Panhandling issues in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A talk was held Monday night to discuss the issue of aggressive panhandling in Rochester.

City leaders, along with regular residents, expressed their concerns during the talk about the increasing issue in the med-city. “When they are standing in front of businesses and stopping people who are going into or out of businesses or visitors to our community, citizens, we feel as a chamber of commerce that’s gone too far,” Interim President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Jerry Williams said.

One of the spots they are hitting is the Peace Plaza in downtown. The city council is expected to talk about this issue next Monday.

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