Olmsted County News


10/19/2018 10:07 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Suspect Still at Large After High Speed Chase Ends in Car Fire 

According to Rochester Police, a person crashed a car into a wooded area near the 3000 block of Sheffield Lane in Southeast Rochester, after allegedly fleeing from Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputies early Friday morning. According to Police, an Olmsted County Sheriff's deputy attempted a traffic stop near 50th Ave. in Southeast Rochester just before 2 a.m. Rochester Police say, the car turned onto Sheffield Lane, and that's where an Olmsted County Sheriff's deputy found the car full engulfed.


10/19/2018 06:10 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Seventh St. NW residents turn tide on parking regulation changes 

Byron residents who live on Seventh St. NW showed up in full force to the city council meeting Oct. 9 to voice their concerns about possible changes to the city's parking ordinance that would affect their street. Resident J.R. Hillemeier explained the history of the parking regulations that were put into effect one decade ago that prohibited non-residents from parking on their street and then walking through their yards to get to the ball fields at the Byron Middle School.


10/19/2018 02:20 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Downtown development, transit, housing should all see action in 2019 

Kevin Bright, left, energy and sustainability director with the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency and the city of Rochester, speaks with James and Marilyn Laudon, of Rochester, over a model of current and future projects during an interactive public open house as part of the DMC annual meeting Wednesday at the Historic Chateau Theatre in downtown Rochester. Olmsted County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Sheila Kiscaden, left, and Rochester School Board Member Julie Workman visit on a prototype of the "Community Couch."


10/18/2018 10:34 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Griffith named planning director 

The former assistant planning director stepped in to lead the department after the former director, Mitzi Baker, was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-March. Griffith's permanent appointment comes at a critical time for the planning department, which has operated as a consolidated effort between Rochester and Olmsted County since 1975.


10/18/2018 06:33 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Voters in Olmsted County are casting their ballots without having to get out of their vehicles 

ROCHESTER, Minn. For people with disabilities like Paula Hardin, going out to cast her vote on Election Day can be a burden.


10/18/2018 04:31 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Olmsted County warns about invasive worms 

An invasive species of worms recently sighted in Olmsted County is making officials jumpy. Jumping worms, a species of worms that can deplete soil of its nutrients, were found around the perimeter of the site in live vegetation at the Olmsted County compost site.


10/18/2018 04:31 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Rochester teen arrested twice for DWI 

A Rochester teenager was arrested twice in the span of about seven hours between Wednesday and early this morning for allegedly driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Cameryn Hayft, 18, may be facing a charge of driving while impaired after being stopped around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday and 4:45 a.m. Thursday, according to Rochester Police Capt.


10/18/2018 06:01 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Two Predatory Offenders, Part of Debated Program, Moving to Rochester 

After years in a civil commitment facility, 42-year-old Robert French and 31-year-old Larry Black have been deemed eligible for release and will soon move to a halfway home in southeast Rochester. The duo were members of a highly-debated sex offender program in which offenders deemed sexually dangerous could be involuntarily committed to a facility for an indefinite time.


10/18/2018 01:40 AM  ~~~Source~~~
HRA board adjust Section 8 income reporting requirement 

Faced with a funding shortage last year, Olmsted County sought to make the most of its Section 8 funding by requiring recipients to report when monthly household incomes increase by $250. "That would change the amount of the rent they paid and also the amount of housing assistance that was paid," said Michele Merxbauer, Olmsted County housing program manager, who noted the intent was to make available federal funds last longer without dropping people from the program.


10/17/2018 09:20 PM  ~~~Source~~~
VIDEO: Olmsted County's Most Wanted 

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office features five wanted individuals weekly in hopes to create awareness and hopefully gain information on the location of those highlighted. This video highlights individuals wanted as of October 17, 2018.


10/17/2018 08:09 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Day in History: Take your drink and be done - " no loafing 

The major new Olmsted County park near Rochester is 1,300 acres. The site will also have 50 camping sites and may have up to 20 miles of trails.


10/17/2018 03:37 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Photos: Lens on History 

A one-stop collection of historical photos appearing in the Post-Bulletin. Lens on History is a weekly photo feature by Lee Hilgendorf and Cindy Scott, volunteers at the History Center of Olmsted County.


10/16/2018 11:17 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Couple Sentenced for Stealing From Grandmother With Dementia 

Jason Polikowsky, 34, and his wife, 43-year-old Jessica Polikowsky, along with Jason's father, Donald Polikowsky, were charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Jason's grandmother, Rose Polikowsky. According to the criminal complaint filed in 2014, Rose was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and "was not competent to make transactions, gifts, or consent to transfers of VA's assets".


10/16/2018 06:37 PM  ~~~Source~~~
County candidates make their case 

Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem's challenger for his seat, Geoff Hjerleid, an attorney in the office, says it's time for a change. The two squared off in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Rochester at the Public Library Monday evening.


10/16/2018 02:02 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Sheriff: Man charged after allegedly beating woman, not letting her leave residence 

OLMSTED COUNTY, Minn. A man is facing multiple counts of domestic assault after allegedly hitting a woman so hard that her jaw popped out of place.