Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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PAYNESVILLE - Starry stonewort might sound like the name of some obscure, grunge band. Yet the latest aquatic invasive species to reach Minnesota has the potential to be a big time menace and as notorious as other unwanted invaders like eurasian milfoil and curly leaf pondweed. It all depends on what happens on Lake Koronis.
FAIRFAX — Friends of Fort Ridgely are continuing their quest to save the golf course at Fort Ridgely State Park even though the City of Fairfax will not serve as the sponsor they need to operate it.
BENSON — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Glacial Plains Cooperative in a long and bitter legal dispute with a sister cooperative it helped launch, the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company. In a decision released on Monday, the Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 district court ruling that ordered Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company to comply with a contract that makes Glacial Plains Cooperative its exclusive grain handler.
SACRED HEART — The public is invited to participate in the first BioBlitz at Swedes Forest Scientific and Natural Area on Saturday, June 17. This is a chance to join scientists and naturalists and learn about all the living organisms inhabiting Swedes Forest SNA in a one-day field study.
GRANITE FALLS — Two Republican legislators representing a corridor of five agricultural counties are urging county boards of commissioners to take on responsibility for enforcing the state's new buffer law. "I can't encourage counties enough to take on enforcement," District 16 Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, told participants at a town hall meeting Tuesday in Granite Falls.
REDWOOD FALLS - A bow angler fishing in a private gravel pit near Redwood Falls on Sunday caught the largest invasive carp recorded in Minnesota. The bighead carp measured 47 1/2 inches in length and weighed 61.7 pounds.
WILLMAR - Police officers pulled a 37-year-old Murdock man to safety as he was threatening to jump off a railing on the busy First Street Bridge in Willmar around 1:18 p.m. Wednesday. As an officer trained in crisis intervention spoke to the man, other officers were able to covertly approach the man and pull him from the railing to safety, according to Police Chief Jim Felt.
MONTEVIDEO — Narrow, steep shoulders and springtime weight restrictions combine to make one of the region's most important farm-to-market highways unsafe and, all too often, an economic choke point. That's the message that Chippewa County and producers relying on Minnesota Highway 40 delivered as they urged the Minnesota Department of Transportation to upgrade the 40-mile segment from Milan to Willmar.
OLIVIA — Renville County ranks as one of the state's leading counties when it comes to producing crops meant to be shipped as commodities, processed or canned. When it comes to foods raised to go directly from field to table, it has no claim to fame.
APPLETON - Legislation calling on the state to purchase or lease-to-own the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton did not make it through the 2017 session, but the state is now obligated to take a serious look at the possibility of utilizing the facility. Legislation approved and signed by Governor Mark Dayton requires the Department of Corrections to hire an independent contractor to assess the facility and determine what, if any improvements would be required if the state were to house its inmates there. The assessment must be completed by January 15, 2018.