Mower County News


04/21/2018 05:40 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Greenspace: Listening session gives Mower County residents input on farm bill 

Mower County farmers, landowners and residents will have a chance to weigh in on the federal farm bill at a listening session in Austin next week. Staff for U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., will host the farm bill discussion at Riverland Community College on Wednesday.


04/19/2018 05:02 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Two Austin Women Arrested After Search Warrant 

Two women are in custody after a search at an Austin home turned up quantities of marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Austin police officers and Mower County Sheriff's Deputies executed a search warrant in the 600 block of 5th Avenue NW around 3 o'clock Wednesday morning.


04/18/2018 10:29 PM  ~~~Source~~~
More Snow on the Farm? No Need to Panic 

The latest snow storm to pound southern Minnesota and northern Iowa is going to push spring planting back even further. "There's been pretty much nothing done so far," said director Kirk Phelps at the Mower County FSA office.


04/13/2018 07:55 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Two guilty pleas in Mower County drug case 

Jennifer Ann Elizabeth Spaeth, 28 of Albert Lea, and Cully Thomas Shierts, 21 of Albert Lea, and Ryan Jiles Baldus, 27 of Austin, were charged after authorities stopped their vehicle on Mower County Road 2 on December 18, 2017. Law enforcement says a search of the vehicle found a .38 caliber pistol, ammunition, 1.44 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and $223.


04/12/2018 01:31 AM  ~~~Source~~~
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KIMT NEWS 3 - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has promoted an initiative for farmers in the state to plant buffer strips between their fields and waterways to prevent run-off and improve water quality, and now there's a proposal that could lead to huge fines for farmers who didn't comply. Some counties, like Mower County, enforced their own program locally.


04/11/2018 03:48 AM  ~~~Source~~~
VFW Post hopes to rebuild after fire 

Stewartville firefighters turned out to support the Spring Valley VFD during the fire that broke out at Johnny Ringo's on Oct. 9. The Spring Valley VFW Post 4114, which was the bar's neighbor, is no longer able to meet in their space caused by smoke and water damage. Stewartville firefighters turned out to support the Spring Valley VFD during the fire that broke out at Johnny Ringo's on Oct. 9. The Spring Valley VFW Post 4114, which was the bar's neighbor, is no longer able to meet in their space caused by smoke and water damage.


04/10/2018 04:51 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Police, Sheriff's Department Team Up for Drug Bust 

According to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, officers and the Mower County Sheriff's Department conducted a controlled buy for 1/2 gram of heroin from 52-year-old Anthony Bynum on Monday. Following the purchase law enforcement conducted a search warrant at Bynum's home on the 1000 block of 2nd Ave. SE near Galloway Park.


04/07/2018 04:43 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Paint The Town Pink raises more than $300,000 for breast cancer research 

Pink flags and ribbons line Main Street in downtown Austin as part of the Paint the Town Pink campaign to raise awareness and money for the Hormel Institute's fight against breast cancer. Pink flags and ribbons line Main Street in downtown Austin as part of the Paint the Town Pink campaign to raise awareness and money for the Hormel Institute's fight against breast cancer.


04/03/2018 03:20 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Byron reaches tentative agreement for teachers' contracts 

The Byron Education Association and the Byron School Board have negotiated their 2017-19 contract since May 2017. There were several different points that were made during negotiations: a Teachers had accepted an increase in their health insurance deductibles and premiums to reduce expenditures in the school district's budget, with an understanding that the savings would allow the district to apply experience increments to the teaching contract.


03/31/2018 03:42 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Winona police still seeks info on assault of officer 

The incident occurred Aug. 18, 2017, when a Winona police officer attempted to arrest a man near the intersection of Sixth and Main streets about 10 p.m, according to the Winona Police Department. The suspect resisted arrest and punched the officer several times.


03/29/2018 09:59 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Rochester man gets probation for Austin car chase 

Robert Edward Collins, 42 of Rochester, was arrested on March 23, 2017, after the Mower County Sheriff's Office says he drove away from a traffic stop and wound up crashing into a swing set and trash barrel in Austin.


03/29/2018 05:21 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Warrant issued for Blooming Prairie woman tied to murder 

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, who is being sought as a person of interest in the death of her husband, David Riess. The warrant was issued on a felony theft charge filed in Dodge County District Court this week, according to Sheriff Scott Rose.