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Jamey Helgeson: White House unveils FY 2022 budget

On May 28, President Joe Biden released his budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The most notable increases were for Vocational Rehabilitation Demonstration and Training programs (604%), Individuals with Disabilities Act Personnel Preparation (177%), and Lifespan Respite Care Act (100%).  Visit to see a listing of discretionary programs and their proposed percentage increases.

69th Annual Meeting and Awards

If you missed the Annual Meeting and Awards on May 24, 2021, you can watch the recording of the meeting and the slide show at

Congratulations to all of the 2021Award Recipients:

• Community Partner of the Year: Hill, Larson & Walth, P.A.

• Direct Service Professional of the Year: Kersten Tollefson

• Distinguished Service Award: Kathleen Huffman

• Professional of the Year: Mary Barinka

• Volunteer of the Year: John Gray

• Robert Qual Memorial Self-Advocate of the Year: Emily Johnson

Upcoming Events

• Tuesday: Virtual Happy Hour, 4 p.m. and Virtual Trivia, 6 p.m.

• Wednesday: No Bowling Today!

• Thursday: Mower County Special Olympics Softball, 6 p.m.

• Friday: Virtual Movie Night, 6 p.m.

• Saturday: Picnic In The Park, 11:30 a.m.

• June 15: Virtual Name That Tune, 4 p.m. and Virtual Game Night, 6 p.m.

• June 16: Bowling League, 4 p.m.

June 17: Mower County Special Olympics Bocce, 6 p.m.

• June 18: Bingo, 6 p.m.

Mower County

Iowa man injured in Saturday motorcycle accident


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


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


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


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


Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on US consumers


Take a Kid Fishing Weekend runs June 11-13


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


Deputies who killed man had body cams, couldn’t use them

Mower County

HI welcomes summer interns

Mower County

Registration open for Packer Classic