Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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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.
CLARA CITY — A torrential rainstorm turned a feel-good story about citizens in a small town rallying together into nearly a year of frustration for many of them in Clara City. They can start putting those frustrations behind them. Work is now resuming on the community's swimming pool, thanks to a settlement the city recently approved with the contractor for the project, Global Specialty Contractors of Eagan.
OLIVIA - Renville County will be assessing the costs after heavy rains damaged township roads in the south-central portion of the county as well as at crossings with creeks at scattered locations elsewhere in the county on Tuesday. A video showing a car that nose-dived into the gap left by a washed-out culvert on a Flora Township Road in the county was going viral after being posted by the Renville County Sheriff’s Department on its Facebook page.
This is the records summary for July 3. Two hurt in Kandiyohi County crash WILLMAR — Two people were injured when their vehicles collided at the intersection of Kandiyohi County Roads 33 and 9 in Burbank Township at 1:13 p.m. on Monday. A 2015 Chevrolet Traverse driven by a 55-year-old Paynesville woman was eastbound on Country Road 33. It was struck by a 2017 Ford F150 pickup proceeding southbound on County Road 9 and driven by a 64-year-old Clara City man, according to a news release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.
RAYMOND — If you're craving a fresh yak steak and can't make the trip to the Everest Steak House Restaurant in Kathmandu, Nepal, take a short ride over to Raymond. That's where you'll find the Hot Disch Farm, home to Shawn and Craig Dischinger and their assistants, sons Jack, age 5, and Peter, age 3. They'll happily sell you ground yak, or yak roasts, steaks, brats and sticks. Their yaks thrive on the lush grasses of the Minnesota prairie, where the harshest of winter winds bother them not, according to Craig Dischinger.