Rochester business owner's concern: Night life forces him to clean up vomit, glasses, straws

"There are people in the alleys that defecate. There is a lack of oversight,” he said.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 7:41 AM
Updated: Jan 23, 2019 12:53 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rochester is looking into making changes to the way police patrol downtown during key times of the nightlife scene.

Councilmembers Mark Bilderback, Randy Staver, and Michael Wojcik are behind the council-initiated action, that aims to keep downtown Rochester safe as more people move to town and it becomes a more active scene.

On Wednesday, the Council is simply asking city administration to look into how feasible the increase in patrolling would be for Rochester.

Specifically, city administration is looking into what’s called the “Fargo” model, where if people were causing problems in the downtown area, officers would be able to track where they were last served alcohol.

John Krusel is one of the two retail shops on 3rd St. and has owned that retail shop for 41 years. He’s pleased the city is taking action but says it’s long overdue.

“We are tired of being taken advantage of by having to pick up, clean up vomit, glasses, straws. There are people in the alleys that defecate. There is a lack of oversight,” he said.

But more policing comes with a price.

The city is looking into upping the cost of liquor licenses to area bars. That money would then go into paying for the extra policing.

Since the conversation is in such infant phases, there is no word yet on how much liquor licenses would go up.

The Rochester city council meeting is on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Article Comments

Mason City
Scattered Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 68°
Albert Lea
73° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 73°
75° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 75°
Charles City
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 72°
71° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 71°
Tracking storm chances through the day
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video


New Location for Rochester Warming Center


Last Safe City Nights


Sara's Daybreak Forecast - Storms start the day


Sara's Daybreak Storm Update - Tuesday


CTK: St. Charles


CTK: Chatfield


CTK: Dover-Eyota


Snow and Ice removal


Warming center has a new location


City beach enhancement project

Community Events