Tweet, email lead to meeting violation allegation

A Rochester City Council member is accusing the Rochester School Board of violating the state's open meeting law.

Michael Wojcik claims a written school board complaint about a social media post of his was created outside official practices.

“The timing of this official document and the inclusion of a quorum of the body means that this business was conducted outside of a public meeting, either in a private meeting or a series of serial meetings,” he said. “Both are clearly illegal.”

Read the full story by Randy Petersen here.

Hagedorn gets corporate blowback from BLM comments

GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn visits with supporters during a gathering to mark the opening of their Rochester campaign office on Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn visits with supporters during a gathering to mark the opening of their Rochester campaign office on Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

One corporation has asked for its donation back and another has pledged to no longer give to GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn over comments he made last month, saying Black Lives Matter and its "army of rioters" were at war with America and "Western culture."

Tech company Intel this week asked the Hagedorn campaign to return the $4,000 it donated in 2018 and pledged to refrain from future campaign donations to the first-term congressman, according to news sources.

UnitedHealth Group has made a similar promise, saying it regrets its past contribution to his re-election campaign, which has amounted to $7,500, new sources say.

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Mayo cuts ties with health care sharing ministries

The Mayo Clinic's Gonda building Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in downtown Rochester.
The Mayo Clinic's Gonda building Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in downtown Rochester.

Mayo Clinic no longer participates with health care sharing ministries, leaving members of the insurance alternatives to seek care elsewhere or pay out of pocket and apply for reimbursement.

Medi-Share, among the largest health care sharing ministries in the country, sent emails to members announcing the change this month. The organization cautioned reimbursement may be “significantly less” than what was charged because of the loss of in-network discounts, according to the notice.

“We are disappointed the Mayo Clinic has decided that it will no longer accept payment from all health care sharing ministries, despite the strong relationship Medi-Share has built with Mayo over the last few years,” Karen Daniels, deputy medical director at Medi-Share, said in a statement July 24.

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McNeilus to halt mixer production in Dodge Center, cutting up to 235 jobs

McNeilus will be moving 235 of its cement truck manufacturing jobs out of Dodge Center, Minn. This is the McNeilus S series front discharge cement mixer powered by compressed natural gas. (Photo courtesy McNeilus)
McNeilus will be moving 235 of its cement truck manufacturing jobs out of Dodge Center, Minn. This is the McNeilus S series front discharge cement mixer powered by compressed natural gas. (Photo courtesy McNeilus)


Dodge Center’s largest employer is making some changes that will reduce its workforce by as many as 235 jobs.

Oshkosh Corp.'s McNeilus Truck subsidiary told employees on Thursday that the company’s longtime production of concrete mixers will end in Dodge Center.

McNeilus expects to retain more than 825 of its 1,060 employees, as the 145-acre Dodge Center complex will continue to produce refuse collection vehicles, as well as house the mixer research and development team.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

Mayor Norton to be on Good Morning America

Kim Norton
Kim Norton

Rochester Mayor Kim Norton will be on Good Morning America Tuesday morning.

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