Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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LITCHFIELD - Meeker County authorities are investigating the death of a 40-year-old man after his body was found other than where he was believed to have died. Shawn Jacob Medley, of Waverly, was found at a rural Ellsworth Township location at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, according to Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. The Sheriff reported that officers found the man’s body after acting on a report of an unresponsive male at the location, which is withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
OLIVIA — The city of Olivia will soon have prime residential property ready for development, just steps away from a golf course and yet smack-dab in the heart of its residential core. The Renville County Hospital and Clinics board of directors recently voted to convey its former hospital property back to the city of Olivia, Nate Blad, CEO of the county-owned hospital, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. The commissioners are expected to formally act on the transfer at their meeting Tuesday.
RAYMOND — Kati and Adam Hess posted an S.O.S. on Facebook. Colin and Stephanie Froehlich jumped on a tip from one of Stephanie's co-workers. Hal and Terri Miller got the inside track thanks to their son. No matter the approach, the destination was the same: Raymond. They are among the new homeowners in this western Kandiyohi County community of 764 people, where there was a flurry of activity this past autumn. The successful were those who acted fast.
WEBSTER TOWNSHIP, RICE COUNTY – A former Granite Falls died in a three-vehicle mishap on I-35 in Rice County at 5:04 a.m. on Wednesday. Matthew Kling, 44, of Lonsdale and formerly of Granite Falls, died when the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze he was driving struck a camper that had crossed over into his lanes, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
OLIVIA — Dedicated in 1902, the Renville County Courthouse remains one of the most prominent structures in the county. The Olivia building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and reputed for its classic architecture known as City Beautiful.
MAYNARD — Trent Carlson has the best class assignment in the MACCRAY School District. "We try to make it as fun as possible," said Carlson of the physical education classes he offers students at MACCRAY West Elementary in Maynard. His students had one up on him Wednesday morning. They arrived at the MACCRAY West Elementary in Maynard already laughing and having fun, and having discovered that their instructor is right: Physical activity is fun.
FAIRFAX — Unsuccessful in its efforts to save the Fort Ridgely State Park golf course, the Friends of Fort Ridgely group has voted to suspend operations as a citizens group in support of the park. John Fritsche, president, announced the decision in a statement released Tuesday. Members voted to suspend operations at the group's annual meeting in November.
ST. PAUL — State Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, will be holding town hall meetings throughout the district in the upcoming weeks. "There were many changes made during the 2017 session that will impact all Minnesotans, and I'd encourage all interested residents to attend the town meetings to learn more about our new laws, to ask questions, and to bring your ideas," Miller said in a news release. The events are all scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. and will be held at the following locations: • Monday, Feb. 5: Montevideo VFW, 570 S. First St.
WILLMAR — A Willmar woman who has been urging city officials to adopt a welcoming city resolution offered her voice in support of a statewide coalition calling on people of faith to fight Islamophobia. Hamdi Kosar of Willmar joined Muslim and Christian faith leaders Thursday at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington for a rally also aimed at encouraging people to attend their precinct caucuses. The effort was sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, ISAIAH, and the ISAIAH Muslim Coalition.
KERKHOVEN — The propeller was spinning and the plane's engine was running when an experienced pilot from Kerkhoven crashed his single-engine aircraft on July 28, 2016, into a cornfield northeast of the La Crosse, Wisconsin, airport. That's based on the analysis of wreckage found at the crash site where pilot Loren Larson, 55, of Kerkhoven, died, according to the final factual report on the accident by the National Transportation Safety Board.