The Rochester City Council has selected a new city administrator.

Stephen Rymer, a Minnesota native who is the city manager in Morgan Hill, Calif., will replace Stevan Kvenvold, who retired in May after 47 years with the city, including 38 as its administrator. Rymer will be only the fourth administrator in Rochester’s history, according to a news release.

Rymer served as director of parks and recreation in New Brighton before moving to a similar role in Morgan Hill in 2006, eventually becoming city manager.

The City Council is expected to approve Rymer’s employment agreement Monday, when a timetable for his start date should be finalized.

Mark Brunswick


Airport awarded funds for runway improvement

Sky Harbor Airport in Duluth will receive $4.6 million to realign its runway for approaching traffic as part of $169.3 million in airport infrastructure grants announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Eighty-five airports in 35 states will receive funding through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program funds airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways and airport signage, lighting and markings.

Mark Brunswick

Fergus Falls

Buchanan named to lead Veterans Home

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has named Scott Buchanan administrator of the Minnesota State Veterans Home in Fergus Falls. He began his role at the 106-bed skilled-care facility last week.

Buchanan has more than six years of experience as a skilled nursing home administrator. He succeeds Jon Skillingstad, who retired in June after 20 years of service.

A native of Sioux Falls, S.D., Buchanan holds a degree in health care administration from the University of South Dakota.

Mark Brunswick

Fort Ripley Township

Errant training round discovered in driveway

Several U.S. Army departments are conducting an investigation into how a training round found its way onto private property near the Minnesota National Guard training facility at Camp Ripley near Little Falls.

Officials will determine whether a firing error or munition malfunction occurred. The inert round was discovered on private property in Fort Ripley Township, adjacent to the training facility, on July 23.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate after the round was found in a resident’s driveway. Deputies then called in a military Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit to remove it. No injuries were reported.

Mark Brunswick