Sherels to clean up Rochester with new business

Marcus Sherels, the Rochester man known for his years returning punts for the Minnesota Vikings, is now looking to clean up the Med City with a unique 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.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

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Developers set to unveil plan for new library, hotel and more

A proposal for the Rochester Public Library expansion moves the library to the block formerly occupied by the Post Bulletin with the main entry at Civic Center and East Center Street. The Library would double it's current size. Three other buildings a hotel, senior living complex and condos, would be built up from the library's third floor. (Contributed rendering)
A proposal for the Rochester Public Library expansion moves the library to the block formerly occupied by the Post Bulletin with the main entry at Civic Center and East Center Street. The Library would double it's current size. Three other buildings a hotel, senior living complex and condos, would be built up from the library's third floor. (Contributed rendering)

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.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

New COVID-19 cases in Olmsted County remain high

Officials hold a demonstration of the sample collection process for COVID-19 testing at the Graham Park Collaborative Collection Testing Site before opening for the day in an effort to help explain the process Tuesday morning, Aug. 4, 2020, in Rochester. The site is a collaboration between Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and Olmsted County. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Officials hold a demonstration of the sample collection process for COVID-19 testing at the Graham Park Collaborative Collection Testing Site before opening for the day in an effort to help explain the process Tuesday morning, Aug. 4, 2020, in Rochester. The site is a collaboration between Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and Olmsted County. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

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.

Read the full story by John Molseed here.

Minnesota cracking down on garage venison processors

Forum News Service file photo
Forum News Service file photo

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.

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They played in 1 game for the Vikings. That was it for a career.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Isaac Fruechte during training camp at Minnesota State University in July 2017 . Fruechte is now the offensive coordinator at Northern State, a Division II school in Aberdeen, S.D. Brad Rempe / USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Isaac Fruechte during training camp at Minnesota State University in July 2017 . Fruechte is now the offensive coordinator at Northern State, a Division II school in Aberdeen, S.D. Brad Rempe / USA TODAY Sports

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.

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