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Rochester Police Department’s message to victims of domestic violence and abuse: “We are here for you. We are here to help.”
April 2, 2020 – Rochester, Minnesota – Echoing the message of many who feel concern for those who are at home and finding themselves victims of domestic violence, the Rochester Police Department has released an informational video in hopes its message will reach victims and encourage them to seek help.
“If you are currently in an abusive relationship, we are here to answer 24/7 when you call 911,” said Rochester Police Sergeant of the Special Victims Unit Jennifer Hodgman. Options other than calling 911 are available as well. “If you wish to speak with a trained advocate about safety options, services available, and additional resources, the Women’s Shelter can also be reached 24 hours a day to assist you.”
The video, which includes Spanish language subtitles, is featured on the Rochester Police Department’s Facebook page in the hopes this message will reach those who need this information the most, including children who are now at home due to school closures.
“Social distancing does not mean you must stay at home and endure abuse,” said Sgt. Hodgman. “We are here to help you.”
Victims may call 911 for assistance from the Police Department or may reach the Women’s Shelter at 507-285-1010.
Rochester Public Transit suspends fare collection to protect drivers and community
April 4, 2020 – ROCHESTER, MINN. – Beginning today,Rochester Public Transit(RPT) is suspending fare collection aboard on all buses and routes and requiring passengers to board and exit the bus using the rear door.
These actions are being taken to protect the health of our whole community and keep our passengers and drivers safe. By strictly following public health guidelines to keep at least six feet away from any person that does not reside in your home, RPT is doing its part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Rochester.
Passengers who use a wheelchair or require the use of the ramp to board should continue to board using the front door.
A limited number of routes use smaller vehicles with a single door. No fare is being collected on these routes and passengers are asked to board and move directly to their seats.
Suspended fare collection and alternative boarding requirements are expected to be in place until April 30.
The City Council and Mayor Norton want to remind community members that social distancing continues to be the most powerful tool each of us can employ in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Keep at least six feet between you and other people to stop the virus from spreading from one person to another.
City of Rochester temporarily relaxes tall grass and weed enforcement
April 6, 2020 – ROCHESTER, MINN. – To reduce impacts on property owners during the COVID-19 response, the City of Rochester is temporarily relaxing enforcement ofChapter 8-5. – Tall Grass and Weeds(grass taller than 12 inches) through October 2020 to allow residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 to focus on higher priorities.
Economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19 will require the Parks and Recreation Department to operate with a lean spring and summer seasonal workforce. The temporary adjustment in tall grass and weed enforcement will allow the Parks and Recreation Department to focus on core safety and maintenance activities in the parks and recreation system.
While the city still maintains an obligation to inspect and address noxious weeds, grasses and other non-noxious vegetation will be allowed to grow taller
Since lawn and landscape maintenance is allowed during the Governor’s “Stay at Home” executive order, residents able to continue gardening, mowing lawns, and maintaining landscaped areas – while following all Center for Disease Control (CDC) precautions – are encouraged to do so.
The city’sForestry Division team citesthe positive side of having more areas with tall grass and other vegetation is that our local pollinator populations may see a benefit in this change. They share that pollinator species are most vulnerable during May when they have returned from migration or come out of hibernation and need locally-sourced nectar to continue their life cycles and colonies.
“These small insects may seem insignificant in comparison to other global issues,” says Park and Forestry Division Head Mike Nigbur, “but even small changes to minimize the impact on bees can make a big difference for our local food production and health of the environment.”
City of Rochester asks residents to stop congregating in parks
Fencing has been temporarily installed around Silver Lake Skate Park
April 1, 2020 – Rochester, Minnesota –The mild spring weather, along with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” executive order, has resulted in increased outdoor activity on Rochester sidewalks, trails, and in city parks.Despite the current Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations about social distancing, people are still gathering in groups and not observing six feet of distance between themselves and others.
The City of Rochester remains committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and has therefore installed fencing around the Silver Lake Skate Park to deter groups of individuals from congregating there and further promoting the spread of COVID-19.
“We are specifically making a call out to our community’s youth to be champions for social distancing at this time,” said Rochester Police Chief James Franklin. “Limit unnecessary contact with others, and avoid contact with people who aren’t living in your own household – this includes your friends. You have an opportunity to be change-makers for all of us.”
As noted previously,tennis and pickleball courts have been padlocked; rims have been removed from basketball courts; and playgrounds and the skate park at Silver Lake have been signed as “closed.” All organized sports activities, including practices, have been canceled until further notice.
Trails remain open but you must maintain six feet of space between you and others on the trail. This includes when you pass another walker, runner, or biker. Do not walk with others who are not part of your immediate household, and do not use the trails if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Important Local Information regarding the Shelter in Place order
As a result of the state’s new stay at home restrictions; Olmsted County is making a few additional modifications concerning its facilities and services. Most changes to public-facing services will be extended until May 4.
Olmsted County will be suspending marriage license applications starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020 until May 4.
The Recycling Center Plus will be closed to the public beginning at 4:30 p.m. on March 27 through April 10. Self-haulers are asked to check our website for options during this closure.
A full listing of Olmsted County’s facility and service closures is available on our website. Olmsted County has aligned its closures with other counties within the state and other Executive Orders pertaining to the closure of schools and public accommodations.
Olmsted County will continue to share further information with the public on this topic as it becomes available. For additional information on COVID-19, please visit: ·
- FAQs about the MN Stay at Home order ·
- Olmsted County COVID-19 webpage ·
- Olmsted County Public Health on Facebook ·
- Olmsted County on Facebook
- Minnesota COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920
- Schools and daycares state hotline: 651-297-1304
As a reminder – PLEASE DO NOT call 911 unless you have an emergency. 911 is currently being overwhelmed with calls about the Governor’s new order. Direction on the Governor’s new Stay Home MN order can be found at https://mn.gov/stayhomemn.
If community members believe they have a need for county services to help meet their basic needs during this time, please contact the COVID-19 Essential Services Resources & Referral Line at 507-328-6150 or email COVIDEssentialServices@co.olmsted.mn.us.
Rochester Fire Department protects community, teammates by implementing new PPE protocol
April 3, 2020 – ROCHESTER, MINN. – As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country and here in Minnesota, the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) is taking additional steps to slow the spread of the virus in our community.
Rochester firefighters, along with our EMS partners at Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service, have been wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE) on all medical calls for the past four weeks. Effective immediately, our firefighters will begin wearing protective masks in the fire stations and whenever out in public.Along with the masks, firefighters don eye protection, gloves, and gowns whenever appropriate on emergency calls.
“We don’t want to surprise people when they see us out in public or when we show up on the scene of a call wearing masks,” said RFD Deputy Chief Vance Swisher. “Due to the nature of our job and not always being able to social distance ourselves, the masks offer another important way to protect the community.”
Residents can expect to be asked COVID-19 screening questions and might notice responders observing social distancing of 10 feet or more whenever possible. They might even be asked to wear a mask themselves.
Along with the enhanced PPE and social distancing, the public may notice responders taking a more methodical approach on emergency medical scenes. This may include asking patients to meet responders outside a structure when possible, a minimum number of responders performing patient care, and modified airway management techniques when performing more advanced procedures like CPR or medication administration.
Family members of patients being transported by ambulance should also be aware that they will not be allowed into the hospital as visitors in most cases. Exceptions to this include child birth, end-of-life situations, patients who are minors, and some other extreme circumstances.
RFD would like to assure everyone that, despite these modifications, our standard of care has not changed. We are ready to respond alongside our partners at Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service when emergency medical services are needed.
“We may look a little different when we show up to offer help, but our first priority is always your health and safety,” Swisher said.
Olmsted County services
Olmsted County will continue to provide essential services to our residents, but it is prudent to limit public access to our facilities at this time.
The Government Center building will remain open but counter services for public records and licensing, such as passports and driver's licenses, will be closed. We will be able to continue providing many services via phone and online, and a drop-box will be placed near the information desk for applications, requests for certificates, and tax payments. Applications for marriage licenses will now be suspended beginning at 5 p.m. on March 27 until May 4. Property, Records, and Licensing can be reached by calling 507-328-7670.
The Sheriff's Office service window for civil warrants at the Government Center and Dodge Fillmore Olmsted (DFO) Community Corrections window will also be closed. DFO Community Corrections can be reached at 507-328-7200.
The following Olmsted County buildings at our Campus Drive S.E. location will be closed to the public: 2117, 2100, and 2122. This will affect counter service for public programs including:
· Building 2117:Child and Family Services, Housing (HRA) and Food, Cash & Health Care Assistance. Child and Family Services can be reached at 507-328-6400. For Food, Cash and Health Care Assistance, please call 507-328-6500. The Housing & Redevelopment Authority can be reached by calling 507-328-7150.
· Building 2100: Public Health Services, such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinics, Adult and Family Services, and Veteran Services. Public Health can be reached at 507-328-7500 (COVID-19 questions 507-328-4636). Veteran Services can be reached at 507-328-6355. Adult and Family Services can be reached at 507-328-6400.
· Building 2122: Planning services such as applications for permits and GIS services. Building, well, and septic inspection services are available and can be scheduled online and by phone. Contact the Planning Department directly about building, permit, and land use application submittals at 507-328-7100.
These temporary closures will be in effect until May 4. During this time, we will continue delivering many of our services through alternate means and will be working to design new ways of delivering services that currently depend on face-to-face contact. Residents are encouraged to check our website for updates.
All emergency services in public safety and in health, housing, human services, will continue to be delivered even though lobbies and waiting areas may be closed to the public.
Olmsted County public meetings
All public meetings, advisory boards, and commissions are canceled until May 4.
Other Olmsted County facilities, events, and activities
County parks – all county parks buildings are closed through May 4, including the Oxbow Park Nature Center, Zollman Zoo, and park offices. All classes and education programs will also be canceled until May 4. Oxbow, Root River, and Chester Woods parks and trails will remain open.
Graham Park facilities – will not be taking reservations or events until May 4, with the exception of the Farmer's Market in Building 35.
Waste-to-Energy Facility – tours are canceled until May 4.
Hazardous Waste Facility - closed until May 4.
Recycling Center Plus will close to all self-hauler services starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and will be closed through April 10. View the options available to self-haulers for their household waste.
Compost site – closed until May 4.
Community Services Volunteer Driver Program – suspended until further notice.
Minnesota Third Judicial District Court – Access to the Olmsted County Government Center will be limited to the parties in the case who are participating in the hearing, attorneys who represents those parties, any necessary court staff, and other individuals the presiding judge determines are necessary to conduct the hearing.
The court facility will closed to the public except for parties participating in the hearing. Parties attending a hearing shall go to the second floor security check-point and must identify the hearing or proceeding for which their attendance is required, such as by providing the name of the case or case number.
For persons who have other business with the court, eFiling, U.S. Mail, and telephone access will be available. Contact Court Administration at 507-206-2400 or via email. Persons may also drop off paper filings via the basket on the 2nd floor at security screening.
Olmsted County will continue to provide information as it becomes available. More information about changes to our services can be found on our website. Information on COVID-19 and community partner information can be found on our Public Health page. You can also subscribe to news updates on www.olmstedcounty.com and follow @OlmstedCounty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
If community members believe they have a need for county services to help meet their basic needs during this time, please contact the COVID-19 Essential Services Resources & Referral Line at 507-328-6150 or email COVIDEssentialServices@co.olmsted.mn.us.
Rochester Public Transportation is reducing its services during Gov. Walz’s “stay at home” order. Beginning March 30th RPT’s service hours will be 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., seven days a week. Route 191 is suspended and neighborhood routes will follow holiday and weekend schedules. Park and ride is suspending direct service to Cub Foods and Target. Peak service on direct routes will be 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. County Fairgrounds, RCTC, IBM and Chateau Theatre ride lots will remain open.
CITY OF ROCHESTER - NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Group gatherings and activities prohibited in Rochester Parks during Stay at Home order
The City of Rochester Parks and Recreation Department has noted increased traffic in the park system over the past week. While most individuals are adhering to social distancing recommendations, group activities where participants come into close contact with one another violates social distancing expectations and are prohibited.
To discourage use of these group facilities, tennis and pickleball courts have been padlocked; rims have been removed from basketball courts; and playgrounds and the skate park at Silver Lake have been signed as “closed.”
Parks and trails will remain open for walkers, hikers, and bikers. Residents and visitors with no symptoms of illness are encouraged to take advantage of them at safe social distances during the Stay at Home order.
“We want people to be comfortable enjoying the outdoors and getting some exercise,” says Paul Widman, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Rochester. “Take advantage of the spring weather but do so smartly and at a safe distance from others.”
Governor Walz announces Shelter in Place Order
The Governor has issued an executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs for two weeks.
- Effective Friday, March 27th at 11:59pm to May 4th
What Workers Are Essential?
Workers who provide critical services to the people of Minnesota at this time, are exempt. Our exemptions are based on federal guidance from Cybersecurity to Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the US Dept. of Homeland Security with some Minnesota-specific additions. This includes, but is not limited to jobs in:
- Healthcare and Public Health
- Law Enforcement, public safety and first responders
- Child Care
- Food and Agriculture
- News Media
- Water and Wastewater
- Critical Manufacturing
Parking prohibited at bagged meters in downtown Rochester
April 8, 2020 – ROCHESTER, MINN. –While the City of Rochester is not currently enforcing downtown parking meters, parking remains prohibited in loading zones, no parking zones, in front of fire hydrants, and at meters that have been signed or bagged for curbside pickup/takeout from local restaurants.
“We have recently seen a rise in the number of vehicles remaining parked all day in curbside pickup zones,” said Rochester Police Chief James Franklin. “We are asking the public to honor the guidance on the signs.”
With the current stay-at-home order restricting dine-in service, local businesses depend on these dedicated parking stalls to continue to serve their customer’s take-out orders.
“We have asked businesses to begin reporting any violations and will work with the parking enforcement team to ticket any violators going forward,” said Franklin.
From Rochester Public Schools:
COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Information
Dear RPS Families,
As you may know, on Sunday, March 15, Governor Walz directed school districts to cancel classes starting Wednesday, March 18, to focus staff on developing a distance learning plan, should the need arrive for school districts to close for an extended period due to COVID-19.
Governor Walz also directed schools to provide free childcare during school hours to children of emergency workers, which the Minnesota Department of Education has further defined in the document, “School-Age Care for Children of Emergency Workers.” The State is also allowing districts to provide fee-based extended care to that same population for emergency worker parents who require longer coverage.
Rochester Public Schools is following these directives and will begin providing care at all sixteen of our elementary schools for children of emergency workers, as defined in the document, “School-Age Care for Children of Emergency Workers.” Emergency Child Care will be available at no charge from 9 AM to 3:45 PM for children Kindergarten through Age 12 in eligible families starting Wednesday, March 18, and continuing on weekdays through Thursday, March 26. In addition, fee-based Extended Care will be available 6:30-9 AM and 3:45-6 PM for children attending Emergency Child Care.
More information and a registration form is available here:https://forms.gle/xgVee4MCrjnBSLd49
Gov. Walz called for a partial closure of restaurants and bars in Minnesota until March 27th. Restaurants and bars are still able to offer curbside pick up with delivery options from places like Door Dash, Grub Hub and more.
- Places like Smoak BBQ, Five West and The Loop are offering curbside pick up, if you're not interested in having food delivered.
- Many other restaurants and bars are offering pickup and delivery. To make sure, just call ahead.
- Daube's Bakery is open now at their main location only on Civic Center Drive. Hours will be 10am - 4pm Tues - Saturday. Choose from mini cakes, cookies and a variety of other treats! Get out of the house and satisfy that sweet tooth craving!.
- The Tap House West End are offering take out - 1/2 off to go tacos until this ends -
- Victoria's is now offering take out to anyone who calls with a child in need. Any child who needs a meal can pick up Marinara Sauce with Pasta, Meat Sauce with Pasta or buttered Noodles And FRESH BREAD! ! No questions asked. No purchase necessary. Please call ahead for pick up. Victorias is also offering delivery and carry out for 25% off. Call 280-62-32 or email NatalieVictoria@victoriasmn.com or Jason@victoriasmn.com.
- Beaver Bottoms Saloon in Fountain is offering curb side To go call 507-268-4464 from 5-7 for food Togo and off sale
- Firehouse Subs continues to offer their drive-thru and curbside service and there is also an app at FirehouseSubs.com to sign up for their “Rapid Rescue” pre-order service
- Tailgators in Elgin are offering Take out. Call 871-3300
- BB’s Express on the second floor of Shoppes at University Square-downtown
- BB’s Pizzaria on East Circle Drive next to the new Hailey Comfort building and the movie theatre is also still open. Just call 424-3366 to order and pick-up what you love at BB’s, including pizzas, appetizers and broasted chicken to go….frozen pizzas too.
- Chocolate Shoppe in Mantorville is open! As an extra benefit if a customer prefers, they may call ahead and Chocolate Shoppe will do a curbside delivery. As a precaution to their customers, they are limiting the number of customers in the store. Please keep coming to see us!!
- Kahler Hospitality Group - Lord Essex will be closed until further notice but CB3 and Salute both will be offering carry out. CB3 will be 11am-9pm (7 days a week), Salute will be 6:30am-10pm Mon-Fri; 7am-10pm Sat-Sun.
- Whistle Binkies Offering curbside pick up at both locations and they've added delivery in Rochester for a $10 purchase.. Also non contact pick up available.
- Pappy’s will be offering take out and curb side pick up as well as their delivery services Waiter Express, Grub Hub and DoorDash. Hours of operations are going to be from 11:00am to 8:00pm daily and we will be trying delivery from 5:00 till 8p! 20% gratuity on all delivery. call 258-4550 for take out (all these hours and services are subject to change at any time without notice) to view full menu CLICK HERE. Thanks again for your continued support through these trying times! (some menu items my be subject to availability)
- Mauer’s travern and grill in Elba will be doing takeout food orders and will do off sale for beer and booze for the hours specified below. All sales will occur through our kitchen side window to limit interactions. Please contact us at 507-932-9957 for food orders. Wednesday we will be closed all day. If you have an urgent need for off sale this day, contact us via Facebook. We will update our hours for next week pending the week's events
Thursday 4pm-8pm, Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-8pm, Sunday 12pm-7pm. Wednesday we will be closed all day. If you have an urgent need for off sale this day, contact us via Facebook. We will update our hours for next week pending the week's events.
- J&S Repair,J&S JCB and The Warmka Family would like to thank all medical professionals for all the hard work and long hours during these hard times. For that,they would like to give FREE meals to Mayo and OMC employees. Please present your badge for your free meal! This awesome special will be available starting Sunday April 5th-Thursday April 9th at The Bar n' Grill. Everyone please feel free to share with all friends and family! Open for Togo orders from 11a.m-8:30pm Please call 507-378-3301 or 507-378-3300
- You can still enjoy John Hardy’s Bar-B-Q! Call, order and we will bring it out to you at curbside or via GrubHub delivery.
- ☎️ 507-281-1727
- Bar Buffalo is offering take out and delivery.
- Half Barrel is offering take out and delivery.
- Fat Willy's is closed but will re-open March 28th
- Olive Garden is doing curbside To Go and delivery on orders of $25 or more!!
- Otto's Bakery in Byron is open. Call ahead to place your order to go: 507-775-2778
- The Coffee Mill in Zumbrota is still open. Order to go or delivery. Call 507-732-5480 to order.
- Erbert and Gerbert’s is OPEN. Order Erbert and Gerberts for pickup, drive-thru, or delivery where contact-free delivery is available by request. Order at https://www.erbertandgerberts.com/locations/1045/rochester-41st-st/, or via the Erbert and Gerberts app. Our top priority is your safety, health and happiness!
- Zen Fusion - Curb side service every day from 11am – 8pm.
- Striker's Corner is doing both curb side service AND local delivery in Stewartville. They are charging a $3 delivery fee, but this fee is going into an emergency relief fund for all Strikers Employees. Both services are available every day 10am - 8pm
- Taco Jed is available for pick up and delivery 402-681-1340
- Rooster's and Rooster's Too - 8a - 8p NOW OFFERING DELIVERY and take-out. For car side delivery service, pre-pay with credit card by phone, then call again upon arrival. Rooster's - 507-226-8885 - Rooster's Too - 507-206-6799
- Broken Tee Bar & Grille will be offering curb side food service. The hours of operation will be 11 AM – 6 PM, seven days a week. Place an order by calling 507-774-7130. Payment will be by credit/debit card only.
- Salad Works - We are offering to-go and grab and go (order on website- pick up in store) We partner with Grubhub UberEats Waiter Express and Door Dash for delivery.
- Subway - To further help during this time, Subway Restaurants are offering a Family Take Out Special. Stop by your local restaurant and Get a free Footlong when you buy two. (Additional charges for extras. Free sub of equal/lesser price. At participating restaurants. No additional discount. Not valid on delivery.) Free delivery is also now available through all providers that are applicable to your market Use promo code: SUBWAYNOW to waive all delivery fees on your next purchase. (Limited time only. Select areas. $0 Delivery fee. Other Services, fees & limitations may apply.) In addition to being available for takeout and delivery, we have made the following adjustments to our operations: Our restaurant locations remain open for lunch and dinner. Please check the hours of operations at your local Subway restaurant.
- Arby's drive thru is open for pick up.
- Lumen Coffee - They are open regular hours and besides coffee, they are also selling essentials like Eggs, Milk, Bananas, Bread and Butter!
Spring Grove Soda Pop is still offering delivery to wherever you live in the US. For local Minnesotans they are offering Curb Side Service. Give them a call at (507) 498-3424 to order ahead and when you arrive, they will bring it out to your car!
The Adamson Motors family cares about our community and during this time of uncertainty and we want to help in anyway possible.During our state wide lock down March 27th-April 10th 2020 Sales/Service/Parts/Tires and Body shop are open and ready to help!During this time we will also do any service repair including parts for 20% off to help elevate the financial burden that some of
our community is feeling!Here’s the catch the only thing we ask is to bring in a non perishable food donation that we can turn into our local food bank to helpother families that may need help in our community!
Just call 507-252-2380
We also do free pick and delivery with appointment in the Rochester Area, transactions can be handled over the phone!
We’ll assist you in the way you feel most comfortable!
Also just a reminder our Express lube will be closed on Saturdays starting the 28th of March and during the month of April.
Take care of yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you at the dealer in the future!
Our Sales hours are Monday thru Friday 9am-6pm & Saturday 9am-5pm by appointment.
Call 507-289-4004 to make your appointment.
Public Notice:Garbage Pickup
To protect the health and safety of the employees, Wm. Hanson Waste Removal will only pick up trash that is in a TIED, yellow trash bag. If residence use the yellow bag to line a trash container, that bag must be TIED closed. The employees will attempt to clean up spills that might occur with the use of a pitchfork but will no longer clean up those spills with their hands. To minimize the possibility of bags being punctured by animals or birds, do not place your bag on the curb the night before pick-up is scheduled.
* These rules go into effect immediately. The haulers thank you for your consideration.
Carpet One is open and warehouse pick up is available. Hwy 52 North.
For dog owners: Central Bark is open! You may be working from home, but your dog would still love to play with their buddies! As a customer service offer, team members will come out to your car and grab your dog if you prefer. All leashes are sanitized at both drop off and pick-up.
Truckin' America is open during their regular business hours. 9-6 M-F and 9-6 Sat. They are available to put parts on vehicles. Just drop off their vehicle and put keys in the dropbox and they will let you know when it's ready to pick up. No need to see anyone.
Bird's Auto Repair in Pine Island is open and for your benefit, they will now pick up and deliver on all services scheduled. For all your auto care needs, contact them on Facebook, Instagram or by calling 507-356-8188.
The Rochester, MN Salvation Army is in need: "We have a lot of people coming to us for groceries, so if anyone in the community is willing and able to donate non-perishable food for our food shelf, that would be greatly appreciated. Our address is 20 First Avenue NE."
Custom Retaining Walls and Landscaping is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, & following official guidelines from the CDC, state, and local health authorities. The health and safety of our staff and customers, are our highest priority. All sales staff will be available via phone. Please call 507-281-0669 for all orders. Our doors are locked. Please respect our efforts to keep our staff safe. Customers’ orders will be curbside or delivery. Please call in orders for pickup before heading into the store or yard. 507-281-0669. We will take your payment over the phone. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this rapidly changing situation. We appreciate your business and we really appreciate your patience through all of this!
Hilltop Repair & Services, now through April 10th, Hilltop Repair and Services can accept customer transported equipment, telephone orders for parts and propane orders by appointment. Please call with questions 507-533-8290
We'll be adding to this list as they come in, so keep checking back.
If you need food or assistance stop by the Salvation Army’s community center in Rochester for a free sack lunch. Showers are still being provided as usual, and people can still call 507-288-3663 to receive social services assistance for rent and utilities, among other things.
If you would like to make a submission please email JeffCecil@iheartmedia.com
Some delivery apps are offering free delivery and no contact delivery as well. According to Door Dash, "Starting this week, we’re changing the default delivery method to a no-contact option to minimize contact between Dashers and customers. With this update, “Leave it at my door” will be the default drop-off option, and customers will have the choice to select “Hand it to me” if they prefer. We have also advised Dashers that they may initiate a no-contact delivery at any time by reaching out to the customer with a call or text message to confirm."
You can download those apps below.
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Target announced that starting today 3/18; they will close all stores no later than 9 p.m. each day in an effort to give employees time to restock shelves. Target said it is also reserving the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for elderly guests and those who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 with underlying health conditions.
DoorDash remains vigilant in our efforts to help the communities we serve during this uncertain time. We are actively working to ensure the safety of customers and Dashers and supporting the local businesses who are being asked to change how they operate. TheU.S. FDAhas stated that there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the spread of COVID-19. With cities and states restricting business operations to minimize social contact, mayors and governors have called upon residents to use delivery and pickup services instead.
Here are the actions we’re taking to promote health and safety on our platform as well as to support the local businesses that remain open for delivery and pickup.
- Deliveries are moving to no-contact by default.With this update, “Leave it at my door” will be the default drop-off option. You’ll see a new Drop-off menu at checkout with this selected but you can also still select “Hand it to me” if you prefer. You can still leave additional instructions you’d like the Dasher to know such as an apartment number or more detail on where to place your order. This update is rolling out on the web and iOS now with Android coming soon. You can learn morehere.
- Providing financial assistance to Dashers who are sick.To ensure Dashers who are sick can focus on recovering, we’re providing assistance to eligibleDashersandCourierswho are diagnosed with COVID-19 or quarantined.
- We’re extending DashPass benefits to our community.We’ve added 100,000 independent restaurants to DashPass—our subscription program which offers $0 delivery fees for customers—for free to help them generate higher sales while offering more selection to DashPass members. You can learn more about DashPasshere.
- Helping restaurants generate up to $200 million in additional sales.We announced a package of commission relief and marketing support for new and existing DoorDash partner restaurants. Independent restaurants can now sign up with DoorDash for free and pay zero commissions for 30 days. For all existing DoorDash and Caviar partners, restaurants will pay no commission fees on pickup orders.
In addition to supporting customers, Dashers and restaurants we’re also joining forces with community organizations to deliver an estimated one million pounds of groceries and prepared food to vulnerable communities in need.
We’re in this together, and as the situation evolves, we’ll continue to do everything we can to serve our community. You can read more details about the programs abovehere. The entire DoorDash team thanks you for your support, and we will continue to keep you informed as we take additional action.
- The DoorDash Team
The Mayo Clinic is asking people in the community to make a blood donation so the areas supply is not affected. If you would like to make a blood donation call and schedule an appointment at 507-284-4475 that’s 507-284-4475. Mayo clinic will provide safe social distancing between donors in the waiting room.
No visitors are allowed at Ronald McDonald House
The Minnesota Department of Health has created a set of hotlines to address the Coronavirus Crisis. General Questions call 651-201-3920 and for daycare or school questions, the number is 651-297-1304.
The Mall of America will close tonight at 5 p.m. through at least March 31.
A message from Stewartville public schools: Tiger Time Childcare
The Governor has stated that school districts will be providing childcare ONLY to parents who are employed as emergency workers. According to the direction provided by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-02, emergency workers include providers of healthcare, emergency medical services, long-term and post-acute care; law enforcement personnel; personnel providing correctional services; public health employees; firefighters and other first responders; and court personnel. If you are considered to be an emergency worker and are requesting Tiger Time Childcare, please complete the survey at this link: https://forms.gle/M8ay9DG2TqAJWNSq5
Breakfast and Lunch
The district will be providing breakfast and lunch free of charge to any PreSchool through Grade 12 students who are in need of nutrition services. If you are requesting breakfast and lunch, please complete the survey at this link: https://forms.gle/3ZVcoS4uQGbrvGmB6
Access to Technology
The district will be working to provide equitable access to technology for learning purposes. If you are in need of access to technology devices and/or internet, please complete the survey at this link: https://forms.gle/rVKWh88PcUnhCYDo9
Mayo Clinic in Rochester is changing their emergency room admissions policy to protect everyone. Anyone who comes to the Mayo Clinic with respiratory symptoms will be taken to a separate room. They will also be asked to wear a mask. Those patients will be kept separate from others in the ER. For everyone's safety.
During the COVID-19 outbreak the Mayo Clinic asks everyone to wash you hands, avoid touching your face; and practice appropriate self-care, including staying home when you are sick.
To our Members, Guests and Friends of Coyote Creek Outdoors.
We all are trying to figure out how to best deal with the COVID-19 challenge in our personal lives as well as our business and professional endeavors. Over the past week Coyote Creek Outdoors has tried to keep up with the massive demand for firearms and ammunition. Coyote Creek Outdoors staff have gone above and beyond at stepping up to meet the challenge. It has been amazing to see the hard work right alongside the patience and understanding of our clientele.
While our focus is to ensure our clientele has access to firearms and accessories needed to comfort and protect their family and themselves, I also want to make sure our team is safe. With all that said, we are going to adjust our operating hours for the time being beginning Saturday, March 28th.
Monday-Friday 8a-6p (range opening at 10am)
Saturday 9a-4p (range open all day)
We will continue to limit 1 person per shooting lane, and we will continue to enforce social distancing by using only every other lane. In doing so, we will not exceed 6 people at any given time in a shooting bay and allow for the CDC recommended 6-foot separation. We will also be continuing PTC classes. http://www.coyotecreekoutdoors.com/coyote-calendar/
We have restricted our classes to 8 students max in accordance to the Governors EA to limit gathering to 10 or less.
Thank you for understanding, and the amazing support we are receiving from so many of you.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us; we are here to help!
A Facebook message from the Kasson PD
An update from Mayo Clinic, regarding all elective care that can be deferred for eight or more weeks.. CLICK HERE
Mall of America, Macy's and Nordstrom to close; Target to reduce hours. CLICK HERE for more details
Dear Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity family:
In a time of uncertainty, Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity is continually assessing the safety and well being of our volunteers, staff, shoppers, donors, and partner families.
For the most current and accurate information, we will be monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the Minnesota Department of Public Health. We will base our decisions on this information, as well as any guidance we receive from Habitat for Humanity International and the Habitat State Support Organization.
Please see current updates for our organization below:
We have made the decision to suspend all ReStore operations and are not currently accepting any ReStore donation drop-offs at our 3034 40th Ave NW, Rochester MN location through the end of the month. This may be extended, based on further developments. We will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and continued outreach with health officials.
Once the ReStore has reopened to the public, we will be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of all including:
·Cleaning and disinfecting all doors, computers, telephones, light switches, countertops, restrooms, merchandise, surfaces, and additional public spaces.
·Making gloves available for use for the handling of money at the register.
·Volunteers and staff will be asked to stay home if they feel ill, are exhibiting symptoms, or believe they may have been exposed to someone who is ill or exhibiting symptoms.
·We will implement a “no contact” policy for any guests (e.g. handshakes, hugs, high fives, etc.)
Events, Volunteer Info:
·All volunteer activity on worksites is suspended until further notice.
·Hops for Habitat has been canceled on April 4th in Owatonna. New date is April 10, 2021.
·Studs, Struts & Stilettos has been postponed on April 9 in Rochester. New date TBD.
·Tacos for Two Rivers Fundraiser at Taco Jed in Rochester - June 3, 6-10pm
·TerraLoco $5/5K Walk and Run Fundraiser in Rochester - Aug 3, 5:30-7pm
·Restore Fest in Rochester Aug 8 Time TBD
We are aware that our decisions may cause inconveniences and impact the work we do in the near future, but we also want to do what is best for the community at large, especially the more vulnerable populations.
We need your support more than ever.
What can you do to help?
Pray.We ask you to join us in prayer for the health of Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity volunteers, supporters, staff, partners, and families, as well as those around the world who are affected by COVID-19.
Give.Please consider donating. We cannot accept ReStore donations right now, but you can continue to support our Homeownership and Critical Home Repair Programs through your monetary donations allowing us to continue our mission to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope once it is again safe to do so. Give at https://www.tworivershabitat.org/donate
Take care of yourself and your loved ones. We ask the community to remain vigilant, follow best practices for disease mitigation, and to keep the faith that together we can beat COVID-19.
We will continue monitoring this situation and send updates accordingly. This situation continues to change, and we appreciate your patience as we move through this together.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity and please feel free to contact us should you have any questions
DNR COVID-19 response: What you need to know
In accordance with guidance from theMinnesota Department of Health, we have adjusted our services, events and operations to protect Minnesotans and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Our public lands remain open but we have closed some buildings. We have canceled or postponed many public events and meetings. You will find the latest details below.
State parks, state forests, recreation areas, and other public lands remain open. The following facilities will remain open at state parks:
- Outdoor areas, campgrounds, camper cabins, yurts, remote campsites, overnight lodging facilities and some group centers
- Highway rest areas at Grand Portage, Gooseberry Falls and Tettegouche state parks
- Bathrooms, shower buildings and vault toilets that are already open for the season will remain open
- Park offices, visitor centers, nature stores, trail centers, indoor interpretive exhibits and enclosed picnic shelters
- Most park bathrooms with running water are still closed for the season and will remain closed
- All safety education training, including firearms safety training
- Deer open houses
- Elk input meetings in northwest Minnesota
All naturalist programs and public events at state parks are canceled until further notice. This includes:
- Visitor center programs
- Outdoor events
- School group activities
Online and phone options
We urge the public to do business with us by phone, email, or online. Here are your options:
- Buy or renew licenses online
- Make or change camping and lodging reservations onlineor by phone at 866-857-2757
- Call your local DNR office
- Use emailor phone (888-646-6367) to request information from theDNR Information Center
Updates on our website
Please check ourCOVID-19 webpageregularly for additions and modifications to this list.
Updates available by email
To receive future updates by email on impacts to specific public lands and facilities, go toour signup pageand subscribe to the DNR topics you are interested in.
Contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR (646-6367). Email the center email@example.com. Hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reminds you to care for your mental health in the face of uncertainty:
1. Focus on what is in your control, versus what is not
2. Do what helps you feel a sense of safety.
3. Remind yourself to stay in the present.
4. Stay connected with others.
You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
We are in this together, and help is always available.
DPS-DVS Offices Statewide Closing for Two Weeks; Driver's License Extensions on the Way
DPS-DVS Offices Close as Gov. Walz Issues Executive Order for Minnesotans to Stay Home
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is closing all exam stations statewide beginning Friday at the close of business to follow Governor Tim Walz’s executive order for Minnesotans to stay home and slow the spread of COVID-19. Offices will stay closed through April 10, when the executive order is set to expire.
Independently owned and operated deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices that provide driver and vehicle services will also be closed during this time. Many offices have already closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Anyone who plans to visit an office March 27 before they close should first visit the DVS locations page to see which offices are open and if their hours have changed.
Minnesotans will not have access to a number of services, including renewing their driver’s licenses or ID cards, during this time.
Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards
Once it reaches his desk, Gov. Walz is expected to sign a bill passed by Minnesota legislature that includes an extension for Minnesotans whose driver's licenses or ID cards expire during this time.
The bill extends the expiration date for any valid driver's license, instruction permit, provisional license, operator's permit, limited license, and farm work license that would expire during the peacetime emergency. The expiration dates for these licenses will be extended for two months after the month the peacetime emergency ends.
DPS-DVS will provide an update once the bill is signed.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to Oct. 1, 2021. The deadline was originally set for Oct. 1, 2020, but is being delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This gives Minnesotans more time to apply for a REAL ID or enhanced driver’s license or ID card.
Minnesotans will still be able to renew vehicle registrations online and by mail during the peacetime emergency. As such, there are no extensions for expired or expiring vehicle registrations.
- Renew vehicle registration for a car, pickup under 1 ton or SUV online at drive.mn.gov.
- US Bank charges a separate service fee of 2.49% for all credit card transactions. ACH (electronic check) payments have a separate service fee of $1.50. DPS-DVS does not determine or collect these service fees for online registration renewals.
- Mail your vehicle registration by sending the bottom half of your renewal notice with your check or money order made payable to DVS Renewal to:
PO Box 64587
St. Paul, MN 55164-0587
Minnesotans have until the last day of the expiration month to renew their vehicle registration. They must display their registration stickers by the 10th of the following month.
For example, Minnesotans whose vehicle registration expires in April have until April 30 to renew their registration and until May 10 to display the new stickers on their license plates.
DVS will continue to receive and process mailed renewals, deposit checks and mail license plates and stickers to customers.
Anyone who has a class D, commercial driver’s license (CDL) or motorcycle road test appointment scheduled during this time will receive a cancellation notice by email or text message. DPS-DVS is committed to making sure anyone affected by these road test cancellations is able to obtain a new appointment as soon as possible. Once normal operations resume, DPS-DVS will call, email or text those affected to offer the first available day and time for their road test.
Some DVS staff will continue teleworking and processing previously submitted driver’s license and ID card applications, including REAL ID and enhanced driver’s license and ID card applications.
DVS Public Information Center
DPS-DVS staff will continue to be available to answer questions submitted to DVS using the driver and vehicle services contact forms:
DPS-DVS Public Information Center staff will also be answering phone calls during its normal Monday-Friday business hours, but staff will be very limited March 30 through April 10, so it may be difficult to get through.
- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will continue to process and print refund checks during this time.
- DPS-DVS will continue to mail monthly registration renewal notices to Minnesotans.
- Information from Governor Walz, including his executive orders and FAQs, can be found on hisCOVID-19 Response and Preparation webpage.
- The Minnesota Department of Health has extensive information aboutCOVID-19 on its website.
- DPS-DVS will continue to update its website andFacebookandTwitterpages with additional information.