Sherels to clean up Rochester with new business
Sherels, a John Marshall grad who went on to play football at the University of Minnesota before having a standout career with the Vikings from 2010-19, is partnering with Hamza Muridi to bring The Bin Cleaners to Rochester’s streets in mid-November.
The concept is that while trash bins are emptied every week by haulers, those containers are rarely cleaned. That leads to smelly, dirty receptacles outside of homes and businesses that attract pests and are rife with bacteria and contaminants.
Developers set to unveil plan for new library, hotel and more
A proposal to build a new 150,000-square-foot library building, a convention hotel, a 17-story senior living tower and condominium complex on the former Post Bulletin site will be unveiled next week.
The public-private partnership plan will be presented to the Library Board on Wednesday. Library Director Audrey Betcher and city officials have already viewed it.
Rochester developer Dan Penz and a group of local investors have been working on the proposal for more than a year.
New COVID-19 cases in Olmsted County remain high
Olmsted County is following the statewide trend as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to surge across Minnesota.
As of Thursday, Olmsted County had 178 active COVID-19 cases. The rolling seven-day average of new daily cases in the county rose to 28.4 per day as of Monday. The rate had fallen slightly since reaching a high of more than 31 new cases per day Sept. 29.
That puts the county at a daily incidence of 24.2 cases per 100,000 residents, above the state's recommended threshold for in-person learning for all K-12 students.
Minnesota cracking down on garage venison processors
As Minnesota meat lockers increasingly tell hunters they won’t process their venison carcass, hunters have had a fallback: The garage guys.
These are the guys who set aside a week or more during hunting season to cut up deer for hunters for a fee, generally in their garages or shops.
It’s extra cash for them, and helps out hunters who might not have time or the tools or the skills to skin and butcher their own venison.
They played in 1 game for the Vikings. That was it for a career.
When Rick Bayless was a running back at Forest Lake High School in the early 1980s, his head coach was Mike Grant. That was pretty cool considering Grant’s father is legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant.
Bayless’ ties to Mike Grant, now the coach at Eden Prairie High School, gave him the chance to visit the Vikings’ practice facility on several occasions. That only fueled his desire to one day play for them.
“It was kind of like a childhood dream,’’ Bayless said.