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News recap | Four candidates file for Rochester mayor

News recap | Four candidates file for Rochester mayor

This week local candidates began filing for election

In Rochester, three city council seats — wards 1, 3 and 5 — are on the ballot this year.

Of course, the main focus though will be on the mayor’s race.

This week, four candidates — B.W. Coggins, Charlie O'Connell, Kim Norton and Regina Mustafa — made their campaigns official. They are all seeking to succeed Mayor Ardell Brede, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Candidates for local office have until June 5 to sign up.

'Candidate B' identified

A finalist for Rochester Police Chief who was removed from consideration following a failed background check says he plans to appeal the decision.

Dallas Police Major Roy Alston was taken out of the running after members of the Police and Civil Service Commission discovered had he omitted the name of a previous employer from his application.

It turned out that Alston had received a written reprimand from that employer.

In a letter this week, Alston, who had previously been listed as "Candidate B," said the information released about the background investigation was incomplete, inaccurate and without context.

He said the disciplinary action was handed down 12 years ago and came from a supervisor who was later terminated for creating a hostile work environment.

The commission is scheduled to take up his appeal on June 5.

Alston is one of three individuals being considered to replace recently retired chief Roger Peterson. The other two candidates are Captain James Franklin of Minneapolis and Chief Mark Elliot of Prior Lake.

Get ready for a warm one

Expect this Memorial Day Weekend to be one of the hottest on record.

The forecast calls for daytime highs today into Sunday to get into the mid 80s to low 90s. (Plus, some chances for scattered showers.)

The warm temperatures and high humidity levels will combine to create a heightened risk for heat illnesses, especially for those who are active or working outdoors. 

Also an important reminder that this Monday there will be a memorial day service at Soldiers Field. The procession begins at 9:45 a.m. and concludes with a program at the veterans memorial site.

Last call at the Doggery

Last call at the Doggery

Bar Buffalo stomping into downtown Rochester

Bar Buffalo stomping into downtown Rochester