Jason Schoonover, Albert Lea Tribune

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Past articles by Jason:

Austin, A.L. districts to pay $4M for Corcoran Center work, purchase

Austin Public Schools took steps Monday to continue the process of buying the former Corcoran Center and attached classrooms for the Austin Albert Lea Area Special Education Cooperative. The school board unanimously approved $4,024,000 in lease purchase financing for the site, selecting a deal with Klein Bank for 2.54 percent interest. The lease will be paid over 15 years, and the Austin and… → Read More

Bill could help bring more broadband funding for Albert Lea

Leaders in communities like Albert Lea and Austin are calling on state leaders to alter statutes and grant requirements to open up more access to funding for broadband, which they said will be a key economic development driver now and into the future. District 27 Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, introduced a bill late last week that would make sure cities like Austin and Albert Lea are eligible to… → Read More

Public gets first look at Austin’s new dome

AUSTIN — Austin’s latest recreational asset was on full display Saturday morning. ... → Read More

Habitat for Humanity and Riverland partner for homes

AUSTIN — Last week, Freeborn/Mower Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brigitte Fisher ... → Read More

Austin man’s death tied to Thanksgiving morning garage fire

AUSTIN —A man died in connection to a garage fire early Thanksgiving morning. The Austin Fire Department responded to a fire on the 1900 block of Oakland Avenue East around 8:50 a.m. Thursday and arrived after people living in the house had pulled the victim out of the garage, according to Fire Chief Jim McCoy. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was not yet known and an… → Read More

QPP vows changes following video’s release

AUSTIN — The same day Hormel Foods Corp. called on Quality Pork ... → Read More

New Hy-Vee wants theater ‘to remain a tenant’

AUSTIN — Hy-Vee issued a statement Friday stating the company hopes CineMagic ... → Read More

Anhydrous ammonia leak closes section of Interstate 90

An anhydrous ammonia leak caused Interstate 90 to be shut down and some homes to be evacuated Monday night. Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi confirmed two 1,000 gallon anhydrous ammonia tanks leaked at the grain elevator on County Road 7 south of Elkton around 4 p.m. As of 6:25 p.m., the tanks were shut off, but an anhydrous cloud was still hovering. Sometime around 5:30 p.m., law enforcement… → Read More

2 injured in rollover crashes

Two Austin residents were hospitalized after separate rollovers on Sunday. In the first incident, Katie A. Low, 34, of Austin was driving a Chevy GMT 400 truck eastbound on Interstate 90 around 4:38 a.m. when it ran off the road, hit a guardrail fence and rolled into the ditch in Freeborn County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Low was transported by Mayo One helicopter to St. Marys… → Read More

Austin City Council approves TIF financing for mall deal

AUSTIN — Hy-­Vee is even closer to acquiring Oak Park Mall, but it’s not a done deal just yet. After the Austin Port Authority unanimously approved the terms of a $2.9 million agreement to acquire the mall Monday morning, the Austin City Council voted Monday night to unanimously approved motions regarding an escrow fund of $1.625 million for tax increment financing or TIF district costs for mall demolition purposes. Council members Judy Enright and Jeff Austin were absent. → Read More

New Oak Park Mall deal reached

Austin Port Authority expected to vote on $2.9M agreement on Monday → Read More

Another juvenile taken into custody for making threats at Austin High School

AUSTIN — Another juvenile was taken into custody Tuesday for making threats ... → Read More

Foundation grant helps launch 6 Riverland agriculture programs

AUSTIN — Riverland Community College is positioning itself to be a Midwest leader for training students for agricultural jobs. The Hormel Foundation announced a $263,200 grant to Riverland Wednesday morning to help launch the Center for Agriculture and Food Science, an agriculture technology “center of excellence” at the college’s Austin campus. Adenuga Atewologun“We can develop one of the… → Read More