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Kevin Nelson, Author at Austin Daily Herald

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Kevin Nelson: Fall flower watering

The hanging flower baskets are beginning to get that late-season viney and straggly look, which is common as they near the end of the growing ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, September 11, 2021 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: Bridges at Nature Center

As regular visitors to the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center may have noticed or soon will notice, two bridges are in need of repair or ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, September 4, 2021 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: Shirley Theel Park: What happened?

As had been noted several months ago, due to the underlying composition (mostly clay) of the ground within Shirley Theel Park, it holds water for ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: ‘Thank you’ to parks volunteers

We’ve been blessed with a very good number of volunteer groups to assist in our parks again this summer. Volunteers have ranged from organizations to ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, August 14, 2021 6:30 am

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Austin cleared for city deer hunt

We’ve been notified by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that we’re allowed to hold an archery deer hunt again this fall. This means that ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Friday, August 6, 2021 5:46 pm

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Watering of plants kicking into gear

Depending upon the anticipated temperatures and other activities (hanging and/or taking down American and event flags; community events, personal schedules, etc.), staff may begin watering ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, June 26, 2021 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: Swimming pool processes and protocol

It’s been a great first week for re-opening at the Municipal Swimming Pool. The hot weather has added to the enthusiasm of pool-goers, and yes, ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 5:36 pm

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Kevin Nelson: Outdoor pool season has arrived

Months of waiting, plus weeks of prep, and now, finally, the season is upon us. The long-awaited water play time is well deserved. I must ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, June 5, 2021 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: Good to have rain and grass again

Ahhh…the much-needed spring rains have finally arrived! Many area lawns have stayed nearly dormant in recent weeks, and flowers and trees seemed to be holding ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:30 am

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Parks pride and care versus the not so good

The restrooms in Veteran’s Pavilion have experienced a disturbing amount of repeat vandalism in the past week plus. As a result, we have decided to ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, May 15, 2021 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: Neighborhood rinks ice: almost there!

Parks maintenance staff have been pouring water several days and nights per week at neighborhood outdoor rinks, off and on, for the past several weeks ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, January 23, 2021 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: Winter activities looking better after snow

Now that we’ve finally received a base of snow cover used for compaction on the base of the rinks, near-zero temps have materialized for several ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, January 2, 2021 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: Think of giving a Friends membership

Are you still looking for a gift for that person who has everything? You might wish to consider giving a one-year membership to join the ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, December 5, 2020 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: Newly funded programs and projects for Parks and Rec

The City received some exciting news this past week. The Hormel Foundation Board approved 2021 funding for several department-related requests. Specifically, those include educational programming ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Saturday, November 28, 2020 6:30 am

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Kevin Nelson: City picnic tables returning from loan to area establishments

A dozen or so local establishments took advantage this past season of the city’s cooperative spirit in assisting them with survival during COVID times by ... Read more

by Kevin Nelson, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:30 am

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