RNeighbor’s News II

Historic Walking Tour (attachment)

Saturday, May 21, 10 am

Meet at 14 4th Street SW

In celebration of Preservation Month, the Rochester Conservancy invites you to an historic walking tour of a portion of downtown Rochester this Saturday, May 21, 2016. The event is free and open to all ages. Please join us for coffee at 10 a.m. at the historic Conley-Maass building, located at 14 4th Street SW. The fun and informative tour will begin at 10:30 a.m., proceed down First Avenue to the Chateau Theatre and conclude at the Doctors Mayo Memorial amphitheater in Mayo Park, off East Center Street, where light refreshments and music will be provided. The tour will be led by John Kruesel, Judge Kevin Lund and local preservation experts. This year’s theme is “This Place Matters”.


3 Mile Smile Bike Ride (attachment)

Saturday, May 21, 1-4 pm

Rochester Area Family Y South Parking Lot

1 pm bike rodeo, bike wash and fix-it activities, prizes

3 pm bikes roll out

3:30 pm refreshments, snacks, and high-fives


This event is part of Pedal Minnesota’s 3 Mile Smile, encouraging more people to bike for trips of 3 miles or less. Why? Because it’s easy, it only takes 20 minutes, and it’s a great way to inject some FUN into an ordinary day. Join Rochester area families for a celebratory 3 Mile Smile bike ride and community event! We’ve got fun for the whole family, including a 3-mile kid-friendly bike ride, a bike rodeo, a bike w ash and fix-it station, food and drinks, prizes and more!

Rochester 3MileSmile Poster Final

Zumbro River Stressor Identification (attachment)

May 24,  7-8:30 pm

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Cascade Meadow, 2900 19th Street NW, Rochester, 55901

The Zumbro River Watershed was assessed recently for its biological health. A total of twenty eight streams, encompassing four different counties (Goodhue, Wabasha, Olmsted, Dodge) were not meeting biological standards and began a process called stressor identification, which identifies the reasons contributing to the biological stress. The identification process and resulting information will be presented on the various streams in the watershed, while also looking at some specific cases where stormwater runoff and flow alteration can impact biological integrity. Presentation by Tiffany Schauls, Watershed Monitoring Specialist for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Rochester

Press Release – Zumbro River Stressor Identification

UMR Connects Series – Celebrating Arbor Month –The Health Benefits of Trees (attachment)

Tuesday, at 7 pm

4th Floor of University Square, Downtown Rochester, 111 South Broadway


May 24

Complex Answers to Simple Questions

Eric North, Research Fellow and Instructor, University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources


May 31 i-Tree: Assessing and Sustaining the

Public Health Benefits of Trees

Dr. Jason Henning, Research Urban Forester, Davey Institute


UMR CONNECTS Flier_May 24 2016

UMR CONNECTS Flier_May 31 2016


55th Street Improvements – Open House (attachment)

Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Christ Community Church (4400 55th Street NW)

The City of Rochester invites anyone with an interest in the 55th Street NW Improvement Project to attend a construction open house, scheduled on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM at Christ Community Church (4400 55th Street NW).  55th Street NW will be reconstructed from 50th Avenue NW to West Circle Drive, including new signals, pedestrian facilities, bike lanes and stormwater improvements.  55th Street NW will have a new alignment between Fairway Drive and West Circle Drive, where it will intersect West Circle Drive (CSAH 22) at 41st Ave / Members Parkway NW.  New traffic signals will be placed at intersections with 44th Avenue NW, Fairway Drive NW (on the new alignment), and at West Circle Drive/Members Parkway NW.


Historic SW Neighborhood Association Garage Sale

Save the date for this neighborhood-wide garage sale on Saturday June 18.




Rene Lafflam, Executive Director


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