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A conversation with Rochester Mayor Kim Norton

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Kim Norton takes the oath of office as Rochester's first female mayor.
Kim Norton takes the oath of office on Jan. 7, 2019, to become Rochester's first female mayor.
Andew Link | Rochester Post-Bulletin

Kim Norton has been mayor of Minnesota's third largest city since January. She took the reins of city government after 10 years in the Minnesota House, where she was involved in a bill that established a $5.6 billion, 20-year development plan to "secure Mayo Clinic's and Minnesota's status as a global medical destination."  

"My goal was to come here to make certain that everyone was considered in the development and growth of our community," she told MPR News host Tom Crann Wednesday. "How do we have strong neighborhoods? How do people feel safe no matter where they are in this community? How are there opportunities to eat and to work beyond Mayo Clinic?"

To hear the conversation on how Rochester's growth has challenged the housing market and how the city is seeing a rise in homelessness, click the audio player above.