Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a Pennock man's conviction for domestic assault, but reversed his conviction for fifth-degree assault. A Kandiyohi County jury returned guilty verdicts on the two charges against Solomon Washington McIntyde, 33, on April 26, 2016. In his appeal, McIntyde alleged that the prosecutor had committed misconduct in closing remarks to the jury by stating that the victim's fear was evidence for domestic assault.
LITCHFIELD — A Meeker County sheriff's deputy accused of stalking a man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Joel Christopher Engler, 43, of Litchfield, entered the plea Tuesday in Meeker County District Court in Litchfield. The court dismissed a gross misdemeanor charge of stalking.
OLIVIA — Work is underway to raze the former Renville County Hospital and Clinic in Olivia. DRC of Litchfield will remove the 55,000-square-foot complex of buildings and convert the site to an open, grass-covered area by Aug. 31, Nathan Blad, hospital CEO, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Demolition work started last week and is proceeding as expected, according to Dave Rettman with DRC. Work was halted temporarily until asbestos that was unexpectedly discovered in a wall could be safely removed.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Andrew Dikken cannot withdraw his guilty pleas to murder in the 2013 shooting deaths of Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled. In a ruling released Wednesday, June 21, the state's high court affirmed an earlier decision by the district court that denied Dikken's request to withdraw his guilty plea.
GRANITE FALLS - Andrew Dikken cannot withdraw his guilty pleas to murder in the 2013 shooting deaths of Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled. In a ruling released Wednesday, the state's high court affirmed an earlier decision by the district court that denied Dikken's request to withdraw his guilty plea.
WILLMAR - Patrons of the arts have an opportunity to view the works of 20 different artists during the Studio Hop 2017 held Friday and Saturday at 10 studios in the Willmar, Spicer and New London area.
DAWSON — The immigrant story belongs to all of America, but western Minnesota has a special place in its telling in Ali Selim's movie "Sweet Land." Locations near Dawson, Watson and Montevideo are where — in 2004 — he filmed the independent movie famous for both its story and the sweeping landscapes depicted on the screen. And so in Luanne Fondell's estimation, it's only appropriate that western Minnesota will play host to the Greater Minnesota debut of "Sweet Land the Musical."
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.