Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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CLARA CITY –- Just weeks after voters rejected a $20 million bond proposal to build a central elementary school, MACCRAY School Board members are going back to the drawing board to develop a new approach and hopefully, heal a divided district. Board members informally expressed support for a proposal by member Tim Smith to appoint an advisory committee to look anew at the district’s building issues.
MONTEVIDEO — Firefighters from four communities endured subzero temperatures fighting an early morning blaze Thursday that destroyed Dan’s Shop Inc., east of Montevideo on Minnesota Highway 7. The entire building and its contents, including a number of trucks, a large inventory of parts and equipment, were destroyed. There were no injuries reported. The fire started in the parts department. It had spread into the roof and was advancing through the building when the first firefighters arrived on the scene, according to Davie Roelike, Montevideo Fire Department chief.
The menu has been chosen, and now comes the challenge of preparing all that has been ordered. More than 2,000 people across Minnesota participated in 127 regional events to draft Minnesota’s Food Charter, which aims to guide state agencies and others on how to increase access to healthy foods. By large majorities, people attending the events and answering surveys made it clear that they would like to see more done to rebuild people’s skills at cooking, gardening and choosing health foods.
PRINSBURG – A Prinsburg resident active in the Republican party will be seeking its endorsement to run for the House District 17A seat. Tim Miller announced his campaign on Wednesday to win the endorsement and a possible re-match with Representative Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, for the seat. Miller currently works with Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota. He also owns a consulting business, Development Partners, which specializes in strategic business plan for non-profits and for profit businesses.
MONTEVIDEO — Montevideo will be bringing a proposal that is $5 million strong to the state Legislature to host the next veterans nursing home. The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to commit $3 million on the county’s part to the proposal to construct a veterans nursing home in Montevideo. The $3 million would be in addition to about $2 million already pledged by other entities, including the city of Montevideo, veterans groups and private individuals. “It will make a difference,” said State Sen.
GROVE CITY — What was recently termed a Superman-like leap in student performance at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Schools has attracted far more than local attention. The Minnesota Department of Education has chosen ACGC and Brainerd as Minnesota’s two nominees for possible national recognition as Blue Ribbon Schools. Dr. Brenda Cassellius, commissioner of education, called ACGC Superintendent Sherri Broderius with the news just over a week ago.
ATWATER — With the finish line only one week away, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is hopeful that the chequered flag could still be waved for Minnesota’s ethanol industry. She joined Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and more than 60 ethanol supporters Monday at Bushmills Ethanol in Atwater in a final rally for a letter campaign aimed at the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Ethanol’s supporters have until Jan.
SPICER — Ballast water discharged from ships in the Great Lakes could deliver the next invaders to Minnesota’s waters. Aquatic Invasive Species known as golden mussels and killer shrimp are now known to infest waters that are part of shipping lanes in Europe and South America with traffic to the Great Lakes, according to Phyllis Green, superintendent of Isle Royale with the National Park Service.
SPICER — Kandiyohi County is on the verge of putting the heat on Aquatic Invasive Species to stop their spread and possible arrival here. The Green Lake Property Owners Association is committed to purchasing a $16,000 power washer unit that could be used to decontaminate watercraft, if something can be arranged to provide the trained workers needed to operate it through the summer. “We want to do everything we can to protect the lakes of Kandiyohi County,’’ said Terry Frazee, a member of the GLPOA. The association is now working with local legislators, the Minnesota Department of Natural Re
MONTEVIDEO — The investigation into the Dec. 23 murder of Thomas Dickson, 64, of Montevideo continues to move forward. Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said Thursday that forensic evidence collected in the case is being analyzed. The process takes time, and authorities are continuing to put all of the information together. Local law enforcement is working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on the investigation. Dickson’s body had been found about 10:15 p.m. on Dec.