Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — A new challenge has emerged as Montevideo renews its efforts for state bonding to develop a veterans nursing home. Along with its share of costs for building a facility, the state of Minnesota would need to place funds in an account to cover the operational costs for the home during its start-up years, according to State Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, a member of the Senate Capital Investment Committee. "It has to be committed money,'' said Dahms. Dahms and Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, jointly held a town hall meeting Monday in Granite Falls.
BENSON — A woman convicted by a Swift County jury on charges of child endangerment and fifth-degree possession of marijuana is entitled to a new trial on the child endangerment charge, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The court reversed the conviction for gross misdemeanor child endangerment by ruling that jury instructions given by the court were in error.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man who argued that he committed a theft, but not a burglary, when he stole items from a room in the motel where he was staying has lost his appeal of the burglary conviction to the Minnesota Supreme Court. In a ruling issued Wednesday, the state's highest court affirmed the District Court's conviction of Lionel Lopez, 34, for burglary in 2016. He is currently serving a five-year sentence at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility for the burglary and theft convictions in Kandiyohi County.
BIRD ISLAND — BOLD School Board members are opting to go with a half-time, interim superintendent when the contract with Superintendent John Dotson expires in July. Board members have been debating whether to consider a proposal by their superintendent of the past 5½ years to continue on a part-time basis, search for a full-time successor, find another district to share a superintendent, or make the position less than full time and seek applicants.
WILLMAR — Landowners can generate revenue by allowing public hunting on their private land in 46 Minnesota counties through the Department of Natural Resources Walk-In Access Program. The sign-up opened Monday and continues through April 27. According to the DNR, land eligible for the Walk-In Access Program must already be enrolled in an existing conservation program or be on lands with already established high-quality wildlife cover.
WILLMAR — Charges against a Willmar man accused of tossing a pig's foot onto a table at the Willmar Farmers Market last summer will go forward. District Court Judge Michael Thompson has denied motions by the defense seeking to dismiss the charges against Joseph Fernkes, 62, of Willmar. He is charged with gross misdemeanor criminal damage to property with bias, as well as misdemeanor damage to property and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
MONTEVIDEO — Chippewa County and the City of Montevideo have approved a new joint powers agreement for their governance of the Chippewa County - Montevideo Hospital. In separate actions at their meetings Tuesday, both governing bodies also recommended changes to the bylaws as developed by a committee of Montevideo City Council and Chippewa County Board representatives. The recommended bylaw changes will go to the hospital commission for approval.
OLIVIA — A man accused of grabbing the steering wheel of a car driven by his girlfriend and causing an accident that severely injured her will be able to maintain his relationship with her while his case proceeds.
WILLMAR — A major winter storm rolling into Minnesota is expected to track well south of the Willmar area, according to the National Weather Service. The city of Willmar and southern Kandiyohi County are forecast to see less than an inch of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Joe Calderone with the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen said it's possible that Willmar will not see any snow on Monday, as the storm track appears to be staying well to the south.
WILLMAR — A 19-year-old Willmar man appeared Friday in Kandiyohi County District court on a charge that he led a sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase Thursday night in Willmar. The suspect appeared on a felony charge of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. He also faces misdemeanor charges of damage to property in the fourth degree, careless driving, and two petty misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The court allowed his release on personal recognizance with conditions.