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Foster-Arend Beach Opens Saturday

Foster-Arend Beach Opens Saturday

Foster-Arend Beach in Rochester will open for the season Saturday. It will remain open through Labor Day. Beach hours will be 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Park hours are 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. There is no admission charge at the beach. Secutiry officers will be on site during beach hours, but no lifeguards will be on duty. Rules include: no alcohol  in the park, no dogs in the beach area, no smoking in the beach area, no glass in the beach area, and no swimming outside the designated swimming area.

RPU Unveils Details of Plan to Decommission Silver Lake Plant

(ABC 6 News) - Rochester Public Utilities staff presented the decommissioning plan for the Silver Lake Plant to the RPU Board Tuesday afternoon.

As we've reported, RPU originally announced its plan to decommission the plant back in August, but it's taken nearly a year to put the actual plan together on how to decommission the plant. In the end, the plant will not only stop using coal, but stop generating electricity all together.  

As a result, RPU expects to save an estimated $44 million over the next seven years.

"The decommissioning of SLP is not just about cost savings or a cheaper kWh, it is about positioning RPU for the near term and post SMMPA (2030)," said RPU General Manager Larry Koshire.

Heaviest Snow for Some in Over Two Years!

Heaviest Snow for Some in Over Two Years!

Here's some of the snow reports passed along from the National Weather Service. A couple of communities had an array of widely ranging totals from viewers about 6-9 1/2" range(Albert Lea, Mantorville, Owatonna) In those instances, the average or co-op observation is shown.

Most places fell in the 6-8" range but some communites rounded out the lower end of our expected range at 4-6". Some isolated spots eclipsed 8".

For some, it was the highest amounts seen in years.  Officially at Rochester International Airport, 7.2" of snow fell with this storm, the highest amount from any one storm since 16" fell on December 10th & 11th, 2010.

Southern Rail Corridor Open House Scheduled for Jan. 28th

Southern Rail Corridor Open House Scheduled for Jan. 28th

The public is invited to attend an open house regarding the Southeastern Minnesota Freight Rail Capacity Study on Monday, Jan. 28.

The open house will occur from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Rochester International Airport Event Center, 7333 Airport View Drive SW, Rochester, Minn.

A presentation will occur at 5:30 p.m. Presenters will share several scenarios with varying amounts of potential rail traffic through downtown Rochester. They will also discuss how these scenarios would impact the nearby road network and options for reconstructing nearby roads that will lessen the impact to vehicle traffic flow. This information will also be available on boards throughout the open house.      

Student Becomes Finalist, You Can Help School Win $10,000!

Student Becomes Finalist, You Can Help School Win $10,000!

Rochester Catholic Schools is proud to announce that third grader, Kyle Pido, of St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X School has been named 1 of 12 finalist in Scotties national “Trees Rock” video contest. St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X School is eligible to win $10,000 in prize money for sustainable projects such as tree plantings, outdoor classrooms, playgrounds and gardens. 

Kids who entered the contests were required to create a video up to 3 minutes on the importance of trees - to themselves, their school and their community. “I am excited about the valuable experience and possibilities this brings for Kyle and grateful for those who are supporting us,” said Don Valentine, Principal at St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X School.

Share Your Thoughts on Rochester Airport Improvements

Share Your Thoughts on Rochester Airport Improvements

Interested citizens are invited to a meeting concerning the Rochester International Airport’s Environmental Assessment for a Passenger Terminal Replacement Project.  The public workshop will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in the Summit Meeting Room at America’s Best Value Inn & Suites, 1625 South Broadway, Rochester, MN.

Provided in a workshop format, representatives from Rochester International Airport and the environmental assessment consulting team will be on hand to discuss the Airport’s strategic plan with alternatives for replacing the airport’s passenger terminal.  During the entire session, the public will have the opportunity to view the alternatives, ask questions, and provide input.  

Packed House For First Regional Environmental Meeting In Rochester

(ABC 6 News) - People concerned about the environment packed the first meeting of the Citizen Forums on the Environment in Rochester Tuesday morning. The regional forums, which continue throughout the state, are an opportunity for Minnesotans to interact with state agency commissioners and staff, and learn more about Minnesota's Environment and Energy Report Card.

The input gathered at the forums will be compiled and presented to the Dayton Administration at a statewide Environmental Congress next March.

The Minnesota Environmental Congress and the Citizens Forums leading up to it are the result of Governor Dayton's Executive Order 11-32. To assess Minnesota's progress toward clean air, water and energy, the Environmental Quality Board is convening Citizen Forums around the state to engage citizens in constructive dialogue, identify environmental challenges, and define a vision for Minnesota's environmental future.