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Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. recently announced the hiring of Kirk Bustrom as director of economic development. Bustrom will “lead negotiations on business partnerships for commercial and industrial business development and oversee aspects of the financial elements of RAEDI’s mission including the creation of funding initiatives for new and existing business.”
The Anytime Fitness opened at 4181 31st Ave. NW this week. Owner Matt Jewison built the 7,360-square-foot building on open land, behind an O’Reilly Auto Parts store and across 31st Avenue from Mayo Clinic’s 41st Street Campus.
Three Rochester start-ups took first place in their divisions to become semi-finalists in Minnesota’s most popular business competition, the MN Cup. Canomiks won in the Food/Ag/Bev division, Shrpa took the High-Tech division, and Nanodropper was number one in the Student division.
First Alliance Credit Union, which has three Rochester branches and ones in Byron and Stewartville, recently took over a branch at 201 N. Eighth St., Lake City.

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Think President Jenny Hosfeld will add the title of CEO on Jan. 1, when she takes over from Paul Mackin.
Readers can vote once a day per email address for their favorite businesses, ranging from dentists to restaurants to jewelry stores. Votes can be posted for candidates in 95 subcategories under seven categories including Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Home & Lifestyle, Money & Finance, Shopping & Services and Wheels & Motors.
Lee Aase has signed on “in a counsel role” with Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, one of Nashville, Tenn.’s largest public relations firms. His addition to the Jarrard team was announced on Tuesday, the same day Aase retired from Mayo Clinic. He was the leader of Mayo Clinic's first ventures into the world of social media.
As a very early step in the process, a building permit was filed this week for the “construction of a memorial clock tower” at 521 S. Broadway. The plan is to build the brick tower near the Rochester Fire Department station at the intersection of Sixth Street and South Broadway. The hope is to break ground for the tower in October.
The Kerry Biofunctional Ingredients facility at 2402 Seventh St. NW was fined $28,170 for multiple industrial wastewater violations between 2018 and 2020. In addition to paying the penalty, the company is required to correct its procedures. It is developing a new sampling analysis and field calibration plan. Kerry is also required to apply for stormwater permit coverage where it is lacking.
The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2021 member celebration at the Mayo Civic Center on Thursday. It marked the return of live networking events. The almost 400 business leaders met, talked, ate, and even shook hands for the first time in more than a year.

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Gray Television, which purchased KTTC-TV earlier this year as part of a $925 million deal, announced Monday that it is acquiring 17 stations from Meredith Corp. The largest stations are in Atlanta, Phoenix, Nashville and Portland.
Attorney Christopher White recently joined the firm of Godwin Dold. White previously worked for the Rochester City Attorney’s Office for about six years.
Rochester-based Think Bank recently announced that a St. Paul branch as well as a location on the Rochester Technology Campus, formerly the IBM campus, will remain closed permanently. Think’s other eight branches – five in Rochester and one each in Apple Valley, Eagan and Edina – re-opened in June.

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