Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR – Motorists should drive with caution in Lac qui Parle and Chippewa counties today due to the potential for some roadway flooding, the Minnesota Department of Transportation advises. The...
APPLETON—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for the Marsh Lake Ecosystem Restoration Project, which would restore aquatic and riparian ecosystems.
DETROIT LAKES — Motorists on U.S. Highway 12 between Benson and Kerkhoven will encounter intermittent lane closures when a resurfacing project begins July 18, weather permitting. The project also includes sidewalk and pedestrian accessibility work in the communities of Kerkhoven, Murdock and DeGraff. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said in a news release that the highway will remain open to traffic throughout the project.
GRANITE FALLS—An American hero who took part in the courageous DooLittle Raid on Japan in 1942 is coming to the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum in Granite Falls on Thursday.
NEW LONDON—Expanding Minnesota Highway 23 to four-lanes from New London to Paynesville does not have the potential for significant environmental impacts, and an Environmental Impact Study is not required for it, the Minnesota Department of Transportation concluded in a finding released on June 30. The finding is important for the project. Environmental impact studies can be costly and time-consuming, and they pose the potential for requiring modifications to the project plans.
APPLETON—Legislation to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton was met by angry protesters at its most important hearing, amendments from the floor to kill it, and public opposition from the state's employees union. And this was in the House, where the legislation authored by Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, advanced to a conference committee but died there. In the Senate, the chair of the Judiciary Committee never allowed the companion bill by Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, to be heard.
MONTEVIDEO—The combined effect of being over the weight limit of the plane and gusty wind conditions caused the crash of an ultralight aircraft Sept. 7, 2014, at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Airport that took the lives of two brothers. The National Transportation Safety Board cited those two factors as the probable cause of the accident in a report released June 29. The crash took the lives of Mark Orville Schultz, 52, of Sleepy Eye, and Steven John Schultz, 51, of Brooklyn Center.
CLARA CITY—It's all about the difference between sinking or swimming in Clara City, where the direction is clear. A new grocery store will open this fall as part of a downtown rejuvenation project. A medical clinic has re-opened in a new building holding offices for a financial enterprise. And in the last few years, the community has kept its hardware store, added a Subway franchise, expanded its nursing home and added an assisted living facility.
WILLMAR -- Lost amidst all of the talk about the unfinished business of the recent legislative session is one very big accomplishment for veterans. The Legislature approved and the governor...
MONTEVIDEO - What had been Montevideo’s most popular gathering place during much of its 54-year history came down in a hurry Monday. “It took five minutes, I suppose,’’ said Denny...