Rochester City Council approves mask mandate

A two-month face-mask mandate in Rochester starts Wednesday.

The Rochester City Council voted 6-1 to support the mandate signed Monday by Mayor Kim Norton, with Council President Randy Staver voting against the order.

“We’ve really worked to hit the sweet spot here, where we are not too punitive but we’re telling the community this needs to happen,” Norton said.

Read the full story by Randy Petersen here.

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Sale of dairy plant site falls through, demolition to follow

Associated Milk Producers announced Nov. 1 that it is ceasing operations in Rochester, resulting in the loss of 75 jobs. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Associated Milk Producers announced Nov. 1 that it is ceasing operations in Rochester, resulting in the loss of 75 jobs. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

After a Med City developer ended a plan to purchase a 73-year-old dairy processing plant, AMPI has decided to demolish the facility.

Titan Development & Investments recently terminated a purchase agreement to buy the Associated Milk Producers Inc. property at 700 First Ave. SE, according to George Bayrd of Rochester's Hamilton Real Estate.

Bayrd, who is the listing agent for the property, said Andy Chafoulias’ Titan withdrew from the deal last week. With Titan stepping away from the purchase, Bayrd said the more than 13-acre property near downtown and the Zumbro River is now on the market again.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

'It just felt right': Inside Will Tschetter's decision to commit to Michigan

Stewartville's Will Tschetter (42) takes a shot over Caledonia's Noah King during the Section 1AA boys basketball championship game on March 12. (Post Bulletin file photo by Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Stewartville's Will Tschetter (42) takes a shot over Caledonia's Noah King during the Section 1AA boys basketball championship game on March 12. (Post Bulletin file photo by Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

Will Tschetter made history on Monday when he announced that he will play college basketball at Michigan.

Tschetter will be the first Stewartville graduate to play Big Ten basketball.

But he might have also made a small mistake.

Read the full story by Isaac Trotter here.

Rochester attorney suspended for 90 days

A Rochester attorney was ordered suspended for 90 days after he was found to have failed to remain current on tax obligations and meet the terms of his probation.

The Minnesota Supreme Court ordered on July 1 that attorney Daniel J. Moulton be suspended for 90 days with a requirement to petition for reinstatement.

The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action against Moulton alleging that he had violated the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct by failing to file and pay his taxes and failing to affirmatively report his tax compliance as required by the terms of his probation, according to the Supreme Court decision.

Downtown Rochester bar closed due to COVID-19 worries

Patrons sit at the bar on St. Patrick's Day Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Dooley's Pub in downtown Rochester. Dooley's closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's order that coffee shops, breweries and restaurants all close to dine-in guests through March 27 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.(Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Patrons sit at the bar on St. Patrick's Day Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Dooley's Pub in downtown Rochester. Dooley's closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's order that coffee shops, breweries and restaurants all close to dine-in guests through March 27 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.(Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

A downtown Rochester bar -- Dooley’s Pub -- closed its doors on the Fourth of July because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Dooley’s owner Tory Runkle explained the closure Monday.

"I made the decision to close, because I heard a lot of other bars had spikes. I did not want to be part of problem, that’s why I decided to close down," he said standing in front of his bar. "We did have two confirmed cases (among his employees) at the time I decided to close."

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.