Minnesota briefs: Leader of Rochester’s Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency to step down

Noble Horvath

The woman who has led Rochester’s Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency since 2014 announced that she plans to retire in January.

Lisa Clarke, the executive director of the public-private economic development partnership, will be succeeded by Patrick Seeb, currently the organization’s director of economic development and place-making. Seeb previously served for 20 years as CEO of the St. Paul Riverfront Corp.

Clarke built the partnership from the ground up. It became a 20-year, $5.6 billion initiative that is the largest public-private partnership in state history and aims to transform Rochester into a global destination for health and wellness as well as turn it into an economic development asset for the state.

“Lisa has been the foremost champion for the DMC initiative,” board President Jeff Bolton said. “Through her leadership and enthusiastic collaboration with business partners, legislators, developers and entrepreneurs, DMC has made great progress on its 20-year journey.”


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Urich leads recreation and natural resources branch | Article

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By CourtesySeptember 16, 2020

Randy Urich started as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District’s operations project manager for the recreation and natural resources branch in December 2019. Urich said, “I have the pleasure of leading a staff of very professional and dedicated team members who operate and maintain the reservoirs, recreation areas and environmental stewardship lands of the St. Paul District. We provide flood risk management, recreation and natural resource services and opportunities to the public and Corps’ partners.”It is Urich’s passion to be a part of and contribute to something bigger than himself. “The concept of teams, teamwork and all the positive aspects of character-building and camaraderie that play out within teams is what drives my passion,” said Urich.Urich loves the Corps for its opportunities to work with and learn from a diverse group of people with a wide range of skills and other backgrounds.

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San Antonio area has 3 of the top 10 ghost tours in the country

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Two spine-tingling San Antonio ghost tours were recently named the very best in the country.

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Check out www.SistersGrimmGhostTours.com for the 2016 Halloween events!!

Nightly Spirits, a haunted pub crawl that explores the creepy side of San Antonio — and several other cities — earned the top spot on USA Today’s list of the 10 best ghost tours nationwide.

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Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours

The Nightly Spirits tour leaves from Pat O’Brien’s downtown and weaves through “haunted cocktail bars,” ballrooms, and basements.

READ ALSO: New ‘Marbachumentary’ provides colorful, clear-eyed look at the Marbach area’s history and culture

The No. 2 slot on the ranking belonged to the Alamo City alone. Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours, which dives in to the haunted history of Old San Antonio, took home second place.

“San Antonio began as a Spanish settlement in 1691, and it’s acquired its fair share

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23 Five-Star Wellness Getaways

Noble Horvath

Wellness in travel was already a popular topic pre-COVID. But the pandemic turned it into a more vital experience, from those looking for a literal breath of fresh air and nature after months in quarantine to those seeking relief from the stress of the moment in a spa.

To help you find your wellness escape, we rounded up some of the newest double Five-Star winners, the properties that earned top marks for both their hotel and spa during the sneak peek of Forbes Travel Guide’s 2021 Star Awards. Whether you want a Swedish massage or something more ground-breaking, these luxurious wellness getaways deliver. (Check with the properties to ensure they are open and that the services you want are available.)

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

If you’re drawn to crystals, this is your spa. The 57th-floor space

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Destination Maternity (DEST) Has Fallen 96% in Last One Year, Underperforms Market

Noble Horvath

If you are looking for the best ideas for your portfolio you may want to consider some of Choice Equities Capital Management’s top stock picks. Choice Equities Capital Management, an investment management firm, is bearish on Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST) stock. In its Q2 2019 investor letter – you can download a copy here – the firm discussed its investment thesis on Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST) stock. Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST) is the largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel.

On July 24, 2019, Choice Equities Capital Management had released its Q2 2019 investor letter. Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST) stock has posted a return of -96.0% in the trailing one year period, underperforming the S&P 500 Index which returned 13.8% in the same period. This suggests that the investment firm was right in its decision to sell the stock in Q2 2019. On a year-to-date basis, Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST)

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‘Pedal Through’ Highlights Black Joy and Healing on Two Wheels

Noble Horvath

This week in Women in the Mountains, we sat down with director and filmmaker Analise Cleopatra. Cleopatra co-directed the short film ‘Pedal Through’ which explores the strength and healing that comes from pushing yourself in the outdoors. Alisa Geiser photo.

Even though her body was exhausted from her first day of pedaling the Three Sisters Three Rivers bikepacking route in Central Oregon, Analise Cleopatra couldn’t bring herself to fall asleep just yet. It was a crystal clear evening, the kind where you can spot almost any constellation in the sky. As an avid star watcher, Cleopatra positioned herself next to the lake to admire the view and photograph the night sky.

She wasn’t sure what to expect when she decided to go on her first-ever week-long bike packing trip—certainly not sparkling starscapes or breathtaking waterfalls. Up until this moment, she had never slept a night in a tent. Never explored

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City, parish councils adopt 2020-21 budget, restore funds for recreation, Cajundome, police training | News

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The City and Parish Councils on Thursday adopted the 2020-21 budget that provides $1 million for Lafayette Police de-escalation training and restores some funding for parks and recreation, the Cajundome and arts and science facilities.

$1M to go toward Lafayette Police training in wake of Trayford Pellerin death, Josh Guillory says

The councils also stripped from the budget pay raises Mayor-President Josh Guillory proposed for some of his staff, including a $10,000 raise for his director of minority affairs, Carlos Harvin, increasing his salary to $60,000.

Among the funding restored to or allocated in the budget for the fiscal year that begins Nov. 1 are:

  • $1.75 million to parks and recreation
  • $1 million for special police training in the wake of the Aug. 21 fatal shooting of Trayford Pellerin
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Hiker dead, 2 others injured after separate falls in Squamish Valley mountains

Noble Horvath

One hiker is dead and two others injured after they each fell from steep mountainside routes above B.C.’s Squamish Valley in separate incidents over the weekend, according to officials.

On Friday, a woman was hiking with her hiking partner up the Sigurd Trail, north of Squamish, when she fell into Crooked Falls around 11:30 a.m. PT.

RCMP said search and rescue crews found the woman “in the waterfall, clinging to a log.”

Squamish Search and Rescue crews said the log saved the woman from falling most of the way down the rushing falls.

“She fell about 40, 45 metres,” Squamish Search and Rescue Manager Tyler Duncan. “Under all other circumstances, without that log there, she would have been dead, for sure.”

Crews were able to pick the woman, 25, off the waterfall. An air ambulance flew her to hospital in the Lower Mainland with serious injuries. RCMP said she is

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department begins to assess wildfire damage

Noble Horvath

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said the wildfires continuing to burn across the state have so far burned about 900 acres of state park land. Most of that land is undeveloped forest.

Collier Memorial State Park in Chiloquin saw the most damage, losing roughly 400 acres of Ponderosa pines, the department said.

“Although 400 acres is a lot by any estimation, the careful fuel reduction and stand improvement slowed the fire spread enough to be contained before major damage occurred,” Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Forester Craig Leech said in a statement.

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area and the Mongold day-use area on Detroit Lake suffered only minor damage from the Beachie Creek Fire, the parks and recreation agency said.

North Santiam State Recreation Area, about 20 miles west of Detroit Lake, saw much more damage. The Beachie Creek Fire burned straight through that campground located on the North

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Italian-style car tour in … Paso Robles? Of course, there’s wine

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Drivers, start your engines. With many tours and events canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canossa Grand Tours is launching Italian-style car tour in the Paso Robles area during harvest. Four-day luxury road trips, called Grand Tour California, take travelers to Paso’s wineries and California 1. Tours will be offered weekly and are limited to 20 guests and/or 10 cars.

a large green field with trees in the background: Experience wine-growing areas around Paso Robles, Calif., on an Italian-style car rally. (Travel Paso)

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Experience wine-growing areas around Paso Robles, Calif., on an Italian-style car rally. (Travel Paso)

The Grand Tour costs $3,950 per couple per car, offering a safe way to travel in the age of COVID-19. Drivers take their own cars — yes, you can bring your Ferrari or Maserati, or rent one when you arrive — to take off-the-beaten-track vineyard drives, visit with winemakers and eat farm-to-table food along the way.

fireworks in the sky over a body of water: Bruce Munro's Field of Light at Sensorio, a field in Paso Robles, Calif. (Serena Munro / From Bruce Munro)

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Bruce Munro’s Field of Light at Sensorio,

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