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Rochester, MN, United States

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Mayo Clinic announces staff raises equal to 2020

Mayo Clinic employees were notified of an annual salary increase of 2% for 2022 with a 2.75 multiplier this week. That is the same as Mayo Clinic provided in pre-pandemic 2020. Other organizations are offering raises of more than 3% because of staff shortages and inflations, according to business survey. → Read More

Mayo Clinic reports revenue growth throughout the pandemic

Mayo Clinic's revenue for the third quarter of 2021 was $4.01 billion, 18.2 percent higher than $3.39 billion the same pre-pandemic quarter in 2019. Revenue in the third quarter of 2020 was $3.53 billion, reported Mayo Clinic at the annual JP Morgan Health Care Conference last week. → Read More

New owner buys Rochester's Hue apartments for $14 million

The Hue apartments at 33 Fourth St. SW were purchased by Mora, Minn.-based Gorham Housing Partners III, LLP on Dec, 29. Gorham paid a $3.6 million down payment. The 50-unit complex stands on the former site of Gallery 24/The Creative Salon next to 318 Commons. → Read More

Long-anticipated Rochester noodle shop to open soon

After months of work, First Meeting -- Chinese Fresh Hand-Pulled Noodles is scheduled to open in Suite 2 at 793 16th St. SW, between Buffalo Wild Wings and Associated Bank. That's the Mayowood Commons retail center which was purchased for $5.53 million on Dec. 23 by the unimaginatively named 793 16th Street Rochester LLC. → Read More

Omicron surge causing dire staff shortages at Mayo Clinic, other health care facilities

Thousands of health care workers are out of work because they have COVID, they are taking care of somebody who has COVID or they are in quarantine. That means the already difficult staffing issues are becoming critical as the number of COVID cases spike. → Read More

Grilled sub sandwich restaurant tees up at Soldiers Field Golf Course

Townies Grill’d Philly Subs started cooking at 244 Soldier Field Drive SW in the Soldiers Field Golf Course Clubhouse last week. The soft launch is expected to evolve into a full opening by early February. “Townies makes more of a hybrid hot sandwich. Our subs are like a cousin to cheesesteaks," said owner Cody Livingood. → Read More

New Stewartville apartment complex sold for $10.5 million

Stewartville Flats LLC bought Flats 55 at 1501 11th Ave. NW in Stewartville on Dec. 31. The Eau Claire, Wis.-based firm, led by Matt Onofrio, made a downpayment of $1.88 million as part of the transaction. → Read More

New owners are at the tiller of Wabasha marina in the wake of $4.9 million deal

Ben and Jennifer Millemon of Meridian, Idaho purchased the Wabasha Marina & Boatyard at 1009 Main Street in Wabasha for $4.9 million on Dec. 17. → Read More

National custom exterior design firm plans to open a new Med City office

New Hudson Facades, which has locations in New York City, Chicago and Mendota Heights, Minn., is building a satellite office in Rochester’s Valley High Business Center II at 3425 40th Ave NW. → Read More

Two Rochester buildings were sold for a combined $10.88 million in late December

In separate sales, two southwest properties sold for $5.53 million and $5.35 million. → Read More

Mayo Clinic says 'nearly 99%' of employees are vaccinated or exempt

“While final numbers are still not available, nearly 99% of staff across all Mayo Clinic locations have complied with the required vaccination program, meaning they have been vaccinated or have received medical or religious exemptions,” Mayo Clinic spokesperson Kelley Luckstein said in a statement. “This means that approximately 1% of staff across all locations will be released from employment… → Read More

As one Italian restaurant closes in Rochester, a new pizzeria opens

Fazoli's Italian Restaurant on the east frontage road of U.S. 52 North closed its doors recently. On the positive side of Rochester’s restaurant ledger, Carbone’s Pizzeria, a legendary name in pizza from St. Paul, opened a new Med City location at 2723 Commerce Drive NW on Jan. 1. → Read More

Mayo Clinic still giving staff COVID shots on final day before deadline

Mayo Clinic is still vaccinating employees against COVID-19 on the deadline to get the shot, be exempted for religious reasons or be "released from employment." → Read More

Rochester sports technology firm's playbook maps out doubling its team in 2022 with a $1 million investment

The new year looks to be a big for GoRout, a Rochester sports technology firm. Fueled by an $1 million investment, founder and CEO Mike Rolih plans for his team to double in size and to expand its reach into more sports and into more countries. → Read More

More Med City storage units to open soon in northwest Rochester

Owner Brian Rehnelt hopes to open Rochester Storage’s newest and largest location at 3554 Ninth St. NW in early January. The family-owned company is just wrapping up the final touches on the construction of seven buildings with a total of 222 units of various sizes. → Read More

New Miracle Mile studio is picture perfect for Med City photographer

Catharine Bliss started December with a new address for Bliss Photography. She recently moved into a commercial studio space at 1604 First St. NW in Rochester’s Miracle Mile Shopping Center. “The location is fantastic for me. For a long time, I've wanted to be in that complex with ABC Toy Zone, Code Ninjas, and Sylvan Learning… There are a lot of complementary businesses,” she said. → Read More

A new Med City eatery is serving up an authentic taste of Thailand

Jamphen Seeley, who goes by Pen, recently opened Thai Garden in downtown Rochester's First Avenue Food Court in the skyway level of 100 First Avenue SW. Working with her husband, Michael Seeley, and a staffer, she runs the small shop near the food court entrance. That means offering a daily rotating menu that includes classic Thai dishes such as Pad Thai Shrimp and Panang Curry Pork. → Read More

Crooked Pint and Green Mill to return to Rochester soon

The Crooked Pint and the Green Mill are on their way back to the Med City market after both closed in northwest Rochester. The brands are checking into Rochester Ramada by Wyndham hotel at 1625 S. Broadway. Recent building permits for new neon signs signal that the reappearance of the both in Rochester market should be soon. → Read More

Med City commercial center on North Broadway sold for $1 million

The more than 8,000-square-foot building and the adjacent 3,000-square-foot warehouse at 2410 N. Broadway in Rochester were purchased by SMB Properties, which owns SMB Disability Solutions. SMB provides housing and services for adults and youth with special needs. The property, which is 100 percent leased, is occupied by Allegra Marketing and Canine Refined -- Grooming by Katrina. → Read More

New Med City child care center to open in south Rochester

Director Brittany Heimer expects Kindergrove Early Learning Center to open its doors in Rochester at 2130 Broadway S. on Dec. 13. → Read More