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Austin man charged with selling narcotics; Allegedly sold heroin to informant
Aaron Douglas Lau, 21, of Austin was charged on Wednesday in Mower County District Court with felony third-degree drugs-sale of narcotic. According to the court complaint, an Austin detective met with a confidential reliable informant (CRI) to make a controlled heroin buy from Lau on Sept. 13. The C
Officials say missing Austin teen found
AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) – Missing teen Gracie Schlomann was found Tuesday night. According to Austin Chief Brian Krueger, Schlomann has been removed off the official missing persons list.
Austin family paying it forward with Advent Calendar of Kindness
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A lot of families this time of year have an Advent calendar, perhaps with a piece of candy to unwrap each day as Christmas nears. An Austin family has an advent calendar with an even sweeter twist.
Riverland Choir and others to take stage with SimpleGifts
Talented singers from the Riverland College Choir, Riverland faculty and staff and Riverland alumni will join SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, the Historic Paramount.
Norton stays motivated in diving as Packers fall to Century
The Austin boys swimming and diving team fell to Rochester Century 90-88 in Bud Higgins Pool Thursday. Austin junior Riley Norton ended up taking second place against the Panthers in diving, but the two-time state qualifier wasn’t bummed out. In fact, he was motivated.
Packer gymnasts top Red Wing
Austin senior Sam Sheldon was right in friendly confines against the Wingers — literally and figuratively — on Thursday. The Packers were competing on their home venue in the Austin YMCA and Sheldon saw plenty of old friends on the Wingers, who Austin beat by a score of 129.925-125.825.
Austin group receives $10K SMIF grant
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) approved four Economic Development grants totaling $33,900 to organizations that participated in a “Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” event earlier this year.
Video: Minnesota Officers End Up Playing Video Game After Responding to Noise Complaint
It started as a noise complaint but ended with St. Paul police officers playing video games with a group of friends gathered at an apartment. — ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- It started as a noise complaint but ended with St. Paul police officers playing video games with a group of friends gathered at an ap
Mower County couple named 4-H Outstanding Lifetime Volunteers
Minnesota 4-H recently selected Mower County couple Bob and Laurie Balgeman as its Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteers. The Balgeman’s were chosen by a panel of judges from an outstanding list of nominees.The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Award recognizes 4-H volunteer
Insurance co-op brings pitch to Rochester
Char Vrieze and her colleagues have been criss-crossing Minnesota. Vrieze, the executive director for 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, was in Austin and Rochester last week talking to farmers about health insurance.
Ankeny’s robbery suspect pleads not guilty; Claimed juvenile suspect robbed store
Jeremy Simon Garcia, 20, of Austin pleaded not guilty to felony first-degree aggravated robbery-dangerous weapon on Monday in Mower County District Court. Garcia was arrested on Nov. 24 as a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred Nov. 11 at Ankeny’s Mini Mart No. 1 at 1205 Oakland Place SE.
Stolen vehicle report leads to arrest
A report of a stolen vehicle led to an arrest on Sunday in Austin. According to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, officers took a stolen vehicle report at 4:19 p.m. on Sunday. The victim said he left his gray 2010 Honda Pilot unlocked and running in the 400 block of 10th Street Northeast. When he c
Air quality alert issued for SE Minn.
An air quality alert was issued Wednesday night through Thursday evening for southeastern Minnesota, including Austin, Rochester and Winona. The alert, issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, covers eight counties in our region — Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha
Hot plate, insulated pants cause Austin house fire; Residence a total loss
No injuries were reported in a Sunday morning fire that destroyed an Austin residence. According to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, Austin police and firefighters responded at 6:44 a.m. on Sunday to a fire at 511 Eighth St. NE.. When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames.
Austin man loses home in fire
AUSTIN — Fire destroyed a home in Austin Sunday morning, leaving its owner displaced. Austin Fire Department crews responded to a call at 6:46 a.m. about a structure fire in the 500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast. Firefighters arrived to find the home fully engulfed by fire, said Austin Fire Chief
Austin School Board certifies 2019 levy for 4.1 percent
After its Truth in Taxation hearing on Monday night, the Austin School Board certified the final 2019 levy at 4.1 percent. This would be an increase from 2018 of $276,007. The levy limits are different for school districts as opposed to city or county because state law sets the limits, which are vot
Warm Hearts, Warm Hands; Local group works to provide mittens, hats for those who need them
December is a year of holiday warmth, but a devoted group in Austin are helping ensure that warmth spreads. Gift of Warmth is an initiative by a small group of volunteers who are doing their part for people in need of warm clothing. On Saturday morning, the group hung mittens and hats from the fence
Machete Attack Results in Prison Sentence For Hayfield Man
Mantorville, MN (KROC-AM News) - One of the two men arrested following a machete attack in Hayfield earlier this year is headed to prison. 47-year-old Roderick Washington was given a 15-month prison term for his conviction on third-degree assault and another count of possession of a dangerous weapon
Anoka man charged with assault
John Tyler Shultz, 32, of Anoka was charged on Friday in Mower County District Court with felony domestic assault. According to the court complaint, a deputy met with a woman on Nov. 25 at her apartment in rural Austin. She reported that Shultz assaulted her at her residence on Nov. 20.
Convictions: Nov. 25-Dec. 1
Matthew Ryan Ankeny, 19, of Austin was sentenced to one year of probation for gross misdemeanor fifth-degree drug possession. He must follow several conditions and pay $100 in fines. He received credit for 92 days served.