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  • Discover Austin announced that Mower County has been named to the Top 10 Nicest Places in America by Readers Digest. Community members are urged to vote daily to move us up the list.
  • Riverland baseball was honored with several awards following a successful season. Their coach was named conference Coach of the Year and one player was named All American. Enrollment is up 18% this summer. Steve Bowron is retiring; his last day is June 29. Congratulations, Steve!
  • Austin Public Schools hosted the gifted and talented symposium with about 200 attending. The district named several new building principals. Over 300 students graduated this spring, including over 100 immigrants (highest number ever).
  • Leadership Transition. Budion said the Executive Committee had set its timeline and put together both a job description and marketing plan to find a new director. Advertisements will go out in August. The committee hopes to begin interviewing candidates in October and have a new director in place by the end of November.

Board members were asked for their input regarding on the following items

  • National Barrow Show may be in jeopardy after 71 years in Austin. Mower County Fair Board members and the National Association of Swine Records have yet to reach agreement on a 3-year extension. Money is an issue as the two sides are about $3500 apart in the rental agreement. But Justin Bickler, who also serves on the Fair Board, also noted that local volunteers are needed to help plan, set up and host the event. Several members of the local NBS Committee have indicated that this would be their last year.
  • Representatives from several organizations met with DNR and Explore Minnesota officials to learn more about applying for the 2019 Governor’s Pheasant Opener. Pheasants Forever, Mower County SWCD, Austin Area Foundation, City of Austin, the Chamber and Discover Austin all said they were supportive of the effort. Additional conservation, youth and veteran groups will be contacted. The planning committee meets again June 27.
  • The Downtown Retail Committee is struggling a bit, Haney and Forstner reported. Attendance has been erratic. Meeting times and sites have been altered in an effort to attract more interest. Haney said more people from different business backgrounds need to get involved. Vision 2020’s Destination Downtown committee is no longer meeting.
  • The City has agreed to reform the Mayor’s Housing Task Force. Forstner will serve on the committee along with several members and city officials. First meeting is June 25.


Bullets From the Board


Next meeting will be at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2018, in the Town Center Conference Room