Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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REDWOOD FALLS — Deianerah Jean “Deej” Logan’s first day of her senior year in high school started at 6:30 a.m. with her cell phone alarm showing the exclamation points and smiley face she had typed on it. The 17-year-old’s life ended because she decided to type a text message on the phone later that day. She was driving behind a school bus on her way home. “I’m driving up over the hill, a hill I’ve driven hundreds of times. This time the scene was different,’’ said her father, Matt Logan of Pine Island, of that day, Sept.
PRINSBURG — A 21st century learning environment is a far cry from a one-room school house, but both can be said to have the same starting point: Lots of volunteer help and community support. More than 100 volunteers joined last month to help the Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg by tearing out and recycling duct work, lockers, bleachers and light fixtures. This week, workers with Duininck Inc.
GRANITE FALLS — A woman under investigation in Lincoln County for the homicide deaths of two of her infant children began serving a jail term Tuesday in Yellow Medicine County after pleading guilty in District Court to child endangerment and violation of a no-contact order. Kelly Anderson-Person, 35, of Hendricks, formerly of Clarkfield, was immediately taken into custody after District Judge Dwayne Knutsen rejected defense requests to delay the start of the sentence or order a lesser sentence. Judge Knutsen ordered her to serve consecutive sentences of 90 days and 30 days on the two offense
GRANITE FALLS – The mother of two infants at the center of a South Dakota homicide investigation went directly to jail today on Minnesota charges related to her pulling a gun during a police interview in the homicide. Kelly Anderson-Person, 35, of Hendricks, formerly of Clarkfield, is serving consecutive sentences totaling 120 days after pleading guilty today in Yellow Medicine County District Court to a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of violating an order to have no contact with the child.
BENSON — The proverbial saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same’’ could also be the business mantra in Benson, where radio station KSCR-FM/KBMO-AM is under new ownership. Justin Klinghagen and John Jennings, owners of KKLN 94.1 The Loon in Willmar, are the newly licensed owners bringing the change to KSCR, or Swift County Radio. Last week, the Benson station’s new owners launched a new format on the flagship station KSCR 93.5 FM.
MONTEVIDEO — Clay County in Iowa already lays claim to the title of the world’s greatest county fair, but the title of most improved is still very much up for grabs. Chippewa County, Minnesota, is taking a big shot at it. Celebrated performers Hairball, a band that pays tribute to all things arena rock, is the opening night act on the fairgrounds in Montevideo on July 30.
GRANITE FALLS — Probate Judge Ole Hartwick of Yellow Medicine County clocked more than 135,000 miles pedaling his bicycle from 1895 through 1934, most often while attired in suit and tie. Many of his trips involved a 40-mile trek from his home in Granite Falls to Canby, where he also held court. Granite Falls was host on Wednesday to the second in a series of meetings the Minnesota Department of Transportation is conducting across the state to help decide the future of bicycling. “What is working and what is not working” are at the heart of what the department wants to discover throug
MAYNARD — The city of Maynard is moving forward with plans to upgrade its wastewater treatment infrastructure and put its worries of backups and flooding behind it, thanks to $2.9...
OLIVIA — Addison Doyle has an ever-ready smile, lots of grit, spina bifida, and just a few days before her second birthday, more presents than she’s ever likely to see again at one time. The presents came by the shopping cart load last Sunday afternoon. Her parents, Tom and Marci Doyle of Granite Falls, filled up shopping carts with $3,533.50 worth of merchandise in 2 minutes and 30 seconds at the ALCO store in Olivia. It was all free, courtesy of the store. The store offered the shopping spree to support the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation. The Foundation assists families with major m
GRANITE FALLS — A Granite Falls family is mourning the loss of their son-in-law, one of three South Dakota ranchers who died along with their pilot in a plane crash on Sunday in the western part of the state. Nick Reimann, 33, of Ree Heights, S.D., was among those identified as a victim of the crash, which was discovered on Monday. His wife, Kyrstin, is a 1999 graduate of Yellow Medicine East High School and daughter of Ken and Linda Dahl, Granite Falls. Nick and Kyrstin were married in 2008, said her father when reached by phone Tuesday in South Dakota.