Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — The public is invited to hear the candidates for Minnesota Senate District 17 debate from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Willmar Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. in Willmar. Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and challenger Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, will participate in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Koenen has served as a state senator since 2012. He grew up on a farm near Maynard and is currently a self-employed milk contract hauler and school bus driver.
MONTEVIDEO - Jim Sable saw the challenge in Plymouth in 2001, and in response launched a high school sporting clay league that counted 10,361 participants at 318 high schools just 15 years later. Jan Payne saw the challenge in Montevideo in 2011, and with help from lots of friends and neighbors, built a gun range worthy enough to warrant a planned visit by Governor Mark Dayton to dedicate it.
MONTEVIDEO — The Montevideo Arts Project committee is inviting everyone to celebrate the completion of its railcar murals at a special dedication event. It will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the painted railcar site adjacent to the historic Milwaukee Road Depot on Main Street in downtown Montevideo. The free event will feature music, food and an opportunity to meet the artist Lili Payne. The event will be held rain or shine.
CLARA CITY — MACCRAY School Board members are determining the scope of work for a proposed single-campus system. The board members are aiming to have the main details of the project — and its expected cost — ready by month's end in order to bring a bond referendum to district voters in February. Board members are currently looking at an estimated $39.6 million project following discussions with TSP Architects at a special meeting Monday in Clara City.
WILLMAR — Sharp differences remain between Tim Miller and Andrew Falk in this rematch for the House of Representatives District 17A race, but this time the roles are reversed. It was all evident Tuesday evening as the two sparred during a League of Women Voters-sponsored candidate forum for both the District 17A and 17B candidates in Willmar.
OLIVIA - The Minnesota River Valley is to Renville and Redwood Counties what the North Shore is to St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties. The two southern counties are looking at how the river corridor can provide a range of outdoor recreational opportunities, attract visitors to diversify their economies and make them a more appealing place for young families to live. And like the North Shore, they'd like to see the river corridor "branded'' in a way that speaks to all that the river offers.
BLOMKEST—The only thing certain in life is change, even when your mission is keeping the history. The West Central Antique Power Collectors know that lesson well as they say goodbye to the site that has been the local group's home since 2004. The state of Minnesota has informed the group it will not be renewing a 99-year lease under which the organization has maintained a former wayside rest area along Minnesota Highway 7 near Blomkest. The group hosts an annual show featuring old-time farm machinery at the site, as well as a tractor pull contest.
Hours for the annual Meander are from noon until 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 866-866-5432, or go online at www.artsmeander.org . Social media fans can access information on Facebook at "meanderartcrawl." Brochures can be found at many area businesses in the area which, like the website, has a map detailing the routes to the different studios and stops along the Meander as well as related activities and a list of area sponsors. MAIN SIDEBAR ...
Doug Pederson still loves to paddle to his favorite fishing holes and hike the trails where he hunts shed deer antlers and captures the images on his camera that inspire much of his art. But there's a difference today. His fishing holes aren't so secret anymore. He's not surprised to find the footprints of other hikers on many of the quiet woodland and prairie haunts he favors.
WILLMAR—Maxine Olson has known some tough times. Because of it, she also knows a high-powered antidote. It arrived Tuesday. Her brother Mark Malacek and his 1969 Plymouth Road Runner pulled into her driveway in Willmar to take her out for a spin. "It's on my bucket list,'' said Olson of Willmar. Olson was diagnosed in October of 2015 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. It's a progressive disease that causes the muscles of the body to degenerate. There is no known cure.