Conventionally tilled cropland on the left and cropland with cover crops shown in spring 2017 on Tom Cotter’s farm in Mower County’s Austin Township. Cotter and Blooming Prairie seed dealer TJ Kartes (Saddle Butte Co.) in giving free “Cover Crops 101” workshops in Grand Meadow and Blooming Prairie.

Free workshops set for Grand Meadow, Blooming Prairie

Jon Kittleson, of Austin, uses one of the new Action Trackchairs purchased for free, public use at Austin’s Jay C. Hormel Nature Center by those who have mobility issues due to cognitive or physical disabilities. Kittleson, who uses a powered wheelchair, proposed the idea to the nature center’s Friends nonprofit.

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center adds equipment for visitors with limited mobility

Mower SWCD staff and board members accept the 2021 SWCD of the Year Award on Dec. 14, 2021, at the annual awards luncheon of the Minnesota Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) in Bloomington, Minn. Pictured left to right are James Fett, watershed technician; Jensen Bigeloow, MN GreenCorps member; Jim Kellogg, board member; Mattie Hackensmith, intern; board chairman Randy Smith; Larry Callahan, district technician; Paul Hunter, watershed conservationist; Tim Ruzek, water plan and outreach coordinator; Cody Fox, project manager; Jeanne Crump; office manager; and Justin Hanson, district manager.

Staff, board honored with 2021 SWCD of the Year for MN

Cody Fox, project manager for Cedar River Watershed District, speaks Aug. 25, 2021, at an upland, stormwater storage site in Mower County as part of a tour by board members of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), a state agency. On Dec. 2, 2021, BWSR executive director John Jaschke honored Fox with the 2021 Outstanding Watershed District Employee award during the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts’ annual conference.

Project manager Cody Fox honored as Minnesota’s 2021 Outstanding Watershed District Employee of the Year

Mower County farmer Wayne DeWall (left) looks at an informational sheet being held by Mower SWCD watershed technician James Fett on Sept. 15, 2021, at a public event on prairie strips. The group gathered in a prairie strip established on the DeWall farm as part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Field to Stream Partnership in the Root River’s headwaters in eastern Mower County.

Mower SWCD, USDA-NRCS seek partners to enroll parts of cropland in CRP program

Terry Hamilton speaks on May 26, 2017, at his rural Adams farm in Mower County during a Soil Health Field Day organized by the Austin-based Mower Soil & Water Conservation District in coordination with the Riverland Community College’s agricultural program.

University of Minn., Mower SWCD, others to feature tours, research at Hamilton farm in rural Adams

\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

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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