Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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CLARA CITY - Voters in the MACCRAY School District are going to the polls today to decide the fate of a $38.8 million bond referendum. Polls are open from 2 to 8 p.m. and located at the school sites in the communities of Clara City, Maynard and Raymond.
MONTEVIDEO - A 16-year-old boy is being held at the Prairie Lakes Juvenile Detention Center in Willmar following his arrest for allegedly leaving a written threat that triggered a lockdown at the Montevideo High School on Tuesday. Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said the youth admitted that he scrawled a threat in the boy's bathroom and was taken into custody on Thursday. He faces possible charges of making a threat of violence, disorderly conduct, and fifth degree assault. The matter has been referred to the Chippewa County Attorney's office.
CLARA CITY — There's a new chief in Clara City, and she aims to stay in charge. Kimberly Wood is serving her first duty as a police chief. Wood said she hopes to complete her law enforcement career in a community that she has found very welcoming. "(I am) really proud to be chosen as the police chief,'' Wood said. Wood started her duties Jan. 15. She succeeds Ralph Bradley, who retired after an 18-year stint as chief in the Chippewa County community of 1,360. Wood has moved into the community and is looking forward to getting involved in it.
MAYNARD — It's decision time in the MACCRAY School District, as residents Monday in Maynard heard the final of three public presentations on the $38.8 million bond proposal. Voters in the MACCRAY School District will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to approve the bond for a single-campus proposal. Polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. at the school sites in Clara City, Maynard and Raymond. "The biggest step since 25 years ago when the districts came together,'' is how Superintendent Brian Koslofsky described the decision in a presentation on the project.
GRANITE FALLS — Concerned that rural areas of the county could be left behind, the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners informally expressed interest this week in being part of a six-county broadband feasibility study. "If we drop this thing, guys, we're going to be an island in 10 years and (people will) look back on this thing and say what were they doing?'' said Commissioner Ron Antony during discussions at the board's meeting Tuesday in Granite Falls.
LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY — Teachers might be asking the wrong question when trying to help their struggling students. Instead of asking "what is wrong with the student," the appropriate question might be "what has happened to the student?" That's a message from Melissa Hoffman Bodin, an adviser with the DREAM Technical Academy in Willmar and formerly with the MACCRAY Schools. She has learned the answer to the second question. All too often, the students who struggle to learn are the victims of toxic stress.
GRANITE FALLS — A Yellow Medicine County farm couple is appealing a finding that a private ditch on their farm meets the criteria of being a public waterway and will require a 50-foot vegetative buffer. Daryl and Ramona Kuehn of rural Echo urged the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners to maintain the county's authority to enforce the state's new buffer law. They cited their situation as an example of why maintaining local control is important to protecting local landowner rights.
RAYMOND — Residents in the MACCRAY School District took a look last week at the proposed project for a single-campus system when the school board hosted the first of three planned public meetings.
RENVILLE — Avian influenza struck the Rembrandt Enterprises barns in Renville in May 2015, forcing the company to depopulate 2 million birds from the egg-laying operation. It began restocking its barns on the eastern edge of Renville in February 2016. As it approaches the one-year anniversary of the restocking effort, the economic shadow left by the avian influenza outbreak of 2015 is still felt. Production has not returned to full capacity. The barns are holding birds, but not the 2 million they once held.
GRANITE FALLS — Two area legislators said the new session is off to a "fast and furious start,'' and so were the issues on Friday as they hosted the first of a round of town hall meetings in Granite Falls. Transportation funding, buffer legislation, bonding for Pioneer Television and the fate of the Appleton prison were among the issues tackled by State Senator Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, and Representative Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent.