Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — A Willmar man is the owner of a performing bull that qualified to compete in the Professional Bull Riders finals this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Kind of like your kid is going to be pitching in the World Series,'' said Grayson Swalin, owner of Arctic Assassin,' when reached in Las Vegas. But alas, just like sending a kid to the World Series, things can go wrong. And they did. Arctic Assassin tried to jump out of the chute on the opening night of competition Wednesday and was disqualified. His rider was unable to get out into the arena on him.
BENSON — Voters in two area communities will go to the polls Nov. 7 to elect mayors and council members, while voters in a number of area school districts will decide special school board elections and whether to renew operating levies. The following is based on filings for office on the Secretary of State's website and information gathered from city and school officials. City of Benson
WILLMAR — A New London man convicted of first-degree drug possession after more than two pounds of methamphetamine were seized from his home will was sentenced to more than six years in prison. Jeremy Shane Rudolph, 40, was sentenced Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court to 78 months, the maximum for the offense based on his criminal record. The court allowed credit for 170 days already served. The court also ordered that he pay fines and fees of $1,090, and that the funds be taken from his prison earnings.
HANLEY FALLS — Two area cooperatives are among the first in the state to make group health insurance policies available for farmers. Glacial Plains Cooperative, based in Murdock, and the Hanley Falls Farmers Cooperative Elevator are offering group health insurance for their members through Land O'Lakes cooperative.
GRANITE FALLS — This is Minnesota, and soon: By 2020 retirees will outnumber school-age children. By 2030, when the first of the baby boomers turn 85, a full three-fourths of the state's population will be considered elderly, age 50-plus. These are the projections of the Minnesota Department of Human Service's 2010 Blueprint for Preparing Minnesota for the Age Wave, and the focus of its Minnesota 2030 Project to prepare for the year when the first of the baby boomers turn 85.
SPICER - Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center can now boast of having its own island destination. A five-acre site, long known as Geer Island, was added this fall to the 500 acres comprising this already special destination in rural Spicer in Kandiyohi County. The "island" is really a peninsula, but being surrounded almost entirely by water and cattails marsh, it has all the feel of an island. The island includes a mix of mature ironwood, burr oak and basswood trees with a grassy and open, park-like understory.
BIRD ISLAND — When solar panel installers told Glen Jacobsen that his utility bill looked different than others they have seen, he began investigating. Now Jacobsen, and many others who produce some of their own electricity with solar panels or wind turbines, are entitled to refunds on some of the state sales tax they have paid.
WILLMAR — The airplane that nosed over during a forced landing Oct. 18 near the Willmar Airport did not accelerate when its pilot attempted to gain airspeed after it became airborne. The pilot was concerned it was going to stall prior to making the forced landing, according to a preliminary report of the incident filed recently by the National Transportation Safety Board.
WALKER — The man charged with raping, kidnapping and murdering 5-year-old Alayna Ertl of Watkins has pleaded not guilty to 19 charges. Zachary Todd Anderson, 26, formerly of Monticello, entered not guilty pleas Wednesday in Cass County District Court in Walker to all of the charges he faces, according to court records. The case is scheduled for trial in April. Anderson is accused of kidnapping Ertl from her family home in Watkins in Meeker County on Aug. 20, 2016. Later that day, searchers found her body in a swamp near Motley, where the Anderson family has a cabin.
RENVILLE — City Council members in Renville approved the first reading Monday of an ordinance regulating tobacco sales in the community. Two more readings are required for the ordinance to be adopted, according to Mayor Janette Wertish. The city ordinance would replace a Renville County ordinance that prohibits the granting of licenses to sell tobacco within 1,000 feet of any school, playground, house of worship, or youth-oriented facility. Council members are concerned that the county's setback requirement would prevent two retail developments along U.S. Highway 212.