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Southland student grows $1,000 cabbage

A Southland Elementary School third grader has harvested a whopper pay out for growing an incredibly large cabbage. ...

News

COVID-19 cases falling, but trouble signs arise as winter looms

Tumbling COVID-19 case counts have some schools around the U.S. considering relaxing their mask rules, but deaths nationally ...

Mower County

MPCA offers $1M in grants to increase reuse and improve recycling and composting

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is now accepting applications for grant funding to help expand or improve ...

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Nebraska man charged with drug and firearm possession

A Hastings, Nebraska, man arrested during a traffic stop on Oct. 18 made his first appearance on Wednesday ...

News

Xcel Energy requests electric 20% rate hike

MINNEAPOLIS — Xcel Energy wants to increase its electricity rate by about 20% over the next three years, ...

Mower County

CWD testing is mandatory for deer opener in specified zones

Deer hunters are encouraged to visit the DNR website to make a plan for their season Minnesota deer ...

News

Haunted Hallways scaring up fun this Saturday night

Looking for some fun Saturday night? Looking for some frights? Then head out to Haunted Hallways, located at ...

Education

Minnesota Connections Academy recognizes Austin student

Dani Hertle of Austin was recently named one of Minnesota Connections Academy’s (MNCA) Students of the Month in ...

Brownsdale

In Your Community: Brownsdale Study Club meets in October

On Wednesday, October 20, the skies were partly cloudy with occasional raindrops falling down. That did not dampen ...

News

Volunteers band together on project to investigate owls

ST. PAUL — After three fruitless journeys into the darkness, Sonia Martinez and her daughter, Isabel, finally hit ...

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Local school board resignations triple in Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Contentious disagreements over COVID-19 policies and critical race theory have caused a significant increase in ...

Mower County

Minnesota’s open enrollment for health coverage begins next week

Starting Monday, Nov. 1, Minnesotans can find and enroll in affordable, comprehensive health and dental coverage through MNsure, ...

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Weekend fire damages oven, smoke damage to home

A home in the southwest of Austin was damaged over the weekend by fire. According to an Austin ...

News

Wisconsin students collecting supplies for Afghan refugees

ELLSWORTH, Wis.  — When Lt. Col. Ryan Casper was deployed to Iraq in 2004-05 and Afghanistan in 2008-09, ...

Editorials

Our opinion: Community Unity

Throughout Austin last week, schools and organizations recognized Unity Day — a day devoted to making a collective ...

Editorials

Other’s Opinion: President must do better selling plan

The Free Press, Mankato President Joe Biden made some political gains Thursday night when he talked to Americans ...

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Vaccines should be required

Dear Editor To prevent further spread of the coronavirus, we should require everyone to get fully vaccinated (including ...

Opinion

AP-NORC/EPIC poll: Majority in US concerned about climate

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden heads to a vital U.N. climate summit at a time when a majority ...

Columnists

Annie Lane: Was it a mistake to call the cops on my son?

Dear Annie: I am a 45-year-old single man. I have three children: two sons from my marriage, both ...

Al Batt

Al Batt: Old Mother Hubbard’s squash

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting I watched people jogging by my house yesterday. It gave me the ...