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Batt: Is it COVID-19 or are we in the Twilight Zone

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Zoom Meeting I got everything done on my list of things to do today. How many things were on the ... Read more

3 days ago by Al Batt.

Austin Municipal Pool to stay closed for the summer

Austin’s City Council followed the recommendation of Austin’s Park and Rec Board on Monday evening, May 18, to not open the municipal pool for the ... Read more

6 days ago by Kevin Nelson.

Final chance to order beautiful long-stemmed roses is June 2

All proceeds from LIFE Mower County’s Rose Sale benefits children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Autism and Epilepsy. ... Read more

6 days ago by Jamey Helgeson.

Guest Commentary: Concerning the upcoming city budget discussions

By Craig Clark Austin City Administrator This is an open letter to the Austin Chamber of Commerce in response to the concerns expressed regarding the ... Read more

7 days ago by Daily Herald.

50 states, 50 heroes: Father Joe

Born May 14, 1905, in Boston, Massachusetts, Joseph Timothy O’Callahan was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest and a Jesuit in 1934. Known as “Father Joe,” ... Read more

7 days ago by Mike Stoll.

Thoughts at 2:45 a.m. and why Buster doesn’t answer

Wednesday night, I couldn’t sleep. Buster could and he mocked me by laying down next to me on the couch and going to sleep. He’s ... Read more

7 days ago by Eric Johnson.

Finding similarities between the past the and present

I am sometimes surprised at how similar the past is to the present.  Our society is currently experiencing things that feel new and unprecedented, but ... Read more

7 days ago by Holly Johnson.

Mielke: Does God love Satan?

By Dan Mielke Grace Baptist Church Does God love Satan?  This simple question was originally asked me by a 5 year old, yet it has ... Read more

7 days ago by Daily Herald.

Poppe: 2020 session accomplishments, shortcomings, and next steps

The 2020 legislative session adjourned Monday, May 18 with a sizable list of accomplishments for the people of Minnesota, but also many shortcomings that will ... Read more

7 days ago by Jeanne Poppe.

Stay at home order ending, but more work remains

By Peggy Bennett State Representative District 27A On Wednesday, Governor Walz announced that his stay-at-home order will be lifted on May 18 and we have ... Read more

1 week ago by Daily Herald.

Traveling to great destinations — like a mail box

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Teleconference Meeting I’m suffering from stuck-home syndrome. I’m having one of those days that were threatened if I didn’t forward ... Read more

1 week ago by Al Batt.

Tulips on the road

It’s tulip time. This spring, we will be looking for tulips grown in our Austin Area. This past week was the date we had picked ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Evie Mohrfeld.

Dancing over the low bar of current normal

If COVID-19 has done anything else other than severely cramp our activities, it’s lowered the bar of expectation. I’m no longer surprised by those things ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Eric Johnson.

Death on the far side of the world, Part 4

During a storm at sea, there is little a capsized person can do to be seen. While being heaved about on its surging waves, you ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Peggy Keener.

Sparks: Moving state forward safely

By Dan Sparks On Wednesday Governor Walz addressed the state with important information for Minnesota’s next steps in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesotans ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Daily Herald.

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