The Salvation Army's Social Services Center is open to the public as a cooling center during these hot temperatures.

This building is at 115 First Ave. NE in Rochester from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when temperatures are at their peak. Cold water bottles are available, in addition to public restrooms, and an air conditioned day center. The space is open to as many as 150 people at a time, all are welcome to take part in the daily meal The Salvation Army serves from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“In the winter time, we worry about people being exposed to long periods of cold, but heat can be just as dangerous,” said Major Lisa Mueller, Corps Officer of the Rochester Salvation Army, in a news release. “If people have nowhere to go, they can suffer from heat stroke, sun burns and dehydration.”

For more information about the cooling center or other Salvation Army services, call 507-288-3663.

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