Molly L. Dennis- Rochester City Council ward 6

Molly L. Dennis- Rochester City Council ward 6 I am deeply honored to represent my 6th Ward neighbors, thank you for placing your trust in me.

Bidding farewell to 2023 as we all come together to welcome in a bright new year!  Everyone is warmly invited to the 2nd...
12/29/2023

Bidding farewell to 2023 as we all come together to welcome in a bright new year! Everyone is warmly invited to the 2nd annual, "Celebrate Rochester! New Year's Eve" party this Sunday! An exciting and FREE community event with music, food, and fun for all ages!

A huge thank you to the City of Rochester, Mayo Clinic, Experience Rochester, Mayo Civic Center,our Police Department, and all devoted partners and community volunteers who create welcoming places of belonging, thank you.
Please reach out to friends and also those in your Neighborhood to join this special community celebration. Let's value each other to help make 2024 a year of respect, inclusion, and compassion together. ❤️

Love people, all people.
12/18/2023

Love people, all people.

A friendly reminder during the holidays...and every day
12/13/2023

A friendly reminder during the holidays...and every day

In addition to kindness, we create a better community simply by getting involved.   Everyone is welcome tonight to have ...
11/20/2023

In addition to kindness, we create a better community simply by getting involved.
Everyone is welcome tonight to have your voice heard and help make our world a better place.
Nestled between local zoning projects and climate impacting forest legislation, are staff's recommendations tonight to change meetings and limit Council/resident rights.
A few proposed changes include, shortening the time residents are able to speak, ending the requirement to record all Council meetings, and limiting independently elected official's ability to speak up for constituents concerns.
I believe accountability and public engagement are vital foundations of our representative democracy. We must protect access to information, ensure policies are made transparently, and allow all voices to be heard.
All perspectives are welcome. Please join City Council in person, or call in, for tonight's Open Comment (information pictured below). Otherwise you can always email ([email protected]) or FB message me your thoughts/concerns on this and any other city

Tonight's information (as well as past Council videos/agendas) can be found at wwww.rochestermn.gov under "City Council meetings".
Thank you for staying involved, caring for others, and help making Rochester a better place to call home.

Life is finite and extremely precious. Every day needs to be World Kindness Day. ❤️
11/14/2023

Life is finite and extremely precious. Every day needs to be World Kindness Day. ❤️

There are no words to express the profound appreciation and admiration to the men and women who devoted service to our c...
11/11/2023

There are no words to express the profound appreciation and admiration to the men and women who devoted service to our country. Thank you. Thank you.

Please vote TODAY for a better tomorrow.Rochester, polls open: 7am -8pmYour voting location can be found at: https://pol...
11/07/2023

Please vote TODAY for a better tomorrow.

Rochester, polls open: 7am -8pm
Your voting location can be found at:
https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

-a heart felt "Thank you," from me, from local children, and future generations to come

Tonight's City Council meeting (7pm, City Hall) there are many important topics, one issue addresses the growing crisis ...
11/06/2023

Tonight's City Council meeting (7pm, City Hall) there are many important topics, one issue addresses the growing crisis of people who are without homes (H.2: Regulation of Camping Activity on City Property).
Many people experiencing homeless perfer, "Our Friends on the Street". Our friends face emense challenges and countless reasons for not having shelter. Living in a tent for many is not recreational but a matter of survival.
Several ward 6 residents have called, emailed, and messaged expressing fear for their own personal safety. I recognize exceptions, however the vast majority of fear is proven unfounded. Perception is reality for many, so to end fear we must get to know other lived experiences.
Assertive leaders who ask hard questions are now falsely labled "hostile." Fear is used as a powerful political motive for control. Confirmation bias can then feed this false fear with manipulative narratives, distorted reality, and push agendas. We must be critical thinkers and look through the lens of humanity first.
I have volunteered at the homeless shelter, stood in line with people struggling, and listened for hours to multiple perspectives. Homelessness unfortunately is a complex and delicate issue without a clear "one size fits all" solution. We need your help.
Please join us tonight for open comment
to have your story heard on this or other city issues. You are the boss of the Mayor and City Council, please come let your voice be heard so we can suppport our community to create a better Rochester for everyone.
We are truly all in this together.

More info please visit: rochestermn.gov

Happy Halloween.  A friendly reminder, seasonal parking starts tonight at 2am.
11/01/2023

Happy Halloween. A friendly reminder, seasonal parking starts tonight at 2am.

Mental health is not just a County issue, a School Board issue, or a City issue. MH is a humanity issue.    How we treat...
10/11/2023

Mental health is not just a County issue, a School Board issue, or a City issue. MH is a humanity issue.
How we treat each other matters. Kindness and compassion matter. Please share your authentic story which can help break the stigma and normalize the struggles.
You are not alone as we are all in this short precious life together.

Today is World Mental Health Day. The dome lights at City Hall will be lit green tonight in recognition.

Check out our City's newest gathering space at Cascade Lake. You can rent a private area for your future activity/event ...
10/08/2023

Check out our City's newest gathering space at Cascade Lake. You can rent a private area for your future activity/event or attend a public meeting, like tomorrow's 3:30 City Council Study Session.
This Monday's meeting on communication focuses on conflict. I'm a Meyer Briggs, EFNP and a Relationship Building/Strategic Thinker in CliftonStrengths * Learn more about other city leaders below.
To succeed, we need to take responsibility for building more bridges not walls. By learning about and supporting each other, we can work together to create a better tomorrow for everyone in Rochester.

*Gallup CliftonStrengths Finder is a global program the City of Rochester uses within it's City Departments to foster communication and effective teamwork with staff and elected officials.

Help change your world by getting involved locally.  Building a stronger community starts with those who have the courag...
10/06/2023

Help change your world by getting involved locally. Building a stronger community starts with those who have the courage to step up. Please consider applying for one of these amazing positions that will give you a microphone to create lasting change.

The City of Rochester is seeking applicants to fill open positions on various Boards & Commissions:

▪️ Heritage Preservation Commission
▪️ Library Board
▪️ Music Board (Wards 2 & 6)
▪️ Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Commission
▪️ Police Policy Oversight Commission
▪️ Public Utility Board

Those interested in applying can visit the City website: https://www.rochestermn.gov/government/boards-commissions/current-openings-how-to-apply

Questions should be directed to Michon Rogers at [email protected] or at 507-328-2700.

Celebrating diversity means learning about, advocating for, and supporting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, AND Accessibili...
10/03/2023

Celebrating diversity means learning about, advocating for, and supporting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, AND Accessibility (DEIA)
October is also:
National ADHD Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Physical Therapy Month
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
Spina Bifida Awareness Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Bully Prevention Month
Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 3-9)
Malnutrition Awareness Week (October 4-8)
World Cerebral Palsy Day (October 6)
National Depression Screening Day (October 7)
World Mental Health Day (October 10)

Supporting each other brings community together, and together we are truly better ❤️

Welcome, You Belong Here.

The City of recognizes October as Diversity Awareness Month and celebrates all of the people who make our community the wonderful place that it is.

Today City Council will be asked to approve the $265,917,502 for DMC - Destination Medical Center  2024-2029 Capital Imp...
10/02/2023

Today City Council will be asked to approve the $265,917,502 for DMC - Destination Medical Center 2024-2029 Capital Improvement Plan*
This is a time to have your voice heard to help maximize opportunities within this important collaboration.
I believe it takes a collective conversation, not just isolated meetings, to create a strong future together.
What changes would YOU like to see in Rochester, within the next 5 years? What are the greatest needs to grow an inclusive and vibrant Downtown?
Please add your thoughts below, email [email protected], or better still...show up tonight and use your voice!
We truly are stronger together ❤️

*this agenda item is pictured below, however the entire council packet, includung the DMCC budget, can be found under "Council Meetings" at rochestermn.gov

Please come out today and tomorrow and enjoy these fun free family-friendly events. ❤️   Huge thank you to RNeighbors,  ...
09/30/2023

Please come out today and tomorrow and enjoy these fun free family-friendly events. ❤️
Huge thank you to RNeighbors, Rochester Public Library, and all those who help create belonging by bringing community together.
Hope to see you there!

There's still time to beat the heat with one last dip in the pool this weekend.      $4 adults and $2 kids (18 and under...
08/25/2023

There's still time to beat the heat with one last dip in the pool this weekend.
$4 adults and $2 kids (18 and under) at Silver Lake pool. (Lincolnshire's splash pad, Foster Arends, and Cascade lake are always free).
A perfect weekend to enjoy a neighborhood Park or cool off with local water fun!

A gorgeous summer night for relaxing music in the park. Hats off again to Park & Recreation and Civic Music for another ...
08/17/2023

A gorgeous summer night for relaxing music in the park. Hats off again to Park & Recreation and Civic Music for another beautiful concert.
Next ForWard concert will be on Wednesday, August 23rd at White Oaks Park, hope to see you there!

Hats off this week to the collaboration of non-profit Family Abroad and Olmsted County Chester Woods to bring free and f...
08/14/2023

Hats off this week to the collaboration of non-profit Family Abroad and Olmsted County Chester Woods to bring free and fun education experience like Introduction to Minnesota Summer program!
Connecting kids to nature while learning about native plants and fun summer games. If you missed it, keep your eye out for next year to make more amazing memories together.

Following the 2024 budget review, the City Council hit the road to look at future projects around Rochester.
07/18/2023

Following the 2024 budget review, the City Council hit the road to look at future projects around Rochester.

Happy Birthday America ❤️
07/05/2023

Happy Birthday America ❤️

Pease come to Allendale park for an amazing forWARD concert (happening now)!   Opening is a local Blues-Soul Jam band, T...
06/28/2023

Pease come to Allendale park for an amazing forWARD concert (happening now)!
Opening is a local Blues-Soul Jam band, Trent Romans Band followed by a Wisconson based Soul-Pop R&B group, TAE and The Neighborly at 6:30!

If you love music, there is also an opening for Ward 6 Civic Music board. Please contact me or go to rochestermn.gov for more info. Hope to see you here tonight!

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, people gather to play, eat, and spend time in a beautiful Rochester Park.    I agree wi...
06/26/2023

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, people gather to play, eat, and spend time in a beautiful Rochester Park.
I agree with many of the residents I talked with this weekend who were saddened by the news our beloved city park restrooms are now locked to the public.
Most understand how difficult vandalism is to prevent, however one resident today stated, "our city is just throwing the baby out with the bath water"
Others questioned, " who can afford to reserve a park shelter" and "who is the City keeping their restrooms pristine for?"...if no-one can use them.
There were many questions about how much portable restrooms cost to maintain and accessibility issues with using them.
One group of residents stated they moved to Essex Park after Cooke restrooms were closed months ago. Essex park/trails are beautiful but far from many buisnesses. Since there are still no portable restrooms, they stated, "It's a huge discouragement to use any of the parks our tax dollars pay for."
One ward 6 resident texted that she was out with her kids and literally had to "pop a squat" in the woods. I believe this is embarrassing, inconvenient, and unacceptable to force residents to make these choices. Something needs to be done.
Parks support equity, health, happiness, and strong community. Ideas are needed to solve this problem that impacts many in Rochester.
I will be bringing this issue up at tomorow's City Council meeting (6/26/23) under Other Business. Please chime in here, on FB messenger, email [email protected] or call/text (507)269-2916 to share your thoughts on this issue.
Together we can find a solution. Thank you.

July 4th celebrates the birthday of our nation. Juneteenth (June 19th) celebrates true independence day.  Happy Freedom ...
06/19/2023

July 4th celebrates the birthday of our nation. Juneteenth (June 19th) celebrates true independence day. Happy Freedom Day!

Thank you to all those who put on an amazing celebration this weekend, Journie, NAACP Rochester, Olmsted County, Rochester Police Department, Fire Dept. Park & Recreation, and our City of Rochester who strive to acknowledge the generations of systematic racism and help balance the incredibly uneven playing feild toward equality.
Thank you for all those, named and unnamed, who fight daily for diversity, equity, and true inclusion. Thank you.

What a beautiful night for free music in the park!   Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the first Forward Concer...
06/07/2023

What a beautiful night for free music in the park!
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the first Forward Concert of the Season at Cooke Park, details below.
All are Welcome amd hope to see you there!

A beautiful weekend of rainbows, love, and celebrating each other ❤️
05/22/2023

A beautiful weekend of rainbows, love, and celebrating each other ❤️

Why are so many local buisnesses leaving our Downtown?  How can our City help remove barriors and foster new economic de...
05/13/2023

Why are so many local buisnesses leaving our Downtown? How can our City help remove barriors and foster new economic development? and most importantly...how can you be heard to make a difference in these important decisions? Big money often drowns out local resident voices, we need you to speak up.
This Monday's 3:30 Study Session, City Council will hopefully hear the specific details, timelines, and concrete solutions that were developed from the intensive ongoing Downtown Task Force's community engagement (a Task Force comprised of entities like the Chamber of Commerce, RAEDI, RDA, Mayo, DMC, etc..)
It is those in ward 6 and the residents around Rochester who are the real stakeholders (not developers, large corporations, or interest groups). Big business has money to influence however it is the job of your elected councilmembers to help level the playing feild so your voice has a microphone.
I've attended meetings, presentations, and talked with buisness owners, but it is your tax dollars footing the bill. I stick to my vow, my allegiance is always with Ward 6 and residents who need your voice amplified.
It difficult to get to every house for feedback so please share your ideas. Feel free to call, text, or email to share your concerns, questions and dreams for our beautiful city. And please let City council know this weekend what you want to see in your local downtown. Your voice is the most important.

May is Mental Health Awareness month. There's been a series of suicides in Rochester over the last few weeks.  Mental il...
05/10/2023

May is Mental Health Awareness month. There's been a series of suicides in Rochester over the last few weeks. Mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, is an increadibly serious health issue as loneliness/isolation is becoming more common.
We need to normalize self care and re-connect with people in our community.
Please reach out to neighbors, friends, and prioritize taking care of yourself. Prevention is vital.
I personally have struggled with situational depression and now diagnosed with anxiety. For self care, I love attending these free singing bowl meditations in our beautiful Chateau theater Downtown Rochester,. There isn't a session today, however they will start up again, Wed May 17, 24, 31 and Wed June 7, 14, 28.
If meditation isn't your "cup-of-tea" self care, please consider a walk on this beautiful 70 degree spring day or call up a good friend. Just being in nature and real human connection can be life changing.
Mental health is not only a County, Rochester Public Schools, or a City issue...it is a concern for all humanity
We are all in this short and beautiful life together.

Happy Arbor Day 2023!  Beautiful weather for an amazingly packed 21st annual Arbor Day event!  Huge thank you to Rochest...
04/28/2023

Happy Arbor Day 2023! Beautiful weather for an amazingly packed 21st annual Arbor Day event!
Huge thank you to Rochester Public Schools, City of Rochester, Rochester Police Department, Fire Dept., Public Utilities, Park & Recreation, Olmsted County, and everyone who made this epic event possible.
Every day should be a day we celebrate trees and a healthy environment. Thank you to all who help protect the planet which we call home. ❤️

What a perfect location for our Citys first ever  Book Box!  Bringing the love of reading to the heart of Ward 6!   Come...
04/28/2023

What a perfect location for our Citys first ever Book Box! Bringing the love of reading to the heart of Ward 6!
Come walk, ride, or drive over and borrow a new unique book! Open long hours, 8am-10pm, at Fire station #4 (1875 41st NW).
You can also catch the Bookmobile (spring scheduled pictured below) or at www.rplmn.org
Hats off to the Rochester Public Library and Rochester Public Library Foundation for all the amazing work they invested in this special event.
Also thank you to everyone in Rochester who helps provide assess to books and supports reading in your home. Our amazing award winning library makes it easy to get a library card. So this spring, please stop by and open the pages of new ideas, fun connections, and see where your library card takes you. ❤️
Happy reading!

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