Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the person or persons responsible for attempting to sink a large, older-model ski boat in the Minnesota River. The Chrysler model, fiberglass boat was found partially submerged in the river about three miles upstream of Granite Falls. Authorities found three, perfectly round holes drilled into its hull. It had been snagged by debris in the river. Once freed of the snag, the waterlogged boat floated and was brought to a location where it was possible to remove it from the river.
LITCHFIELD — Rural electric cooperatives in the region are sending help to restore power in storm-damaged areas of Florida. Two linemen from Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association, Pete Wyffels and Logan Josephson, met up Sunday in Albert Lea with linemen from five other electric cooperatives, according to a news release from Meeker Cooperative.
BIRD ISLAND — A rural, small town upbringing has led Jean Tersteeg to offer her medical skills during disaster after disaster. The last was Hurricane Harvey, where she served in a disaster center in the heart of Houston as thousands of people fled their flooded homes.
LAKE LILLIAN - Firefighters from nine departments battled a fire that destroyed a popular gathering place in the southern Kandiyohi County community of Lake Lillian. The early morning fire destroyed the Food Garage in downtown Lake Lillian. A resident noticed smoke around 3 a.m. The Lake Lillian Fire Department was joined by units from Raymond, Prinsburg, Blomkest, Cosmos, Bird Island, Atwater, Kandiyohi and Willmar.
OLIVIA — Flags will be flown at half staff on Sunday and Monday in Olivia in memory of former Mayor Bill Miller. Mayor Suzanne Hilgert issued an order Friday for the show of respect for Miller, who died on Wednesday. The order asks that all flags flying over public property within the city limits be lowered to half-staff from sunrise on Sunday until the evening of Monday. "Our community has suffered a great loss with the passing of Bill Miller," said Mayor Hilgert in announcing the order.
MONTEVIDEO — Tremaine Michael Bucholz, 20, of Minneapolis, made his first appearance Tuesday in Chippewa County District Court in Montevideo on two felony charges of assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon, a felony charge of criminal damage to property, and a gross misdemeanor charge of failure to stop for collision, injury or death. The court ordered bail set at $100,000 without conditions for release and at $50,000 for release with conditions.
MONTEVIDEO — A woman accused of using her mother-in-law's assets to support a lavish lifestyle, while the older woman was evicted from a nursing home, made her initial appearance Tuesday in Chippewa County District Court in Montevideo. Martina Annette Christie, 61, of Billings, Montana, faces 12 felony charges for the alleged financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. She is currently held in the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls with bail set at $500,000 for release without conditions and $250,000 for release with conditions.
WILLMAR - A 22-year old Clara City man faces charges after allegedly driving through lawns in the Willmar area before swerving down 19th Avenue at a high rate of speed and rear-ending a pickup truck on Sunday evening. Willmar Police report that Christian M. Morris, 22, was cited for second degree driving under the influence, speeding, reckless driving, and driving after revocation. Morris was treated and released from Rice Memorial Hospital for injuries he suffered in the incident.
WILLMAR — The second open house for the 2019 Lac qui Parle Bridge project is set for Thursday, September 7 at the Milan City Hall, 244 North 2nd Street in Milan. The open house will run from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. There will not be a formal presentation. The public is invited to view preliminary drawings of the proposed bridge, ask questions and give feedback.