Crime is a hot topic in Rochester, Minn. even though the city’s crime rate has dropped in the past decade. While the population is up 21 percent, most individual crime reporting categories have remained virtually static. But city and police officials say the perception of crime in Rochester is actually getting worse.
The greater Mankato area in southcentral Minnesota has long hosted international residents, mainly students studying at the Minnesota State University campus. But in the last decade, the area has attracted thousands of East African refugees and Latin American immigrants who are putting down roots and calling Mankato home.
The Brazilian Bull Riders Association of South Florida, a small, Fort Lauderdale-based group, has attracted hundreds of Brazilian cowboys and cowgirls to the region in the past decade.
Popular in the 1970s and revived in recent years with a reality show on the A&E television network, the high-energy sport of roller derby is gaining momentum among a growing group of tenacious women from around Broward County.