Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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Granite Falls - Pioneer Public Television will be able to begin a year-long move into its new studio and headquarters in Granite Falls. The public broadcasting station reported that the bonding bill approved by the Legislature on May 26 includes $1.95 million for the equipment needed for the new building in Granite Falls. The bill now awaits the Governor’s signature.
WILLMAR — Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol watched the vehicle in front of him on the freeway weave from the right lane to the left lane and onto the shoulder before the driver snapped the wheel and nearly overcorrected. Another drunk driver? No, it was another drowsy driver. Drowsy driving is very possibly one of the most underreported causes of accidents on the roads, said Grabow, a 19-year veteran of the Patrol.
MARSHALL — Minnesota's manufacturing sector continues to express confidence in its economic prospects. A survey of over 400 executives at manufacturing firms in the state found that 94 percent are confident of improved financial performance in 2017, with 57 percent saying they are "very confident,'' according to Bob Kill, president and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota. He spoke Monday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall where he discussed the organization's annual survey on the manufacturing climate in the state.
DASSEL - Four of the 14 white-tailed deer previously euthanized at a Meeker County farm near Dassel have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported this week. Testing confirmed the four as CWD positive on May 14. The Meeker County herd was part of an investigation initiated with a CWD infected farmed deer herd found in Crow Wing County late last year. A two-year-old female deer at the Meeker County farm had tested positive for CWD in January.
DASSEL - Four of the 14 white-tailed deer previously euthanized at a Meeker County farm near Dassel have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported this week. Testing confirmed the four as CWD positive on May 14. The Meeker County herd was part of an investigation initiated with a CWD infected farmed deer herd found in Crow Wing County late last year.
WILLMAR — Lance Courtney Lovin, 27, of New London, was sentenced Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar on two gross misdemeanor charges of stalking and a misdemeanor charge for driving without a driver's license. The court sentenced him to concurrent sentences of 365 days in jail on the stalking charges, but stayed 336 days for two years and provided credit for 29 days served. The court ordered him to serve 29 days in jail for driving without a license, and provided credit for the days served.
GRANITE FALLS — There's never a cloudy day in the greenhouse built by students at the Yellow Medicine East High School in Granite Falls. Nor is there a single window pane. Specially engineered LED lights provide all the photons needed for photosynthesis in this totally enclosed, 1,200-square-foot greenhouse. Electric-powered, carbon mesh pads under the soil and in-floor heating pamper the plants with just the right amount of warmth. Monitors make it possible to keep the humidity and even the level of carbon dioxide just right too.
MILAN — Story swap dates have been set this month for the upcoming "Milan: The Musical!" production.
OLIVIA — A 20-year-old man facing arson charges has been found mentally incompetent, and the court has approved a motion for a guardianship for him. Wahkan Otahta Blackhawk of rural Olivia is charged with two counts of felony, first-degree arson and a felony count of negligent fire for allegedly setting a Dec. 3 fire that caused extensive damage to his parents' home south of Olivia. The court approved a guardianship for him following a May 1 hearing. It ruled April 19 that he was mentally incompetent to participate in his own defense.
SPICER — Let's Go Fishing launched its 15th season in a big way this week, and appropriately so. The Willmar chapter has already seen a 41 percent bump in registrations from last year, and it is usually in the next couple of weeks when most of the registration calls will come in, according to Jim Gauss, president of the Willmar chapter. "We're getting calls from all over the place,'' he said.