Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- Helping young people get started in agriculture and promoting a growing local foods economy in the state are priorities for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture under its new leadership. Matthew Wohlman, a newly appointed assistant commissioner in the department, also emphasized that it will continue to promote conventional agriculture and the adoption of new technologies in the field. "There's a place for all sizes and types of agriculture in Minnesota,'' said Wohlman in a presentation Monday evening at the annual meeting of ProAg in Renville County in Olivia. Wohlman is a Ren
CLARA CITY -- Flood fighting efforts have got underway as waters swelled over the banks of tributaries to the Minnesota River on Tuesday afternoon. Volunteers began sandbagging an area on the north side of Clara City, according to City Administrator Windy Block. A crew of 15 to 20 volunteers answered the call, and the city was prepared to sound the sirens and call for additional help if the waters continued to rise. Downstream in Maynard, the city was struggling to keep ahead of waters threatening to back up the sewer system.
MONTEVIDEO -- Threatened with the loss of its state financial support, the Minnesota River Board agreed Monday to explore different reorganization strategies in hopes of continuing its multi-county approach to cleaning up the Minnesota River. Richard Larson, who represents Kandiyohi County, authored the motion at the board's meeting Monday in Montevideo.
BIRD ISLAND -- To her friends and classmates in sixth grade, Selena Vasquez was fun-loving and full of zest. "Great fun,'' said BOLD sixth-grader Noelia Lopez. Or, as BOLD elementary principal Kip Lynk put it: "She was spirited. She would tell you what she thought. Sassy, in a good kind of way.'' Selena was remembered for all of these attributes on Friday afternoon in Bird Island, just days after the 12-year-old's death. "I can't really accept it," said Lopez. "It really shocked us,'' said Autumn Bloomquist, a sixth-grade friend. Elementary students from the BOLD, St.
OLIVIA -- Three area counties will be considering a resolution asking the state Legislature to put "on hold'' the process that could lead to the removal of the Minnesota Falls dam on the Minnesota River south of Granite Falls. The Renville County Board of Commissioners heard a request at its meeting Tuesday from Granite Falls Energy. The ethanol company would like to see ownership of the dam transferred to the state.
OLIVIA -- The Renville County community of Morton could become the launching point for students looking to learn about Minnesota's cultural and natural history. The Renville County Board of Commissioners heard a request Tuesday for one of the key components in telling some of that history.
WILLMAR -- License fees generated by anglers and hunters pay for the "boots on the ground" work performed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Among other duties, the DNR wildlife staff headquartered in Sibley State Park is responsible for overseeing a three-county area with 54 wildlife management areas covering 10,293 acres. The DNR fisheries office in Spicer is responsible for managing the fisheries in more than 40 lakes in a seven-county area, stocking 38 lakes and operating a hatchery program that hatches up to 65 million walleye fry each year. These and a proposal to raise
WILLMAR -- The Little Crow Anglers will sponsor an informational meeting and question and answer session with agents of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss proposed changes for hunting and fishing license fees.
MONTEVIDEO -- All-day, everyday kindergarten could be offered for all students in the Montevideo Schools beginning next year. Montevideo School Board members hosted a public meeting on Monday evening, and met again Tuesday morning to discuss the upcoming year's budget. Board members heard support for offering all-day, everyday kindergarten, and preliminary budget numbers make it appear possible, according to Dr.
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo are preparing the city for floodwaters expected to reach or exceed last year's levels. Council members took action at their meeting Monday to authorize Mayor Debra Lee Fader and City Manager Steve Jones to sign contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractors for temporary levee work. The city is planning to raise the U.S.