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Spring Valley Area Community Foundation banquet discussion centers around DMC


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

“There is no doubt that the epicenter of DMC is Rochester,” said interim President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Jerry Williams. However, there is also no doubt that the neighboring towns in Fillmore County like Spring Valley will feel a ripple effect from the global destination for health and healing.

This year Williams was the featured speaker at the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation’s third annual banquet. Williams is a former superintendent of the Rochester School District, is currently the president of the Rochester Public Utilities Board, and was also the chairman of the Common Cents Steering Committee, a committee that has allowed the extension of a portion of the Rochester sales tax to be shared with Spring Valley for economic development.

The 105 attendees this year were recipients of very pertinent information regarding one of the area’s largest-ever economic developments, widely known as Destination Medical Center. Because the DMC initiative is such a momentous undertaking, some of the foundational details of the entire project can be confusing at best. However, Williams’ presentation broke down the DMC process into understandable components.

The goal of DMC is to secure Mayo’s economic future. Major changes in health care are coming, and many of them are unknowns. Therefore, medical institutions will have to adapt.Williams pointed out that one of the challenges of these adaptations is the “everybody is doing it” effect. In order for the Mayo Clinic to continue to be an innovative world leader in medical care, it must continue to set itself apart from other medical institutions and sustain its ability to attract people. In order to do this, DMC creates a partnership between Mayo and the surrounding communities and area.

DMC operates on a developed economic plan led by an economic development authority. Within this plan lies the answer to the big question: What will be built?

The Mayo Clinic is investing $3.5 billion to the DMC mission—money that will be put towards hospital expansions, clinical facilities, and medical innovation. An additional $2.1 billion comes from private investment for research and technology, urban retail, and hospitality.

A public investment of $585 million from DMC legislation allotted tax dollars will go towards public infrastructure, site preparation, and transportation. Rochester claims $128 million of .....
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The rising cost of beef

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Features

If you have taken a trip to the grocery store or have gone out to eat in the last several months, chances are you have noticed a price hike, especially in beef. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average consumer price of ground beef per poun ..... 
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Oak Meadow Meats of Harmony

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Growing up on a farm near Harmony, Minn. with two older brothers and one older sister, Michael Aggen was active in showing cattle and swine at livestock shows along with his siblings. The family was involved in state and county fairs, junior livesto ..... 
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Eyes on the road

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Imagine a job in which you show up everyday and never know what to expect. Anything could happen, and your job is to remedy problems as they arise. In some cases, you are dealing with fatalities or life-changing events for someone you’ve never me ..... 
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Mustang celebrates 50 years with Serfling

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Not old enough to drive yet, he was just 11-years-old, but Dan Serfling had his eye on his dream car. Dan’s uncle Millard Runge, who passed away on May 31, 2012, at the age of 88, bought a 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang -- the very first year the world famo ..... 
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Road construction season not far off for Fillmore County and southeastern Minnesota

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

The joke is that there are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and road construction. Seeing as we’ve left one behind, it’s time for the other to begin. As usual, there are some projects that may impact your routes and travel times in the coming mon ..... 
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Often while hitting the road the road hits back

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Spring is in the air and potholes are in the road once again this year. The irritating but unavoidable potholes are caused when water enters the ground under the pavement and then expands when it becomes frozen. When the water thaws the pavement co ..... 
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Area resident is a lottery winner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

Congratulations to Dylan Himle of Ostrander, Minn. Himle won $20,000 by playing the Lottery’s $200,000 Bonus Jackpot scratch game. Himle claimed the prize on April 7, 2014. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, 640 N. Broadway St. in Sprin ..... 
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Jessie Street Java fills your cup and a calling

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

Stepping into Jessie Street Java in Rushford, Minn., it’s hard to pinpoint what comes over you first; the tantalizing smells, the enticing rural chic atmosphere, or the comfortable feeling that you’re home. Both eclectic and colorful, with a mode ..... 
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