A Med City Mover drove through downtown Rochester in April.

Driverless shuttle survives its first Minnesota winter

Autonomous pod operates in downtown Rochester.

Republicans back Scott Jensen in Minnesota governor's race

May 14
GOP candidate for governor Scott Jensen toot the stage with running mate Matt Birk Saturday at the Republican State Convention in Rochester.
The doctor and former state senator narrowly beat Kendall Qualls after a heated fight in Rochester for the GOP endorsement.

Rochester church picks up after 'heartbreaking' fire

May 12
Debby Adams, administrator at Peace United Church of Christ, shows how a fire safety door stopped flames set on April 18, 2022, in the church’s lowe
Police are looking for information on suspected arson
May 13

Body of Mankato woman missing since late April is found in swamp

Someone in a canoe made the discovery, authorities said.
Rochester
May 13
Michael Davis

Former Minnesota Mormon leader convicted of sexually assaulting 13-year-old boy

The jury deliberated less than four hours in the weeklong trial.
Rochester
May 13

Motorcyclist killed, passenger badly hurt in collision with semi near Rochester

The crash occurred about 10 miles east of Rochester, the patrol said.
Local
May 12
University of Minnesota regents expressed concerns Thursday about a proposal to raise tuition across the system.

University of Minnesota regents express caution about raising tuition, dorm prices

U President Joan Gabel has proposed a 3.5% tuition hike for Twin Cities campus students.
Weather
May 11
A large tree split a Coon Rapids house in half when it toppled in Wednesday night’s storm, as seen Thursday morning.

Tornadoes, hail, rain pummel Minnesota — and more to come

It was the first of two nights of stormy weather expected in the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota.
Rochester
May 11
Students 'devastated' after St. Mary's Univ. decision to cut 11 programs

Students 'devastated' after St. Mary's Univ. decision to cut 11 programs

The Catholic university will lay off 13 faculty by the 2023-2024 school year.
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Local
May 11
Nyawuor Chuol

Search continues for Mankato woman, 30, missing since late April

She was last seen at a Casey's gas station east of Mankato.
Politics
May 11
Former Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.

GOP's Carnahan tells Faribault police a driver swerved, made threats as she campaigned

Police have located the man, and "their stories obviously differ somewhat," Police Chief John Sherwin told the Star Tribune.
Rochester
May 10

Murder charges: Man lurked around home near Rochester when he shot resident

The victim was ID'd as 70-year-old John Colbert. The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said the two men were acquaintances.
Rochester
May 10

Rochester church fire deemed arson

The fire at Peace United Church of Christ in April caused $2.5 million in damages.
Rochester
May 9

Man, 70, shot to death near Rochester; 31-year-old arrested

The gunfire occurred late Sunday, the Sheriff's Office said.
Local
May 7
Brothers Doug, left, and Rick Borchardt of Fairmont used to have weekly happy hours with their dad, Gene, who died at 88 of COVID. Now they regularly

In rural Minnesota town, COVID quickly was the devil they knew

Minnesota's first rural COVID hotspot reflects on how its early outbreak shaped its views, changed its pandemic narrative.
Local
May 7
The Voyageurs Wolf Project tagged its first wolf pups of the season. The two pups are from the Half-Moon Pack, though researchers suspect more exist i

Minnesota briefs: First wolf pups of the season tagged by Voyageurs researchers

Investigation continues into Mankato plane crash.
Politics
May 6
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland joined Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan after a news conference Friday at Midway Peace Park in St. P

U.S. interior secretary touts urban park funding in St. Paul visit

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber and mining advocates called on Secretary Deb Haaland to visit northern Minnesota.
Local
May 6
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel.

U president proposes 3.5% tuition hike for Twin Cities students

Minnesota residents attending the U's Twin Cities campus would pay almost $500 more in tuition next year.
Rochester
May 5
The Olmsted County Board approved this redistricting plan at an April 26 meeting.

Olmsted County adopts redistricting plan amid pushback

Critics argue Rochester is not properly represented on County Board.
Rochester
May 3
Jenifer Majerus, a tour guide with the Rochester Trolley & Tour Company, describes features of the Plummer House, a famous home in Rochester, Minn., d

Rochester eager to welcome tourists after 'nightmare' two years

City, business officials tout 2022 plans.
Local
April 30

Man charged with murder after fatally stabbing father making 911 call

A 24-year-old Blue Earth County man has been charged with two counts of second degree murder after fatally stabbing his father following a dispute over…
Local
April 30
Anna DeMarre, a senior at Burnsville High School, read an admissions guide during a recent presentation for prospective students at the University of

In Minnesota and U.S., colleges fight to recruit shrinking pool of students

Colleges look to recover enrollment as dropoff in young adult population looms.
Local
April 30

Minnesota briefs: Environmental lawyer appointed to State Court of Appeals

Bird flu suspected in geese deaths in Rochester.