Herald’s Progress presents stories of your neighbors

For just over the last four months, the team at the Austin Daily Herald has been working hard on stories to fill our biggest and best publication of the year — Progress.

For over 30 years, the Herald has been putting together Progress, filled with poignant stories from Austin and the surrounding communities.

This year’s edition is no different, and is once again packed full of stories from our communities.

The news staff starts planning in July, coming together to talk about the ideas they’ve heard from our area. We ask a simple question, “what makes Austin and the surrounding area great?”

Is it the people? The ag industry? Retail? In short, it’s all of these things.

Just a few of these stories we included this year is the great work being done at Gerard Academy and its school, New Dominion. You will read about the growing impact of MacPhail Center for Music as well as an example of growing small business at Sellers Lock and Key.

This year also saw the addition of a new section within Progress that celebrates the diversity of Austin and of course you will read stories from our small towns.

In this year’s Progress, you will find these stories laid out across 128 full-color pages. The stories and photos feature your neighbors or people you may know from other communities.

But Progress is so much more. It’s also a spot for our advertisers, who put their biggest and best ads on these pages. Some showcase how many years they have been in business or maybe who works for them or what services they provide. But all of them showcase the important part they play in our community.

In just a couple days we will be sending Progress to press and you’ll be able to pick up your copy on Friday, Feb. 22, at any place our newspaper is sold. Or stop down to our office, pick up your copy and, while you are here, let us know what you would like to see in the 2020 edition of Progress. We’re always on the lookout for new ideas. You can also call me at 507-434-2220 or email me at jana.norman@austindailyherald.com.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading about your friends, family and neighbors featured on these pages. We have some unique and talented people in our area and they are worth celebrating.

Mower County

Several file for local offices

Agriculture

Minnesota ID‘s first case of avian influenza in a dairy herd

News

D-Day anniversary haunted by dwindling number of veterans and shadowed by Europe’s new war

Mower County

Shawn Tweten steps up to challenge Finstad in primary

News

Well, hello!: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ opens CST’s seventh year

News

Appeals court halts Trump’s Georgia case during appeal of order allowing Willis to stay on case

Mower County

Institute scientist Hilakivi-Clarke receives grant to study possible benefits of organic, pasture-raised beef

Mower County

Honored 80 years later: Awards for Clayton Houff come years after losing his life in World War II

Business

Chamber welcomes new president and CEO Joe Bower

Education

Austin freshman is seventh in Escape the Vape MDH contest

Mower County

In Your Community: Jane Taylor Academy of Dance to hold their 60th annual recital

Mower County

Man convicted of criminal sexual conduct of a minor makes first appearance for probation violation

Mower County

City secures three large grants for the upcoming one-way project

News

Rochester police refer 4 teens for possible charges over racial slur on bridge

News

Prosecutors to dismiss charges against Minnesota trooper who shot motorist Ricky Cobb

LeRoy

Highway 56 Stage 2b detour has begun as construction progresses in LeRoy

Education

AHS celebrates the Class of 2024 with Friday night commencement

Education

‘… I like to help people’

Mower County

Congolese Musician Siama headlines 6th annual Fourth Avenue Fest in Austin

Agriculture

Five years of data reveal higher profitability for farms that are ag water quality certified

Education

CRC awards $12K in scholarships to local graduates

Education

In Your Community: Fire Department welcomes fire poster honorable mention

Mower County

In Your Community: Duplicate Bridge

Education

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