Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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BENSON — One of Benson's largest employers is looking to expand its plant by developing a second business operation that will create new jobs and add value to the crops raised by its member owners. The question is will the city of Benson provide the keys to the former Fibrominn facility to make it all possible. That will be the topic Monday, when representatives of Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company and BioPro meet with the Benson City Council.
MONTEVIDEO — A public partnership between the city of Montevideo and the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative is making possible a new school to serve area students with special needs. Construction on the Northstar Educational Learning Center is underway, with expectations that the 22,500-square-foot facility on the east edge of Montevideo will be ready for its first students at the start of the 2019-20 school year.
GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine County is offering its county administrator position to Angie Steinbach, currently the assistant city manager in Montevideo. The County Board of Commissioners selected Steinbach for the position after holding interviews with finalists on Wednesday, according to information from the county.
BENSON — Until its closing this year, the former Fibrominn plant put Benson on the map as home to a one-of-a-kind power plant, the only one in the country designed to burn turkey litter as its primary fuel source. Benson just might regain the distinction of having a one-of-a-kind biomass facility, and on the very same site.
OLIVIA — On a 4-1 vote, the Renville County Board of Commissioners amended the county's ordinance for urban expansion zones to allow for the operation of commercial seed facilities.
GRANITE FALLS — Growing up in Berlin at the onset of World War II, Ingrid Radke-Azvedo came to know the horrors of war before she was 10 years old, all of it under the Nazi flag and its swastika. She suffered hunger and cold, separation from family and abuse, and was an eyewitness to the violence of war, running from bombs with no place to hide.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Attorney Shane Baker said he intends to file charges Thursday morning in the homicide of David Medellin Jr. of Willmar. Two suspects are in custody and being held on suspicion of second-degree murder and second-degree murder — liability for crimes of another. They were taken into custody on Monday, but their identities are not being reported pending the filing of formal charges. A 35-year-old man with a Kerkhoven address as of 2017 and a 51-year-old woman with a Brooten address are being held in the case.
CLARA CITY — MACCRAY School Board members are expected to take up discussions at their meeting on Tuesday on what to do now that district voters have rejected a third bonding request. Board members had little time to react to the vote when final numbers were available late Tuesday night. Voters rejected three bonding requests totaling $56.1 million overall. Voters cast 1,167 "no" to 909 "yes" votes on a $48,150,00 bonding request, the main question in the referendum.
Here's a look at election results in area contests: Chippewa County - 4 contested races County Commissioner District 1 Matt Gilbertson 1,040 County Commissioner District 5 Todd Hay 411 David Lieser 617 County Sheriff
PRINSBURG — State Rep. Tim Miller is returning to the Legislature for a third term after posting an election win over a second, well-known DFL challenger. Unofficial results showed Miller, R-Prinsburg, leading challenger Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, by a 9,816 to 6,622 tally in the District 17A race. Miller upset incumbent Andrew Falk in the 2014 election and showed a strong showing over Falk in a 2016 re-match.