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Week in Review: Budgets local and state passed

APS approves school budget

Austin Public Schools approved its 2021-22 school year budget in the nick of time Tuesday, putting the district on solid ground for the coming school year, which is coming off one of the most difficult times in the school’s history.

This was solid work by the district’s administration to do everything possible to ensure Austin doesn’t fall behind, especially considering where the district has had to come from. Now the district can continue putting work toward getting things back to normal, whatever that may include in the future.

Swimming pool shut down this week

What a bummer.

On Fourth of July weekend,when temperatures are going to reach into the 90s, it would have been the perfect time to have the pool open.

Unfortunately, because of complications with staffing, the Austin Municipal Pool will have to close this weekend, save for the splash pad, which will fortunately be open and free to use.

Legislature passes budget

We’re happy to see that the Legislature was able to come to an agreement on a $52 billion budget that in turn averted a partial government shutdown.

While we still have questions as to how we even got to this point, it’s still positive news to see that in the end, legislators and Gov. Tim Walz were able to find enough common ground to keep the lights on.

Good Samaritan’s Jenna Crooks recognized nationally

What a worthwhile award for Jenna Crooks, director of nursing for Good Samaritan Society – Comforcare here in Austin. Her positive outlook during the COVID-19 pandemic and willingness to go where she was needed most is such a good thing to see. Her generous nature is an example of the light coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Minnesota approves tuition raise

While tuition hikes at colleges and universities will always be something students and families will have to cope with, the timing of the University of Minnesota’s hike of 1.5% is poor and unfair to students coming back to college.

Students were right to be upset by the rise in tuition and it’s unfortunate that this is now one more thing they will have to deal with.

A good amount of students from Austin attend the University of Minnesota, so we feel for students who will once again be paying more for an education.

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Two suffer minor injuries in crash involving school bus and SUV

News

FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk

Business

Hormel Foods Donation Helps Fight Hunger in Austin

Adams

No injuries reported after fire at hog confinement building

Adams

Hog confinement fire causes brief evacuation near Adams

Local Government

Council adopts 6.8% tax levy increase for 2022

Education

Placek, Ruzek named 2021 distinguished honorees by alumni group

Agriculture

Photos: Another day on the farm

News

Three Minnesota teens beaten with gun at Sioux Falls bar

Mower County

Canoemobile offering free rides Saturday

Business

AAMBP highlights Austin’s immigrant entrepreneurs during Welcoming Week

Mower County

Riverland Theatre returns with ‘SpongeBob,’ ‘Anne of Green Gables’

News

Culture heals: Artist Juan Chawuk’s mural reflects Minnesota nonprofit’s mission

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Minnesota man with history of imitating police busted again

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Law enforcement conducting extra seat belt enforcement through Sept. 30

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Woman pleads not guilty to drug possession

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Man charged with stabbing roommate in the face

Agriculture

Crop research grants available from MDA

Education

Survey: Minnesotans of color less likely to believe schools offer equal opportunities

Brownsdale

In Your Community: Study Club makes changes at September meeting

Brownsdale

State Fire Marshal: ‘Cause of Rohler Rink fire undetermined’

News

$64 million in COVID-19 grants available for Minnesota small businesses

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

One arrested in connection to weekend burglary

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Hayfield man killed in Saturday afternoon accident