Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR -- Willmar area residents commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Sept.
Specialist Kyle Miller's death while serving with the Minnesota National Guard in Iraq on June 29, 2006, was heart-breaking and unnerving news for Kim Schmit. She worked with the fallen soldier's stepmother and knew the 19-year-old soldier's boyhood ties to Willmar and Bird Island. From her home in Willmar, she relayed the tragic news by telephone to her son Joshua as he served with the 1451st Transportation Company in Iraq. He sought to calm her nerves. "Well mom,'' Kim recalls her son telling her: "Lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place. It won't happen.
OLIVIA -- Felony charges accusing former Danube city council member and whistle blower Sharon Marie Lothert of stealing funds from the city appear headed to a jury trial in December. Lothert and her attorney told District Judge Randall Slieter in district court in Olivia earlier today that they wanted a jury trial on the charges she faces. The defendant and her attorney, Thomas Van Hon, had met privately before the court appearance for a settlement conference with the special prosecutor for the case, Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson.
MILAN -- The potential to grow the local foods economy in the region from a niche-oriented enterprise to one serving the mainstream is not lost on Carol Ford and Chuck Waibel of Milan. They operate a community supported agriculture venture based on their low-cost greenhouse that produces fresh greens for area families during the winter months.
MILAN -- Institutional customers in west central Minnesota have a growing appetite for local foods. Tapping this market could elevate the production of local foods in the region in a big way, and not just because non-retail food sales represent roughly 48 percent of all food sales.
In terms of weather, the absolute, most perfect day of the summer happened to arrive on Tommy Tho-mpson's 86th birthday.
Hollywood is on its way to the He-artland and this time it's with the intention of getting it right. A team of actors and filmmakers will be in Granite Falls to interview veterans Saturday of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Since they left Los Angeles on July 15, the filmmakers have been traveling across the nation to listen to first-hand accounts of what veterans of these conflicts experienced as soldiers and how they re-assimilated into the lives they left behind.
MONTEVIDEO -- A district judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit by Lone Tree Township landowners in Chippewa County challenging a decision by the Joint Ditch Authority for Hawk Creek to replace two, timber-frame bridges with culverts, rather than open span bridges. District Judge David Mennis ruled that the decision to replace the aged bridges with culverts was a quasi judicial action, and as such, the district court has no jurisdiction over it.
UPPER SIOUX AGENCY STATE PARK -- Some of Rhonda Gronseth's fondest childhood memories were made on camping trips with her mother. She's just one-upped her mother. "Oh, cool,'' she said her young sons told her as she led them into their lodging for two nights: a tipi. "It's actually really pretty neat,'' said Gronseth of the experience. Gronseth, of St.
NEW LONDON -- Pheasant hunters in west central Minnesota will find fewer birds to chase this season, based on the annual, roadside counts conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in early August. "Disappointing'' but expected, is how Jeff Miller, assistant wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources described what they found. A harsh winter followed by a brutal, late season ice storm, as well as abnormally wet conditions in June, took their toll on the birds, said Miller.