5 grams of methamphe


Tips for Minnesota drivers on new 'hands-free' cellphone law

Four words no one wants to hear: “We need to talk.” But that’s what the Minnesota Legislature has decreed for drivers who use cellphones. “Hands-free” rules go into effect Aug. 1, and drivers who ignore the law likely will find themselves chatting with a police officer.


Minnesota conservation officer may not have worn life jacket before fatal fall into lake

A state conservation officer who died after being thrown from a boat into an east-central Minnesota lake Friday may not have been wearing a life jacket, according to emergency dispatch audio of the incident.


The mayor and the music man

Author’s note: Historic preservation in Rochester is an issue I’ve watched first-hand ever since I can remember. As a professional writer and journalist in the city, I have avoided writing on the subject, since it’s one of my father’s principal passions. I have broken that policy for this article, a


Should different types of establishments pay different prices for liquor licenses?

Members of the Rochester City Council spent a portion of their Monday study session discussing potential revisions to liquor license fees. As we reported in January, the city is considering a series of changes aimed at improving public safety downtown during the late-night hours.