Prairie strips established in small areas of southeast Minnesota crop fields are showing the ability to improve water quality on site by filtering rainwater.
This innovative practice will be featured at a free field day Wednesday, Sept. 15, in eastern Mower County at the Wayne DeWall farm south of Grand Meadow in the headwaters of the Root River’s south branch.
From 9 a.m. to noon, on-site presentations and a panel discussion will be given by officials with Mower Soil & Water Conservation District; Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA); Iowa State University; University of Northern Iowa; and the Sand County Foundation.
Plants need nitrogen to grow but too much of the essential nutrient on cropland can lead to excessive amounts of it polluting groundwater, streams and lakes.
Northern Country Cooperative in recent years has led an innovative research project on 8 acres of its cropland in Mower County to study how farmers can better manage nitrogen to produce crops in a more profitable way while helping the environment. Some of the research involves studying the effects of using cover crops, which are a second, unharvested crop in coordination with regular cash crops, such as corn and soybeans.
Heavy rain in spring 1903 caused the Cedar River to rise rapidly in Austin.
Major flooding ensued, especially around the downtown dam where Kinsman’s greenhouses had relocated just two years earlier, north of the German Hall. Both properties — including a grove of trees around the German Hall — covered what today is Riverside Arena’s parking lot along the river.
“Water set in strongly toward the German Hall, and Monday afternoon strenuous efforts were required to save the approach west of the Bridge Street bridge (2nd Ave NE), a portion of the north side of the approach being washed away,”…
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.