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Link PB: Winona YMCA to move
WINONA — Key stakeholders in the Winona Family YMCA community gathered Thursday night to hear what has long been rumored: It's time for the Winona YMCA to move. Derek Madsen, chief executive officer of the Winona YMCA, said the capital campaign's silent phase is officially over, and it is time to let those connected with the YMCA and the community as a whole in on the secret. "We've raised about $9 million, and we're moving to a goal of $13 million," he said. Additionally, the YMCA has a soft commitment for another $2.52 million for a total of more than $11.5 million. "This has been Winona's worst-kept secret for the last couple of years," said Ken Mogren, a member of the fundraising committee. "We've raised enough to consider it a go
Link PB: Tina Smith and Ardell Brede: Destination Medical Center efforts continue growing
Nearly a year ago, the Destination Medical Center Corp. Board adopted the DMC development plan, a comprehensive plan designed to leverage decades of innovation and medical advancement to secure Rochester as the world's premier health destination with a thriving local community. We've accomplished a lot over a short time period. Rochester has experienced $152.4 million in private investments in the designated DMC districts since mid-2013. We've built the project pipeline and driven local, national and global awareness of the opportunities in Rochester.
Link PB View: Joint DMC meeting has potential
Thursday, DMCC Board Member and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he'd like a chance to ask the council to address transportation issues, and during a meeting earlier in the week Rochester council members voiced a desire for more input from the DMCC Board. As Rybak noted, a joint meeting offers a chance to move forward and make sure both bodies are headed in the same direction. "If we get this right, in the next six months we will all know what our roles are and what our values are," he said.
Link application/vnd.wolfram.mathematica.package 10 things to know about the Rochester schools referendum
The Rochester school district is seeking $9.61 million a year over a ten-year period to deal with a $3.8 million deficit in the 2016-17 school year and a $4.5 million deficit in the 2017-18 school year.
Link PB's Randy Petersen: Answer a challenge to help face new challenges
The first In the Shadow of Growth forum organized by the Justice and Peace Committee of the Congregational Church United Church of Christ sparked my interest. I attended that event specifically to hear reports regarding expected community impacts. While reports from Cheryl Jacobson of the Olmsted County Housing Redevelopment Authority, Major Jim Fye of the Salvation Army and others provided useful information, the responses from the audience were just as interesting.
Link C header PB: Grassroots group plans for Rochester's growth
A grassroots organization aimed at keeping public attention on Rochester's growing community needs met Thursday at St. Francis of Assisi Church to set the group's priorities. The In The Shadow of Growth group's second meeting drew more than 100 people. Rochester resident Dave Beal moderated the event, emphasizing the group was not focused on or opposed to the city's Destination Medical Center initiative. Instead, he said the group wants to make sure all needs are addressed as the city grows.
Link Post Bulletin Our View: DMC changes aren't always large scale
Sen. Carla Nelson thought it would have been easier. The Rochester Republican said she thought changing local regulations to provide oversight for small lodging houses created specifically for patients and their families would be an easy fix. Certainly, it didn't need state legislation.
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Help the Y Build a Better Us! (March 19, 2018)

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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March 2018 In City for Good community forum (March 18, 2018)

March 2018 presentation to City for Good by Olmsted County Administrator

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CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points (March 14, 2018)

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status (March 12, 2018)

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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RPS meeting with Moms Demand Action (March 09, 2018)

RPS and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are planning a dialog between the two groups. This is an opportunity to broaden the conversation to other efforts to address school safety.

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Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin (March 01, 2018)

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting (February 22, 2018)

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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Rochester Clinic and Lotus Health Foundation Community Health Events (February 19, 2018)

Two nationally well-known lifestyle medicine physician and pioneers, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Hans Diehl along with other physicians will present several topics in Rochester.

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Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulleting Report (February 18, 2018)

"Early plans for a $180 million construction project along the Zumbro River received some enthusiastic support from Rochester's Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night." 

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2018 Discipline Data Update - Information (February 17, 2018)

At the 2/6/2018 School Board Meeting the following was presented as a comparison of office referrals from first semester 2016-2017 and first semester 2017-2018 examining District, building, and student data.  Building Principals will also discuss behavior- related supports provided in their respective buildings.

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