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Former Olmsted County Commissioner Remembered

Former Olmsted County Commissioner Remembered

Former Olmsted County Commissioner, Mike Podulke, is being remembered in downtown Rochester in a somewhat unique way.

As we've reported, Podulke passed away suddenly in February, but at least one of his hobbies lives on. Podulke had many interests, including hand crafting his own books. Now some of his antique book making equipment is being used at the Amaglyphe store inside the Khaler Grand Hotel.

Owner, Ginger Woodruff, is using Podulke's old printing press, the block letters that go with it and several other items that Podulke used to use.

     "He had a collection of book making equipment and after he died someone put his wife and I together knowing that I might be able to use it.

Dancing for the Stars

Dancing for the Stars

ABC 6 News Anchor James Wilcox is taking part in a "Dancing for the Stars" competition Friday, September 9th in Rochester. It is part of the Big Party Downtown which raises money for youth mentoring. James has been taking dance lessons with April Dahl from Dahl Dance Center in Rochester. April and James are up against two other teams. The winners are determined by the number of votes the teams receive before the dance. Each vote costs $1 and you can vote as often as you'd like. To vote for James go to http://bigpartydowntown.org/entertainment/dancing-for-the-stars.

Rochester Style Week

Rochester Style Week

STYLE Week will feature various fashion focused events in Downtown Rochester! They include "On the Plaza" (the Downtown Fall Fashion Show), Women's Getaway, Makeover Giveaway and MORE!

STYLE---On the Plaza: The fourth-annual Downtown Fall Fashion Show, will feature fashion-forward clothing, hair, makeup and accessory trends for men, women and children. All pieces will be available at locally owned businesses in downtown Rochester.
Date: Thursday, September 15th (rain date Sept. 17th)
Happy Hour: 5-7:30pm
Show: 7:30-8:30pm
Location: Peace Plaza, Downtown Rochester
Reserved seating, which includes a complimentary gift bag, will run from $12-$15 (depending on row). VIP seating which will include a VIP table, dinner and a drink by Martini’s, and a complimentary gift bag is available for $35-$40 (based on table location).

Ticket sales are NOW OPEN!

Diversity Council Gets Top Honors

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A Rochester non-profit is taking home top honors on two national websites.

The Diversity Council has been listed as a "top-rated social justice non-profit" by the websites, "Great Non-Profits" and "Guidestar". 

These sites give people a description of the program, the number of people it reaches, and also lets users give testimonials and independent reviews.

"Many people have been touched by us in many different ways, and we'd love to encourage them to go online and also write their stories and share them with others, so more people know about the work being done," said Denise Robertson, the Development Director for the Diversity Council.

If you'd like to share your story on the Diversity Council, or any other non-profit, you can just head to our website, that's at www.kaaltv.com.

Free School Supplies for Military Children

Free School Supplies for Military Children

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Serving those, whose families serve our country...that's the idea behind a free school supply campaign.

The group, Minnesota Veteran Family Support, is giving out backpacks that are individually packed with items on that child's school supply list.

The offer stands for children with a parent who is currently deployed, or who has returned from deployment within the past year.

Children of wounded or disabled soldiers, or those who are either missing or killed in action are also eligible.

All they have to do is fill out a request form.

We've posted a link to that on our website, www.kaaltv.com.

Farmer's Market Now Open Wednesdays

Farmer's Market Now Open Wednesdays

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The downtown Rochester Farmer's Market is expanding.

You can now find all your favorite produce in the middle of the week in the K-mart parking lot.

The event runs every Wednesday, and will be a little smaller than the Saturday market, with only 15-20 stalls.

Other than that, you can still enjoy all the things you've come to expect from the farmer's market.

The Wednesday market runs from now until September, from 4-6:30pm.

Unemployment Declines Slightly In Southeast Minnesota

Unemployment Declines Slightly In Southeast Minnesota

According to the latest numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, unemployment decreased in southeast Minnesota last month.

In southeast Minnesota in May, the unemployment number rate was 5.9%.  It was 6.2% the month before.

Here are the latest unemployment statistics for southeast Minnesota for the month of May:

  • Dodge County:  5.5%
  • Freeborn County:   6.6%
  • Fillmore County:  6.0%
  • Goodhue County:  5.9%
  • Mower County:  5.4%
  • Olmsted County:  5.3%