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Andy Brownell

I’m a lifelong Rochester resident and host of Rochester Today on KROC-AM. The lively one hour program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. weekdays and features experts and other guests, including regular visits by Mayor Ardell Brede, City Attorney Terry Atkins, and Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Michael Munoz. Every Tuesday and Friday conservative commentator and author Tom Ostrom joins me to talk about the events and issues of the day, and the Tracy McCray gets behind the microphone every Wednesday and Thursday to add even more space to the discussion. The regular experts that appear on Rochester Today the field questions from KROC-AM listeners include the Legal Eagle David Shulman, automotive technician Dick Zeitler with Auto Tech 101, and Jim Walters from the Power of Learning with advice on how to become a better critical thinker. Rochester Magazine editor Steve Lange is also a regular on the program. When I’m not hosting Rochester Today, I wears my objective journalist hat as a member of the KROC news team for over 30 years.
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Governor Dayton Names Special Counsel for Constitutional Battle

St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A former member of the Minnesota Supreme Court will represent Governor Mark Dayton in his legal fight with the State Legislature.

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Lawsuit Claims Governor’s Line Item Vetoes Were Unconstitutional

St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Republican legislative leaders today filed a lawsuit challenging Governor Mark Dayton’s use of line item vetoes to remove operational funds for the legislature from the next state budget.

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Mayo Consolidating Albert Lea and Austin Operations

Austin, MN (KROC-AM News) - The challenging times faced by the healthcare industry is being cited by the Mayo Clinic for its decision to phase out child birth, inpatient hospital services, intensive care and major surgeries requiring hospitalization from the list of services offered at the Mayo Clinic Health Care System Medical Center in Albert Lea.

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Report – Mayo Civic Center Finances Stable Despite Construction

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Despite the massive construction process surrounding the expansion and renovation of the Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester, a report presented to the Rochester City Council on Monday shows the facility’s finances were stable last year.

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Thousands in Rochester Lose Power During Storm

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Thousands of homes and businesses in Rochester were left without power when a line of severe thunderstorms delivered damaging winds and heavy rain to southeastern Minnesota this afternoon.

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‘Perennial’ Window Peeker From Rochester Given Jail Sentence

Preston, MN (KROC-AM News) - A man described by Rochester police as a perennial window peeker has been sentenced to just under 200 days in jail for failing to file as a predatory offender in Fillmore County.

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