Rochester City Council agrees to reopen Silver Lake pool

Approval of a plan to fund another year of operations at the Silver Lake Park pool came with an added challenge Monday.

The Rochester City Council unanimously approved spending $45,000 from its contingency funds for operations, while instructing the city’s Park Board to redirect $50,000 in improvement funds for needed repairs for startup.

“I think there’s a way here to use a couple funding options to make this manageable,” said council member Nick Campion.

Read the full story by Randy Petersen here.

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'It's pretty special': How a flash-mob proposal came to be in downtown Rochester

Michael (Mack) Jackson and his fiancée Molly Giehtbrock pose for a portrait on Monday, May 3, 2021, at the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester. The couple became engaged on Sunday with a Flash Mob Proposal. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Michael (Mack) Jackson and his fiancée Molly Giehtbrock pose for a portrait on Monday, May 3, 2021, at the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester. The couple became engaged on Sunday with a Flash Mob Proposal. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Molly Giehtbrock had her suspicions throughout the day.

Her normally easygoing boyfriend, Michael Jackson, 34, seemed to be on a schedule Saturday, May 1, with her. Giehtbrock, 29, went garage sale shopping with her sister in Chatfield (Jackson’s idea), and he continued checking in on her to see when she would be home.

“He was being very particular about what time I should be home by, which is not something he would typically do,” Giehtbrock said. “I was like, ‘What is wrong, man? What are you doing? I’ll be home when I get home.’”

Read the full story by Erich Fisher here.


Matthew Hurt got his job done at Duke; the NBA is next

Duke forward Matthew Hurt (21) dunks against Wofford during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 19, 2019. (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke forward Matthew Hurt (21) dunks against Wofford during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 19, 2019. (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Last summer was family time for Matthew Hurt.

The former Rochester John Marshall and Duke basketball star will reflect on it as some of the best days of his life.

He’ll also recall it as having taken him from “there” to “here.”

Read the full story by Pat Ruff here.


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Biden pushes 17 years of free school, asks companies and wealthy to pay 'fair share'

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit Yorktown Elementary School in Yorktown, Virginia, U.S. May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit Yorktown Elementary School in Yorktown, Virginia, U.S. May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Joe Biden on Monday called on wealthy Americans and corporations to pay their "fair share" to fund free community college and other benefits for workers as he promoted his sweeping jobs and safety-net plans in Virginia.

Speaking at Tidewater Community College in the port city of Norfolk, Biden said his proposed expansion of the U.S. public education system would rebalance the economy and benefit lower-income Americans.

The United States could provide two free years of post-secondary education by raising the top income tax rate to the level it was in 2001, Biden said. He has proposed increasing the top marginal rate for the wealthiest Americans to 39.6% from 37%.

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For playoff-bound Wild, creativity is encouraged, as long as it’s done responsibly

The Minnesota Wild bench congratulate Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) on scoring the game tying goal as the third period drew to a close sending the game to overtime at Xcel Energy Center Saturday, May 1, 2021. Matt Blewett / USA TODAY Sports
The Minnesota Wild bench congratulate Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) on scoring the game tying goal as the third period drew to a close sending the game to overtime at Xcel Energy Center Saturday, May 1, 2021. Matt Blewett / USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Fiala’s move in Saturday’s overtime win was a thing of beauty. He collected a puck in the neutral and singlehandedly started the rush by skillfully passing behind the back to himself. He finished the sequence with a laser to lift the Wild to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Talking about the move a couple of days later, Wild coach Dean Evason was most appreciative of the fact that Fiala stayed responsible with the puck. While the move itself was flashy on the surface, a closer look shows that Fiala gave himself some margin for error.

He didn’t try to beat a guy one-on-one in the neutral zone. He simply pushed the puck ahead with open ice in front of him.

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