Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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Back in the day when Bing Crosby began crooning, the Lone Ranger began galloping, and Whoopee John began oompahing, it was all radio. Radio was where the stars launched their careers, and where Depression-era households tuned in for the only entertainment they could afford. "Radio really took hold in a big way in the 1930s,'' said Prudence Johnson.
GRANITE FALLS -- A citizens' group is saving a historic downtown building from the wrecking ball in Granite Falls. As members of Granite Falls River Front Revitalization watched Monday, Granite Falls City Council members approved a proposal by the group to save the 1924-built K.K. Berge building. The decision was made at the regular council meeting Monday. City Manager Bill Lavin said the city will transfer ownership of the building to the group.
MONTEVIDEO -- Orders to repair and improve manufactured homes -- or demolish those not meeting safety and building codes -- will be presented to the owners of multiple units in the Northdale Community park in Montevideo. Montevideo City Council members approved resolutions directing the improvements after reviewing inspection reports by the city building inspector. The report identified improvements needed on 20 different units. City Manager Steve Jones said the inspections listed a substantial number of improvements that are needed. In some cases the repairs needed are relatively minor.
OLIVIA -- A Hector man was sentenced to community service for his conviction of careless driving in an accident that left one young man dead and two other young people severely injured. Douglas Folkens, 56, must perform a minimum of 100 hours of community service for the misdemeanor conviction. District Judge Randall Slieter stayed a 90-day jail sentence for one year during a court appearance Tuesday in Olivia. Folkens had entered a plea in the case in August. The sentencing Tuesday came after a tearful Folkens again apologized for his role in an Oct.
It's time to say "yes" to our teenage children by opening up and talking about alcohol and other drug use, according to William C.
WATSON -- A one-vote difference in the mayor's race led to a recount in Watson, but the results of the Nov. 2 election stayed the same. The recount conducted Monday showed Debra Birdsall as the new mayor with 43 votes over Robert Buchanan with 42 votes. Buchanan had filed for the office and his name was on the ballot, while Birdsall had not filed but was the recipient of write-in votes. Buchanan had requested the recount.
MONTEVIDEO -- School board members in Montevideo are considering the possibility of offering all-day, everyday kindergarten to all district students. Board members took up discussions on the issue at the meeting Monday. They informally agreed to study the feasibility of expanding its kindergarten offering, according to Superintendent Luther Heller. The Montevideo Public Schools currently offer an all-day, everyday kindergarten option if parents elect to send their children to it and pay a fee based on income.
LAKE LILLIAN -- Brad Karl is returning to the hunting spot that put him in the record books. Karl, of Hutchinson, said earlier this week that he planned to open the 2010 firearm season on the public wildlife management area located on the south end of Big Kandiyohi Lake where he harvested one of the largest bucks in the recent history of Kandiyohi County. On the last day of the 2004 firearm season, Karl downed what everyone called "King Buck." After the required drying period, the 24-point, non-typical whitetail was measured for a 225 Boone and Crockett score, the best-ever entry from Kandiy
WILLMAR -- Less corn and more deer add up to great prospects for deer hunters taking to the field for the opening of the 2010 firearm season today. "We expect it to be a bigger harvest," said Jeff Miller, assistant wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in New London, when contacted earlier this week. Surveys conducted earlier this year by wildlife employees showed that the deer herd in the area has increased in number.