Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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SPICER—Zebra mussels now infest a second, popular recreational lake in Kandiyohi County. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has posted a sign at the public access to Lake Florida advising that zebra mussels have been confirmed in the lake. The department notified the Lake Florida Improvement Association of the infestation Thursday. The association sent an email notifying lakeshore owners about it. "Disappointing, frustrating, and yet not unexpected,'' said Robert Kaiser, president of the association.
WILLMAR -- Kerkhoven pilot Loren Larson was making an instrumental landing system approach to a runway at the La Crosse Regional Airport in Wisconsin when his single engine Mooney M20P...
APPLETON – If you’ve chased pheasants on public lands in western Minnesota, hunkered down in a goose blind at the Lac qui Parle refuge, or were startled by an otter...
MADISON -- After a 25-year career with federal law enforcement chasing terrorists and drug dealers, New Jersey-raised Lou Sager answered a help wanted ad. He left an office in Washington,...
OLIVIA—Renville County's Board of Commissioners will interview five candidates to succeed Sara Folsted as county administrator. She resigned her position earlier this summer to accept the position of administrator for Rice County, where she began her new duties July 25. She served Renville County for seven and a half years.
PRINSBURG—Farmland values in west central Minnesota have softened, still sliding from the peak reached in 2013-14 when commodity prices were at their high too. "A lot of indecision and wondering,'' is how Bryan DeGroot characterizes the market for farmland today. Owner of DeGroot Farmland Sales in Prinsburg, he brings the perspective of 38 years of experience and $67 million in sales over that period. He was one of the area's first real estate agents and broker to specialize in farmland sales. The majority of his work is in Kandiyohi, Chippewa and Renville counties.
KERKHOVEN - A flying enthusiast from Kerkhoven known for his good humor and love for friends has died in a plane crash in Lac Crosse County, Wisconsin. Loren Larson, 56, of Kerkhoven, died Thursday when the Mooney M-20 plane he was flying crashed in a cornfield in the northern portion of the county, according to information released by the Lac Crosse County Sheriff's Department. The accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. He was the only person aboard the plane at the time of the crash.
NEW LONDON—The public is invited to join a walk to Danny Newville's memorial tree that will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the New London-Spicer High School parking lot in New London. Join for the walk, prayers at the tree and a cookout with family afterward. Newville's family is hosting the walk to raise awareness of his Aug. 1, 2002, disappearance at the age of 18. He was last seen leaving a party in New London. Anyone with information about Newville's disappearance should call the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office at 320-214-6700.
Workers with Veit & Company of Rogers are razing the Yellow Medicine Courthouse in Granite Falls. The demolition began Monday with the removal of the 1970’s addition. Work continued at...
GRANITE FALLS -- It’s Justin Bentaas’ job to look for economic opportunity in Granite Falls, but only recently did he realize that what he’s looking for might be hidden in...