Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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BIRD ISLAND -- Eleven year-old McKaia Ryberg handled her brush with fame without missing a note and it may only be the start. A video featuring the sixth grader from St. Mary's Elementary in Bird Island singing the national anthem for President Barak Obama's visit Saturday to Minneapolis has been posted on You Tube. Its potential audience could rival that present at the University of Minnesota for the president's campaign stop. "She was so not nervous I could not believe it,'' said her mother, Sandy Ryberg, of her daughter's performance in Minneapolis. The family received VIP treatment.
HECTOR -- Gregg Kulberg is making his first bid for elected office but is going at it with the confidence of an incumbent. Perhaps it's because he is on familiar ground when it comes to taking on new challenges. The Republican candidate for the Minnesota Senate seat representing District 20 started his working career as a loan officer with Production Credit Association in Redwood Falls. He jumped to a Lakeville-based company known as National Electric and helped it grow as an environmental firm serving utility companies.
GRANITE FALLS -- This may not be one of the virtues Gary Kubly has preached from the pulpit, but his wife Pat's summation of his drive tells volumes. "She tells me I'm too stubborn to give up,'' said Kubly, chuckling. Kubly, 66, said there is much that needs to be accomplished, and the time is now to do it. "I don't want to leave when things are such a mess,'' he said, in reference to the budget deficit facing the state. Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, is seeking his second term as state senator for District 20. The district is in far western Minnesota, comprised of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui
WILLMAR -- You can't help but notice that there are fewer young people chasing wild game these days. There's lots of discussion about getting young people involved in hunting and what the future might hold for hunting.
WILLMAR -- Fishing greats like Ted Takasaki and Ron and Al Lindner were among the first to offer their voices in support of Let's Go Fishing with Seniors. These days, some of the equally compelling endorsements are coming from people whose skills with a fishing pole are not quite so legendary. They include Linda Dilley, activities director for Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home in Willmar. She's been so moved by how the program has benefited residents there that she considers one of her proudest moments an incident at a care conference.
BUFFALO LAKE -- An 11-year-old, sixth-grade student at St. Mary's Elementary School in Bird Island has been invited to sing the national anthem Saturday when President Barack Obama makes a campaign visit to Minneapolis. McKaia Ryberg was "discovered'' by gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton when she sang the national anthem for the Tim Orth Foundation benefit held last March, according to her mother Sandy Ryberg.
BUFFALO LAKE -- An 11-year-old, sixth grade student at St. Mary's Elementary School in Bird Island has been invited to sing the national anthem when President Barack Obama makes a campaign visit to Minneapolis on Saturday. McKaia Ryberg was "discovered'' by gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton when she sang the national anthem for a Tim Orth Foundation benefit he attended last March, according to her mother Sandy Ryberg.
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo are hoping the city can repair the picturesque rock walls and bridges that are so integral to the appearance of Lagoon Park. Council members approved action Monday to repair the bridges, but tabled work on the walls for now, according to City Manager Steve Jones. By their action, council members authorized Short, Elliot and Hendrickson to develop specifications for repairing the bridges. Initial estimates indicate that it will cost $71,347 to repair the north and south bridges. The city is hopeful of obtaining Federal Emergency Management Ag
GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls City Council members adopted policy changes that will allow the city to move forward with a proposal to develop a floodwall base between Prentice Street homes and the Minnesota River. The action on Monday will allow the city to acquire property that is identified as needed for the flood wall project, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. City Engineer Dave Berryman has proposed building the wall on a route parallel to the river. The wall would be 2 to 2½ feet tall, with a base up to 30 feet wide with a 6-foot-wide top.