Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — The airplane that nosed over during a forced landing Oct. 18 near the Willmar Airport did not accelerate when its pilot attempted to gain airspeed after it became airborne. The pilot was concerned it was going to stall prior to making the forced landing, according to a preliminary report of the incident filed recently by the National Transportation Safety Board.
WALKER — The man charged with raping, kidnapping and murdering 5-year-old Alayna Ertl of Watkins has pleaded not guilty to 19 charges. Zachary Todd Anderson, 26, formerly of Monticello, entered not guilty pleas Wednesday in Cass County District Court in Walker to all of the charges he faces, according to court records. The case is scheduled for trial in April. Anderson is accused of kidnapping Ertl from her family home in Watkins in Meeker County on Aug. 20, 2016. Later that day, searchers found her body in a swamp near Motley, where the Anderson family has a cabin.
RENVILLE — City Council members in Renville approved the first reading Monday of an ordinance regulating tobacco sales in the community. Two more readings are required for the ordinance to be adopted, according to Mayor Janette Wertish. The city ordinance would replace a Renville County ordinance that prohibits the granting of licenses to sell tobacco within 1,000 feet of any school, playground, house of worship, or youth-oriented facility. Council members are concerned that the county's setback requirement would prevent two retail developments along U.S. Highway 212.
PRINSBURG — The Central Minnesota Christian School will go forward with a capital campaign to build a new elementary school. Members of the Central Minnesota Christian School Society voted 129-3 in favor of a proposal to raise $6.5 million to construct a new elementary school on the campus in Prinsburg. "A real blessing that we could have such strong community support for the project,'' said Superintendent of Schools Pete Van Der Puy of the vote held on Saturday evening.
WILLMAR — Some of the investigatory reports by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension into the officer-involved shooting of a man in Willmar on July 23 have been completed and provided to the Kandiyohi County Attorney's office. Kandiyohi County Attorney Shane Baker reported Friday that while some of the BCA reports have been provided his office, he has not received all of them. He is also awaiting some lab results.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the authority of a well-known Willmar attorney to practice law. In an order filed Friday afternoon, the court immediately suspended George E. Hulstrand Jr. from the practice of law pending final resolution of a petition for disciplinary action. The petition and supplemental petitions were filed against him Oct. 4, 2016, Nov. 4, 2016, and July 25, 2017. The order follows a recommendation by a referee that Hulstrand be suspended from practice pending the completion of the matter.
WILLMAR — The Willmar chapter of Let's Go Fishing is reporting a record season in 2017 as it puts the pontoon boats away for the winter and prepares for next year. Volunteers with the local chapter hosted more than 2,000 people and a record 73 groups registered for outings on the water, an increase of 108 percent over last year, according to chapter director Jim Gauss. Those who came to enjoy outings on local waters included many from Kandiyohi County, but also many who came from as far away as St. Cloud, Buffalo Lake, Hutchinson, Litchfield and Olivia.
DAWSON – The Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water System has drilled test holes looking for a groundwater source in Lac qui Parle County this summer. It is looking to develop a water well field to serve the northern portion of its service territory, according to Jason Overby, general manager of the system headquartered in Lake Benton.
PRINSBURG — With steady growth in enrollment, the Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg is looking at building a new elementary/middle school building. Members of the Central Minnesota Christian School Society will be voting Oct. 21 whether to approve a $6.5 million capital campaign and building project.
RENVILLE — City Council members in Renville are looking at adopting an ordinance to regulate tobacco sales in the community and opt out of the county's ordinance. The county's ordinance prohibits the granting of licenses to sell tobacco "within 1,000 feet of any school, playground, house of worship, or youth-oriented facility." The setback requirement would prevent the issuance of tobacco licenses to two businesses planning to open stores along U.S. Highway 212 in the community: Dollar General and Casey's General Store.