Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO — The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for a septic hauler to use underground, steel tanks to temporarily store human waste when conditions do not allow it to be land applied.
OLIVIA — BOLD school board members postponed a decision on hiring a superintendent search firm, and whether to make the position part time, until their January 8 meeting. The action at their meeting on Monday occurred as they heard from community members on both sides of two issues dividing the district: Whether to approve a new, part-time contract with Superintendent John Dotson; and whether or not bullying by staff and students is occurring in the schools.
BENSON - A former Benson High School student is charged with a single, felony count of terroristic threats-reckless disregard or threat- for allegedly posting statements and video on social media that led law officers to evacuate the high school gymnasium during a basketball tournament on Friday. Alexander Forsberg, 22, of Moorhead, was arraigned in district court in Benson on the charge Monday. He was released on his own recognizance on conditions that he not consume alcohol or drugs, have no contact with those he allegedly threatened, and not possess any firearms.
OLIVIA - BOLD School Board members are entertaining the possibility of reducing their superintendent search to someone willing to take on the position on a part-time basis. One interested candidate tossed board members a proposal to do exactly that just as they began discussing the possibility.
GRANITE FALLS — A large, global energy developer plans to build a 150-megawatt wind farm in western Yellow Medicine County. RES America applied with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in November to erect 37 turbines to be dispersed over 22,888 acres in an area southwest of Canby and near the South Dakota border. Representatives of RES and its wholly-owned subsidiary for the project, called Flying Cow LLC, outlined the plans to the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday in Granite Falls.
CLARA CITY — The former superintendent of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District will take over duties as interim superintendent for the MACCRAY Schools. MACCRAY School Board members at their meeting Monday in Clara City approved an agreement with Sherri Broderius to serve as interim superintendent. She will take over the interim role from John Thein, a Clara City native who has served in that capacity since the start of the school year.
WILLMAR — A plea hearing has been scheduled Jan. 5 for the former assistant golf pro at Willmar's Eagle Creek Golf Course. Phillip Andrew Sam, 32, of Coon Rapids, is accused of swindling nearly $90,000 from the business in 2015. Sam is charged with felony theft by swindle, and a hearing in the case was held Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court. The hearing follows his conviction on a gross misdemeanor charge of theft by swindle in Mille Lacs County.
WILLMAR - No chronic wasting disease was detected in more than 11,000 precautionary samples from deer that hunters harvested this fall in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota, which includes the Willmar area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "This is good news for Minnesota," said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the DNR. "The results lend confidence that the disease is not spread across the landscape."
OLIVIA — Renville County is aiming to complete the redetermination of benefits process on all of its county ditch systems in the coming year. It should help landowners who have county ditches on their property, and must have 16½-foot buffer strips seeded along them by Nov. 1, 2018, to comply with Minnesota's new buffer law.