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Heard on the Street: Longtime Rochester travel firm changes hands

An almost 38-year-old Rochester travel firm now is under new ownership as its founder eases her daily workload.

Co-founder Judy Strunksold Adler's Rochester Travelto Marcy Jacobson, who has been with the firm for 22 years. While Jacobson now is in charge, Strunk intends to stay on staff and continue to help out.

"I'm ready to turn over the reins, but I'm not ready to completely stop working," said Strunk of her semi-retirement.

She started the travel business with her ex-husband, Hank Strunk,and Alfred Adlerin April 1978. While the travel industry has changed dramatically in recent years, she said people still like to have them book vacations, cruises and corporate trips.

"A lot of people just don't like the hassle of doing it themselves," said Strunk. "We've had a lot of people leave and do it themselves only to come back later because they didn't like the hassle."


With many baby boomers retiring, she said the demand for leisure travel and cruises is on the rise.

Biz buzz

The word is that a national doughnut shop chain has set its sights on Rochester for its first Minnesota locations.

A local franchisee is shopping for plum real estate, but nothing has been locked in yet. This project is very similar to

Dunkin' Donuts

opening here in 2014 as the first salvo of its return to Minnesota.

However, this chain never has been seen in the Midwest, though it is popular in other areas of the country.

If this deal becomes a reality, the signs for this quirky chain will add a new wrinkle to the Rochester pastry and coffee landscape.

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