MnDOT Suspends Work On High-Speed Train Between Twin Cities, RochesterWork on a proposed high-speed train line between the Twin Cities and Rochester has been suspended, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The suspension is pending a decision by the Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority, which is expected next week.
Health Officials Monitoring Whooping Cough Outbreak In SE MinnesotaOfficials with the Minnesota Department of Health have confirmed that there is an outbreak of whooping cough in southeastern Minnesota. Officials say there have been 36 confirmed cases of whooping cough in Olmsted County in the last six weeks, specifically the Rochester area.
Rochester Officer Under Criminal Investigation Found DeadSheriff's officials say the death of a Rochester police officer under a criminal investigation appears to be a suicide. Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson said Thursday Officer Mitchell Jensen was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head at a park pavilion in Rochester Wednesday.
Fatal Head-On Crash In Olmsted CountyThe Minnesota State Patrol is on the scene of a fatal head-on crash in Olmsted County Thursday morning.
1 Dead In Head-On Crash In Olmsted Co. One person is dead after a head-on crash in Olmsted County Wednesday evening. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, around 5:45 p.m. 65-year-old Daniel L. Atkinson, of Plainview, was driving southbound on Highway 63 when he collided with a Ford Edge traveling northbound.
State Restores Health Care Contracts After County AppealsOne Minnesota insurer that sued the state after losing most of its public program contracts is getting them all back. Another company in a similar situation isn't so lucky.
Dayton Names Panel To Study Future Of MNsure, MinnesotaCareGov. Mark Dayton has made 11 picks to a health care task force that will study MNsure and MinnesotaCare and make recommendations for their future direction.
Rochester Man Killed When Motorcycle Hits Deer In Olmsted Co.A Rochester motorcyclist was killed Friday night when he hit a deer on Highway 52 in Olmsted County. The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened at about 7:15 a.m. The 40-year-old man was traveling southbound on Hwy 52.
Ash Borer Infestation Found In Olmsted CountyMinnesota officials have confirmed trees in Olmsted County are infested with the destructive emerald ash borer. The state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the county will join Hennepin, Houston, Ramsey and Winona counties in a state and federal quarantine to prevent the infestation from spreading.
2 Questioned In Dodge County BurglaryTwo people are in custody following a burglary Saturday morning in the southeast part of Dodge County. According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, authorities responded to a call around 9:10 a.m. of a burglary taking place at 710 Street in southeast Dodge County. The owner told police upon their arrival home they spotted a vehicle in the yard.
Police Still Looking For Thieves Targeting Veterans’ Graves Police in southeastern Minnesota are looking into a rash of robberies in which thieves target cemeteries, taking brass markers that show a deceased veteran’s military service.
Veterans’ Graves Robbed In Olmsted Co. Weeks Before Memorial Day They served our country and now police say veterans are being disrespected. Police want to find whoever is stealing from their graves. The thieves took dozens of brass rods that hold a veterans’ symbols of service.

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