Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO—Montevideo native Kayla Reiffenberger will succeed Linda Givan as the chief executive officer of the Co-op Credit Union with Givan's retirement in November. Reiffenberger since 2010 has been the chief financial officer with the credit union, which has offices in Montevideo, Benson, Canby and Willmar. Reiffenberger grew up in Montevideo and worked at the credit union part-time when she was in high school and college. After graduation from Southwest State University in Marshall in 2005, she received her certified public accountant license in 2006.
PAYNESVILLE – Last year’s discovery of starry stonewort in Lake Koronis has made the lake our starting point for learning how to manage this new aquatic invasive species in Minnesota...
WATSON -- It may be too late for a Twins comeback story, but the tiny community of Watson has one to tell this season. Youth baseball has returned to this...
WILLMAR – Motorists should drive with caution in Lac qui Parle and Chippewa counties today due to the potential for some roadway flooding, the Minnesota Department of Transportation advises. The...
APPLETON—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for the Marsh Lake Ecosystem Restoration Project, which would restore aquatic and riparian ecosystems.
DETROIT LAKES — Motorists on U.S. Highway 12 between Benson and Kerkhoven will encounter intermittent lane closures when a resurfacing project begins July 18, weather permitting. The project also includes sidewalk and pedestrian accessibility work in the communities of Kerkhoven, Murdock and DeGraff. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said in a news release that the highway will remain open to traffic throughout the project.
GRANITE FALLS—An American hero who took part in the courageous DooLittle Raid on Japan in 1942 is coming to the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum in Granite Falls on Thursday.
NEW LONDON—Expanding Minnesota Highway 23 to four-lanes from New London to Paynesville does not have the potential for significant environmental impacts, and an Environmental Impact Study is not required for it, the Minnesota Department of Transportation concluded in a finding released on June 30. The finding is important for the project. Environmental impact studies can be costly and time-consuming, and they pose the potential for requiring modifications to the project plans.
APPLETON—Legislation to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton was met by angry protesters at its most important hearing, amendments from the floor to kill it, and public opposition from the state's employees union. And this was in the House, where the legislation authored by Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, advanced to a conference committee but died there. In the Senate, the chair of the Judiciary Committee never allowed the companion bill by Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, to be heard.
MONTEVIDEO—The combined effect of being over the weight limit of the plane and gusty wind conditions caused the crash of an ultralight aircraft Sept. 7, 2014, at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Airport that took the lives of two brothers. The National Transportation Safety Board cited those two factors as the probable cause of the accident in a report released June 29. The crash took the lives of Mark Orville Schultz, 52, of Sleepy Eye, and Steven John Schultz, 51, of Brooklyn Center.