July 15, 2021 — Jacob Herzog became inspired in 1910 after reading a newspaper article that put a $1 million value on a city having a lake.
That night, Herzog discussed the idea of Austin getting a lake — worth $28 million in today’s dollars — with a local barber who fished and swam in the former Beaver Lake on Austin’s east side. The old lake was the backwaters of a dam on Dobbins Creek that operated a flour mill near today’s East Side Lake dam until a June 1892 flood destroyed it.
Just before the iron-truss bridge, a pickup truck stopped in December 1952 to allow a bus to go through the narrow crossing over the Cedar River in Austin’s state park.
Another driver was not able to do the same and collided with the back of the pickup, damaging the vehicle.
June 11, 2021 — Free, monthly movies at Austin’s Historic Paramount Theatre will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.
Starting Thursday, June 17, the nonprofit Friends of the Hormel Nature Center will offer monthly showings of nature-related movies for all ages at no charge at the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. N.E. Each attendee also will get vouchers for a free popcorn and a free beverage.
By Tim Ruzek, CRWD outreach coordinator
In the early 1900s, the Austin Furniture Co. promoted itself as having “three Mammoth Stores.”
By summer 1920, the downtown Austin store was showcasing an actual mammoth tooth in its display window.
A dredger working on a Saturday (June 12, 1920) on the Cedar River at Austin Mill Pond — part of developing Horace Austin State Park — had unearthed the prehistoric tooth.
“Monster Tooth Is Uncovered” read the headline in the Rochester Daily Post & Record on June 14 1920.
Paddy was poisoned by “moonshine whiskey.”
At least that was the legal excuse Patrick “Paddy” Walsh gave 100 years ago as to why he signed a lease allowing two men to build a dance pavilion in the woods of his farm along the Cedar River near Ramsey Dam.
The wooded area was known as Paddy’s Point or Ramsey Point — it’s east/upstream from today’s Old Mill Restaurant at the dam.
April 26, 2021 — Eating pancakes and sausage on Saturday will help support the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in its 50th year thanks to the efforts of Austin Lions Club members.
On Saturday, May 1, three clubs — Austin Noon Lions; Austin Morning Lions; and Evening Branch Lions — will host a pancake fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the nature center’s parking lot, 1304 21st St. N.E.
Cost is $5 per person for a meal of three pancakes, two sausages and milk or orange juice. Ankeny’s in Austin is donating the milk and orange juice.
April 19, 2021– Mower County property owners have more opportunities this year to qualify for financial help with sealing unused wells under a continuing effort to protect groundwater drinking supplies.
Mower Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Austin Utilities — the City of Austin’s municipal water provider –have nearly $50,000 available for cost-share assistance for sealing unused or abandoned wells. These funds are offered as a 50-percent cost-share payment (capped at $1,000 per well) on the cost of sealing a well.
“After seeing great interest the past two years under a state grant for well sealing cost-share, we found…
April 12, 2021 — Hundreds of rainbow trout once again are headed for Austin’s biggest park this spring in hopes of enticing anglers of all ages to catch them.
For the second-straight spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will stock rainbow trout at Todd Park in Wolf Creek, which flows into the Cedar River State Water Trail about one mile downstream from the park.
Staff with the DNR’s Waterville area fisheries plan to stock 300 rainbows this week ahead of the state’s trout opener on Saturday, April 17, at which time — through Sept. 14 — anglers can…
Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.