Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine East is supporting one of their own by voting online for staff member Denine Rutledge. She has been selected as one of the five finalists in the KMSP FOX 9 Top Teacher Award for 2014. Riley Sexton, community coordinator/producer with the station, notified the school that Rutledge will be part of the online voting campaign running through Friday. One winner from this group of finalists will be part of this year’s FOX 9 Top Teacher Winners. Voting continues until midnight on March 21. Voters can cast their choice at facebook.com/fox9kmsp under the contest tab
MONTEVIDEO — Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson is hopeful that the Environmental Protection Agency will not reduce the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard by as much as it has proposed. “I think we have made some progress with the administrator,’’ said Peterson, D-Minn., after two recent meetings with EPA Director Gina McCarthy.
GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine East is supporting one of its own by voting online for staff member Denine Rutledge. She has been selected as one of the five finalists in the KMSP FOX 9 - Top Teacher Award for 2014.
OLIVIA — The site that inspired a program to protect rock outcrop areas along the Minnesota River is likely to be mined. The Renville County Planning Commission has unanimously recommended that an interim use permit be granted to Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, for hard rock mining on a 39.5-acre site in sections 28 and 33 of Flora Township along Renville County Road 15. The recommendation was presented to the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Commissioners will act on it at their next meeting. The property is owned by Thomas P.
OLIVIA — An ordinance that would open Renville County roads to recreational use by all types off-highway vehicles continues to move forward. Members of the Renville County Board of Commissioners discussed setting a 40 mile-per-hour speed limit for the vehicles, and possibly limiting the areas where golf carts could drive as they took up the issue again on Tuesday.
ATWATER — Bushmills Ethanol is helping lower the bar, and in this case that’s a very good thing. The Atwater plant has joined the growing number of ethanol producers in the country reducing the water they use, and shrinking their environmental footprint by doing so. Bushmills Ethanol on Feb. 28 began operating a newly installed zero liquid discharge system built by U.S. Waters Services of St.
GRANITE FALLS — The FedEx truck driver injured in a collision on Friday afternoon with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train remains in critical condition. Chad Borka, 46, of Atwater, remains at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he was airlifted after the accident, according to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Department.
GRANITE FALLS — A 46-year-old man was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center after his truck collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train around 2 p.m. Friday south of Granite Falls. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Department reported that the condition of the injured man is not known at this time. His identity is being withheld pending notification of family.
ST. PAUL — Several area counties saw their county program aid reduced by the state this year, despite the fact that most counties actually saw an increase thanks to legislation approved in 2013. State Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, is introducing legislation that will provide supplemental funds to make up the losses to those counties that saw the reductions.
WILLMAR –– Now it’s up to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, or possibly the voters in the county. Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he signed legislation today that allows Kandiyohi County to appoint, rather than elect, the county auditor/treasurer and recorder.