Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — One of five defendants arrested after a cache of weapons and explosives were seized from a rural Willmar residence will serve 90 days in jail and five years of probation. A prison sentence of one year and one day was stayed for John Russell Jacobson, 45, of Lake Lillian, on a felony charge of illegal weapon possession. The sentencing was held Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar.
GRANITE FALLS — "That was amazing.'' Those were the first words heard coming out of the fuselage of the B-25 bomber the very second that the plane's two throbbing engines were quieted. It had come to a stop near its hangar at the Fagen Fighters Museum at the Granite Falls Municipal Airport.
WILLMAR - Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Neumann announced his candidacy for sheriff in Kandiyohi County on Wednesday. Neumann has 29 years of experience in law enforcement, serving with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office for the past 22 ½ years. He is currently a patrol sergeant with the department, a position he’s held for the past 11 years.
REDWOOD FALLS — Never has the optimism for future economic growth been greater than what the executives of manufacturing companies expressed this year in the 10th annual survey conducted for Enterprise Minnesota. And never in those 10 years has a shortage of qualified workers figured so prominently as a factor that could impede future growth. "The worker shortage is giving health care costs a run for the money," Bob Kill, executive director of Enterprise Minnesota, said Tuesday in Redwood Falls during a presentation about the annual State of Manufacturing survey.
MONTEVIDEO — An 11-year campaign to obtain state funding for a veterans nursing home in Montevideo needs only the governor's signature to put it over the finish line. Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, phoned Montevideo nursing home proponent Marv Garbe at 11:58 p.m. Sunday with news that the omnibus bonding bill that included funds for veterans nursing homes in Montevideo, Bemidji and Preston had been approved in the Legislature. "He told me, I don't care what time of night it is. You call me," said Miller, laughing.
MONTEVIDEO — A prison sentence of one year and one day was stayed for a secretary accused of stealing more than $16,000 from the United Church of Christ in Montevideo. Danielle Kay Farley, 33, of Willmar, must serve two years of probation with the requirement that she make restitution of $16,759.42 to the church and its insurance provider.
WILLMAR — Dorian Grilley took the lead, pedaling his bicycle down Willmar Avenue before guiding the half-dozen other bicyclists on to heavily traveled South First Street where they turned into the center turn lane amidst opposing lanes of traffic. "It kind of freaked them out,'' said Grilley, laughing. "It freaked out some of the drivers too. But it was a learning experience.'' Which is exactly why Grilley led the bicycle caravan of instructors from the Willmar Public Schools on to the most traveled streets in the city.
OLIVIA — Renville County decided to build a new health care facility and remain an independent and locally owned system as the nation struggled through an economic recession and major health care systems consolidated. "We built our facility when everybody said you were crazy to do it,'' Nathan Blad, CEO of RC Hospital and Clinics, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday in an annual report on the status of the county-owned system.
GRANITE FALLS — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a permit for the construction of an 18-turbine, 44.6-megawatt wind farm in Chippewa County.