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The Minnesota State High School League changed its rules, allowing boys to compete on dance teams for the first time starting in 2019. Now 14-year-old Salman Masood no longer has to learn the Austin High School Dance Team's routines in solitude — he's one of the dancers.
Austin police were first called around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. The incident ended around 9: 30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, when the man allegedly confronted officers with a knife and was shot. Officers gave medical aid, but he died at the scene. The state BCA will investigate.
Chol Okey Opiew was killed Nov. 24 in Ethiopia. A GoFundMe page has been started by his children to help cover funeral expenses.
Dean Allen Sinnwell., 53, was killed Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in Mower County.

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Declining interest in law enforcement pre-dates George Floyd's death.
Jim Wegner, of Austin, Minnesota, leaves behind paintings and other works that adorn his church and the homes of family members still. He died Aug. 4, 2021, at age 91.
GoFundMe page set up to help family of shooting victim.
Food brand mascot marks occasion with visit to Como Regional Park in St. Paul.
An Austin man and his Iowa father were both arrested Friday, June 11, 2021 for their alleged involvement in U.S. Capitol riot. A Minneapolis man was also arrested and charged Friday.
Pooch (and kitty) friendly patios are growing in popularity and businesses see the change as the leash they can do to keep their customers happy.

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The Mower County Sheriff's Office identified the 45-year-old man who was killed Saturday, June 5.
Two people were shot in downtown Rochester at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Third Street Southwest and First Avenue Southwest. An on-duty police officer witnessed the incident and chased the shooting suspects west.
The acquisition is by far the largest by Austin, Minn.-based Hormel Foods.

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