Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO — Just six days shy of the second anniversary of the day the body of Sandra Albrecht was buried, a judge's ruling ends her family's legal dispute over what happened at her gravesite — but not the family's division.
MONTEVIDEO — For the first time in more years than any of them can remember, nine of the 11 Albrecht children were together with their father, John Wendell Albrecht.
WILLMAR — Daniel Joseph Wiener, 40, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar to a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure — engaging in lewd or indecent behavior. A gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with privacy and another misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure are expected to be dismissed at sentencing as part of a plea agreement. Wiener was charged after Willmar police responded to a report of a "peeping tom" incident June 29, 2017, and after hearing allegations by three young women.
BIRD ISLAND — Harry Truman held the highest office in the land, yet was always proud to boast that the small town of Independence, Missouri, was his home. And so it is for Brian Sheehan, who will soon be leading Lions International, with 1.47 million members in over 47,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Bird Island is home for Sheehan, and he too is more than happy to tell others about it. "We just love this community. I talk about it globally," said Sheehan of the town of about 1,000 people.
RENVILLE — Producers with the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative harvested a whopping 3.67 million tons of sugar beets last season, one of the cooperative's largest crops on record.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man charged with third-degree murder for allegedly selling the fentanyl that led to the death of U.S. Army veteran John Schlegel, 24, of Blomkest, rejected a plea agreement offer Friday and is taking his case to a jury. Richard Carl Michael Houske, 30, of Willmar, declined the plea offer during a hearing in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar. With that decision, jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.
MONTEVIDEO — Coborn's Inc. is closing its Montevideo store at the end of the month. Company officials told employees of the plans Monday. Coborn's closed its pharmacy located in the store Tuesday and transferred its files to the Thrifty White, according to information from the company. The Coborn's store is a prominent feature of the Montevideo's Highway 7 business district. The supermarket also includes an in-store bakery, deli and cafe.
BIRD ISLAND – Move over St. Paul, Bird Island will take its turn as the capital of the State of Hockey on Monday, July 23, when it hosts the Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup is on its way to the Renville County community of just over 1,000 people one day after a visit to Virginia, Minnesota, and fresh from its travels to Moscow, Russia, and Prague, Czech Republic, where thousands were expected to have welcomed it.
REDWOOD FALLS — A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the employment agency that provided the temporary worker charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 100-year-old resident of the Sunwood Good Samaritan Center in Redwood Falls.
RAYMOND — After nearly 118 years of publication, The Raymond/Prinsburg News is no more. The weekly newspaper serving the communities of Raymond and Prinsburg in Kandiyohi County delivered the news in its final edition July 4. "It was a very hard decision,'' said Ted Almen, who along with his wife, Kari Jo, have published The News since they acquired it just over 20 years ago.