Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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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.
WILLMAR — Willmar Lake is about to be designated as an impaired water body. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency included Willmar Lake in its draft listing released Wednesday of impaired water bodies and waterways. After public hearings, the list of water bodies to be added to the list is submitted to the federal Environmental Protection Agency for approval.
CLARA CITY — MACCRAY's interim superintendent is urging school board members to come together and resolve the district's facilities issue despite voter rejection of two bond issues. Superintendent John Thein told school board members that there is urgency in addressing the issue, and emphasized that board members need to develop a common vision to do so. Thein raised the issues at the school board's meeting Monday.
WATSON. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began increasing the outflow from the Lac Qui Parle Dam, near Watson, on Monday. The outflow is being increased through the course of the day from 4,000 cubic feet per second, or cfs, to 5,500 cfs.
APPLETON — In a span of 16 days last month, workers removed and replaced all of the shelving, restocked them all, and poured 102 yards of concrete to build a new floor while keeping the doors of Don's Food Pride open for all but six and a half hours of its regular schedule. "Looking good, Tim,'' said a customer pushing a cart down the newly polished floor in Appleton's grocery store last week.
WEGDAHL — The last time the tiny, Minnesota River community of Wegdahl could be called a destination dates to the days when a dance hall and speakeasy known as Skunk Hollow sold bootleg whiskey, and there were stories galore about fights and shady card games. The crowd that showed up Thursday found a much different environment. Chippewa County hosted an open house to introduce people to the park it has developed on this site along the Minnesota River roughly halfway between Montevideo and Granite Falls.