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Windows shot out at Austin business

AUSTIN, Minn. – Police say a suspect is in custody after some windows were shot out at Donkers Hometown Appliance. Austin Police Chief David McKichan says there is no ongoing threat to public safety and more information on the Friday morning incident should be released on Monday.


Come to the senior center and learn about Austin

•Austin was recently highlighted in the Washington Post for being Autism Friendly. •Austin was in the top 10 Nicest Places in America in 2018 according to Readers Digest. •Austin is hosting the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in 2019.


Austin woman charged with meth sales; Allegedly sold drugs to informant

Stephanie Marie Navarro Renteria, 31, of Austin was charged with felony second-degree drugs-sale of methamphetamine in a park zone on Thursday in Mower County District Court. According to the court complaint, narcotics officers met with a confidential reliable informant (CRI) on Jan. 11, 2017, about


Attempted Murder Charges Dropped in Austin Arson Case

Austin, MN (KROC-AM News) - A plea agreement was reached this week in the case where an Austin man was charged with multiple counts of first-degree attempted murder for starting a house on fire.


21 Year Veteran of Austin Police Department Sworn in as Chief of Police

(ABC 6 News) -- He’s worked his way up through the ranks in a career that has spanned more than two decades. Dave McKichan is a 21 year veteran of the Austin Police Department, and on Wednesday .he was sworn in as Chief of Police.


Austin man pleads not guilty to child sex abuse

AUSTIN, Minn. – A Mower County man is pleading not guilty to sexual abuse of a child. Paul Daniel Cole, 25 of Austin, is charged with 1st and 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 13. He’s accused of having sexual contact with a child in 2012 when the child was around fiv


Drizzle to blizzard: Winter storm will bring it all to Minnesota today, tonight

The winter that arrived late and large reloaded Saturday as much of southern Minnesota was placed under a blizzard warning set to begin at 9 p.m. Saturday and extend till 6 p.m. Sunday.


Hair Designers to close at end of March

A long-time hair salon that has brought style and beauty to Austin will be closing at the end of March. After the sale of the Plunkett building to KSMQ that was approved by the Austin City Council on Jan. 22, Hair Designers will be closing its doors. Sara Shaw and Stahl have co-owned the Hair Design


Her husband was not convicted of drugging and raping her — because it is still legal in Minnesota

Jenny Teeson learned that she had been drugged and raped more than a year after the assault took place, when she found videos of it on her computer. She watched in horror as a man forcibly penetrated her motionless body with a sex toy while her toddler son lay sleeping nearby — all documented in a v


Duke, the 4-term dog mayor of Minnesota town, goes to 'doggy heaven'

Duke the four-term ceremonial dog mayor of a Minnesota town, went to "doggy heaven" this week, his owner confirmed on Facebook. The Great Pyrenees was 13 years old when he died Thursday. He made national news for being elected the dog mayor of Cormorant Village, Minn., several years ago, during the


Missing Central Minnesota Mother and Son Found

(Waite Park, MN) A central Minnesota mother and son who have been missing since October have been located. Authorities say 17-year-old Morgan Styke and her 9-month-old son Bobby Spence were found around 3:30 Friday afternoon at a home in Waite Park. Police Chief Dave Bentrud says they are both physi


Siblings allegedly beat and shot family dog in central Minnesota

STAPLES, Minn. — A brother and sister are accused of beating and shooting their family's dog at a campground in Wadena County in central Minnesota over the weekend. The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, consulting with the Humane Society, has been investigating the incident.


Alleged safe thief charged with burglary; Left blood trail, drag marks in snow

Devon Donial Dorsey, 22, of Austin was charged on Tuesday with felony first-degree burglary-occupied dwelling and misdemeanor theft-take/use/transfer movable property without consent on Tuesday in Mower County District Court.


City of Albert Lea Uses Humor To Share Messages on Facebook

(ABC 6 News) -- It started with a tongue-in-cheek joke last month. "We wanted to have fun when it was really cold, and we thought that doing something new on our Facebook page would be welcome at this time of year, given the weather conditions," Albert Lea assistant city manager Jerry Gabrielatos sa


Minnesota will be one of the states voting on Super Tuesday 2020

2020's presidential primary season will put Minnesota on the national stage, as it's officially part of the Super Tuesday lineup. On Friday, leaders of both parties announced that Minnesota will be joining nine other states on the big day, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, next year.


2+2 Program gives hope to Austin Public Schools in light of teacher shortages

You may have seen news about the teacher shortages school districts across the nation are facing. The number of college students going into education is declining, and rural districts are finding it hard to compete with urban areas for the limited number of licensed staff available for hire.


Minnesota dog that made national headlines dies at the age of 13

CORMORANT VILLAGE, MINN.- – Duke the dog, who made national news for being elected ceremonial mayor of Cormorant Village in Becker County, Minnesota has died. A post on Facebook by Karen Nelson, his “adopted” mother, says Duke “went to doggie heaven Thursday and will be, “greatly missed.” Duke, a Gr


California woman sentenced for meth in Freeborn County

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A woman authorities say was caught with four pounds of meth in Freeborn County is sentenced to probation. Martina Salazar, 51 of Huntington Park, California, pleaded guilty to 3rd degree drug possession. The Minnesota State Patrol says she was pulled over on June 19, 2017. Court


"Snowbirds" Throw Wrench into Plowing City Streets

(ABC 6 News) -- It's been a month for the record books. But the amount of snow isn't the only thing that's increasing. "We're at a point where the entire city is having some problems getting plows down the roads," said Austin Police Chief Dave McKichan.


The 8 Most Common Uses of “Ope” in Minnesota

If Minnesota had to be defined by one word, it wouldn't be "lakes" or "nice", it would be "Ope". It's that little noise that slips out of our mouths when we don't formulate words fast enough. It's most commonly followed by a short sentence. Here are the most common uses of "Ope" in the Minnesota lan