Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — The FedEx truck driver injured in a collision on Friday afternoon with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train remains in critical condition. Chad Borka, 46, of Atwater, remains at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he was airlifted after the accident, according to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Department.
GRANITE FALLS — A 46-year-old man was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center after his truck collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train around 2 p.m. Friday south of Granite Falls. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Department reported that the condition of the injured man is not known at this time. His identity is being withheld pending notification of family.
ST. PAUL — Several area counties saw their county program aid reduced by the state this year, despite the fact that most counties actually saw an increase thanks to legislation approved in 2013. State Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, is introducing legislation that will provide supplemental funds to make up the losses to those counties that saw the reductions.
WILLMAR –– Now it’s up to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, or possibly the voters in the county. Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he signed legislation today that allows Kandiyohi County to appoint, rather than elect, the county auditor/treasurer and recorder.
OLIVIA — The Renville County Board of Commissioners is postponing a decision on opening all county roads to off-highway vehicles for recreational use. The motion to delay action for two weeks came after board members heard safety concerns about the prospect of all-terrain vehicles, side-by-side vehicles, mini-trucks, golf carts and utility task vehicles sharing paved and gravel roads with cars, trucks and farm machinery. “Colossal, bad idea,’’ said Tom Kalahar, a county Soil and Water Conservation District director who said he was speaking as a Renville County citizen.
DAWSON — The Dawson-Boyd community is mourning the death of a popular high school senior and athlete who was found about 12 hours after he fled an underage drinking party as law enforcement officers arrived. Michael Chinedu Anyasike, 18, of Dawson, was pronounced dead Sunday after being transported to the Madison Hospital by ambulance, according to Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Rick Halvorson. Anyasike was found outside of a rural farm site on the 2800 block of 261st Avenue, or about four miles from the party site. The cause of Anyasike’s death remained under investigation on Monday.
MADISON — Students and friends at the Dawson-Boyd High School are mourning the death of classmate Michael Anyasike on Sunday. The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office confirmed this morning that Michael Chinedu Anyasike, 18, was pronounced dead Sunday at the Madison Hospital.
WILLMAR — Stream bank erosion and excessive nitrogen remain the primary water quality problems in Hawk Creek. Heidi Rauenhorst, director of the Hawk Creek Watershed Project, called stream bank erosion one of the biggest problems facing the waterway. “We need to hold more water back on lands in our watershed,’’ said Rauenhorst, while speaking at the annual meeting of the Watershed Project on Friday in Willmar. While some stream bank erosion is normal, ‘‘we’re definitely seeing it an accelerated rate,’’ she told those attending the event at the MinnWest Technology Campus.
WILLMAR — One day after hearing Eugene Otto Zumhofe take the stand and deny all of the allegations of criminal sexual conduct against him, a Kandiyohi County jury returned guilty verdicts on all 12 counts.
GRANITE FALLS — A woman who pulled a revolver from under a sofa and attempted suicide while being interviewed by law officers pleaded guilty to child endangerment for the incident. Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, of Hendricks, formerly of Clarkfield, pleaded guilty to the gross misdemeanor offense at a hearing Tuesday in Yellow Medicine County District Court in Granite Falls. District Judge Dwayne Knutsen deferred acceptance of the plea and ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Anderson-Person could face a year in jail on the charge, but the Yellow Medicine County case may be only a prelude to b