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Housing Market Improving

Housing Market Improving

The Rochester housing market is showing improvement.  New numbers from November show the area grew closer to a balanced inventory due to a decrease in the number of homes for sale and a rise in pended home sales. Pending home sales were up 1 percent over last November; all told, 308 properties closed last month.

Some areas in Minnesota are reporting that the inventory of homes to choose from is the lowest since 2004. This has actually resulted in multiple offers on many properties, including traditional sale homes as well as foreclosures and short sales. In Rochester, active listings were down 12 percent and new listings were down 3 percent.

Keep Your Holidays Warm, Bright, and Fire Safe

Keep Your Holidays Warm, Bright, and Fire Safe

Information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety:

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division reminds Minnesotans to celebrate safely this holiday season, keeping in mind the added fire risks our holiday traditions bring with them.

The period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day typically includes more fire fatalities than any other week of the year. On average, 121 structure fires occur each week in Minnesota; during the week of Christmas that number spikes to 189. These patterns are due primarily to additional cooking and increased use of candles, fireplaces and electric lights.

Fortunately, awareness and caution can keep the festivities from destroying our homes and holidays, says State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl. “Personal responsibility is the key to fire safety.  We must look for potential threats and proactively prevent trouble.

ABC 6 Wants To See Your Holiday Light Displays

ABC 6 Wants To See Your Holiday Light Displays

ABC 6 wants to see your holiday light displays!

ABC 6 will air pictures of decorated local homes and Christmas trees.  Starting on Monday, November 28th, the pictures will be shown in newscasts throughout the day.

To submit pictures, upload images to the ABC 6 Facebook page.  Be sure to include your name and hometown.

And tune in to ABC 6 NEWS as we help count down to Christmas!

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

Celebrate and make new memories with us at the 26th Festival of Trees-A Celebration of Giving. Watch the magic unfold during the week of November 23rd, and share in the journey as Mayo Civic Center's Exhibit Hall transforms into a beautifully decorated forest of Christmas trees.

Buy a raffle ticket while you are there and for a chance to win the 2011 Rochester Woodcarvers Club tree "The Candyland Carousel". (See photos in progress here: http://rochesterwoodcarvers.com/festivaloftrees.aspx)

Hiawatha Homes Foundation sponsors this treasured event to benefit Hiawatha Homes, Inc. The success of each year's Festival of Trees allows the Hiawatha Homes Foundation to give financial support to Hiawatha Homes, Inc. for special projects that make a significant difference in the lives of the people we support. Hiawatha Homes Inc.

Downtown Farmers Market

Downtown Farmers Market

Local musicians and performers share their time and talents with the community at Saturday Markets. Artesian Fresh bottled water, tote bags, and gift certificates for purchase at the Market Info booth.

The Rochester Downtown Farmers Market is a project of the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market Association, seeking to support sustainable agriculture and the family farm by sponsoring a market to provide farmers with a well-organized retail marketplace, to provide local access to quality farm products, and to strengthen the ties between the family farm and the community.

The outdoor market is now open every saturday through October 7:30 AM - NOON. It is located at 4th Street South East and 4th Avenue South East.

 

Green for Life

Green for Life

More than 50 Minnesota schools got a little greener today.

This is 2nd year for a statewide event called "Green for Life".  As a result, more than 100 trees were planted at local schools, including two at Jefferson Elementary in Rochester.

Nick Sargent, of Sargent's Landscape Nursury, says it's important to teach children that plants are valuable when it comes to things like beauty, energy savings and cleaning the air.

     "Research shows that, I believe it's by eleven, if children haven't had a hands on experience planting a plant of some kind they're much less likely to have a lifetime of enjoying gardening and planting," says Sargent.

All of the trees planted at schools around the state were donated by members of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.

Tator Day at The History Center of Olmsted County

Tator Day at The History Center of Olmsted County

The History Center of Olmsted County is going old school this weekend when they harvest their potato garden.

They are using a vintage potato digger.  All of the spuds from the garden will go towards the  Channel One Food bank in Rochester.

Everyone is invited to join them.  The event lasts from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There will also be apple cider pressing, syrup making, and hayride tours. It is $5 for adults and $2 for children.