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Rochester is a city founded in 1854 in the U.S. State of Minnesota
and is the county seat of Olmsted County located on the Zumbro River's south fork in Southeast Minnesota. It is Minnesota's third-largest city and the largest city located outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2015, the Rochester metropolitan area has a population of 215,884.[2] According to the 2010 United States Census
the city has a population of 106,769.[7] The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the 2016 population was 114,011.[8] It is the home of the Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
and formerly, one of IBM's largest facilities. The city has long been rated as one of the best places to live in the United States
United States
by multiple publications such as Money and is one of the most educated cities in the world.[9][10]


1 History

1.1 St. Mary's Hospital 1.2 Mayo Clinic

2 Geography

2.1 Climate

3 Demographics 4 Government 5 Education 6 Economy

6.1 Destination Medical Center

7 Arts and culture 8 Parks and recreation 9 Media 10 Transportation

10.1 Major highways

11 Sports 12 Awards and rankings 13 See also 14 References 15 External links

History[edit] The area initially developed as a stagecoach stop between Saint Paul, Minnesota
and Dubuque, Iowa. When the Winona and St Peter Railroad initiated service in October 1864, it brought new residents and business opportunities further spurring growth and expansion. In 1863, Dr. William W. Mayo
William W. Mayo
arrived as the examining surgeon for Union draftees in the Civil War. The community was named after Rochester, New York by emigrants from that area. Rochester celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2004. St. Mary's Hospital[edit]

St. Mary's Hospital (1910)

On August 21, 1883, the Great Tornado demolished much of Rochester, leaving 37 dead and approximately 200 injured. As there was no medical facility in the immediate area at the time, Dr. Mayo and his two sons worked together to care for the wounded. Donations of US$60,000 (US$1,567,054 in 2016 accounting for inflation) were collected and the Sisters of St. Francis, assisted by Mayo, opened a new facility named St. Marys Hospital in 1889.[11] Mayo Clinic[edit] The Mayo practice grew and is today among the largest and most well-respected medical facilities in the world. Many notable people from around the world, including former Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford
and Ronald Reagan, have visited Rochester as patients of the Mayo Clinic. Rochester has also been hit by two F4 tornadoes since 1950 (the first on May 10, 1953 and the other on September 16, 1962.)[12] Geography[edit]

The Zumbro River
Zumbro River
through Downtown Rochester

Rochester lies alongside the South Fork of the Zumbro River
Zumbro River
ringed by gentle hills and largely surrounded by farmland within a deciduous forest biome. Located within southeast Minnesota, it falls within the Driftless Area: the only region in North America that was never glaciated and contains deeply-carved river valleys. The rugged terrain is due both to the lack of glacial deposits, or drift, and to the incision of the upper Mississippi River and its tributaries into bedrock. According to the United States
United States
Bureau, the city has a total area of 54.75 square miles (141.80 km2), of which 54.59 square miles (141.39 km2) of it is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.[1] The city is located 85 miles (137 km) southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul.[13] Rochester is in Olmsted County, one of only four counties in Minnesota without a natural lake. Artificial lakes exist in the area, including Silver Lake, a dammed portion of the South Fork Zumbro River
Zumbro River
just below the convergence with Silver Creek near the city center. Silver Lake was once used as a cooling pond when the coal-burning power plant was operated by Rochester Public Utilities at the lake. When operational, the RPU coal plant's heated water output prevented the lake from generally freezing over during the winter months; attracting large numbers of migrating giant Canada geese. Rochester has an extensive park system, the largest of which are Silver Lake and Soldiers Field in the central part of the city. A major flood in 1978 led the city to embark on an expensive and successful flood-control project that involved altering many nearby rivers and streams. The Zumbro river flowing through the center of the city is presently being readdressed for increased development and use as part of city planning in conjunction with funding from the Destination Medical Center project.

Westward View of Downtown Rochester from Quarry Hill Park (2010).

Climate[edit] Rochester features a humid continental climate (Dfa/Dfb), with hot summers and very cold winters. The city features four distinct seasons. Rochester sees on average 30 inches (760 mm) of rainfall and 48 inches (120 cm) of snowfall per year. Significant snow accumulation is common during the winter months. Spring and fall are transitional seasons, with a general warming trend during the spring and a general cooling trend during the fall. However, it is not uncommon to see some snowfall during the early months of spring and the later months of fall. Rochester is the second windiest city in the United States, with wind speeds averaging 12.6 mph. January and April are the windiest months on average, according to The Weather Channel.

Climate data for Rochester International Airport, Minnesota (1981–2010 normals,[14] extremes 1886–present)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 58 (14) 63 (17) 82 (28) 92 (33) 106 (41) 105 (41) 108 (42) 100 (38) 100 (38) 93 (34) 77 (25) 64 (18) 108 (42)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 41.2 (5.1) 44.7 (7.1) 63.9 (17.7) 79.3 (26.3) 85.7 (29.8) 90.6 (32.6) 90.8 (32.7) 88.9 (31.6) 85.5 (29.7) 78.5 (25.8) 62.5 (16.9) 43.4 (6.3) 93.8 (34.3)

Average high °F (°C) 23.6 (−4.7) 28.1 (−2.2) 40.5 (4.7) 57.0 (13.9) 68.7 (20.4) 78.0 (25.6) 81.4 (27.4) 78.9 (26.1) 71.4 (21.9) 58.4 (14.7) 41.6 (5.3) 27.1 (−2.7) 54.7 (12.6)

Average low °F (°C) 7.7 (−13.5) 12.4 (−10.9) 24.3 (−4.3) 36.4 (2.4) 47.4 (8.6) 57.2 (14) 61.3 (16.3) 59.3 (15.2) 50.4 (10.2) 38.4 (3.6) 26.0 (−3.3) 12.2 (−11) 36.2 (2.3)

Mean minimum °F (°C) −16.5 (−26.9) −11.9 (−24.4) 0.7 (−17.4) 19.5 (−6.9) 32.3 (0.2) 43.0 (6.1) 49.5 (9.7) 46.9 (8.3) 33.9 (1.1) 21.7 (−5.7) 6.2 (−14.3) −12 (−24) −20.8 (−29.3)

Record low °F (°C) −42 (−41) −35 (−37) −31 (−35) 5 (−15) 21 (−6) 31 (−1) 40 (4) 32 (0) 22 (−6) −6 (−21) −24 (−31) −33 (−36) −42 (−41)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.86 (21.8) 0.83 (21.1) 1.88 (47.8) 3.24 (82.3) 3.63 (92.2) 4.68 (118.9) 4.55 (115.6) 4.52 (114.8) 3.45 (87.6) 2.24 (56.9) 1.91 (48.5) 1.23 (31.2) 33.02 (838.7)

Average snowfall inches (cm) 12.0 (30.5) 8.5 (21.6) 8.7 (22.1) 3.3 (8.4) trace 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.8 (2) 6.1 (15.5) 12.5 (31.8) 51.9 (131.8)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 8.4 7.9 10.2 11.2 12.4 11.7 10.5 10.0 9.9 9.4 9.3 9.7 120.6

Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 8.6 7.5 6.0 2.3 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.9 5.2 9.3 39.9

Source: NOAA[15][16]


Historical population

Census Pop.

1860 1,424

1870 3,953


1880 5,103


1890 5,321


1900 6,843


1910 7,844


1920 13,722


1930 20,621


1940 28,312


1950 29,885


1960 40,663


1970 53,766


1980 57,890


1990 70,745


2000 85,806


2010 106,769


Est. 2016 114,011 [5] 6.8%

U.S. Decennial Census[17] 2016 Estimate[8]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 106,769 people, 43,025 households, and 26,853 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,955.8 inhabitants per square mile (755.1/km2). There were 45,683 housing units at an average density of 836.8 per square mile (323.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.0% White, 6.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 6.8% Asian (1.3% Indian, 1.2% Cambodian, 1.0% Chinese, 0.9% Vietnamese, 0.6% Laotian, 0.4% Korean, 0.4% Filipino, 0.2% Hmong, 0.1% Japanese, 0.1% Thai, 0.1% Pakistani), 2.0% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.2% of the population (3.7% Mexican, 1.3% Puerto Rican, 2.0% Other). In terms of ancestry, the 2005–2007 American Community Survey found German Americans to be the largest single ethnic group in Rochester, making up 35.5% of the city's population. Norwegian Americans made up 15.9%, while Irish Americans contributed to 11.6% of the city's populace. English Americans made up 8.2% of the population and Swedish Americans were 5.0% of the city's population. In the mid-1980s Rochester had fewer than 40 Hmong persons.[13] The 1990 United States Census
counted 200 Hmong persons in Rochester. This increased to 300 by 1998. Cathleen Jo Faruque, author of "Migration of Hmong to Rochester, Minnesota: Life in the Midwest," wrote in 2003 that there was "every indication that this trend will continue".[18] There were 43,025 households of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.6% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.04. The median age in the city was 35 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female. As of the 2011-2015 American Community Survey, the median household income was $68,023.[19] Government[edit] See also: List of mayors of Rochester, Minnesota Rochester is governed by a mayor-council government with a seven-member city council.[20] The current mayor is Ardell Brede.[21] As of December 2017, the city council is comprised as follows: Randy Staver, City
Council President; Ed Hruca, 1st Ward; Michael Wojcik, 2nd Ward; Nick Campion, 3rd Ward; Mark Bilderback, 4th Ward; Mark Hickey, 5th Ward; and Annalissa Johnson, 6th Ward.[22]

Old City

Rochester is the seat of Olmsted County, run by a seven-member elected county board, each representing district residents.[23] The County Board of Commissioners oversee county operations and address citizen concerns. When a commissioner is elected, they are elected to serve a 4-year term. When that term ends, the commissioner can run for re-election if they so desire. The County Attorney and the County Sheriff are also elected to 4 year terms and can run for re-election when the term expires if they choose. Each of these elected officials acts as the director for his/her office, and are accountable to the residents of Olmsted County.[24]

Government Center Building

Rochester falls under the Olmsted County District Court within the Third Judicial District of the State of Minnesota.[25] The city includes parts of Minnesota
state legislative districts 25 and 26.[26] In the Minnesota
House of Representatives, District 25A is represented by Duane Quam (R), District 25B is represented by Duane Sauke (DFL), District 26A is represented by Tina Liebling
Tina Liebling
(DFL), and District 26B is represented by Nels Pierson (R). In the Minnesota Senate, Rochester is represented by Dave Senjem
Dave Senjem
and Carla Nelson, both Republicans. Rochester is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a member of the Minnesota
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) currently running for Governor of Minnesota. Education[edit]

Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
School of Medicine

View of the Courtyard & Greenhouse of John Marshall Senior High School

Rochester Public Schools enroll 16,300 students in 23 public primary and secondary schools.[27] The city is divided into three public high school attendance zones: John Marshall, Mayo and Century. Private schools in the city include Lourdes, Schaeffer Academy, and Rochester Central Lutheran School amongst various smaller private religious schools. Studio Academy, a fine arts-focused charter school operated for 10 years in Rochester and closed its doors in 2011 upon losing its charter.[28][29] The Rochester STEM Academy opened in 2011, occupying the former Studio Academy building. Higher education in Rochester had been concentrated around the former University Center Rochester
University Center Rochester
in the city's southeast outskirts, where Rochester Community and Technical College
Rochester Community and Technical College
shares a campus with a branch of Winona State University.[30] The University of Minnesota offered degrees through UCR until 2007, when the University of Minnesota
Rochester was established downtown finally establishing the presence of major university in the city somewhat in hand with the development comprehensive city planning and investment under the Destination Medical Center project.[31] Rochester is also home to branches of Cardinal Stritch University
Cardinal Stritch University
and the Minnesota
School of Business. Branches of Augsburg University
Augsburg University
and College of St. Scholastica are also in Rochester, as are branches of Winona State University and St. Mary's University. The Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
offers graduate medical education and research programs through the Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. According to the United States
United States
Bureau 2011-2015, the number of high school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+ was 94.1%. The number of bachelor's degree or higher percent of persons age 25+ was 41.3%.[19] Economy[edit] Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
forms the core of Rochester's economy. As of 2016, it employs 34,180 people and draws more than 2 million visitors annually.[32] The clinic's many facilities, along with hotels, restaurants and retail stores, comprise nearly all of the city's downtown. Excluding the state government, Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
is the largest employer in Minnesota.[33] Other care providers, including the Rochester Federal Medical Center, are significant employers. IBM's Rochester campus is one of the company's most important manufacturing centers. It has produced the System i series,[34] been home to the first Blue Gene
Blue Gene
prototype, and contributed the servers for Roadrunner.[35] Seven employees at the Rochester IBM
campus created IBM
Employees Credit Union, which is now Think Mutual Bank, a chain of banks in the Rochester and Twin Cities
Twin Cities
metropolitan areas. The economy of Rochester is also influenced by the agricultural nature of the region. Seneca Foods
Seneca Foods
has a processing plant in Rochester. There are multiple dairy producers such as Kemps that are active in the area. In addition, Kerry Flavours and Ingredients, a subsidiary of the global Irish company called Kerry Group, maintains a production plant in Rochester that specializes in fermented ingredients, found in breads, meats and other processed foods.

Gonda Building, Mayo Clinic

No. Employer No. of Employees

1 Mayo Clinic 34,660

2 IBM 2,791 [36]

3 Rochester Public Schools 2,727

4 City
of Rocheseter 1,291

5 Olmsted County 1,279

6 Olmsted Medical Center 1,249

7 McNeilus
Truck & Manuf. 1,214

8 Charter Communications 902

9 Kahler Hotels 680

10 Seneca Foods 652

11 Crenlo 600

12 Benchmark Electronics 562

13 Rochester Community and Technical College 500

14 Federal Medical Center, Rochester 450

15 Reichel Foods 450

Destination Medical Center[edit] In 2013, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill known as Destination Medical Center (DMC). It will also increase Mayo Clinic's tax base, business and economic growth throughout the state of Minnesota.[37] Because of this legislation, The Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
will invest in $3.5 billion to upgrade patient rooms, add additional work space, and build research and administrative buildings.[38] The main developments of this plan will be in the DMC sub-districts. The Downtown Waterfront district will cover The Government Center, The Civic Center, and most areas near the Zumbro River. The Central Station district includes Central Park and most of Civic Center Drive, aimed to become a transportation hub of the city. St. Marys Place will cover St. Marys hospital and St. Marys Park, as well as most of 2nd Street. The Heart of the City
will feature the Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
campus and major residential, commercial, and retail companies. The Discovery Square area will include scientific and technology research facilities. Lastly, The UMR & Recreation district will feature Soldier's Field and the University of Minnesota
Rochester campus.[39] Arts and culture[edit] A number of Rochester buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the historic Chateau Theatre, which in 2015 was bought by the city for preservation,[40] and Avalon Music, formerly a hotel important in the local civil rights movement. The Rochester Art Center is located downtown, just south of the Mayo Civic Center. In the summer, every Thursday the city puts on "Thursdays on First" where local restaurants and artists can set up booths all along First Avenue downtown Rochester. There are a few stages where bands perform and provide entertainment. There are also a number of street musicians sitting on walls or standing on the sidewalks. The oldest cultural arts institution in the community, Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale was founded in 1919 as a professional performing arts organization called the Rochester Orchestra. Its earliest ensemble — the Lawler-Dodge Orchestra — was founded in 1912 as a volunteer orchestra, driven by Daisy Plummer, wife of world-famous Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
physician, Dr. Henry Plummer, and directed by Harold Cooke. In early years, the Orchestra appeared in the former Chateau Theatre
Chateau Theatre
where they performed background music for silent movies. Parks and recreation[edit]

Rochester has an extensive network of bike and pedestrian paths.

Lake Pepin Golf Club North of Rochester

has one of the most extensive state park systems in the nation. Seventy-two state parks are used year-round for hunting, camping, and hiking. In addition, Minnesota
has more miles of bike trails than any other state, and a growing network of hiking trails.[41] Likewise, Rochester's city park system is large, with more than 100 sites covering 5 square miles (13 km2). The city also maintains 85 miles (137 km) of paved trails[42] in addition to state trails such as the Douglas State Trail. The nearest state park is Whitewater State Park. In addition, Rochester has provided educational and recreation opportunities through Quarry Hill Nature Center, a cooperative effort between the Rochester Parks & Recreation Department, Rochester Public School District and Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center. Quarry Hill Park was originally a part of the former Rochester State Hospital farm and was purchased from the state by the City
of Rochester in 1965. The Nature Center opened in 1973 as a cooperative effort between the Rochester Park Department and the Rochester Public School District. In September 1990, work was completed on a major addition to the existing nature center, effectively tripling the main floor area and enabling Quarry Hill to meet the increasing needs of both the general public and school. Additional facilities were completed in 2017 in addition to nordic skiing trails in 2014. These facilities include new educational facilities and a 19th-century prairie style home while guests can rent skis and snow shoes on site to enjoy the trails in winter.[43] Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo located on the Zumbro River
Zumbro River
in nearby Byron, Minnesota
offers hiking, camping, fishing, and extensive trails in addition to the Zollman Zoo which houses over 30 species of animals, most of which have injuries that would prevent them from surviving in the wild. All of the animals are native to Minnesota. The zoo is named after Dr. Paul E. Zollman. The most popular animals include a wolf, bald eagle, white-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcat, river otters, bison and a cougar. The zoo is open year-round.[44] The city also maintains four public golf courses: Northern Hills, Eastwood Golf Club, Hadley Creek (9 holes), and Soldiers Field Golf Course located downtown.[45] In addition, a number of private courses are located in the Rochester area, including Willow Creek Golf Club, Oak Summit Golf Club, Maple Valley Golf Club, Somerby Golf Club, and the Rochester Golf and Country Club along with a number of courses in smaller surrounding communities. Minnesota
has one of the highest number of golf courses per capita in the country,[46] generally found to be of much higher quality than public courses located in the Northeast and elsewhere.[47] Extensive fishing is available in the area,[48] including high quality trout runs.[49][50]

Quarry Hill Oak Savana (2016).

Media[edit] See also: Media in Rochester, Minnesota The city newspaper is the Post-Bulletin, an afternoon paper which publishes Monday through Saturday. The Post-Bulletin
company also publishes Rochester Magazine, a monthly features periodical.[51][52] There are two television stations based in Rochester: KTTC channel 10.1 (NBC), KTTC-(CW) channel 10.2, and KXLT-TV channel 47 (Fox). The stations share studios as part of a special agreement between Quincy Newspapers and Segamorehill Broadcasting. KIMT
channel 3 (CBS) in Mason City, Iowa, KAAL
channel 6 (ABC) in Austin, channel 15 KSMQ (PBS) in Austin and channel 24 KYIN (PBS) in Mason City
are among the stations that serve the market. KAAL
is licensed to Austin, but has a studio in Rochester. The Rochester area is provided cable service by Charter Communications, which holds monopoly in the area. Transportation[edit] Rochester is served by three U.S. highways (U.S. 14, U.S. 52, and U.S. 63), and the southern edge of Rochester is skirted by Interstate Highway 90 and State Highway 30. Olmsted County Highway 22 is also a main highway in the city because it circles most of Rochester. A combination of skyways and subterranean walkways, subways, link most downtown buildings, which residents often use to avoid the Minnesota brutal winter weather conditions. Public bus transit is run by Rochester Public Transit. Its operations are carried out by First Transit. Rochester International Airport
Rochester International Airport
is located seven miles south of downtown. The airport is the second busiest commercial airport in Minnesota
[53] It has direct flights to Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Rochester has a shuttle service connecting to the Minneapolis
St. Paul International airport by Rochester Shuttle Service and Go Rochester Direct. A proposed Twin Cities-Rochester rail link has been the subject of a series of studies since the late 1980s. Rochester previously had service to Chicago to the southeast and to Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City, South Dakota
to the west until the Chicago and North Western Railway's Rochester 400 streamliner ended service in 1963. Major highways[edit]

US 14 – U.S. Route 14 US 52 – U.S. Route 52 US 63 – U.S. Route 63 I-90 – Interstate 90 MN 30 – Minnesota
State Highway 30

Sports[edit] Main article: Sports in Minnesota

Team League Venue

Rochester Honkers Northwoods League, Baseball Mayo Field

Rochester Ice Hawks MnJHL, Ice Hockey Rochester Recreation Center

Med City
Freeze Southern Plains Football League, Semi-Pro Football[54] Rochester Regional Stadium

Awards and rankings[edit] The city had long been a fixture on Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" index, and was ranked number 67 on the 2006 list,[55][56] and in the top 3, including number one multiple times, from 1993-1997. Rochester ranked second in Quality of Life by American City
Business Journal.[57] Rochester ranked sixth in Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
magazine's 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade. Golf Digest
Golf Digest
and Golf for Women both ranked Rochester as the fifth best golf market in the midwest in 2006. In 2009, US News and World Report
US News and World Report
ranked Rochester in the Top Ten Best Places to Grow Up and ninth for Best Cities for job seeking retirees. Rochester was ranked the 5th best city to retire in by the Milken Institute.[58] See also[edit]

List of tallest buildings in Rochester, Minnesota List of people from Rochester, Minnesota


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Byron Kasson Lake City‡ Stewartville

(under 5,000)

Bellechester‡ Blooming Prairie‡ Canton Chatfield Claremont Dodge Center Dover Elgin Eyota Fountain Hammond Harmony Kellogg Lanesboro Mabel Mantorville† Mazeppa Millville Minneiska‡ Oronoco Ostrander Peterson Pine Island‡ Preston† Plainview Rushford Village Rushford Spring Valley Wabasha† Whalan West Concord Wykoff Zumbro Falls


Dodge Fillmore Olmsted Wabasha

‡ indicates that it is partially in the metropolitan area. † indicates a county seat.

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 State of Minnesota

Saint Paul (capital)


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Largest cities pop. over 25,000

Andover Apple Valley Blaine Bloomington Brooklyn Center Brooklyn Park Burnsville Chaska Coon Rapids Cottage Grove Duluth Eagan Eden Prairie Edina Fridley Inver Grove Heights Lakeville Mankato Maple Grove Maplewood Minneapolis Minnetonka Moorhead Oakdale Owatonna Plymouth Prior Lake Ramsey Richfield Rochester Roseville St. Cloud St. Louis Park Saint Paul Savage Shakopee Shoreview Winona Woodbury


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Mayors of cities with populations exceeding 100,000 in Minnesota

Jacob Frey
Jacob Frey
(DFL) (Minneapolis) Melvin Carter (DFL) (Saint Paul) Ardell Brede (I) (Rochester)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 293596964 LCCN: n79026