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Link PB: Winona YMCA to move
WINONA — Key stakeholders in the Winona Family YMCA community gathered Thursday night to hear what has long been rumored: It's time for the Winona YMCA to move. Derek Madsen, chief executive officer of the Winona YMCA, said the capital campaign's silent phase is officially over, and it is time to let those connected with the YMCA and the community as a whole in on the secret. "We've raised about $9 million, and we're moving to a goal of $13 million," he said. Additionally, the YMCA has a soft commitment for another $2.52 million for a total of more than $11.5 million. "This has been Winona's worst-kept secret for the last couple of years," said Ken Mogren, a member of the fundraising committee. "We've raised enough to consider it a go
Link PB: Tina Smith and Ardell Brede: Destination Medical Center efforts continue growing
Nearly a year ago, the Destination Medical Center Corp. Board adopted the DMC development plan, a comprehensive plan designed to leverage decades of innovation and medical advancement to secure Rochester as the world's premier health destination with a thriving local community. We've accomplished a lot over a short time period. Rochester has experienced $152.4 million in private investments in the designated DMC districts since mid-2013. We've built the project pipeline and driven local, national and global awareness of the opportunities in Rochester.
Link PB View: Joint DMC meeting has potential
Thursday, DMCC Board Member and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he'd like a chance to ask the council to address transportation issues, and during a meeting earlier in the week Rochester council members voiced a desire for more input from the DMCC Board. As Rybak noted, a joint meeting offers a chance to move forward and make sure both bodies are headed in the same direction. "If we get this right, in the next six months we will all know what our roles are and what our values are," he said.
Link application/vnd.wolfram.mathematica.package 10 things to know about the Rochester schools referendum
The Rochester school district is seeking $9.61 million a year over a ten-year period to deal with a $3.8 million deficit in the 2016-17 school year and a $4.5 million deficit in the 2017-18 school year.
Link PB's Randy Petersen: Answer a challenge to help face new challenges
The first In the Shadow of Growth forum organized by the Justice and Peace Committee of the Congregational Church United Church of Christ sparked my interest. I attended that event specifically to hear reports regarding expected community impacts. While reports from Cheryl Jacobson of the Olmsted County Housing Redevelopment Authority, Major Jim Fye of the Salvation Army and others provided useful information, the responses from the audience were just as interesting.
Link C header PB: Grassroots group plans for Rochester's growth
A grassroots organization aimed at keeping public attention on Rochester's growing community needs met Thursday at St. Francis of Assisi Church to set the group's priorities. The In The Shadow of Growth group's second meeting drew more than 100 people. Rochester resident Dave Beal moderated the event, emphasizing the group was not focused on or opposed to the city's Destination Medical Center initiative. Instead, he said the group wants to make sure all needs are addressed as the city grows.
Link Post Bulletin Our View: DMC changes aren't always large scale
Sen. Carla Nelson thought it would have been easier. The Rochester Republican said she thought changing local regulations to provide oversight for small lodging houses created specifically for patients and their families would be an easy fix. Certainly, it didn't need state legislation.
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RT Autism Awareness Foundation Inc Press Release (March 15, 2019)

RT Autism Awareness Foundation has been awarded a grant from the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, for programs and activities supporting the well being of individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Diagnosis.

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Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities (SEMLM) (March 13, 2019)

State lawmakers from Southeast Minnesota are pushing to create a $25 million revolving loan fund to spur business and entrepreneurial activity in the region’s towns and cities."

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Isaiah News (March 06, 2019)

Rochester ISAIAH Community Meetings: Recap of 3/3 and Onto 3/31

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Rochester-Olmsted County Youth commission (March 05, 2019)

The Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commission is bringing the Tents of Witness exhibit to Rochester on April 13th – April 16th. 

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Alternative Learning Center - A Success Story (We want you back) (March 05, 2019)

A success story about ALC.  "We want you back" on YouTube. A Hmong student's high school graduation journey after quitting school to work to help support his family at the age of 16.

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Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights) (February 23, 2019)

2019-02-23 2018-2019 Report presented to RPS school board and comparison with 2018 reporting. 

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County prepares pitch for crisis center (February 19, 2019)

"A county proposal to build a mental health crisis center in Rochester cleared a big hurdle this week.."

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While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org's  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

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