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Week in Review: Optimistic signs are around us

This week it was announced that the Mower County Senior Center would soon be opening its doors again, something we applaud wholeheartedly.

It’s been a tough year for seniors, considered our most vulnerable in the face of the pandemic. They were largely shut-in during the worst of it and places like the senior center, that provide a place for seniors to go, were closed down, cutting off opportunities to socialize, have a meal and get some exercise.

And so, this news gets our first ever “thumbs up,” as part of a recurring Saturday feature that goes back over the week and takes a look at the stories we’ve run.

Thumbs up: Riverland Theatre receives KCACTF award

The theater troupe won the award, from The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for its technical innovation on the virtual performance of “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms.”  In a year of bad situations, it was nice to see a group recognized for making the best of what they could, while entertaining us along the way.

Thumbs down: Courts struggling to catch up

This isn’t a criticism of law enforcement or the Mower County Attorney’s Office, but it is a recognition of the circumstances both find themselves in. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, jury trials and arrests have largely been pushed off to try to cut down on COVID exposures both in the jail and in the Jail and Justice Center. This has resulted in 289 pending jury trials and over 1,000 outstanding warrants in the county. County attorneys are looking at ways to cut into that and with restrictions relaxing it’s hope they can make further moves to get on top of this so justice can be served.

Thumbs up: Austin HS graduation goes to one ceremony

Sometimes things just bounce your way. Just ask Austin High School, which will be able to host one graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. on June 4. Just days after announcing that there would be two different commencements on that day, Principal Andrea Malo told the board Monday that because Gov. Tim Walz’ announcement of a relaxing of restrictions it was possible to move to one ceremony. Anything that can be done to get these kids back to normal will always earn a “thumbs up.’

Thumbs up: Freeborn County Fair is back on

Certainly, this is more of a benefit for Freeborn County, but it’s good news because it gives us the needed optimism that the Mower County Fair will be held this year as well. We’ll take that any day.

Thumbs down: Rising commodities cost hit Americans at home and on the road

This summer is going to be expensive as prices on most everything are getting higher and higher. Most all of this is related to the pandemic, but things like the cyberterrorist attack on a major pipeline, doesn’t help matters. We’re all going to have to get used to some pains in the wallet.

Hayfield Vikings

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Brownsdale

Rural Brownsdale barn damaged in Sunday fire

News

Minnesota lawmakers convene special session to finish budget

Mower County

Iowa man injured in Saturday motorcycle accident

News

Ex Scientia Tridens: AHS graduate Riley Haugen to attend U.S. Naval Academy

Mower County

Join Jamming at the Mansion 3rd Thursday of June, July, August

News

Teen who recorded Floyd’s arrest, death wins Pulitzer nod

News

Minnesota State Fair set to return in August

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Austin man sentenced to prison for drugs, firearm charges

Mower County

Club news: Duplicate Bridge

Agriculture

Breakfast on the Farm to be held June 19

Mower County

I-90 ramp repaving extends detour

Mower County

UPDATE: Austin man charged for alleged involvement in Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Police looking for help after receiving numerous property damage reports

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Northeast Austin home damaged in Thursday afternoon blaze

Mower County

Walz, leaders, seek budget breakthroughs as Capitol reopens

Hayfield Vikings

23 straight and off to state: Vikings win Section 1A title

News

Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on US consumers

News

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend runs June 11-13

Business

Lemondrops to host art show this weekend

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Shooting suspect charged with three counts of murder

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Austin garage fire under investigation

Local Government

Council holds public hearing on potential cable franchise

Local Government

Board OK’s payoff of bond on Jail and Justice Center