THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AUSTIN CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 301 NORTH MAIN STREET, SUITE 101 • AUSTIN, MINNESOTA • 507-437-4563 • WWW.AUSTINMN.COM
DID YOU KNOW?
Austin, Minnesota is one of the top 5 for BEST MINNESOTA TOWN according to Minnesota Monthly, 2017
We truly are proud of our town, and want you to find out what makes it special in so many ways. Take your time visiting and enjoying our attractions, relish the varied tasty offerings in our many restaurants, relax and appreciate the great music, theatre and art that abounds here – explore and experience these and all the other pieces that make up our community. Looked at from any perspective, Austin has an astonishing amount to offer. We think you will be surprised and more than satisfied at what you see and do. Be sure to stop by the Discover Austin, Minnesota office at 301 N Main Street, Suite 101 for additional information and assistance.
TABLE OF CONTENTS AUSTIN STATS
Established 1853, incorporated 1856 County Seat of Mower County Area: 11.9 square miles (11.79 square miles land, .11 square miles water)
Population: 24,563 (2015 est) or 24,718 (2010 census) Average temperature: 44.1° F Hottest month: July Average high temperature: 53.8° F Coldest month: January Average low temperature: 34.4° F Average annual precipitation: 34.52 inches Average annual snowfall: 38.7 inches Elevation: 1,184 ft (360 m) Longitude: -92.9739, Latitude: 43.6542
2.......WELCOME TO AUSTIN, MN 3.......2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 4.......TOP 10 NICEST PLACES IN AMERICA 5.......EXPLORE • BIKING • STATUES • HUNTING • THEATRE • PARKS & TRAILS 14.....COMMUNITY • AUSTIN ASSURANCE SCHOLARSHIP 16.....CITY OF AUSTIN MAP 18.....GROUP TOURS • HAPPY HOLIDAY TOUR IN AUSTIN • AGRICULTURE OF MOWER COUNTY TOUR 20.....HOST YOUR GATHERING IN AUSTIN 21.....SEASONAL SPORTING FACILITIES 22.....PLACES TO STAY 24.....DELIGHTFUL DINING 26.....AUTISM FRIENDLY AUSTIN, MN 27.....MILITARY SERVICE 28.....CLASSIC CAR CITY 29.....COME WORSHIP WITH US 30.....FUN FAMILY GETAWAY 31.....CONTACT DISCOVER AUSTIN, MINNESOTA
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2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
3 ���������� First Thursday Events – Movie Night, SPAM® Museum 14 �������� History Happy Hour, Hormel Historic Home 19 �������� VEX Robotics Tournament, Austin High School 19 �������� Music @ the Bank – Will Bjorndal, Austin ArtWorks Center 20 �������� 2019 Wedding Show, Hormel Historic Home 20 �������� Root River Jam, Historic Paramount Theatre 21 �������� Martin Luther King Day Film, Historic Paramount Theatre 25 �������� ArtRocks Open Jam Session, Austin ArtWorks Center 25-27 ���� Tyler Brady Memorial Pee Wee Hockey Tournament 26 �������� Paint the Town Pink, Plunge for the Cure, East Side Lake 26 �������� Murder Mystery at the Mansion, Hormel Historic Home
1-3 ������ The Game’s Afoot, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland 1 ���������� Tonic Sol Fa, Historic Paramount Theatre 2 ���������� Kids Music in Motion, Hormel Historic Home 8 ���������� Austin Artist Series – Tapestry, Historic Paramount Theatre 9-10 ������ Northwestern Singers Show, Historic Paramount Theatre 11 �������� History Happy Hour, Hormel Historic Home 15-17 ���� Austin Home and Vacation Show, Packer Arena 16 �������� Katie McMahon, Historic Paramount Theatre 19 �������� Ag Summit, Riverland Community College 22 �������� ArtRocks Open Jam Session, Austin ArtWorks Center
FEBRUARY 1-3 ������ AYH Bantam A, B Hockey Tournament 2 ���������� 2019 Harris Music Competition, Historic Paramount Theatre 2 ���������� Paint the Rink Pink-Austin Bruins vs MN Magicians, Riverside Arena 10 �������� MacPhail Spotlight – Roaring Twenties, Historic Paramount Theatre 11 �������� History Happy Hour, Hormel Historic Home 15-17 ���� Matchbox Children’s Theatre Snow White, The Queen’s Fair Daughter, Historic Paramount Theatre 16 �������� 2019 Foodie Throwdown, Hormel Historic Home 21 ��������� Austin Artist Series – Paul the Beatle, Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School 22 ��������� ArtRocks Open Jam Session, Austin ArtWorks Center 23 �������� Climate Storytelling Workshop, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 24 �������� Paramount Jazz, Historic Paramount Theatre 24 �������� Austin Symphony Orchestra – Requiem for the Living, Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School 27-28 ���� The Game’s Afoot, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland
APRIL 5-7 �������� Matchbox Children’s Theatre – The House at Pooh Corner, Historic Paramount Theatre 6 ���������� Taste of Nations 8 ���������� History Happy Hour, Hormel Historic Home 9 ���������� Austin Artist Series – Sons of Serendip, Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School 14 �������� Steppin’ Out for Autism Walk, Hormel Historic Home 14 �������� Forte Milers, Historic Paramount Theatre 19 �������� ArtRocks Open Jam Session, Austin ArtWorks Center 25-27 ���� Spring Book Sale, Austin Public Library 25-28 ���� Camelot, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland 27-28 ���� St. Andrew’s Sisters, Historic Paramount Theatre 28 �������� Taste of Mower County, Holiday Inn Conference Center 28-30 ���� We Are Water MN Traveling Exhibit, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
MAY 1-31 ������ We Are Water MN Traveling Exhibit, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 2-4 �������� Camelot, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland 3-5 �������� Austi-Con IV, Austin National Guard Armory
5 ����������� Austin Symphony Orchestra – Tony Ross!, Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School 8 ����������� Ragamala Dance Company, Historic Paramount Theatre 13 ��������� History Happy Hour, Hormel Historic Home 15 ��������� Shh! We Have a Plan!, Historic Paramount Theatre 17-18 ���� Midwest Myotonic Goat Show, Mower County Fairground 18 ��������� Kings Wood Dinner, Hormel Historic Home 31 ��������� ArtRocks Open Jam Session, Austin ArtWorks Center
JUNE 1-2 �������� 3 Rivers Flea Market, Mower County Fairgrounds 1-16 ������ We Are Water MN Traveling Exhibit, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 6 ����������� First Thursday Events – Annual Car Show, SPAM® Museum 10-15 ���� Water Festival Week, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 12 ��������� 2nd Annual 4th Avenue Fest, 4th Avenue Downtown Austin 18 ��������� Music @ the Mansion w/ Patchouli, Hormel Historic Home 20 ��������� David Stokes Program, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 20-23 ���� Summerset Theatre – Disney The Little Mermaid, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland 22 ��������� Shooting Star Bike Ride, starting in Adams 27-30 ���� Summerset Theatre – The Little Mermaid, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland 28-29 ���� Open House at the Hormel Institute 28-30 ���� Freedom Fest 29 ��������� Dan Ulwelling Bike Ride, starting in Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
JULY 1-4 �������� Freedom Fest 1 ����������� Music @ the Mansion – Community Jazz Band, Hormel Historic Home 13 ��������� Dammen Adventure Race, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 25-28 ���� Summerset Theatre – Mamma Mia!, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland 26-27 ���� Open House at the Hormel Institute
AUGUST 1-4 �������� Summerset Theatre – Mamma Mia!, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland 6-11 ������ Mower County Fair, Mower County Fairgrounds 16-18 ���� Matchbox Children’s Theatre – Yankee Doodle, A Musical Review, Historic Paramount Theatre 17 ��������� River Rats Car Show, Lafayette Park 17 ��������� Community Nature Art and Talent Show, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 24-25 ���� Austin ArtWorks Festival 24-25 ���� MN High School Mountain Bike Race
SEPTEMBER 8-11 ������ National Barrow Show, Mower County Fairgrounds 20-22 ���� North Central Highland Cattle Show, Mower County Fairgrounds 21 ��������� Harvest Fest, Downtown Austin 28 ��������� Fall Harvest Celebration, Mower County Historical Society
OCTOBER 11-12 ���� MN Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener 11-12 ���� Vintage Holiday & Antique Sale, Mower County Historical Society 11-12 ���� Halloween Warm-Up, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 11-13 ���� National Llama Show, Mower County Fairgrounds
NOVEMBER 21-23 ���� Hormel Historic Home Holiday Events 29 ��������� Christmas in the City, Downtown Austin
DECEMBER 7 ����������� Merry TubaChristmas, Historic Paramount Theatre 13-14 ���� Christmas in the County, Mower County Historical Society
For the most current and complete information, go to www.AustinMN.com
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TOP 10 NICEST PLACES IN AMERICA
Taking “Minnesota Nice” to the next level Austin/Mower County Recognized as one of the 2018 10 Nicest Places in America Austin/Mower County was recognized by Readers Digest as one of the nicest places in America and was featured on Good Morning America on the strength of two local programs, PayItForward and Austin’s Vision 2020 Community Pride and Spirit Committee. PayItForward is a collaborative effort that brings Austin/Mower County businesses and individuals together to brighten, enlighten, and rejuvenate the hope of families in need. The program began after the program founder and her family lost everything in a house fire only to be the recipients of tremendous generosity and caring from the surrounding community. With the help and love of her neighbors as well as complete strangers, her family was back on their feet, started a plumbing business, and filled with a desire to find a way to reciprocate and give back. “There are members of our community who have suffered and continue to suffer trials in their life that are beyond their own control. Reaching out to those people is a way to wrap them in a sense of community love and safety,” she says. Families or individuals are nominated
to be the recipient of a PayItForward project. Collaborating organizations and residents provide supplies, labor, meals, and lodging for the family for the duration of the project, with many extra special items added to create the perfect finishing touch. The projects have included bathroom and home renovations that accommodate special needs like wheel chairs and physical limitations, improve quality of life, and bring joy and hope to families who have experi-
enced trauma, loss, and severe tragedy. Smaller PayItForward projects over the years include plumbing repairs to the Austin Sober House, a grill for Teens Recovery House, water heater installation for a local veteran, scholastic donations for students at a local elementary
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school, a deer stand donation for disabled veterans, Bible Camp registration for children and a bulldog puppy companion along with fencing, food and veterinary care to a MN Veteran. To learn more about PayItForward, call 507-584-1237 or go to www.payitforwardtng.org Austin’s Vision 2020 Community Pride and Spirit Committee creates a positive community spirit by fostering service, support and mentorship programs geared towards improving the quality of life and opportunities for all citizens. This grassroots program supports physical beautification through neighborhood organizations, working in collaboration with existing programs. Volunteers with the Community Pride and Spirit Committee participate in “Good Graffiti” sessions around the city, inspires/ invites regular acts of random kindness, and hosts numerous community events, including annual street and Fall Fests, a series of free outdoor community films. To learn more about Vision 2020 Community Pride and Spirit Committee, go to www.vision2020austin.com.
Cedar River Horse Logging & Wood Products Farm
Cedar River Archery Club
51127 130th St, Lyle 507-325-4197 / www.cedarriverhorselogging.com Owner Tim Carroll, known as “the Horse Whisperer,” provides an interesting tour of his horse logging and training operation, along with sawmill operation.
Ethanol Plants Mower County 507-437-4563 Ethanol production, creating a cost-effective and renewable alternate fuel, is becoming a significant industry in southern Minnesota. Processing corn products instead of exporting raw corn doubles the value of each bushel. There are 3 Ethanol Plants within 45 minutes of the Austin Community. Tours can be pre-arranged.
Wind Farms Mower County 507-437-4563 The Austin area is well-known for being a major player in the Wind Industry. There are multiple wind farms in the county and over 350 wind turbines total. Visit a farm and learn why wind power is currently the fastest growing source of electricity production in the world.
Austin Youth Baseball 507-433-1649
54691 270th St 507-438-7619 / www.cedarriverarchery.com For 3D public shoot dates go to www.facebook.com/ CedarRiverArcheryClub.
ARTS Austin ArtWorks Center 300 N Main St 507-434-0934 / www.austinareaarts.org Enjoy an art gallery and classrooms on the second floor, studio and clay cavern complete with wheels and kiln in the basement, and a retail section that features lots of unique and beautiful items on the main floor. The ArtWorks Center hosts classes and activities throughout the year for all ages and skill levels, as well as book signings, concerts, jam sessions and more; and is open to groups looking for meeting space or special craft sessions.
DID YOU KNOW?
Picturesque and historic Marcusen Park has been creating community and family memories for 70 years. Not only notable for being the home field for Austin’s town ball teams, it has witnessed a legendary home run hit by the Twin’s Kent Hrbek and games played by fellow MLB players Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, and Austin’s own Mike Wuertz. It is also the first Minnesota community field with LED lighting.
BASKETBALL Austin Youth Basketball www.austinyouthbasketball.org
Outdoor Basketball Courts 507-433-1881 / www.austin.ci.mn.us
DID YOU KNOW?
There are over 100 artists from more than 10 states displaying items at the Austin ArtWorks Center.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Austin area was ranked #1 in the state of Minnesota for energy production revenue coming from Wind Turbines.
Sola Fide Observatory
Austin Audubon Society
180th St, 5 miles south of Austin 507-437-7519 www.hormelnaturecenter.org/sola-fide-observatory
50422 262nd St 507-437-3343 / www.oldetymeantiques.com
Austin All Stars Baseball
417 N Main St 507-433-5353
501 2nd Ave NE South Main and 8th Ave SE 14th St and 6th Ave NW 21st Ave and 4th Dr SW 16th Ave SW 7th St and 24th Ave NW
Olde Tyme Antiques
Twice is Nice
Riverside Arena Parking Rotary Centennial Park Sherman Park South Grove Park Orchard Creek (1/2 Court) Murphy Creek (1/2 Court)
1903 5th Ave NW 507-433-9387 The Austin area is one of the few places where Oak Savanna, an important wildlife habitat for sustaining many kinds of birds, can still be seen. Birding areas include the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, Taopi Native Prairie area, and Lake Louise State Park. Also, be sure to check out the 2 Scientific and Natural Areas: Shooting Star Prairie and Wild Indigo Prairie.
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MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL
An asphalt trail laid mostly on top of abandoned railway. Bike-friendly for all ages and abilities. New expansion connects the trail to the Austin city bike trails, for a total of over 40 miles. Shooting Star Trail Ride will be June 22, 2019.
MTB trails — USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
North Loop 0.65 mi
Ride to your ability, control your bicycle. Wear protective gear. Ride on open trails only. Trail will be closed if too wet. Ride through puddles, not around them. Obey signs and warnings. Keep to trail. Always yield trail. Stop at trail crossings.
Ridge 0.74 mi
Leave no trace.
Prairie 0.72 mi
No motorized vehicles. No hiking. No dogs. Report hazardous trail conditions to Austin Park & Rec at 507-433-1881.
Cedar Side 0.86 mi
Be safety conscious; it’s your responsibility. You assume the risk of injury that may occur when using the bike trail.
Austin City Trails
Cedar Side 0.86 mi Future Trail North Loop 0.65 mi Paved Bike Trail Prairie 0.72 mi Ridge 0.74 mi South Way 0.96 mi Easier Difficult Ride Direction
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Shooting Star Trail
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507-433-1881 Austin is becoming a well-known destination for biking enthusiasts. We offer over 13 miles of hard surfaced trails that connect you to many locations in the city.
South Way 0.96 mi
Rydjor Bike Museum 219 N Main St 507-433-7571 / www.rydjor.com View the history of bicycles displayed on the 16-foot walls inside the shop. Each of the 84 bicycles has its own story, beginning with the 1868 “Boneshaker” and including one of the late Robin Williams’ bikes. View the evolution of bicycles up to the most current styles.
DID YOU KNOW?
Austin, Minnesota has been awarded Honorable Mention for being a SHOOTING STATE Bike Friendly Community fromSTAR the League of American Bicyclist. See the Austin City Bike Trail Map on pages 16 & 17 BIKE TRAIL
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CANOEING / KAYAKING
Canoes and kayaks are a great way to view and enjoy the scenic Cedar River State Water Trail and area wildlife. Launch in the Cedar River and enjoy miles of beautiful scenery.
All Fur Dogs
Grand Army of the Republic Hall Post 130
503 27th Ave NW 507-434-8449 / www.facebook.com/AllFurDogsMN
207 S Main St, Grand Meadow 507-437-6082 / www.mowercountyhistory.org Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the GAR Hall is one of only two remaining in Minnesota. Booth Post 130 was organized January 23, 1885 with 16 charter members, and the building was constructed in 1891. The hall houses Civil War memorabilia from the post and the surrounding area. Tours by appointment. GAR Open House during Meadowfest 2019: June 29, 10am-2pm & June 30, 12pm-3pm Fall Open House at the GAR: September 7, 10am-2pm
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center – Canoe and Kayak Rental 1304 21st St NE 507-437-7519 / www.hormelnaturecenter.org Public launch sites: Driesner Park Ramsey Dam Marcusen Park Mill Pond East Side Lake Riverwood Landing
Chrest Kennels and Dog Boarding 59060 327th St, Waltham, MN 507-951-8180 / www.chrestkennels.com
Hickory Lake Boarding Kennels 88089 258th St 507-396-0145 / www.hickorylakeboardingkennels.com
8th St SE 3504 11th Pl NE 901 S Main St 600 N Main St 8th Ave and Oakland Pl NE intersection of 180th St and 536th Ave, 5 miles south of Austin
DISK GOLF Driesner Park South
Rocko’s Retreat 1400 10th Dr SE, Suite A 507-433-0089
GOLF Austin Country Club I-90 at 1202 28th St NE 507-437-7631 / www.austincountryclub.net
Oakland PL SE 507-433-1881 / www.ci.austin.mn.us 18 chain-basket course.
Cedar River Country Club
11th St NE 507-433-1881 / www.ci.austin.mn.us 27 chain-basket course.
18 miles SE of Austin on Hwy 56, Adams 507-582-3595 / www.cedarrivercountryclub.com
Mower County Historical Society 1303 6th Ave SW 507-437-6082 / www.mowercountyhistory.org The Mower County Historical Society preserves the history of Mower County using 17 buildings and 11 outdoor themed exhibits. Take a tour of an original building from the early days of George A. Hormel and Co., explore steam engine locomotive 1004, or search for your ancestors in the Research Library. The Administration Building and Research Library are open year-round. The Historical Society is perfect for family outings, student groups, and those who just want to see what it was like “in the old days.” Site tours available May thru September, Tuesday-Friday at 1:00pm or by appointment.
25239 540th Ave 507-433-4878 / www.meadowgreensgc.com
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Local Hunters Harvest Pheasants in the Austin Area, October 2018.
Austin is hosting the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener on October 11-12, 2019 The Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener was established in 2011. The event focuses on Minnesota’s hunting heritage, cultural traditions, and the economic impact of the sport, as well as the generation of associated travel and tourism publicity. The Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener is a cooperative promotion between the host community (Austin in 2019), the Minnesota Department of
Natural Resources, and Explore Minnesota. The Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener provides the host community with an opportunity to highlight area hunting and other recreational activities, attractions, and points of interest. Media attending the event generate local, regional, and national exposure for the host community before, during, and even long after the event has occurred.
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MORE TO EXPLORE
HISTORY (CONTINUED) Hormel Historic Home 208 4th Ave NW 507-433-4243 / www.hormelhistorichome.org The stately Hormel Historic Home, built in 1871, was the residence of the George A. Hormel family from 1901 to 1927. The house was extensively remodeled and modernized by the Hormels in 1902, including the installation of stained glass windows, leaded glass beautifully accenting the decorative woodwork, and the front pillars, imported from Italy. Now restored to early 1900’s décor (including Tiffany light fixtures and Greek marble fireplace), the 14-room home is open for guided and self-guided tours. For those looking for a special venue for a meeting, reunion, reception or other event, the Hormel Historic Home manages a banquet facility with a full range of amenities. Check out the coupon on page 28
DID YOU KNOW?
The same dining room set of tables and chairs has been in the Hormel Historic Home since 1901.
HOCKEY Austin Bruins Hockey Team 501 2nd Ave NE, PO Box 451 507-434-4978 / www.austinbruins.com Austin’s own Junior League Hockey team plays 28 home games at Riverside Arena.
Austin Youth Hockey 507-438-6777 / Austin.pucksystems2.com Austin Packer Classic Hockey Tournament dates: Jan 25-27, 2019 – Pee Wee A, B, C Feb 1-3, 2019 – Bantam A, B * Tournaments are held primarily at Packer Arena
HUNTING 3 Arrows Hunting Preserve 78590 125th St, LeRoy 507-438-3313 / www.huntthreearrows.com
Cedar Valley Conservation Club 25026 US Hwy 218, Austin 507-437-4537 / www.cvcc-austinmn.com Opportunities for shooters of all ages and levels of experience - trap, skeet and 5-stand sporting clays; rifle and pistol ranges for practice; youth shooting programs.
Mower County - 14 Wildlife Management Areas 507-359-6200 / www.dnr.state.mn.us Cartney: Deer, small game, pheasant, waterfowl Cary Creek: Deer, small game, pheasant Deer Creek: Deer, small game, pheasant Lena Larson: Deer, small game, pheasant LeRoy: Small game, pheasant Lyle-Austin: Deer, small game, pheasant Mentel: Deer, small game, pheasant, turkey (closed to all firearms hunting but open to archery hunting and trapping) Ramsey Mill Pond: Deer, small game, pheasant, waterfowl, turkey Red Cedar River: Deer, small game, forest birds, pheasant, waterfowl, turkey Rose: Deer, small game, pheasant, turkey Rustic Retreat: Pheasant Schottler: Deer, small game, dove Schrafel: Deer (restrictions – this area is closed to trapping and firearms hunting) Schwerin Creek: Deer, small game, pheasant
ICE SKATING City of Austin Park and Recreation 507-433-1881 / www.ci.austin.mn.us Kaufman (outdoor) – Bring your own skates Galloway (outdoor) – Bring your own skates Riverside Arena (indoor) – Open to the public on specific dates, skate rental available. Year round ice. Packer Arena (indoor) – Open to the public on specific dates, skate rental available.
LIBRARY Austin Public Library 323 4th Ave NE 507-433-2391 / www.austinpubliclibrary.org The only public library with a copy of the Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible. Full calendar of events online. Check out books, music, DVD’s, iPods, even a telescope!
LOCAL FLAVOR Farmer John’s 90537 273rd St 507-437-9180 / www.farmerjohnspumpkinpatch.com
Knauer’s Meat Market 121 1st Ave NW 507-433-2575 The building was built in 1886 and purchased by the Knauer family. Known for their beef jerky and great steaks, this unique market continues to serve many loyal customers.
SPAM® Museum 101 3rd Ave NE 800-588-7726 / www.spam.com The SPAM® Museum tells the amazing story of the Hormel Foods Corporation, the only Minnesota Fortune 500 company outside of the metro area, featuring the famous, versatile, and historic SPAM®. Enjoy audio, video, traditional and interactive displays that are educational and fun for all ages. The on-site SPAM® Gift Shop offers all varieties of SPAM® and over 400 SPAM®themed items. FREE admission!
SuperFresh Produce, Bakery and Garden Center 2101 4th St NW 507-437-6554 SuperFresh is a family-owned business incorporating a garden center, bakery, and gift items galore.
Sweet Reads Book and Candy Store 407 N Main St 507-396-8660 / www.sweetreadsbooks.com Sweet Reads is not your average book and candy store – it’s a unique experience! You’ll find new and used books, local and regional authors, magazines, old-fashioned candies, frozen treats, a selection of Minnesota and Austin novelty items, jams and jellies from the local hermitage.
DID YOU KNOW? Sweet Reads is the home to the largest collection in the world of Berenstain Bear memorabilia.
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PARKS & TRAILS
Austin City Parks City of Austin Park and Recreation 507-433-1881 / www.ci.austin.mn.us Austin, Minnesota maintains 28 city parts comprised of almost 900 acres which provide venues for picnics, hiking, sports, reunions, and more. Bustad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8th St SW and 14th Ave SW Bandshell Community. . . . . . . . . . . 4th St SW and 9th Pl SW Crane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8th St NE and 15th Ave NE Cullen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . between 10-12th St SW and 11th Ave SW Decker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19th St NE and 6th Ave NE Early Morning Lions. . . . . . . . . . . . . Oakland Pl NE East Side Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8th Ave NE and Oakland Pl NE Galloway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8th St SW and 2nd Ave SW Honor Guard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8th St NE and 8th Ave NE Horace Austin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N Main St Kaufman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8th St SE and 11th Ave SE LaFayette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Main St and 8th Ave SE LaFayette East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Main St and 7th Pl SE Murphy’s Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7th St NW and 24th Ave NW North Driesner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8th St SE and Oakland Pl SE Northwest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12th St NW and 13th Ave NW Orchard Creek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26th St SW and 16th Ave SW Rotary Centennial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main St and 8th Ave SE Sherman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14th St NW and 6th Ave NW Shirley Theel Memorial. . . . . . . . . . 400 25th St SW South Driesner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oakland Pl SE South Grove. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21st Ave SW and 4th Dr SW Sterling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17th St SW and 5th Ave SW Sutton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12th St SE and Oakland Pl SE Todd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11th St NE and 21st Ave NE Whittier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7th St SE and 3rd Ave SE Wildwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10th St NE and 16th Ave NE Worlein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 606 1st Dr NW
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Austin Dog Park 500 block of 2nd St SE Fenced in, off-leash dog park where canines can exercise and play in a clean, safe, dog-friendly environment. Separate areas for large and small dogs, water faucet, shelter area.
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 1304 21st St NE 507-437-7519 / www.hormelnaturecenter.org This 518-acre center features hardwoods, pine forest, restored prairie, Dobbins Creek and ponds, a three-story observation tower, ten miles of hiking, crosscountry ski and snowshoeing trails, and a one-third mile paved trail that is handicapped accessible. The new, expanded Interpretive Center houses interactive exhibits, classroom spaces, a separate children’s discovery area, two red-tailed hawks, a barn owl, and other critters. The staff offer many programs that include wildflower and bird hikes, cider pressing, maple syruping, monarch tagging, hawk and bird talks, bird banding, beekeeping and honey making, and more.
Lake Louise State Park 12385 766th Ave, Mower County Rd 14, LeRoy 507-324-5249 / www.dnr.state.mn.us 1,168-acre park that contains two spring-fed streams forming the headwaters of the Upper Iowa River. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and interpretive trails. Features wildflowers, picnic shelters, recreation vehicle dumping station, horse campground, regular campground, sandy swimming beach, and carry-in boat or canoe access. The park is noted as being the oldest recreational site in Minnesota.
Spruce Up, Austin Tree Trek East Side Lake at the intersection of 5th Ave NE and Oakland Pl NE www.spruceupaustin.org/tree-trek This half-mile Tree Trek features 75 trees and spruce recommended for Minnesota, each one identified with a marker that provides additional information.
DID YOU KNOW?
Austin, Minnesota has been a Tree City USA Community for 39 years.
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MORE TO EXPLORE
DID YOU KNOW? The Hormel Institute has been instrumental in discovering and researching the tremendous treatment and curing potential of Omega-3, Omega-6, resveratrol, and many more anti-cancer agents found in food.
LOCAL FLAVOR (CONTINUED) The Nativity House 606 Oakland Pl NE 507-437-4563 A local family displays over 950 complete nativity scenes from 42 different countries in and around their home during the holiday season. Seasonal tours by prearrangement.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Driller MMA Cage Fights 1701 4th St NW 507-433-8000 Driller MMA Cage Fights – enjoy the Upper Midwest’s premier professional boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) events.
MUSIC Austin Artist Series Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School 301 3rd St NW 507-440-6030 or 612-272-8653 www.austinartistseries.org Austin Artist Series: one of the largest and longest running arts series in the Midwest, offering quality entertainment to the Austin area for 75 years! Feb 21 – Paul the Beatle Mar 8 – Tapestry Apr 9 – Sons of Serendip
Austin Community Band www.facebook.com/austincommunityband A community based organization for musicians of all types. Jun 12 – Mill Pond Jun 19 – Bandshell Park Jun 26 – Bandshell Park Jul 1 – Hormel Historic Home Peace Garden Jul 4 – Bandshell Park
Austin Symphony Orchestra www.austinmnsymphony.org Austin is proud to have had its own symphony orchestra since 1957, showcasing local talent and bringing in world-class musicians to provide incredible performances. Feb 24 – Celebrate Close Friends, performed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church May 5 – Celebrate Tony Ross, performed in Knowlton Auditorium, AHS
Deer Creek Speedway
www.northwesternsingers.org Northwestern Singers brings community members together to do what they love most - sing, featuring shows with different themes that range from classical to pop and American Bandstand to Lawrence Welk. Mar 9-10 – American Roadtrip, performed in the Historic Paramount Theatre
25262 US Hwy 63, Spring Valley 507-346-2342 / www.deercreekspeedway.com
PAINTBALL Splat! 17722 US Hwy 218 507-279-1096 / www.splatpaintballfield.net
PADDLE BOAT SPAMTownTM Belle East Side Lake / 8th and Oakland Pl NE 507-437-4563 / www.austinmn.com Imagine days gone by as you cruise East Side Lake on this unique paddle boat. Create memories with family and friends on this craft - eighteen passengers can share the fun on every cruise. Regular cruises on weekends from June to September, weather permitting; available for charter. Free will donation asked.
QUILTING Quilting Retreats Austin Holiday Inn Conference Center 507-377-1163 / www.calicohutchquiltshop.com Enjoy fun-filled days of quilting with friends, plus free demos, massage therapists, etc. 2019 retreats: Feb 8-10 – Bahama Mama Quilting Retreat Apr 5-7 – Pink Flamingo Paradise Quilt Retreat Apr 8-10 – Pink Flamingo Paradise Quilt Caboose Retreat Apr 12-14 – Pink Flamingo Paradise Quilt Retreat
RACING 56 Speedway 25707 St Hwy 56, Brownsdale 507-440-3824 / www.56speedway.com
Chateau Speedway 54219 266th St, Lansing 507-440-8238 / www.chateauraceway.net
ROLLERSKATING Rohler Rink 316 Market St SE, Brownsdale 507-567-2133/www.rohlerrink.com
Minnesota Southbound Rollers www.minnesotasouthboundrollers.com Minnesota Southbound Rollers is Austin’s own women’s flat-track roller derby league, and offers action-packed, family-friendly fun while providing charitable donations from the proceeds of ticket sales. Bout and event schedules posted on their website.
SCIENCE The Hormel Institute 801 16th Ave NE 507-433-8804 / www.hi.umn.edu The Hormel Institute is a world leader in cancer research on the prevention and cure of cancer through the study of food agents and cell functions. The recent expansion doubles the lab space and includes a state-of-the-art Live Learning Center. Summer Open House Dates: Friday & Saturday, June 28-29 Friday & Saturday, July 26-27
SERVICE CLUBS American Legion Post 91 . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin Audubon Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin Jaycees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin Shrine Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eagles Aerie 703. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Izaak Walton League. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kiwanis Noon Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kiwanis Early Risers Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . Lion’s Morning Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lion’s Noon Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Masonic Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moose Lodge 1180. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Order of the Eastern Star . . . . . . . . . . . . Rotary Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Toastmasters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VFW Post 1216. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zonta International. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
507-437-1151 507-433-9387 507-440-6147 507-437-7292 507-433-8675 507-433-2735 507-219-1452 507-438-7027 507-434-0080 507-438-2259 507-433-2533 507-437-1234 507-437-7292 507-993-7817 507-481-4469 507-433-6039 507-437-8773
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STATUES NORTHEAST AUSTIN Austin Public Library, 323 4th Ave NE:
Once Upon A Time – a charming depiction of a young girl reading to her brother. Commissioned in 1999 in memory of Walter Wienke, library patron and donor, by sculptor Dennis Smith. The statues are mounted on boulders from the local area and surrounded by wild grasses and flowers to recall the prairie surrounding Wienke’s home.
Austin Law Enforcement Center, 201 1st St NE (near the entrance):
The Protector – an emotion-filled representation of our law enforcement servants in action. Dedicated in May 2000, artist Roger Brodin.
Courthouse Square/Government Center, corner of Main St and 2nd Ave NE: George Washington – bronze statue dedicated to the children of Austin on September 1937 as a gift from Judge and Mrs. Henry Weber; by artist-sculptor John K. Daniel. Part of the inscription states, “Only Wisdom Can Bring About Universal Peace to All Mankind.”
Mower County Veterans Memorial – dedicated Nov 1992 to honor those who died in service from the Civil War to the present; by artists Jeff Anderson (local) and Tom Hunt. The Mower County Veterans Association added the eagle sculpture, also by Jeff Anderson, in 2011. Over 1600 pavers have been placed around the sculpture, with flags flying over the memorial to honor and represent all 6 branches of service, as well as a POW/MIA flag.
East Side of Austin LEC, 1st St NE:
The Eagles Ten Commandments Monument – presented by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Austin Aerie 703 to the City of Austin and Mower County on June 18, 1960, as part of a youth guidance program, one of ten such monuments in the state of Minnesota.
Justice Center, 1st St NE and 2nd Ave NE:
Hands of Humanity, Hands of Peace – commissioned by the Austin Zonta Club in celebration of their 50 plus years of service. Designed and crafted by Austin’s Jeff Anderson, Anderson Memorials. The dove was created and cast in collaboration with Jeff Barber, Hader, MN. The hands represent service and depict various ideals of the Zonta members – communication, education, forgiveness, compassion, world friendship, equality, and justice. The dove is the universal symbol of peace.
Bandshell Park, 8th Ave NE:
Come Sit With Us – dedicated in 2007 to the children of Austin. Crafted and donated by Anderson Memorials; Austin Area Zonta members paid for the granite base and engraving.
SPAM® Museum, 101 3rd Ave NE: Farmer and Pigs – by artist Mike Capser, a life-sized statue of a farmer driving his pigs to market. This 1000 pound sculpture was created for the SPAM® Museum in 2001, to represent “not only Hormel Foods Corp’s roots, but also an artist’s appreciation for the family farm” (Austin Post Bulletin, August 10, 2001).
The Hormel Institute, 801 16th Ave NE:
Ray of Hope – designed by Steve Carpenter in Minneapolis, donated by Gary and Pat Ray. The colorful sculpture is a representation of the results of research into the prevention and treatment of cancer by natural compounds.
VFW Post 1216, 2nd St NE and 3rd Ave NE: Fallen Soldier – by artist Neil Brodin. Presented to the City of Austin as the culmination of a Boy Scout Eagle project by a 13 year-old, this somber memorial recognizes the sacrifices of our military members. Dedicated in November 2014.
SOUTHEAST AUSTIN LaFayette Park East, S Main St and 7th Pl SE:
Kids Playing – part of a project between Spruce Up Austin and the City of Austin as a result of the Lydia Lien bequest to Austin Park and Recreation for city beautification and art projects. The sculpture is by Anderson Memorials, which generously covered much of the construction and installation costs, and the landscaping is maintained by the Windom 4-H Club. Girl on a Swing – added to this area by the Park Board from Lydia Lien’s bequest of funds to be used to beautify park; plantings were donated in memory of Alice Snater by her family. The statue was designed by Anderson Memorials.
Ellis Middle School, 1700 4th Ave SE (inside):
The Burning Bush – created by artist John Rood in 1958 to honor the family who sold the school’s land to Austin Public Schools. The sculpture symbolizes education as the flame never extinguished. The statue was restored, relocated inside Ellis, and rededicated in 2012.
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SOUTHWEST AUSTIN Mower County Historical Society, 1303 6th Ave SW:
M4 Sherman Tank – this 32-ton WWII veteran came from Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL in June/July 1958 through the efforts of Congressman Ed Thye, as a centennial monument to war veterans. The move was funded in part by a “tank club” for 25 cents for children and 50 cents for adults. Red Cedar Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial Stone – bronze tablet mounted on a boulder listing the 64 Mower County soldiers who lost their lives in WWI, originally erected in 1922. Moved to the Mower County Historical Society grounds and rededicated in October 2015, after having been located at Todd Park, Courthouse Square, near the Municipal Swimming Pool, and then near the flagpole at the pool. Vermont Granite Fountain – once an early landmark that stood at the head of Main Street in Austin to quench the thirst of horses, birds, and dogs. The fountain came to Austin as part of a bequest from a Vermont man who had these fountains erected in cities of a particular size; although not meeting the requirements at the time, the trustees made an exception for Austin and the fountain was erected in 1900. The VFW later had it moved to Horace Austin State Park, and now it is at the Mower County Historical Society.
Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th St SW:
Buffy the Cow – a 20 foot long, 15 foot tall fiberglass Guernsey cow which stood as a landmark over a family-owned business since 1965 before being moved to its current location in 2011. A “name the cow” contest in 1966 elicited over 5000 entries, from which Buffy was selected.
NORTHWEST AUSTIN Mayo Clinic Health System – Austin, 1000 1st Dr NW:
Me Too – by artist Natalie Krol, a touching sculpture reminding the viewer of the importance of family and togetherness.
Worlein Park, 1st Ave and 1st Dr NW:
Nature and Family – a delightful representation of a young family—dog included—enjoying a day out among nature. Laid out over several landscaped levels. Property and statues were donated to the city by the Worlein family, and it was dedicated officially on July 2, 1999. The artist is Michael Capser.
PIGS IN THE CITY The result of an Austin Area Chamber of Commerce contest held in 2000 raising funds for charity. About 40 cement pig statues from Steven’s Concrete Gallery were decorated and displayed around town.
MORE TO EXPLORE
Exit 177 North – you will find shopping opportunities galore, strip malls, a wide variety of local and chain restaurants, a multi-screen cinema, specialty shops, grocery stores, auto parts, salons and more! Check out the coupon for Games People Play Sports on page 21.
Mower County has approximately 200 miles of state 12-foot wide snowmobile trails that are groomed regularly, and connect with more than 800 miles of trails in Southern Minnesota. To view a map of area trails, visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snowmobiling/interactive_ map/index.html.
Exit 177 South – explore one of the original strip malls in Minnesota, about 3 miles south of the exit – a truly unique experience with a distinctive blend of “just what you’re looking for” gifts, eateries, shops, hardware store, pharmacy, and essential items.
SPAS Golden Tress Salon and Day Spa 104 11th Ave NW 507-433-2291 / www.goldentress.com
Healing Palms Spa 313 N Main St 507-434-4046 / www.healingpalmsspa.com
SWIMMING DID YOU KNOW?
Sterling Mall in Austin is one of Minnesota’s original strip malls. Exit 178A – takes you to the historic, picturesque downtown, a charming area of quaint shops and boutiques offering one-of-a-kind specialty products. Indulge in local flavors at a variety of restaurants. Refresh and rejuvenate at one of the revitalizing spas or salons. Take a relaxing stroll around the Mill Pond and enjoy some coffee or ice cream from one of the local shops. Exit 179 – convenient shopping for groceries, household items, and more.
SKATE PARK Austin Skate Park 2 840 Hormel Century Parkway 507-433-1881 / www.ci.austin.mn.us In-line skaters and skate boards can enjoy a free outdoor Tier 1 park.
Austin Municipal Swimming Pool 700 N Main St 507-433-1881 / www.ci.austin.mn.us This outdoor Olympic-size pool features a wading pool, splash pad, and climbing wall. Atlantis Swimming Federation – hosts swim meets and throughout the summer. For event dates go to www.teamunify.com
YMCA of Austin 704 1st Dr NW 507-433-1804 / www.ymca-austin.org An indoor 6 lane, 25 yard pool for lap and open swimming.
TRANSPORTATION AB Taxi 1015 4th Ave NE 507-434-9689
SKIING / SNOWSHOEING
710 21st St NE 507-433-1813 / www.austinaeroflight.com A full-service FBO offering both Jet A and 100LL fuel services, flight training, ground instruction, and air rides.
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
Austin Municipal Airport
1303 21st NE 507-437-7519 / www.hormelnaturecenter.org Enjoy 10 miles of well-groomed trails through the Nature Center’s woodland and prairies. Cross country skies and snowshoe rentals available – no MN ski pass required.
710 21st St NE 507-433-1813 Austin Municipal Airport is a public-owned, public-use airport with a mile-long paved runway. Heated hangar protects the aircraft in all weather conditions.
Austin Shuttle Service 702 36th Dr SW 507-279-3240
Land to Air Express
(507) 625-3977 www.landtoairexpress.com Bus service that connects Austin to Minneapolis/St. Paul airport and to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester
S.M.A.R.T. (Southern Minnesota Area Rural Transit) 2801 Oakland Ave W 1-855-762-7821 / www.smartbusmn.org
WATERWAYS Cedar River State Water Trail 1408 21st Ave NW (Cedar River Watershed District Office) 507-434-2603 / www.cedarriverwd.org www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/cedarriver/index.html Part of Minnesota’s state water trail program, the Cedar River Trail runs for about 25 miles from the village of Lansing to the Minnesota-Iowa border, providing opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
East Side Lake 8th Ave and Oakland Pl NE 507-433-1881 / www.ci.austin.mn.us Located along Oakland Place East, this lake, created by a historic dam, features a public boat launch, playground equipment, shelters, picnic area, gazebo and walking trail.
Mill Pond 700 N Main St 507-433-1881 / www.ci.austin.mn.us A .88 mile bike/walking trail circles this beautiful pond, with interpretive signs along the path explaining some of the history this part of Austin played in the grown of the city. Note the distinctive Flood Wall with commemorative plaques celebrating notable community members.
WINERY Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery 78757 St Hwy 16, Spring Valley 507-346-7300 / www.fourdaughtersvineyard.com
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Austin Public Schools
Austin Daily Herald Newspaper
401 3rd Ave NW 507-460-1900 www.austin.k12.mn.us
Austin High School 301 3rd St NW 507-460-1800
Ellis Middle School 1700 4th Ave SE 507-460-1500
IJ Holton Intermediate School 1800 4th Ave SE 507-460-1525
Banfield Elementary School
310 2nd St NE 507-433-8851 www.austindailyherald.com
Mower County Shopper 3405 Oakland Ave W 507-437-7731 www.mowercountyshopper.com
KAAL TV 1701 10th Pl NE 507-437-6666 www.kaaltv.com
KSMQ Public TV
301 17th St SW 507-460-1200
2000 8th Ave NW 507-481-2095 www.ksmq.org
Neveln Elementary School
KAUS 1480 AM Radio
1918 Oakland Ave E 507-460-1600
Southgate Elementary School 1601 19th Ave SW 507-460-1300
Sumner Elementary School
18431 St Hwy 105 507-437-7666 www.myaustinminnesota.com
US Country 99.9 Radio 18431 St Hwy 105 507-434-3699 www.myuscountry.com
805 8th Ave NW 507-460-1100
Woodson Kindergarten 1601 4th St SE 507-460-1400
Community Learning Center 912 1st Ave NE 507-460-1700
Pacelli Catholic Schools Pre-School, Elementary, Middle and High Schools 311 4th St NW 507-437-3278 www.pacellischools.org
Riverland Community College 1900 8th Ave NW 507-433-0600 www.riverland.edu
MEDICAL Mayo Clinic Health System Austin 1000 1st Dr NW 507-433-7351
Mayo Clinic Health System Express Clinic 1307 18th Ave NW (HyVee) Walk-in clinic
AUSTIN ASSURANCE SCHOLARSHIP The Hormel Foundation, Austin Public Schools, Pacelli Catholic Schools, and Riverland Community College are pleased to offer the Hormel Foundation Austin Assurance Scholarship. The scholarship will cover tuition and some fees for two years for all qualifying Austin Public and Pacelli Catholic Schools graduates at any Riverland Community College campus. To qualify for the scholarship, students must live in the Austin Public School district, graduate from Austin Public or Pacelli Catholic Schools, complete a set number of volunteer hours, and meet a set of qualifying criteria. “It’s our intent to help take away cost as a barrier for students in our community to attend Riverland,” says Jeff Ettinger, chair of The Hormel Foundation. “This will really allow our students to further their education, which benefits us all.” The scholarship is the fruition of more than four years’ worth of work and is designed to make college accessible to a wide range of graduates in the Austin community. “By enhancing the opportunity to get a post-secondary education, we believe that we’re helping to instill the belief that we can better ourselves with an education,” says The Hormel Foundation secretary Steve Rizzi, “and that will only help our community to grow.” According to Dr. Adenuga Atewologun, Riverland Community College president, the scholarship “is really going to be a game changer for [the Austin] community and our students. Postsecondary education is a very big piece of a stable community.” The scholarship is funded through a generous grant by The Hormel Foundation, whose mission is to “provide charitable, scientific, and educational support for the benefit of the Austin, MN community.”
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Frank W. Bridges Theatre
Historic Paramount Theatre
1900 8th Ave NW 507-433-0595 / www.riverland.edu/theatre 2019 Performances: Feb 27-28, Mar 1-3 – The Game’s Afoot Apr 25-27, May 2-5 – Camelot
125 4th Ave NE 507-434-0934 / www.austinareaarts.org The Historic Paramount Theatre is one of only four “atmospheric theatres” remaining in Minnesota. It originally opened in September, 1929 and was designed for stage theatre and first-run movies. After several “re-purposing” the theatre was purchased by the Austin Area Commission for the arts and restored to the original décor representing the courtyard of a quaint Spanish village with twinkling stars and rolling clouds overhead. Fully functioning theatre with a varied schedule of events and seating capacity of over 600.
1900 8th Ave NW www.summersettheatre.org 2019 performances (at Frank W. Bridges Theatre): Jun 20-23, 27-30 – Disney The Little Mermaid Jul 25-28, Aug 1-4 – Mamma Mia!
Matchbox Children’s Theatre 211 1st St SE 507-437-9078 / www.matchboxchildrenstheatre.org 2019 Performances (at the Historic Paramount Theatre): Feb 15-17 – Snow White - The Queen’s Fair Daughter Apr 5-7 – The House at Pooh Corner Aug 16-18 – Yankee Doodle: A Musical Revue
Cinemagic 7 1302 18th Ave NW 507-433-9191 / www.cinemagictheatres.com
For 2019 performances, go to www.austinareaarts.org
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DISCOVER AUSTIN, MINNESOTA
HORMEL HISTORIC HOME
SPAM Â® MUSEUM
MOWER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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AUSTIN CITY TRAILS
JAY C. HORMEL NATURE CENTER
HISTORIC PARAMOUNT THEATRE
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Photo by Amanda Barber
Austin, Minnesota has been featured on Good Morning America and in Readers Digest as one of the top 10 Nicest Places in America! We invite your tour and travel group to come and experience the Happy Holiday Tour in Austin. Here is a sample itinerary:
5:30PM – Dinner at the Old Mill – Wine, dine and relax with the camaraderie of your family and friends. The Old Mill, a 1850’s former flour mill on the Cedar River overlooking the Ramsey Dam and is one of the most historic and well-regarded restaurants in southern Minnesota.
DAY 1 11:00AM – Hormel Historic Home Holiday Tea and Tour – Experience a Holiday menu along with holiday entertainment in a 1871 Historic Home stylishly decorated for the holidays. Discover the stately 14-room home of the George A. Hormel family (founder of Hormel Foods Corp). Built in 1871, the home features stained glass windows, decorative woodwork, front pillars imported from Italy, Tiffany light fixtures and a Greek marble fireplace. 1:00PM – Nativity House – Explore over 900 complete nativity scenes from over 42 countries. 2:30PM – Austin ArtWorks Center – Make it memorable by creating your own holiday ornament to take home. 4:00PM – Check in and relax at one of our fantastic lodging facilities.
DAY 2 9:00AM – Austin City Tour – Hear about the quirky sites that might merit further attention and receive an Austin goody bag. 10:00AM – SPAM® Museum – Learn the amazing story of the Hormel Foods Corporation featuring the famous, versatile and historic SPAM®. Enjoy audio, video, traditional and interactive displays that are education and fun for all ages. 12:00PM – Lunch at Pizza Ranch – Saddle up the group and head out to an incredible buffet including SPAM® pizza in addition to an unlimited variety of other pizza, fried chicken, potatoes, salads, desserts, and more.
7:30PM – Historic Paramount Theatre – Tour one of the remaining “Atmospheric Theatres” in Minnesota, watch a movie and enjoy soda/popcorn. Opened in 1929, it was designed for stage theatre and first-run movies. The Paramount was designed to represent being in a courtyard of a quaint Spanish Village with twinkling stars and rolling clouds overhead. Fully restored to its original grandeur
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1:30PM – Sterling Shopping Center – Visit one of the original strip malls in Minnesota. A truly unique experience with a distinctive blend of “just-what-you’re looking- for” shops , gifts and more!
We take the “Minnesota Nice” reputation for customer service seriously and are eager to help you plan your visit to Austin, Minnesota.
AGRICULTURE OF MOWER COUNTY TOUR
Have you ever driven down the highway and looked off in the distance at the fields, windmills, or other farm-related structures and wondered how they work? Now you can and Discover Austin, MN can make it happen! We invite you to visit one of the nicest places in the U.S. and see how Mower County excels in agriculture.
3:30PM – Jay C. Hormel Nature Center – In 2017, a 7 million dollar brand new Interpretive Center was built and includes displays on Creatures of the Night, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Forest Ecology, Live Birds of Prey, Soil is Habitat/Prairie Exhibit, Pond Ecology & Macroinvertebrates, Early Childhood Room and the Bison Exhibit.
DAY 1 11:00AM – A Local Ethanol Plant – Southern Minnesota leads the state producing over 125 million gallons per year. See how this is done by visiting one of the sites! 12:30PM - Four Daughters Vineyard – Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery is a fully operational winery, cidery, restaurant and event center. The sprawling estate includes a tasting room and large production areas, as well as a 6-acre vineyard on the property. Nestled in rural Southeastern Minnesota, the winery is now the exclusive home of Four Daughters wines, Sunflake wines and Loon Juice hard cider. The focus is on education for both new tasters and wine connoisseurs alike. 2PM - Wind Farm Tour – The Austin area is well-known for being a major player in the Wind Industry. There are multiple wind farms in the county and over 350 wind turbines total. Learn from the farm and see why wind power is currently the fastest growing source of electricity production in the world.
4:30PM – Check in and relax at one of our many lodging facilities, including AmericInn Lodge and Suites, Days Inn, EconoLodge, Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Rodeway Inn and Suites, and Super 8. 5:30PM – Austin Country Club –Enjoy dinner while overlooking the Austin Country Club’s golf course. Regarded as one of the finest courses in southern Minnesota, the Austin Country Club is a well-kept, heavily wooded, and picturesque. 7:00PM – Historic Paramount Theatre – Tour one of the remaining “Atmospheric Theatres” in Minnesota, watch a movie and enjoy soda/ popcorn. Opened in 1929, it was designed for stage theatre and firstrun movies. The Paramount was designed to represent being in a court-
yard of a quaint Spanish Village with twinkling stars and rolling clouds overhead. Fully restored to its original grandeur
DAY 2 9:00AM – Austin City Tour – Hear about the quirky sites that might merit further attention and receive an Austin goody bag. Also on this tour you will see Buffy The Cow. She is a 20 ft long and 15 ft high cow that has been a landmark for Austin for over 40 years! 10:00AM – SPAM® Museum – Learn the amazing story of the Hormel Foods Corporation featuring the famous, versatile and historic SPAM®. Enjoy audio, video, traditional and interactive displays that are education and fun for all ages. 12:00PM – Lunch at Pizza Ranch – Saddle up the group and head out to an incredible buffet including SPAM® pizza in addition to an unlimited variety of other pizza, fried chicken, potatoes, salads, desserts, and more. 1:00PM – SuperFresh Produce, Bakery and Garden Center – Before leaving, stop and grab a local snack for the road and browse the incredible gifts and plants. We take the “Minnesota Nice” reputation for customer service seriously and are eager to help you plan your visit to Austin, Minnesota.
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HOST YOUR GATHERING IN AUSTIN
Austin has an abundance of awesome attributes that make it a unique place to host your future gatherings. American Legion
Eagles Aerie 703
809 12th St SW 507-437-1151 Seating Capacity: 150
107 11th St NE 507-433-8675 Seating Capacity: 180 www.foe.com
Austin Country Club 1202 28th St NE 507-437-7631 Seating Capacity: 475 www.austincountryclub.net
Austin Public Library 323 4th Ave NE 507-433-2391 Seating Capacity: 125 www.austinpubliclibrary.org
Austin Public Schools
Knowlton and Christgau Auditoriums, gymnasiums 301 3rd Street NW 507-460-1800 Seating Capacity: 1400 - 2000 www.austin.k12.mn.us
Bella Victoria 210 4th St NE 507-396-8850 Seating Capacity: 600
Historic Paramount Theatre 125 4th Ave NE 507-434-0934 Seating Capacity: 620 www.paramounttheatre.org
Holiday Inn & Austin Convention Center 1701 4th St NW 507-433-1000 Seating Capacity: 500 www.hiaustin.com
Hormel Historic Home 208 4th Ave NW 507-433-4243 Seating Capacity: 200 www.hormelhistorichome.org
Ideally located in southern Minnesota at the junction of Interstate 90 and State Highway 218, Austin is easily accessible from almost anywhere. We excel at conventions, conferences, district or regional meetings, training seminars, family reunions, class reunions, military reunions, weddings or any other occasion you might have in mind. Austin has numerous modern facilities that can be set up in in a variety of ways.
Izaak Walton Cabin, Todd Park 11th St NE 507-433-1881 Seating Capacity: 109 www.ci.austin.mn.us
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 1304 21st St NE 507-437-7519 Seating Capacity: 150 www.hormelnaturecenter.org
Minnesota Army National Guard
Mower County Historical Society Pioneer Bldg. 1303 6th Ave SW 507-437-6082 Seating Capacity: 100 www.mowercountyhistory.org
Mower County Senior Center 400 3rd Ave NE 507-433-2370 Seating Capacity: 290 www.mcs-inc.org
Pacelli Catholic Schools Auditorium
Salvation Army - Austin 409 1st Ave NE 507-437-4566 Seating Capacity: 140 www.salvationarmynorth.org/ community/austin/
The Hormel Institute Live Learning Center 801 16th Ave NE 507-433-8804 Seating Capacity: 250 www.hi.umn.edu
Veteran’s Pavilion, Band Shell Community Park
800 21st St NE (507) 434-2757 Seating Capacity 320 www.minnesotanationalguard. org
511 4th Ave NW 507-433-8859 Seating Capacity: 209 www.pacellischools.org
104 9th Pl SW 507-433-1881 Seating Capacity: 250 www.ci.austin.mn.us
Mower County Fairgrounds
Riverland Community College
VFW Post 1216 300 4th Ave NE 507-433-6039 Seating Capacity: 225
700 12th St SW 507-433-1868 Seating Capacity: varies www.mowercountyfair.com
1900 8th Ave NW 507-433-0528 Seating capacity up to 150, 330 in Frank W. Bridges Theatre www.riverland.edu
HOW DISCOVER AUSTIN, MN HELPS “We know the local area, have built the partnerships with local vendors and together we can communicate and create success for everyone,” says Nancy Schnable, Director at Discover Austin, Minnesota “At our office, we strive to make a meeting planner’s job hassle-free and stress-free. The clients we work with become friends. When you provide excellent service time and time again, people begin to trust you. It’s easy to call a friend and plan a meeting knowing that it’s in good hands.” 20 | Discover Austin, Minnesota | 301 North Main Street, Suite 101 | 507-437-4563 | www.AustinMN.com
SEASONAL SPORTING FACILITIES
Austin is honored to welcome many sporting enthusiasts throughout the year. We offer some incredible facilities for various activities. Austin City Bike Trails/ Shooting Star Trails
Cedar River Watershed District
Austin, Minnesota 507-433-1881 • Biking www.ci.austin.mn.us
1408 21st Ave. NW 507-434-2603 • Canoeing • Kayaking • Fishing www.cedarriverwd.org
Austin Country Club 1202 28th St NE 507-437-7631 • Golf - 18 holes/Driving Range www.austincountryclub.net
Austin Public Schools 301 3rd St NW 507-460-1800 • Basketball - 5 courts • Volleyball - 5 courts • Wrestling • Swimming • Diving www.austin.k12.mn.us
Austin Municipal Pool Austin, Minnesota 507-433-1881 • Swimming • Splash Pad • Diving • Climbing Wall www.ci.austin.mn.us
Marcusen Park 901 South Main Street 507-440-2059 • Baseball www.marcusenpark.com
Meadow Greens Golf Course 25238 540th Ave 507-433-4878 • Golf - 27 holes • Driving Range www.meadowgreensgc.com
Driesner Park Oakland Pl SE 507-433-1881 • Disc Golf - 9 holes www.ci.austin.mn.us
Echo Lanes 1600 10th Dr SE 507-437-8241 • Bowling www.echolanesaustin.com
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 1304 21st St NE 507-437-7519 • Cross Country Running • Cross Country Skiing • Snowshoeing • Canoeing / Kayaking • Hiking www.hormelnaturecenter.org
601 7th Street NE 507-433-1881 • Figure Skating • Ice Hockey • Roller Derby • Archery www.ci.austin.mn.us
Riverland Community College Austin, Minnesota 507-433-1881 • Baseball - 4 diamonds • Softball - 1 diamond • Basketball - 1 court • Batting Cage - 1 • Soccer - 1 field • Volleyball - 2 courts www.ci.austin.mn.us
Riverside Arena 501 2nd Ave NE 507-433-1881 • Figure Skating • Ice Hockey www.riverland.edu/athletics
Splat! Paintball Field, LLC 17722 US Hwy 218 South 507-279-1096 • Paintball www.splatpaintballfield.net
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2017 Austin, Minnesota was in the top 10 for Kraft Hockeyville, America’s Most Passionate Hockey Community.
Todd Park 11th St and 21st Ave NE 507-433-1881 • Disc Golf - 21 holes • Soccer • Baseball • Softball • Sand Volleyball www.ci.austin.mn.us
Wescott Field 301 3rd St NW 507-460-1800 • Tennis • Football • Track/Field • Soccer • Seasonal Dome www.austin.k12.mn.us
YMCA of Austin 704 1st Dr NW 507-433-1804 • Swimming • Gymnastics / Tumbling • Tennis • Raquetball • Indoor Track • Basketball • Volleyball www.ymca-austin.org
HOST YOUR SPORTING EVENT IN AUSTIN Austin, MN has many different spaces and facilities for you to host your sporting events for all seasons! During the spring/summer time we have many parks and recreational spots. Enjoy baseball/ softball/disc golf at Todd Park, swim meets at Austin Municipal Pool, or bike races held on Schindler’s Way Mountain Bike Trail and golf at the country club or Meadow Greens. During the fall/ winter, you could plan a hockey tournament at our Riverside or Packer arenas, an indoor soccer/football/kickball tournament at the seasonal dome located at Wescott Field and have fun bowling at Echo Lanes. Any season, any sport, we got it! Discover Austin, Minnesota | 301 North Main Street, Suite 101 | 507-437-4563 | www.AustinMN.com | 21
PLACES TO STAY
HOTELS AmericInn Lodge and Suites 1700 8th St NW, Austin, MN (Exit 178A) www.americinn.com 507-437-7337
Days Inn 700 16th Ave NW, Austin, MN (Exit 178A) www.daysinnaustin.com 507-433-8600
EconoLodge 3303 W Oakland Ave, Austin, MN (Exit 175) www.econolodge.com 507-437-7774
DID YOU KNOW? Austin, Minnesota has nearly 400 hotel guest rooms.
Holiday Inn and Conference Center 1701 4th St NW, Austin, MN (Exit 178A) www.hiaustin.com 507-433-1000
Rodeway Inn and Suites 805 21st St NE, Austin, MN (Exit 180B) www.rodewayinn.com 507-433-9254
Sterling Motel 1507 Oakland Ave W, Austin, MN (Exit 177) 507-433-1858
Super 8 1401 14th St NW , Austin, MN (Exit 177) www.Super8.com 507-433-1801
The Elam House Frank Lloyd Wright Home
84259 County Road 46 Hayward, MN 56043 507-373-5170 www.koa.com
Brookside Campground 52482 320th St, Blooming Prairie, MN 507-583-2979 www.campatbrookside.com
Lake Louise State Park 12385 766th Ave, Le Roy, MN 507-352-5111 www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/lake_louise
Oakwoods Trails Campground 23614 890th Ave, Austin, MN 507-437-6165 www.Oakwoodstrails.com
River Bend Campground 13380 State Hwy 105, Austin, MN 507-325-4637
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Beaver Trails 21943 630th Ave, Austin, MN 507-584-6611 www.Beavertrailsjellystone.com
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309 21st St SW, Austin, MN 507-438-9503 www.theelamhouse.com
Jessie’s House 27030 Hwy 56, Brownsdale, MN 507-396-4705 www.jessiesguesthouse.com
Jim’s Farm House 27241 Hwy 56, Brownsdale, MN 507-396-4705
Josie’s House 27084 Hwy 56, Brownsdale, MN 507-396-4705 www.josiesguesthouse.com
Rose Pedaler Log Cabin 16931 Hwy 56, Rose Creek, MN 507-434-0500 www.rosepedaler.com
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Restaurants in Austin, MN are known for their award winning BBQ sauces, French onion soup, raspberry French toast, super spuds, Bloody Mary’s, caramel bars, food challenges and MORE! We invite you to come and sample for yourself.
AMERICAN Applebee’s www.applebees.com 1401 18th Ave NW 507-433-4240
Barley’s Family Restaurant * 1207 N Main St 507-396-8400
Hy-Vee * Market Grille www.hy-vee.com 1307 18th Ave 507-437-7625
Johnny’s Skillet * 107 11th Ave NE 507-433-8875
Kenny’s Oak Grill * www.kennysoakgrill.com 407 Oakland Ave W 507-437-4135
Torge’s Live *
217 4th Ave NE 507-437-7907
www.torgeslive.com 1701 4th St NW 507-433-1000
803 18th Ave NW
227 N Main St 507-434-5975
BAR & GRILL American Legion Post 91 www.austinpost91.com 809 12th St SW 507-437-1151
B & J Bar and Grill * www.bandjbarandgrill.com 114 4th Ave NE 507-433-9830
Bobee Jo’s Bar www.bobeejos.com 435 10th St NE 507-437-7897
Dusty’s Bar & Lounge 422 N Main St 507-396-8446
www.perkinsaustin.com 701 17th Ave NW 507-433-6720
Eagle’s Aerie 703
Piggy Blues Bar-B-Que *
www.piggybluesbbq.com 323 N Main St 507-434-8485
Sterling Café * 1426 1st Ave SW, Ste 3 507-433-6000
The Old Mill * www.oldmill.net 54446 244th St 507-437-2076
* SPAM® is served at 17 restaurants.
107 11th St NE 507-433-8675 433 10th St NE 507-433-7023
Hoot and Ole’s Tavern 105 11th St SE 507-434-7102
The Bakery II Lounge 113 2nd Ave NE 507-438-6978
Twister Lounge & Echo Lanes www.echolanesaustin.com 1600 10th Dr SE 507-437-8241
The Windrift Lounge www.thewindriftlounge.com 2511 11th St NE 507-437-7132
The Bistro 1701 4th St NW 507-433-1000
RAVE 310 N Main St 507-402-4313
SuperFresh 2101 4th St NW 507-437-6554
VFW Post 1216
300 4th Ave NE 507-433-6039
Angry Hog Brewery
BAKERY, COFFEE SHOPS & SMOOTHIES BakerEach www.bakereach.com 404 1st St NW 507-509-9098
Caribou Coffee www.cariboucoffee.com 1001 18th Ave NW 507-433-1063
Coffee House on Main * www.coffeehouseonmain.co 329 N Main St 507-433-1200
www.angryhogbrewery.com 500 23rd Ave NW 952-292-2697
Gravity Storm Brewery www.gravitystormbrewery.com 309 N Main St 507-396-8808
El Patron Mexican Grill www.elpatronmexicangrill.com 1906 8th St NW, Ste F 507-355-2045
Japan Panda * www.japan-panda.com 100 14th St SW 507-437-0033
Maya Taqueria/ Restaurante 501 Oakland Ave W 507-396-8081
Tienda y Taqueria Guerrero 301 4th Ave NE 507-437-4106
1910 Fresh Mexican Kitchen 507 1st St NW 507-396-8688
Alicia Bakery & Restaurant 1017 2nd Ave NE 507-437-4860
Bella Victoria www.bellavictoria.com 210 4th St NE 507-396-8800
China Star www.chinastarbuffetaustin.com 1906 8th St NW 507-355-5888
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DID YOU KNOW?
Austin, Minnesota: The town in Minnesota that has the BEST MEXICAN FOOD EVER! According to Only In Your State, July 2017
THE TENDERMAID CHALLENGE The Tendermaid Challenge started about 18 years ago. The current record is held by Molly Schuyler who consumed 30 burgers, 80 ounces of water, a bag of chips and a malt in 26 minutes on 7/21/16. To beat the record you must eat at least one more burger than the previous record holder and eat or drink everything else they consumed in 30 minutes or less. Dare you to try the Tendermaid Challenge in Austin, Minnesota!!!
FAST FOOD Arby’s www.arbys.com 1305 18th Ave NW 507-433-2722
Burger King www.bk.com 1409 4th St NW 507-433-1505
Culver’s * www.culvers.com 1800 8th St NW 507-434-0100
Dairy Queen www.dairyqueen.com 1200 Oakland Ave W 507-433-1369
Grinder’s Deli 604 3rd Ave NW 507-433-6806
Hardee’s www.hardees.com 1406 4th St NW 507-396-8470
Jimmy John’s www.jimmyjohns.com 803 18th Ave NW, Ste A 507-396-8300
McDonald’s (2 locations) www.mcdonalds.com 1009 Oakland Ave W 507-433-6030 1402 14th St NW 507-434-7810
Subway (2 locations) www.subway.com 910 Oakland Ave W 507-433-8785 1309 4th St NW 507-433-1633
Taco John’s www.tacojohns.com 308 Oakland Ave W 507-433-3870
Wendy’s www.wendys.com 1401 18th Ave NW 507-434-4183
PIZZA Domino’s Pizza www.dominos.com 106 S Main St 507-437-3030
George’s Pizza 209 N Main St 507-437-7766
Godfather’s Pizza www.godfathers.com 500 Oakland Ave W 507-437-8269
Papa Murphy’s www.papamurphys.com 402 1st Ave SW #1 507-433-3333
Pizza Hut Wing Street www.pizzahut.com 1004 18th Ave NW, Ste E 507-433-0333
Pizza Ranch * www.pizzaranch.com 1300 18th Ave NW 507-396-2677
Steve’s Pizza * www.pizzaaustinmn.com 421 N Main St 507-437-3249
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COME WORSHIP WITH US
Lighthouse of Hope
1200 13th Ave NW 507-433-2642
ASSEMBLY OF GOD
2909 Oakland Ave W
2115 5th Ave SE 507-437-6441
St. Olaf’s – ELCA
Cornerstone 1403 1st Ave SW 507-433-7008
BAHA’I Bahá’í Faith of Austin 2103 13th St SW 507-437-1456
Living Bible Church
LATTER DAY SAINTS
306 2nd St NW 507-433-8857
CHURCH OF CHRIST
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
St. Paul’s Evangelical – CLC
Austin Church of Christ
404 31st St NW 507-433-9042
2100 16th St SW 507-433-8191
St. Peter’s Evangelical
301 4th St SW 507-481-0221
103 2nd St SW 507-433-2894
Cedar River Church of Christ
Grace Baptist Church of Austin
1006 12th St SW 507-437-4927
1700 W Oakland Ave 507-437-2473
CATHOLIC Queen of Angels 1001 Oakland Ave E 507-433-1888
St. Augustine’s 405 4th St NW 507-437-4537
St. John’s – LCMS
Christ Episcopal Church 301 3rd Ave NW 507-433-3782
EVANGELICAL FREE Faith Evangelical Free 1800 12th St SW 507-437-1000
2000 Oakland Ave W 507-433-1841
Crane Community Chapel 1111 9th St NE 507-433-5844
Beautiful Savior – WELS 2103 8th St SW 507-437-6461
PRESBYTERIAN USA Westminster Presbyterian 802 4th St SW 507-433-3258
SALVATION ARMY Salvation Army Corps Center 409 1st Ave NE 507-437-4566
56937 220th St 507-433-6709
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Trinity Evangelical – WELS
Austin Congregational UCC
22980 630th Ave 507-433-4006
1910 3rd Ave NW 507-433-2301
2001 6th Ave SE 507-433-3445
Holy Cross – LCMS
Bethlehem Free Church
Grace Lutheran – ELCA
300 16th St NE 507-437-2107
1500 4th Ave SE 507-433-3705
Our Savior’s – ELCA
First United Methodist
1600 Oakland Ave W 507-437-4516
204 1st Ave NW 507-433-8839
Red Oak Grove
30456 Mower Freeborn Rd 507-437-3000
Keys to Life Apostolic Church 501 2nd St SE 507-437-8806
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Clasen-Jordan Mortuary 209 2nd Ave NW 507-433-5727 www.clasenjordan.com
Mayer Funeral Home 600 2nd St NW 507-433-1817
Worlein Funeral Home 1801 4th St NW 507-433-5000 www.worlein.com
Austin has a long history of military service, starting with those men who enrolled for service during the Civil War in 1861 only 5 years after the city’s incorporation. According to the Mower County Historical Society, “The first man from Mower County to volunteer for service in the Civil War was Allen Mollison, a blacksmith who walked 30 miles to Owatonna to enlist. . . Allen Mollison survived the war and returned home to Austin.” The Mower County Guards, Company K, 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry was formed in October 1851. Their first flag was sewn by Mrs. B. F. Lindsey and Mrs.
J. L. Clark of Austin who purchased some silk in St. Paul and sent it to the unit in November 1861; cost of the flag was $16.98. Austin’s National Guard unit was the first NG unit to volunteer for active service in the Spanish American War. As part of the 34th Infantry Division in WWII, the unit served more days of combat duty in the European theatre than any other American unit. Today, the Austin National Guard Armory is home to 224th Transportation Company, part of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. American Legion Post 91 was established in May 1919, in response to a call by Jay Hormel to form a post. Post 91 started sponsoring a Junior Legion Baseball team in 1923 and has continued without interruption to this day, making it the oldest post in the country to have continuously sponsored a Junior Legion Baseball team. American Legion SPAM® Post 570, Minnesota’s only all-woman post, was
established in 1946 by Jay Hormel. Austin’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1216 was established in 1924, and is named in honor of LT Olaf B. Damme, the first Austinite killed in WWI. Along with the Disabled Veterans Chapter Arnold Brandt #27, and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin, these organizations provide outstanding services to our veterans and continue to contribute to the whole community The Mower County Veterans Memorial located at the southeast corner of North Main Street and 2nd Avenue NE, honoring the county veterans from all branches of service. Visit the Mower County Historical Society displays – a battle flag carried by the 4th Minnesota, Company K for 3 ½ years of the Civil War. The GAR Hall Post 130 in Grand Meadow features exhibits about the Civil War. The American Legion Post in LeRoy also maintains an Armed Forces Museum with an extensive collection of military memorabilia donated by local residents.
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CLASSIC CAR CITY
Calling all Classic Cars Austin, Minnesota is known by many names: Tree City, USA and SPAMtownTM USA, home of the Austin ArtWorks Festival, Paint the Town Pink and more, but some would say that Austin could also be known as Classic Car City! Each May in honor of Armed Forces Day the Austin VFW 1216 hosts a car show that typically brings in on average 120 classic cars. These cars fill the VFW parking lot, side streets and surrounding areas. The event includes 50’s and 60’s music, door prizes, food and awards. Proceeds go to support local VFW programs. Date scheduled for 2019 is May 18. On the first Thursday in June, classic cars will line the streets of
downtown, as the SPAM® Museum hosts its annual car show featuring classic and unique vehicles. This year the event is on June 6 and will showcase cars from a variety of states. Attendees can experience the SPAM® Museum and enjoy some SPAM® Sliders; proceeds from this show go to SPAM® Post 570, which was established by Jay C. Hormel in 1946 and is the only all-women American Legion post in Minnesota. The Austin Eagles Aeries 703 holds an annual classic car show in their parking lot in conjunction with the city-wide FreedomFest celebrations of the 4th of July. This year it will be on June 29 and includes food, live music and an outdoor dance. Also in July the American Legion
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hosts their bike and Classic Car Show, held at Austin’s Post 91 across from the fairgrounds. You can enjoy music, grilled brats and hamburgers, games, a silent auction along with looking at cars and motorcycles from all over. Mark your calendars for August 17: you won’t want to miss the annual River Rats Car Club Car Show. This show is family fun for all ages. Enjoy food, silent auctions, games music, prizes, trivia, Hot Wheel races, a magician, craft fair and swap meet. Typically over 200 cars from a variety of makes and models will be on display at Lafayette, Park. All proceeds go towards local veterans programs. For more information on any of the Austin classic cars shows, please contact Discover Austin, MN at 507-437-4563.
AUTISM FRIENDLY AUSTIN, MN
This article is composed of excerpts from the original article “The town that gave the world SPAM® is proud to be “autismfriendly” written by Amy Ellis Nutt in September 2018. Nutt covers neuroscience and mental health for The Washington Post. She won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2011 and previously worked at the Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ and Sports Illustrated. Austin, Minnesota became one of the first in the country to launch a community-wide effort both to reduce the disorder’s stigma and make local business aware of the special needs of autistic customers. It is also probably the only small town in American to employ a community autism resource specialist. The mission was “a grassroots effort to improve our community, “ said Mary Barinka, an employee of the nonprofit Hormel Historic Home, where she serves as an autism resource liaison for Austin. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by delayed language, repetitive behaviors, sensory sensitivities and difficulty with social skills. Although the symptoms of autism can overlap with other developmental disorders, it has distinctive characteristics, including narrow, intense interests and routine and occasional emotional meltdowns when those routines are disrupted. More than 3.5 million American have been diagnosed with this disorder, according to the Autism Society. To qualify as autism-friendly in Austin, a business must make an effort to minimize sensory overstimula-
Autism Friendly Austin, MN promotes understanding of and provides support for inclusion and acceptance for Autism and Special Needs through engaging, training and educating our entire community. Autism friendly locations in Austin, Minnesota: • Arc Mower County • Austin Artworks Center/Paramount Theatre • Austin Public Library • Catherwood Childcare Center • Essence Salon • Family Eye Care Center • Guy Family Dentistry • Hormel Historic Home • Mayo Clinic Health System • Midtown Auto Clinic • Parenting Resource Center • Perkins Restaurant • Potach and Mitchell Dentistry • Seibel Center • Southeast MN Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery • SPAM® Museum • Style Lounge • YMCA
tion-lowering lights, turning down or eliminating loud music and shielding the individual from others’ cross talk. Business owners must fill out an application and then, along with their employees, go through educational sessions. They learn about the difficulties people with autism experience, including their triggers- a sound or smell or an unfamiliar situation may cause a meltdown. They also learn how to interact by speaking slowly, in a clean voice and in short phrases.
Most important, they are shown the value of learning to be patient and flexible. The value of these autism-friendly efforts is incalculable, families say, because it not only makes the lives of those living with autism easier, it also allows them to have experiences that those without autism have routinely. Best of all, they are lessons in communication, one of the chief skill that many children with autism must work especially hard to develop. Autism-friendliness has also reached into the Austin schools, where a peer program pairs high schoolers with autism with similarly ages student volunteers. The program is so popular that there is a waiting list of student volunteers. Word of Austin’s unusual autism-friendly services has resulted in at least a half-dozen families moving to town. Barinka has received calls from Salt Lake City and Flagstaff, Ariz. inquiring about how to set up their own autism-friendly programs, furthering a trend of entrepreneurship and innovation by individuals in the autism community.
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FUN FAMILY GETAWAY First stop is the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. With FREE admission you won’t want to miss the interpretive center that includes fun exhibits such as Creatures of Night, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Forest Ecology, they also have a couple of Live birds to watch along with an early childhood play room. There is also over 10 miles of trails throughout the 500 + acres featuring hardwoods, pine forest, restored prairies, creeks, ponds and a three story observation tower. Next experience the SPAM® Museum where you will learn the SPAMazingTM story of the Hormel Foods Corporation. This FREE admission museum is fun for the whole family. Enjoy audio, video, traditional and interactive displays such as Can Central, World Market, Supporting Our Troops SPAM® Brand 101 and a Kids Can Play area.
treats and a selection of Minnesota and Austin novelty items. Just down the street you can see over 80 classic bikes for FREE at Rydjor Bike Museum. Each bike has its own story, beginning with the “1868 boneshaker” and including one of the late Robin Williams bikes. Also located downtown is the Hormel Historic Home. This stately 14 room home features beautifully decorative woodwork, a Greek marble fireplace, Tiffany light fixtures and the chance to learn about the Hormel History through a scavenger hunt with the whole family participation. A couple of block away is the Austin Public Library with a full calendar of events and programs. They also are the only public library with a copy of the Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible on display.
Directly across the street you will find the largest collection in the world of Berenstain Bear memorabilia at Sweet Reads. This is not your average book and candy store - it is an unique experience. You will find new and used books, local and regional authors, old-fashion candies, frozen
In the summertime you can imagine days gone by as you see East Side Lake on the SPAMTownTM Belle, a unique paddle boat that cruises on the weekends from June to September or grab your swimming gear and check out Austin’s Swimming pool. This outdoor Olympic-size pool features a wading pool, splash pad, slides and a climbing wall. Bike/ Walking Trails and parks are plentiful. Austin maintains 28 city parks and over 15 miles of hard surfaced walking and biking trails that connect to many locations in the city as well as the Shooting Star State Bike Trail.
Looking for some exciting things to do in the evening, you will also want to check out the Historic Paramount Theatre’s schedule to take in a Matchbox Children’s Theatre show or maybe a movie and their popcorn is a must! Picturesque and historic Marcusen Park has been creating baseball memories in Austin for over 70 years, so take the family out to the ballgame where Minnesota Twin’s Kent Hrbek and fellow MLB players Paul Moitor, Dave Windield and Austin’s own Mike Wuertz ran the bases.
During the hockey season check out the Austin Bruins Hockey Team. Austin’s own Junior League Hockey team plays 28 home games at Riverside arena and has the best mascot in the region! There are also nearly 60 places for Delightful Dining and don’t forget to reserve your Place to Stay. For more information contact Discover Austin, Minnesota. View the Berenstain Bears Collection! The Largest Known Collection in the World!!!
• New and Used Books • Special Local Authors of Many Genres • Nostalgic and Fun Candies • Gift Certificates 407 • Minnesota / Local Gifts - Mittens and Jewelry - Painted Rocks - Carmelites Soaps & Jams - Artistic Cards - Inukshuks and Feather Clips - Much More!
N. Main St. • Austin 507-396-8660
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The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau staff is proud to promote tourism for the Austin Area to enhance the economy of the community. We think of ourselves as colleagues to the meeting planners (just located in a satellite CVB office). Our knowledge of the local area and partnership with local vendors can easily create success for everybody, working together for the same goal. Plus we prepare the proposals for FREE! If you have a tournament, reunion, convention, meeting or gathering of any type coming to Austin and would like to distribute welcome bags to the participants, the Austin CVB can provide them for FREE.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Jones, Tourism Staff, Nancy Schnable, Executive Director, and Eileen Chao, Office Staff
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