Austin News


11/12/2018 09:16 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Answer Man: No charge for veterans buried at Preston cemetery 

The Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Preston was dedicated in 2016 and is now the final resting place of 205 veterans and family members. The Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Preston was dedicated in 2016 and is now the final resting place of 205 veterans and family members.


11/12/2018 10:47 AM  ~~~Source~~~
MN: SMART Transit to begin offering routes between Mayo Clinic campuses in Austin, Albert Lea 

Nov. 10--Starting next year, patients in need of services in Albert Lea or Austin can now get from point A to point B. Beginning in January 2019, SMART Transit will offer continual round trip services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with limited additional trips on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost of the shuttle service will be $3 per person, per one-way trip, with the remaining cost per trip covered through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation .


11/08/2018 06:06 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Masked attackers reported in Austin 

Officers were called to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin around 4 am Wednesday. Police Chief Brian Krueger says a man told them he was walking south after finishing his shift at Quality Pork Processor when he was attacked around 3 am between the skate park and the walking bridge behind the Austin Public Library.


10/30/2018 12:34 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Mower County Commissioner sentenced for DWI, gun charge 

A Mower County commissioner was sentenced last week to a year of probation after he admitted to driving drunk with a pistol in his car this fall. Timothy David Gabrielson, 69, was arrested on Sept.


10/26/2018 08:04 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Mower County Commissioner Sentenced for DWI, Gun Charges 

Mower County Commissioner Tim Gabrielson will spend a year on probation after pleading guilty to two charges stemming from a traffic stop near Austin last month. Gabrielson, 69, of rural Austin, pleaded guilty Thursday to a gross misdemeanor charge of third-degree DWI and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol while under the influence.


10/26/2018 02:25 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Mower County board chooses final candidates for administration position 

AUSTIN, Minn.-Some changes are coming to Mower County. County Board of Commissioners is narrowing their choices of potential county administrators.


10/25/2018 06:34 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Austin man gets more than seven years on drug charge 

An Austin man was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in prison on a charge that he was selling methamphetamine in the city. Jamie Lee Chris Schammel, 38, was sentenced in Mower County District Court by Judge Kevin Siefken to 92 months in state prison on a felony second-degree sale of 10 grams or more of a narcotic other than heroin within a 90-day period.


10/23/2018 10:01 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Remembering Former Austin Mayor John O'Rourke 

He was a long-time broadcaster for KAUS Radio and KAAL-TV, was inducted into the "Minnesota Radio-TV Broadcasters" Hall Of Fame.


10/19/2018 07:32 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Mower Co. Commissioner Facing Possible DWI, Other Charges 

A Mower County Commissioner will appear in court Monday to face a number of misdemeanor charges stemming from a traffic stop in September. 69-year-old Timothy Gabrielson, of rural Austin, is charged with one count of 3rd-Degree driving while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor, as well as misdemeanor charges of 4-Degree driving while intoxicated and carrying a pistol while under the influence.


10/19/2018 05:33 PM  ~~~Source~~~
5 things to do this weekend 

Night time is the right time for some animal species. Flying squirrels, opossums, owls and crickets all resemble non-newspaper readers - they live their lives largely in the dark.


10/18/2018 08:07 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Get to know the candidates: Mower County Auditor/Treasurer 

I am a CPA and worked for 27 years for a national public accounting firm in the Austin office. During that time, I developed very strong tax and accounting technical skills by learning, understanding, and applying ever-changing, complex tax laws.


10/18/2018 08:07 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Get to know the candidates: Mower County District 3 Commissioner 

The 2019 proposed budget shows the board is looking at an additional $6 million for road and bridge projects. They are proposing to dip forward again into future local option sales tax proceeds to accomplish this.