Mower County, MN

Special primary election for voters in Minnesota’s 1st U.S. Congressional District scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th

Mower County Auditor/Treasurer Scott Felten stated in a news release that some voting locations have changed since the last election. City of Austin voters will vote at their regular polling locations in 2022. Felton stated that the Holiday Inn was only used in 2020 due to COVID-19 reasons, and voters in Austin Township, Lansing Township, and Frankford Township will vote at their township halls in 2022. These townships used mail balloting in 2020 due to COVID-19. Voters in the City of Brownsdale and Red Rock Township will vote at the Brownsdale Community Center. Voters in Sargeant Township will return to in-person voting in 2022 after being mail ballot in 2018 and 2020. Lodi Township voters will vote at City Hall in Adams in 2022 as their township hall in Taopi was damaged in the April tornado.
Picture for Special primary election for voters in Minnesota’s 1st U.S. Congressional District scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th

New owners at Brookside

The baton has been passed from the Stender family to the Kraft family. In accepting the mantle of ownership for the Brookside Campgrounds, Marshall and Mary Kraft promise to provide the same stellar service as provided by Dondi and Karla Stender. Brookside is located in Mower County, about 3½ miles...
Picture for New owners at Brookside

Public weighs in on Dodge County Wind project

Local residents got their chance to comment on Dodge County Wind’s proposal to construct 79 wind turbines and a 27-mile-long transmission line mainly through Dodge County but beginning in Steele County and ending in Mower County last week. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission staff held several meetings in Kasson...

Driver sentenced for hitting bicyclist in Mower County

AUSTIN, Minn. – A former Iowa man who drunkenly crashed into a Mower County bicyclist has been sentenced. Robinson Victor Epina, 31 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and formerly of Storm Lake, IA, pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation and fourth-degree DWI. Austin police say Robinson was driving on July 5, 2019, when he hit a female bicyclist in the intersection of 8th Place NW and 1st Drive NW.

Ruby's Pantry announces next pop-up pantry & donation increase

(ABC 6 News) - Ruby's Pantry announced it is increasing its donation amount from $20 to $25 due to the increasing cost of fuel. In a press release, Ruby's Pantry stated it owns over 15 trucks that travel around 650,000 each year to serve its various locations, including 82 in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and rising fuel costs is making those needs difficult to meet.

Next Ruby’s Pantry distribution day in Austin scheduled for Thursday, May 19th

The next Ruby’s Pantry distribution day in Austin is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th at the Mower County Fairgrounds beginning at 4:00 p.m. Guests are asked to place boxes or other containers in their vehicle for volunteers to put the items into. Those attending should enter the fairgrounds through the north gate off of 4th Avenue SW, and the distribution will continue until 5:30 p.m., or until the supply of items is exhausted.

Law Enforcement Log

Friday at 6:18 a.m. A report of windows broken out of a building at 806 17th St. 8:43 a.m. A juvenile at Riverland College cited for E-Cig on school property. Saturday at 10:34 a.m. 23-Year old Michael Smith cited for No proof of Insurance. 7 p.m. 53-Year old Eddy Los...

Landowners challenge Dodge County wind project

ASHLAND TOWNSHIP, Minn. (KTTC) – A massive wind farm project is in the works in Dodge, Steele and Mower county. The project is an approximate $400 million investment for the counties. NextEra Energy is planning to build a wind farm with 79 wind turbines south of Claremont and a...

MN U.S. Dist. 1 Special Primary: Jeff Ettinger

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – You can find Jeff Ettinger in Austin chatting with locals. He’s a Minnesota transplant from California, but has lived and succeeded in Mower County for more than three decades. “LeAnn and I have four children and two grandchildren. Both live up in the cities,...

Mower County records 74th COVID-19 related death, 13 additional cases Friday for cumulative total of 12,083

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday that Mower County has recorded its 74th COVID-19 related death in an individual 70-74 years of age. They added that the county also logged 11,558 confirmed and 525 positive COVID-19 cases Friday for a cumulative total of 12,083 since the onset of the pandemic, up 13 from Thursday. Health officials added that the total number of positive cases, including reinfections in the state for the duration of the pandemic, now stands at 1,479,047, and over 1,447,000 Minnesotans have now been determined as no longer needing isolation.