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The Fit Loon to open new store in Kasson

(ABC 6 News) – After a year in Med City, a popular Rochester business is expanding to Kasson. The Fit Loon is opening a second store at 301 W Main Streeet in Kasson. Selling the same items, the store will have a different name. It will go by Three Oh One, a play on words of the store’s address.
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Courtyard unveiled during Ellendale Fall Festival

Don’t tell Gwen Reiss no. Or if you do, be prepared to help, or get out of her way. The latest example of her persistence was on full display during Ellendale’s Fall Festival: A peaceful little courtyard nestled between two buildings on Main Street, featuring a plumbed fountain, benches, flowering plants, grass, a brick walkway and – soon – a gazebo and restroom.
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SCHS gets spooky with several Halloween events

October is the perfect time of year for people to get a little extra spooky. With many of the leaves changing color and Halloween to celebrate, this month is one where skeletons and ghosts adorn the yard and homes of many getting into the Halloween spirit. The Steele County Historical Society is also getting involved in “Spook-tober” by offering a few events throughout the month that will give you the chills and include fun for all ages, according to Event Coordinator Mary Anne Higgins. ...

Austin City Council moves to put $700,000 toward an addition and remodeling project at the Austin Public Library at Monday work session

The Austin City Council moved unanimously to put $700,000 toward an addition and remodeling project at the Austin Public Library during a work session following their regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening. Of that total, the Austin Public Library Board will pay back $100,000 to the city using various resources that could include a gift of $884,000 given to the library by the late Walter Wienke of rural Austin, who first established the donation in his will in 1997. Rules of the will say the library can spend any annual interest earned on the money for 30 years. After that time, the library can spend 5% of the principal annually, along with interest, for a gift that will span 50 years in all. Different additions and remodeling projects at the library could include a new service desk, study rooms, remodeling the building’s bathrooms, a porch ceiling ramp, lighting upgrades, a book drop-off canopy, a storage closet, a staff entry awning and alarm system upgrades.

Getting informed before elections

Election day is fast approaching and now is the time to get informed about the candidates. When there are many candidates running for an office it can seem an overwhelming task to become an informed voter and know where each one stands on the issues. On a local level voters...

Metronet Brings Austin Customers Access to 100 Percent Fiber Optic Internet

First Residents of Austin, MN Eligible Now for Installation. Metronet, the nation's largest independently owned, 100 percent fiber optic provider, today announced that its ultra-high-speed fiber optic internet is now available to Austin's residents and businesses, in addition to the many preexisting customers that Metronet has had the privilege of serving since the 2020 Jaguar Communications acquisition. Customers located in Metronet's initial construction areas may now sign up to have Metronet's future-proof gigabit fiber optic internet installed by visiting