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Millennial politicians find a path to power in Minnesota

mprnews.org — Joshua Gran's classes are done for the day, but studying will have to wait. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student has a city to run. By 6 p.m., the 21-year-old economics major is sitting in the mayor's chair in Caledonia in far southeastern Minnesota, calling the town council to order and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Austin officials approve e-cigarette ban

mprnews.org — The Austin City Council voted to prohibit e-cigarettes from places where smoking already is prohibited. The new law also will apply to hookahs and other smoking devices.

Rochester to buy, preserve historic Chateau Theatre

mprnews.org — Rochester officials say the city will buy the city's historic Chateau Theatre for $6 million, including a $500,000 contribution from Mayo Clinic. The iconic downtown building, which opened in 1927, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its original interior was decorated as a medieval village with a dark ceiling that showed off constellations.

Millennial politicians find a path to power in Minnesota

mprnews.org — Joshua Gran's classes are done for the day, but studying will have to wait. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student has a city to run. By 6 p.m., the 21-year-old economics major is sitting in the mayor's chair in Caledonia in far southeastern Minnesota, calling the town council to order and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Austin city officials to vote on e-cigarette ban

mprnews.org — If the measure passes, Austin will join Minneapolis, Duluth and other cities across the state that have banned e-cigarettes from places where smoking is already prohibited.

Ethics complaints filed in Houston County mining dispute

mprnews.org — Three Houston County residents have filed separate ethics complaints against a county zoning official one week after commissioners backed away from a ban on silica sand mining.

Houston County decides against frac sand mining ban

Concierge service to help Mayo Clinic serve more Chinese patients

mprnews.org — On the second floor of downtown Rochester's newest building, the H3 Plaza, workers install baseboard trim to prepare for the city's first international concierge service. In a couple of months, the space will house the offices of MediSun, a Chinese company setting up a door-to-door service for Chinese patients traveling more than 6,000 miles for treatment at Mayo Clinic.

Foreign-trained doctors could soon have easier path in MN

mprnews.org — For three years, Abdelsalam Elshaikh has worked as nursing assistant at Charter House, a Mayo Clinic retirement community that houses a short-term rehabilitation center. Every night, his duties include wheeling patients recovering from hip and knee surgery to the dining room.

Snow triggers four car-plow collisions in southern MN

mprnews.org — There were no injuries reported but Minnesota Department of Transportation officials were anxious to remind drivers to give the plows plenty of room to work.
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Jan 28, 2015

Anyone in #rochmn affected by job cuts at IBM today? If so, can you pls let me know? And feel free to RT. Tnx.

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