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This site uses the Open Source Content Management System Plone and has been designed to be completely accessible and usable, working in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG v1.0). If there is anything on this site — accessibility or validation related — that is not according to the standard, please contact the Site Administration, and not the Plone Team.

Access keys

Access keys are a navigation device enabling you to get around this web site using your keyboard.

Available access keys

This site uses a setup that closely matches most international recommendations on access keys. These are:

  • 1 — Home Page
  • 2 — Skip to content
  • 3 — Site Map
  • 4 — Search field focus
  • 5 — Advanced Search
  • 6 — Site navigation tree
  • 9 — Contact information
  • 0 — Access Key details

Accessibility Statement

We have undertaken to use our knowledge and understanding of the ways in which different people access the Internet, to develop a web site that is clear and simple for everybody to use.

Validation

We have used XHTML 1.0 and CSS that conforms to specification, as laid out by the W3C because we believe that usability and accessibility must have a solid foundation. If anything on this web site does not validate correctly, please contact the Site Administration, and not the Plone Team.

We have also endeavoured to achieve AA accessibility as measured against version 1.0 of the WCAG. We are aware however, that a number of the checkpoints of the WCAG are subjective — and although we are sure that we have met them squarely, there may be instances where interpretation may vary.

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Video production partnership between RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center and Mayor Norton’s office. (March 31, 2020)

 A video production partnership between RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center and Mayor Norton’s office.

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City of Rochester Supporting Local Businesses (March 31, 2020)

 In English and Khmer

  • NEW Options for deferment of liquor license renewal payments
  • New Municipal parking ramps
  • COVID‐19 Emergency Economic Development Loans
  • On‐street parking

 

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Important Update on Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits (March 30, 2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance team members are processing more applications for unemployment benefits than ever before. It is our top priority to process applications efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that we can deliver for Minnesotans in this time of need.

To ensure our system can handle the increased activity we are experiencing, we are asking that *new* unemployment insurance applicants apply online on an assigned day, based on your social security number (SSN).

If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day - or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day.

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Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service (March 27, 2020)

Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service

Olmsted County residents who are homebound and unable to shop for groceries can contact Family Service Rochester for help. FSR will match requests with a volunteer to assist with shopping.
Requests can be submitted online at familyservicerochester.org or by calling 507-218-3267 between 9 am – 3 pm. All volunteers have background checks and COVID-19 screening for health and
safety.
 
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Rochester-Area Economic Development Inc (RAEDI) Loan News (March 27, 2020)

News forwarded by RAEDI: The State of MN’s Small Business Emergency Loan Program is now accepting applications.

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Governor Tim Walz Press Conference Summary (March 27, 2020)

Governor Tim Walz today joined leaders from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development, Department of Education, and the State Emergency Operations Center to answer questions from the press on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DMCC Executive Committee Topics including COVID-19 Handling (March 26, 2020)

2020-03-26 DMCC Executive Committee Meeting materials including discussions on COVID-19 handling. 

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Rochester Community Warming Center (March 26, 2020)

(1) Rochester Community Warming Center relocates to Mayo Civic Center Exhibition Hall effective immediately 

(2) Olmsted County will comply with Governor Walz’s Executive Order directing all Minnesotans to stay at home to help contain the spread of COVID-19 from Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. to Friday, April 10, 2020. This means that Olmsted County residents, and all Minnesotans, should only leave home when absolutely necessary for essential needs and to maintain essential services. This new order follows similar actions from our neighboring state of Wisconsin. 

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Resilient Option - finding strength and connection (March 22, 2020)

Living with angry brains The next few weeks will challenge your emotional and social skills.

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