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Continued: 5,000 sign petition on SE Minnesota fracking moratorium

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  • Last update: April 19, 2014 - 6:42 PM

The Destination Medical Center project will be funded with billions from the Mayo Clinic itself, billions more from private investments and half a billion dollars in taxpayer financing.

The aim of the project is to turn Rochester into a destination in its own right, full of ­restaurants and shops and cultural attractions, designed to attract top talent for the Mayo Clinic and local businesses.

Jennifer Brooks

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