\People gather June 30, 1951, at the site of the Mower County 6 bridge — built in 1888 — after it collapsed into the Cedar River when a gravel truck crashed into its side while trying to avoid another truck. This photo ran in the July 6, 1951, edition of the Austin Daily Herald. (Mower County Historical Society.)

June 1951 mishap caused no serious injuries but led to county scrambling for detour, bridge funds, lawsuit


Prairie strip vegetation is shown Aug. 17, 2021, south of Grand Meadow in the middle of corn fields operated by Mower County farmer Wayne DeWall. This will be the site of a free field day on prairie strips Sept. 15, 2021, as organized by Mower SWCD, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and others.

Mower SWCD, partners offer free event Sept. 15; RSVP by Sept. 14


Northern Country Cooperative’s Jeff Irvin (center) and Nathan Augustine (right) receive recognition as Mower SWCD’s 2021 Outstanding Conservationist of the Year during the Mower County Fair’s opening ceremonies in Austin. Mower SWCD district manager Justin Hanson (left) honored the co-op at the event.

Mower SWCD awards area cooperative with annual distinction


1905 image of the second German Hall built along the Cedar River on Bridge Street (2nd Ave NE) at the time of its dedication. It replaced the original German Hall built in 1892 that was destroyed by fire in 1904. (Photo courtesy of Aren Crews)

LOOKBACK: German Hall once event center along Cedar River

Fire, floods and growing greenhouse business doomed Austin social venue that ended in 1912


“Fish Clean” stickers are shown in June 2021 on fishing bait containers at one of three Austin retailers working with CRWD on its new initiative to remind local anglers to not litter. This is in response to fishing-related litter frequently being found along local shorelines and waterways.

CRWD uses Austin Area Foundation grant to target anglers


Part of the newly named Herzog View on June 9, 2021, overlooking the East Side Lake dam on Dobbins Creek in northeast Austin. The City of Austin redeveloped this public space in recent years in coordination with Mower County replacing the adjacent Oakland Place bridge.

New public area at East Side’s dam honors Austin man who led its creation in 1930s


Circa 1935 photograph looking east or downstream on the Cedar River at the former Fox Drive bridge, an iron-truss crossing that spanned the river from 1931 to 1961 when locals removed it to build a new entrance into downtown Austin. This effort led to a new river channel being cut into Austin Mill Pond and the old, horseshoe-shaped bend being filled and developed over.

Narrow crossing once part of Austin’s state park but removed to create new entry to downtown when Interstate 90 opened


Historic Paramount Theatre will host free, monthly movies related to nature June 17, July 15 and Aug. 19 as part of the Friends of the Hormel Nature Center’s 50th anniversary celebration of the nature center. Show times each day are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free popcorn and a free beverage will be given to each attendee.

Friends group offers monthly showings at Paramount in Austin


An exhibit of the wholly mammoth — the species believed to have dropped a tooth that was found by a dredger in June 1920 in today’s Austin Mill Pond — at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum in St. Paul.

Summer 1920 effort to create Horace Austin State Park leads to ancient discovery that’s showcased in downtown store window


This Week 2 winner of the 2021 Cedar Scenes contest is a photo by Jens Raffelson of a geese family in May 2021 along the Cedar River State Water Trail at Austin Mill Pond near the Austin Public Library.

CRWD’s weekly photo contest runs to Oct. 3 on social media

Cedar River Watershed District

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.

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