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RPU to host virtual public meeting on proposed electric utility substation

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

ROCHESTER, MN – Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will be hosting a virtual public meeting on a proposed electric utility substation on Wednesday, September 1 at 5:30pm.

The virtual public meeting will lay out details of the proposed substation along Marion Road SE and will provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions or to voice comments on the proposed project.

The proposed substation will enhance RPU’s ability to provide quality electric power to neighborhoods and businesses in central and southeast Rochester. The area of service will generally span from 11th Avenue southeast to 50th Avenue, and from 4th Street SE to Hwy. 52. Businesses and Mayo facilities in downtown Rochester will also be served from the new substation.

The meeting link and call-in phone number will be made available on the RPU home page on the blue callout banner, as well as on the RPU blog listing.

Click here for link to meeting

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Phone number to meeting- (audio only) 1 347-352-4853 Phone Conference ID: 676 160 928#

Additional communication was sent directly to residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity of the proposed substation location.

For more information, please contact Tony Benson at 507-280-1534 or email at

About Rochester Public Utilities

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 56,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 40,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include photovoltaic offerings, wind energy, energy and water efficient equipment, and electric vehicle charging.


Masks required in City-operated buildings effective August 6, 2021

Friday, August 6th, 2021

Effective tomorrow, Friday, August 6, 2021, all City of Rochester teammates and visitors will be required to wear facial coverings in city-operated facilities, regardless of their vaccination status. This requirement is going into effect because Olmsted County is classified as a county with substantial community transmission of COVID-19. Once counties reach that threshold, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health, and Olmsted County Public Health recommend that face coverings be worn in indoor, public settings by all individuals – vaccinated or not.

The requirement to mask in City facilities will be in place until further notice. The City of Rochester will continue to work with community partners as we monitor and adjust our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Rochester highly recommends all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor, public settings in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Vaccines that protect against COVID-19 are widely available through medical providers and pharmacies. Individuals 12 and older can find vaccine availability at The vaccine is still highly effective against COVID-19 and dramatically reduces hospitalizations and death. However, the Delta variant spreads very easily, and in rare cases, vaccinated people can transmit the virus even if they do not have symptoms.