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Location, location, location

Mayor, councilmembers weigh in on workforce vs. market rate housing at old YMCA   A discussion during the ... Read more | Add your comment

Mueller wins special election for county First District seat

First District County Commission voters on Tuesday elected John Mueller to serve them in continuing the term left ... Read more | Add your comment

Packers show positive signs in loss to Falcons

The Austin softball team took another step towards finding a comfort level as it went all seven innings ... Read more | Add your comment

Rainbow trout returning to Austin stream

MN DNR to stock 600 more this spring in Wolf Creek at Hundreds of rainbow trout once again ... Read more | Add your comment

Business

Location, location, location

Mayor, councilmembers weigh in on workforce vs. market rate housing at old YMCA   A discussion during the Austin City Council’s April 5 work session ... Read more | Add your comment

by Mike Stoll.

Mower County

Mueller wins special election for county First District seat

First District County Commission voters on Tuesday elected John Mueller to serve them in continuing the term left vacant when Tim Gabrielson passed away this ... Read more | Add your comment

by Daily Herald.

Editorials

Our opinion: Small Town Pride

We want to congratulate the Hayfield Vikings boys basketball team for their recent championship at the Minnesota Class A Boys State Basketball Tournament this past ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:30 am

Editorials

Other’s opinion: Beefing up farm conservation programs should draw support

The Free Press, Mankato A renewed focus on conservation programs to convert sensitive farmland to wetlands and grasslands is the best way to provide additional ... Read more

by Tribune News Service, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:30 am

Opinion

Poll: 15 percent of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the U.S. ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:30 am

Columnists

Annie Lane: Compliment good behavior

Dear Annie: A few months ago, someone wrote to you about how uncomfortable the bad manners of children of a relative made her feel at ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:30 am

Opinion

College Hoops winners announced

The NCAA Tournament has come to an end with it comes our winners in our College Hoops contest. Chris Napton is our first winner, winning ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:30 am

Al Batt

Al Batt: A scary good likeness

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting I got a newspaper insert saying a big box store was having a 10 percent off everything in the ... Read more

by Al Batt, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:30 am

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Decision expected on charges for officer who shot Black motorist

BROOKLYN CENTER — Prosecutors expect to decide Wednesday whether to charge the white former police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:15 am

Austin Packers

Packer boys open with big numbers on the greens

The Austin boys golf team opened its season with a 363-404 loss to Albert Lea on a cold and windy day at Austin Country Club ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:11 pm

Education

Austin Public Schools making up for lost time

School making plans for prom, homecoming and graduation, which were lost last year to COVID Students at Austin High School have a little more reason ... Read more

by Eric Johnson, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:22 pm

News

PHOTO: Apple Lane gives to Paint the Town Pink

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by Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:18 pm

Business

Ameriprise’s Thoen named to advisory council and Kramer recognized

Greg Thoen, CFP, ChFC, CLU, a Private Wealth Advisor with Wealth Management Solutions, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Austin ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:17 pm

Health

County edging near 4,500 cumulative COVID cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 4,479 cumulative cases in Mower County, including 120 “probable cases,” as of Tuesday morning. According to Community Health Division ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:12 pm

Mower County

Stream trout fishing opens statewide on April 17

Anglers have a new StreamFinder tool to find places to fish and a webinar to learn tips Minnesota’s popular warm weather stream trout season opens ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:09 pm

Agriculture

FFA Spotlight: Ryan VanPelt

Name: Ryan VanPelt Grade: 11th Hometown: Austin, Minnesota Parents: Bob and Jodi VanPelt What are some activities you are involved with at Austin FFA? Activities ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:08 pm

News

Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Officer Derek Chauvin was justified in pinning George Floyd to the ground because of his frantic resistance, a use-of-force expert testified for ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:00 pm

News

Disabled Army veteran settling into a new ‘restful’ home

LAKE ELMO — John Mullen stepped into his new Lake Elmo home last week, his steel prosthetic legs gleaming in the lights of TV cameras. ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:59 pm

News

The session slog: Legislature to start voting on budget

By Brian Bakst Minnesota lawmakers settle in this week for the part of session where they grind through budget votes — a process that will ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:57 pm

News

Biologists use huge nets in Mississippi River to remove carp

LA CROSSE, Wis.  — The Department of Natural Resources in both Wisconsin and Minnesota are working with federal officials to try a new method to ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:55 pm

News

Pope asks US bishop to resign after cover-up investigation

ROME — A bishop in Minnesota resigned Tuesday at the request of Pope Francis after he was investigated by the Vatican for allegedly interfering with ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:54 pm

News

‘Prime suspect’ arrested in student’s 1996 disappearance

LOS ANGELES — The “prime suspect” was arrested Tuesday in the 25-year-old disappearance of a California college student and the San Luis Obispo sheriff planned ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:43 pm

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen

Aiden Bebee Lauseng, 20, of Stewartville, formerly of Elkton, pleaded guilty to felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct – penetration – victim under 16 – significant ... Read more

by Mike Stoll, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:42 pm

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Austin man charged with escape, drug possession

An Austin man who allegedly failed to appear in court for sentencing on felony charges received additional charges on Monday in Mower County District Court. ... Read more

by Mike Stoll, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:39 pm

Lyle/Pacelli Athletics

Pacelli holds Shamrockin’ Run

Pacelli Catholic Schools hosted the seventh annual Shamrockin’ Run at Pacelli, on Saturday, April 10. A total of 160 people participated in either the 5K ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:28 pm

Mower County

Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl team up for a pandemic anthem

NEW YORK — Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl have teamed up for a hard-rock pandemic anthem called “Eazy Sleazy.” “It’s a song that I wrote ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:01 pm

Austin Packers

Cold weather puts a hold on area games for Tuesday

A burst of cold weather has put a damper on the prep sports schedule for area schools on Tuesday. While most events have been wiped ... Read more

by Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 1:15 pm