Rochester, Minnesota

Rochester is a city founded in 1854 in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County located on the Zumbro River's south fork in Southeast Minnesota. It is Minnesota's third-largest city and the largest city located outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2015, the Rochester metropolitan area has a population of 215,884.[9] According to the 2010 United States Census the city has a population of 106,769.[10] The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the 2017 population was 115,733.[11] It is the home of the Mayo Clinic and formerly, one of IBM's largest facilities. The city has long been rated as one of the best places to live in the United States by multiple publications such as Money.[12][13]

Rochester, Minnesota
City of Rochester
Downtown Rochester featuring the Plummer Building.
Downtown Rochester featuring the Plummer Building.
Flag of Rochester, Minnesota
Official seal of Rochester, Minnesota
"Med City"
America's City of Care and Innovation [1]
Location of the city of Rochester within Olmsted County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Rochester
within Olmsted County, Minnesota
Rochester, Minnesota is located in the United States
Rochester, Minnesota
Rochester, Minnesota
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°1′24.24″N 92°27′46.62″W / 44.0234000°N 92.4629500°WCoordinates: 44°1′24.24″N 92°27′46.62″W / 44.0234000°N 92.4629500°W
CountryUnited States
 • MayorKim Norton[2] (I)
 • City55.48 sq mi (143.70 km2)
 • Land55.20 sq mi (142.95 km2)
 • Water0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)  0.29%
1,030 ft (401.4 m)
 • City106,769
 • Estimate 
 • RankUS: 244th MN: 3rd
 • Density2,096.80/sq mi (809.59/km2)
 • Urban
107,677 (US: 288th)
 • Metro
218,280[4] (US: 204th)
 • CSA
257,846 [5]
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
55901, 55902, 55903, 55904, 55905, 55906
Area code(s)507
FIPS code27-54880
GNIS feature ID0650180[8]


The area developed as a stagecoach stop between Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Dubuque, Iowa. When the Winona and St Peter Railroad initiated service in October 1864, it brought new residents and business opportunities further spurring growth and expansion. In 1863, Dr. William W. Mayo arrived as the examining surgeon for Union draftees in the Civil War. The community was founded by George Head and his wife Henrietta, who thought that the falls on the Zumbro River were similar to those near their old home in Rochester, New York. Rochester celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2004.

St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary's Hospital (1910)

On August 21, 1883, the Great Tornado demolished much of Rochester, leaving 37 dead and approximately 200 injured. As there was no medical facility in the immediate area at the time, Dr. Mayo and his two sons worked together to care for the wounded. Donations of US$60,000 (US$1,567,054 in 2016 accounting for inflation) were collected and the Sisters of St. Francis, assisted by Mayo, opened a new facility named St. Marys Hospital in 1889.[14]

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo practice grew and is today among the largest and most well-respected medical facilities in the world. Many notable people from around the world, including former Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, have visited Rochester as patients of the Mayo Clinic. Rochester has also been hit by two F4 tornadoes since 1950 (the first on May 10, 1953, and the other on September 16, 1962).[15]


The Zumbro River through Downtown Rochester

Rochester lies alongside the South Fork of the Zumbro River which is 57.6 miles long[16] and is ringed by gentle hills and largely surrounded by farmland within a deciduous forest biome. The Zumbro Watershed flows through 1,422 square miles[17] of agricultural and urban lands. Located in southeast Minnesota, the City of Rochester falls within the Driftless Area: the only region in North America that was never glaciated and contains deeply-carved river valleys. The rugged terrain is due both to the lack of glacial deposits, or drift, and to the incision of the upper Mississippi River and its tributaries into bedrock. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 54.75 square miles (141.80 km2), of which 54.59 square miles (141.39 km2) of it is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.[18] The city is located 85 miles (137 km) southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul.[19]

Rochester is in Olmsted County, one of only four counties in Minnesota without a natural lake. Artificial lakes exist in the area, including Silver Lake, a dammed portion of the South Fork Zumbro River just below the convergence with Silver Creek near the city center. Silver Lake was once used as a cooling pond when the coal-burning power plant was operated by Rochester Public Utilities at the lake. When operational, the RPU coal plant's heated water output prevented the lake from generally freezing over during the winter months; attracting large numbers of migrating giant Canada geese.

Rochester has an extensive parks system, the largest of which are Silver Lake and Soldiers Field in the central part of the city. A major flood in 1978 led the city to embark on an expensive and successful flood-control project that involved altering many nearby rivers and streams. The Zumbro river flowing through the center of the city is presently being readdressed for increased development and use as part of city planning in conjunction with funding from the Destination Medical Center project.

Westward View of Downtown Rochester from Quarry Hill Park (2010).
Westward View of Downtown Rochester from Quarry Hill Park (2010).


Rochester features a humid continental climate (Dfa/Dfb), with hot summers and very cold winters. The city features four distinct seasons. Rochester sees on average 30 inches (760 mm) of rainfall and 48 inches (120 cm) of snowfall per year. Significant snow accumulation is common during the winter months. Spring and fall are transitional seasons, with a general warming trend during the spring and a general cooling trend during the fall. However, it is not uncommon to see some snowfall during the early months of spring and the later months of fall. Rochester is the second windiest city in the United States, with wind speeds averaging 12.6 mph. January to April are the windiest months on average, according to The Weather Channel.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2017115,733[7]8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[23]
2016 Estimate[24]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 106,769 people, 43,025 households, and 26,853 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,955.8 inhabitants per square mile (755.1/km2). There were 45,683 housing units at an average density of 836.8 per square mile (323.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.0% White, 6.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 6.8% Asian (1.3% Indian, 1.2% Cambodian, 1.0% Chinese, 0.9% Vietnamese, 0.6% Laotian, 0.4% Korean, 0.4% Filipino, 0.2% Hmong, 0.1% Japanese, 0.1% Thai, 0.1% Pakistani), 2.0% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.2% of the population (3.7% Mexican, 1.3% Puerto Rican, 2.0% Other).

In terms of ancestry, the 2005–2007 American Community Survey found German Americans to be the largest single ethnic group in Rochester, making up 35.5% of the city's population. Norwegian Americans made up 15.9%, while Irish Americans contributed to 11.6% of the city's populace. English Americans made up 8.2% of the population and Swedish Americans were 5.0% of the city's population. In the mid-1980s Rochester had fewer than 40 Hmong persons.[19] The 1990 United States Census counted 200 Hmong persons in Rochester. This increased to 300 by 1998. Cathleen Jo Faruque, author of "Migration of Hmong to Rochester, Minnesota: Life in the Midwest," wrote in 2003 that there was "every indication that this trend will continue".[25]

There were 43,025 households of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.6% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 35 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

As of the 2011-2015 American Community Survey, the median household income was $68,023.[26]


Rochester is governed by a mayor-council government with a seven-member city council.[27] The current mayor is Kim Norton.[28] As of January 2019[29], the city council comprises: Randy Staver, City Council President; Patrick Keane, 1st Ward; Michael Wojcik, 2nd Ward; Nick Campion, 3rd Ward; Mark Bilderback, 4th Ward; Shaun Palmer, 5th Ward; and Annalissa Johnson, 6th Ward.[30]

Old City Hall

Rochester is the seat of Olmsted County, run by a seven-member elected county board, each representing district residents.[31] The County Board of Commissioners oversee county operations and address citizen concerns. When a commissioner is elected, they are elected to serve a 4-year term. When that term ends, the commissioner can run for re-election if they so desire. The County Attorney and the County Sheriff are also elected to 4-year terms and can run for re-election when the term expires if they choose. Each of these elected officials acts as the director for his/her office, and are accountable to the residents of Olmsted County.[32]

Government Center Building

Rochester falls under the Olmsted County District Court within the Third Judicial District of the State of Minnesota.[33]

The city includes parts of Minnesota state legislative districts 25 and 26.[34] In the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 25A is represented by Duane Quam (R), District 25B is represented by Duane Sauke (DFL), District 26A is represented by Tina Liebling (DFL), and District 26B is represented by Nels Pierson (R). In the Minnesota Senate, Rochester is represented by Dave Senjem and Carla Nelson, both Republicans. Rochester is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Jim Hagedorn, a member of the Republican Party.


Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
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Courtyard and greenhouse of John Marshall Senior High School

Rochester Public Schools enroll 16,300 students in 23 public primary and secondary schools.[35] The city is divided into three public high school attendance zones: John Marshall, Mayo and Century. Private schools in the city include Lourdes, Schaeffer Academy, and Rochester Central Lutheran School amongst various smaller private religious schools. Studio Academy, a fine arts-focused charter school operated for 10 years in Rochester and closed its doors in 2011 upon losing its charter.[36][37] The Rochester STEM Academy opened in 2011, occupying the former Studio Academy building.

Higher education in Rochester had been concentrated around the former University Center Rochester in the city's southeast outskirts, where Rochester Community and Technical College shares a campus with a branch of Winona State University.[38] The University of Minnesota offered degrees through UCR until 2007, when the University of Minnesota Rochester was established downtown finally establishing the presence of major university in the city somewhat in hand with the development comprehensive city planning and investment under the Destination Medical Center project.[39] Rochester is also home to branches of Cardinal Stritch University and the Minnesota School of Business. Branches of Augsburg University and College of St. Scholastica are also in Rochester, as are branches of Winona State University and St. Mary's University. The Mayo Clinic offers graduate medical education and research programs through the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

According to the United States Census Bureau 2011-2015, the number of high school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+ was 94.1%. The number of bachelor's degree or higher percent of persons age 25+ was 41.3%.[26]


Mayo Clinic forms the core of Rochester's economy. As of 2016, it employs 34,180 people and draws more than 2 million visitors annually.[40] The clinic's many facilities, along with hotels, restaurants and retail stores, comprise nearly all of the city's downtown. Excluding the state government, Mayo Clinic is the largest employer in Minnesota.[41] Other care providers, including the Rochester Federal Medical Center, are significant employers.

IBM's Rochester campus is one of the company's most important R&D and manufacturing centers. It has produced the System i series,[42] been home to the first Blue Gene prototype, and contributed the servers for Roadrunner.[43] Seven employees at the Rochester IBM campus created IBM Employees Credit Union, which is now Think Mutual Bank, a chain of banks in the Rochester and Twin Cities metropolitan areas.

The economy of Rochester is also influenced by the agricultural nature of the region. There are multiple dairy producers such as Kemps that are active in the area. In addition, Kerry Flavours and Ingredients, a subsidiary of the global Irish company called Kerry Group, maintains a production plant in Rochester that specializes in fermented ingredients, found in breads, meats and other processed foods.

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Gonda Building, Mayo Clinic
No. Employer No. of Employees
1 Mayo Clinic 34,660
2 IBM 2,791 [44]
3 Rochester Public Schools 2,727
4 City of Rochester 1,291
5 Olmsted County 1,279
6 Olmsted Medical Center 1,249
7 McNeilus Truck & Manuf. 1,214
8 Charter Communications 902
9 Kahler Hotels 680
10 Crenlo 600
11 Benchmark Electronics 562
12 Rochester Community and Technical College 500
13 Federal Medical Center, Rochester 450
14 Reichel Foods 450

Destination Medical Center

In 2013, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill known as Destination Medical Center (DMC). It will also increase Mayo Clinic's tax base, business and economic growth throughout the state of Minnesota.[45] Because of this legislation, The Mayo Clinic will invest in $3.5 billion to upgrade patient rooms, add additional work space, and build research and administrative buildings.[46]

The main developments of this plan will be in the DMC sub-districts. The Downtown Waterfront district will cover The Government Center, The Civic Center, and most areas near the Zumbro River. The Central Station district includes Central Park and most of Civic Center Drive, aimed to become a transportation hub of the city. St. Marys Place will cover St. Marys hospital and St. Marys Park, as well as most of 2nd Street. The Heart of the City will feature the Mayo Clinic campus and major residential, commercial, and retail companies. The Discovery Square area will include scientific and technology research facilities. Lastly, The UMR and Recreation district will feature Soldier's Field and the University of Minnesota Rochester campus.[47]

Arts and culture

A number of Rochester buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the historic Chateau Theatre, which in 2015 was bought by the city for preservation,[48] and Avalon Music, formerly a hotel important in the local civil rights movement.

The Rochester Art Center is located downtown, just south of the Mayo Civic Center.

In the summer from June to the end of August, every Thursday the city puts on Thursdays on First[49] where local restaurants and artists can set up booths all along First Avenue downtown Rochester. There are two stages where bands perform and provide entertainment. There are also a number of street musicians sitting on walls or standing on the sidewalks.

The oldest cultural arts institution in the community, Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale was founded in 1919 as a professional performing arts organization called the Rochester Orchestra. Its earliest ensemble — the Lawler-Dodge Orchestra — was founded in 1912 as a volunteer orchestra, driven by Daisy Plummer, wife of world-famous Mayo Clinic physician, Dr. Henry Plummer, and directed by Harold Cooke. In early years, the Orchestra appeared in the former Chateau Theatre where they performed background music for silent movies.

Parks and recreation

Rochester has an extensive network of bike and pedestrian paths.
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Lake Pepin Golf Club North of Rochester

Minnesota has one of the most extensive state park systems in the nation. Seventy-two state parks are used year-round for hunting, camping, and hiking. In addition, Minnesota has more miles of bike trails than any other state, and a growing network of hiking trails.[50] Likewise, Rochester's city park system is large, with more than 100 sites covering 5 square miles (13 km2). The city also maintains 85 miles (137 km) of paved trails[51] in addition to state trails such as the Douglas State Trail. The nearest state park is Whitewater State Park.

In addition, Rochester has provided educational and recreation opportunities through Quarry Hill Nature Center, a cooperative effort between the Rochester Parks & Recreation Department, Rochester Public School District and Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center. Quarry Hill Park was originally a part of the former Rochester State Hospital farm and was purchased from the state by the City of Rochester in 1965. The Nature Center opened in 1973 as a cooperative effort between the Rochester Park Department and the Rochester Public School District. In September 1990, work was completed on a major addition to the existing nature center, effectively tripling the main floor area and enabling Quarry Hill to meet the increasing needs of both the general public and school. Additional facilities were completed in 2017 in addition to nordic skiing trails in 2014. These facilities include new educational facilities and a 19th-century prairie style home while guests can rent skis and snow shoes on site to enjoy the trails in winter.[52]

Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo located on the Zumbro River in nearby Byron, Minnesota, offers hiking, camping, fishing, and extensive trails in addition to the Zollman Zoo which houses over 30 species of animals, most of which have injuries that would prevent them from surviving in the wild. All of the animals are native to Minnesota. The zoo is named after Dr. Paul E. Zollman. The most popular animals include a wolf, bald eagle, white-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcat, river otters, bison and a cougar. The zoo is open year-round.[53]

The city also maintains four public golf courses: Northern Hills, Eastwood Golf Club, Hadley Creek (9 holes), and Soldiers Field Golf Course located downtown.[54] In addition, a number of private courses are located in the Rochester area, including Willow Creek Golf Club, Oak Summit Golf Club, Maple Valley Golf Club, Somerby Golf Club, and the Rochester Golf and Country Club along with a number of courses in smaller surrounding communities. Minnesota has one of the highest number of golf courses per capita in the country,[55] generally found to be of much higher quality than public courses located in the Northeast and elsewhere.[56] Extensive fishing is available in the area,[57] including high quality trout runs.[58][59]

Quarry Hill Oak Savana (2016).
Quarry Hill Oak Savana (2016).


The city newspaper is the Post-Bulletin, an afternoon paper which publishes Monday through Saturday. The Post-Bulletin company also publishes Rochester Magazine, a monthly features periodical.[60][61]

There are three television stations based in Rochester: KTTC channel 10.1 (NBC), KTTC-(CW) channel 10.2, and KXLT-TV channel 47 (Fox) are a duopoly. The stations share studios as part of a special agreement between Quincy Newspapers and Segamorehill Broadcasting. ABC affiliate KAAL is also based in southwest Rochester. KIMT channel 3 (CBS) in Mason City, Iowa, channel 15 KSMQ (PBS) in Austin and channel 24 KYIN (PBS) in Mason City are among the stations that serve the market. KAAL is licensed to Austin, but has a studio in Rochester.

The Rochester area is provided cable service by Charter Communications, which holds monopoly in the area.


Rochester is served by three U.S. highways (U.S. 14, U.S. 52, and U.S. 63), and the southern edge of Rochester is skirted by Interstate Highway 90 and State Highway 30. Olmsted County Highway 22 is also a main highway in the city because it circles most of Rochester. A combination of skyways and subterranean walkways, subways, link most downtown buildings, which residents often use to avoid harsh winter weather conditions. Public bus transit is run by Rochester Public Transit. Its operations are carried out by First Transit.

Rochester International Airport is located seven miles south of downtown. The airport is the second busiest commercial airport in Minnesota [62] It has direct flights to Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Beginning in July 2018, service to St. Augustine, Florida and Phoenix will be provided by Elite Airways.[63]

Rochester has a shuttle service connecting to the Minneapolis St. Paul International airport by Rochester Shuttle Service and Groome Transportation (formerly Go Rochester Direct).

A proposed Twin Cities-Rochester rail link has been the subject of a series of studies since the late 1980s. Rochester previously had service to Chicago to the southeast and to Rapid City, South Dakota, to the west until the Chicago and North Western Railway's Rochester 400 streamliner ended service in 1963.

Major highways


Team League Venue
Rochester Honkers Northwoods League, Baseball Mayo Field
Rochester Grizzlies NA3HL, Ice Hockey Rochester Recreation Center
Med City Freeze Southern Plains Football League, Semi-Pro Football[64] Rochester Regional Stadium
Rochester Med City FC[65] National Premiere Soccer League, Soccer[66] Rochester Regional Stadium at Rochester Community and Technical College

Awards and rankings

The city had long been a fixture on Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" index, and was ranked number 67 on the 2006 list,[67][68] and in the top 3, including number one multiple times, from 1993 to 1997.

Rochester ranked second in Quality of Life by American City Business Journal.[69]

Rochester ranked sixth in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade.

Golf Digest and Golf for Women both ranked Rochester as the fifth best golf market in the midwest in 2006.

In 2009, US News and World Report ranked Rochester in the Top Ten Best Places to Grow Up and ninth for Best Cities for job seeking retirees.

Rochester was ranked the 5th best city to retire in by the Milken Institute.[70]

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External links

A. H. Bulbulian Residence

The A. H. Bulbulian Residence is a house located at 1229 Skyline Drive, Rochester, Minnesota, United States. It was designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright for Arthur H. Bulbulian, a pioneer in the field of facial prosthetics. It is down the street from the Thomas Keys House and not far from the James McBean Residence, all three examples of Wright's Usonian genre of architecture. The Bulbulian Residence is a one-story house built with one 120-degree angle, and is constructed of cement brick and cypress. The house has recently been restored to near-original condition.

Apache Mall

Apache Mall is the largest enclosed shopping mall in Rochester, Minnesota. It was built in 1969 at the intersection of U.S. Route 52 and U.S. Route 14. The Mall's food court has had free wi-fi access provided by the city's only cable television company, Charter Communications since January 2007. Apache Mall is owned and managed by Brookfield Properties Retail Group, who acquired General Growth Properties in 2018.

The mall is anchored with Barnes & Noble, JCPenney, Macy's, and Scheels All Sports.

In 2014, the mall's Sears store was closed. A Sears Hometown store is planned to open sometime in the near future. Shortly after the Sears was shut down, plans for a Scheels All Sports were announced, as well as an expansion of the building. In 2019, Gymboree announced plans to close the Apache Mall store.

Crossroads College

Crossroads College (originally International Christian Bible College and later Minnesota Bible College) was a four-year, coeducational Christian college in Rochester, Minnesota, United States. It was founded in 1913 and closed in 2016.Crossroads was nondenominational, drawing students from a variety of Christian denominations, especially Christian churches and churches of Christ.

Darrell Thompson

Darrell Alexander Thompson (born November 23, 1967) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League. After graduating from John Marshall High School in Rochester, he played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, where he became the school's all-time leader in career rushing yards. Thompson was selected 19th overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 1990 NFL Draft. During his NFL career, he played in 60 games, gained 1,640 rushing, 330 yards receiving, and scored 8 touchdowns. He currently resides in Minnesota with his wife and four children. His daughter Dominique plays collegiate volleyball at University of Wisconsin - Madison.

IBM Rochester

IBM Rochester is the facility of IBM in Rochester, Minnesota, not to be confused with the IBM Global Services facility in Rochester, New York. The initial structure was designed by Eero Saarinen, who clad the structure in blue panels of varying hues after being inspired by the Minnesota sky, as well as IBM's nickname of "Big Blue". These features and the facility's size has earned it the nickname "The Big Blue Zoo" from employees.

James McBean Residence

The James McBean Residence is a house in Rochester, Minnesota designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This Usonian house is an example of the second type (Prefab #2) of the Marshall Erdman Prefab Houses. This house and the Walter Rudin House have the same floor plan and vary only in minor details such as paint color and siting, because they are the only two Prefab #2 houses in existence.

John Fina

John Joseph Fina (born March 11, 1969) is a former American football offensive lineman, who spent eleven years in the National Football League, ten of those with the Buffalo Bills, and a one-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals. Fina attended Salpointe Catholic High School where he was first team All-State his senior year, and is one of only two players in school history to have their jersey retired. Fina attended the University of Arizona where he was a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1st round, 27th overall, in the 1992 NFL Draft. He has played in two Super Bowls, XXVII and XXVIII, however the Bills lost both of them to the Dallas Cowboys. He now resides in Tucson, Arizona.

On April 6, 2010, Fina appeared on the Travel Channel's show Food Wars as one of the guest judges. The food war was over the Sonoran hot dog and was between "BK's Carne Asada & Hot Dogs" and "El Güero Canelo". Both restaurants are located in Tucson, Arizona. BK's won the food war by a score of 4-1 with Fina voting for BK's hot dog.

Fina has multiple children and resides in Tucson, Arizona with his family.

John Jeremiah Lawler

John Jeremiah Lawler (August 4, 1862—March 11, 1948) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Rapid City from 1916 until his death in 1948.


KAUS-FM (99.9 FM, "US 99.9") is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Austin, Minnesota, United States, the station serves the areas of Austin-Albert Lea, Mason City, Iowa, and Rochester, Minnesota. The station is currently owned by Alpha Media, through licensee Digity 3E License, LLC.


KMFX-FM "102.5 The Fox" is a radio station in Rochester, Minnesota airing a country music format. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., and is simulcasted on KMFX 1190 AM in Wabasha.


KYBA (105.3 FM, "Rochester's Best Variety Y-105") is a radio station licensed to Stewartville, Minnesota and located in Rochester, Minnesota. The station runs on an adult contemporary format. It is under ownership of Townsquare Media.

It is also heard on broadcast translator K285EL 104.9 FM in Rochester, Minnesota.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare would acquire 53 Cumulus Media stations, including KYBA, for $238 million. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management. The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.

Lea Thompson

Lea Katherine Thompson (born May 31, 1961) is an American actress, director, and television producer.

She is best known for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future trilogy and as the title character in the 1990s NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. Other films for which she is known include All the Right Moves (1983), Red Dawn (1984), Howard the Duck (1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), and The Beverly Hillbillies (1993). From 2011 to 2017, she co-starred as Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family-turned Freeform series Switched at Birth.

Lisa Heddens

Lisa Heddens (born June 6, 1964 in Rochester, Minnesota) is the Iowa State Representative from the 46th District and is an assistant majority leader. She has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2003. She received her BS from Iowa State University.

Heddens currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House – Ranking Member on the Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee, the Administration and Rules committee; the Commerce committee; the Education committee; the Human Resources committee; the Veterans Affairs committee; and the Public Safety committee. Political experience includes serving as assistant minority leader in the Iowa House.

Heddens was re-elected in 2006 with 8,371 votes (63%), defeating Republican John Griswold and Libertarian Eric Cooper.

List of tallest buildings in Rochester, Minnesota

Rochester has some of the tallest buildings for a city of its size, including the Broadway Plaza, which upon completion was the tallest residential building in a city with a metro area of less than 200,000.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit academic medical center based in Rochester, Minnesota, focused on integrated clinical practice, education, and research. It employs more than 4,500 physicians and scientists, along with another 58,400 administrative and allied health staff. The practice specializes in treating difficult cases through tertiary care and destination medicine. It is home to the highly ranked Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in addition to many of the largest, best regarded residency education programs in the United States. It spends over $660 million a year on research and has more than 3,000 full-time research personnel.William Worrall Mayo settled his family in Rochester in 1864 and opened a sole proprietorship medical practice that evolved under his sons, Will and Charlie Mayo, into Mayo Clinic. Today, in addition to its flagship hospital in Rochester, Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Arizona and Florida. The Mayo Clinic Health System also operates affiliated facilities throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.Mayo Clinic is ranked number 1 in the United States on the 2018–2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll, maintaining a position at or near the top for more than 27 years. It has been on the list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" published by Fortune magazine for fourteen consecutive years, and has continued to achieve this ranking through 2017.

Rochester metropolitan area, Minnesota

The United States Census Bureau defines the Rochester, Minnesota Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as an area consisting of three counties in southeast Minnesota, anchored by the city of Rochester. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 186,011. However, as of 2012, the Rochester metropolitan area – as distinct from the Metropolitan Statistical Area – had an estimated population of 209,607. The Rochester–Austin combined statistical area has a population of 255,047 as of 2016.

Thomas Keys Residence

The Thomas E. Keys Residence is a house in Rochester, Minnesota designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built with earth berms in 1950. The design is based on a previous Wright design for a cooperative in Detroit, Michigan, which never materialized due to the onset of World War II. The house is an example of Wright's Usonian genre of architecture, a style he envisioned to meet the needs of middle-class families desiring a more refined architecture for their homes. The house is located at 1217 Skyline Dr SW, a short distance from two other Wright designs, the A. H. Bulbulian Residence and the James McBean Residence.

William B. Richardson

For other persons named William or Bill Richardson see William Richardson (disambiguation).

William Burdette Richardson (November 10, 1874 – September 19, 1945) was a Republican Party Minnesota politician who served as Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota and in the Minnesota Senate.

Yung Gravy

Matthew Hauri (born March 19, 1996), known professionally as Yung Gravy, is a rapper and songwriter from Rochester, Minnesota. He is known for his 2016 single "Mr. Clean". Other top hits include, "1 Thot 2 Thot Red Thot Blue Thot" and his 2018 single "Alley Oop" feat. Lil Baby. Since 2017, the rapper has completed two North American tours, with support from acts such as Ugly God. He has released four EPs and one mixtape.

Climate data for Rochester International Airport, Minnesota (1981–2010 normals,[20] extremes 1886–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
Mean maximum °F (°C) 41.2
Average high °F (°C) 23.6
Average low °F (°C) 7.7
Mean minimum °F (°C) −16.5
Record low °F (°C) −42
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.86
Average snowfall inches (cm) 12.0
trace 0
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 8.4 7.9 10.2 11.2 12.4 11.7 10.5 10.0 9.9 9.4 9.3 9.7 120.6
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 8.6 7.5 6.0 2.3 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.9 5.2 9.3 39.9
Source: NOAA[21][22]
City of Rochester
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