Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — Project Turnabout broke ground Tuesday on an estimated $6.4 million project to expand its residential, chemical dependency treatment facility on the west edge of Granite Falls. Officials at the ceremony described the need for the expansion as a “good news, bad news” turn of events. “The bad news is we have to do it because of the need,” said Duaine Amundson, a building committee member from Willmar. “The good news is we are in a position to do it, and it fulfills our mission to serve Southwest Minnesota.
Dana Johnson said goodbye to Los Angeles and London and came home to Willmar and western Minnesota to launch her career in video production. Two years later, she knows how lucky she is to have started here in the first place. “From here everything is a journey, and journeys really build who you are,’’ said Johnson. Her journey recently helped lead Pioneer Public Television to win its first Emmy award issued by the Upper Midwest Academy of Television Arts. Appropriately enough, the award-winning documentary she produced tells the story of a ris
CLARA CITY — The phone call came four years after Owen Schipnewski’s favorite hunting jacket flew out of the back of his pickup truck. The guy who found it called to apologize. Profusely. Trent Jorgenson felt bad that he had never dug through the jacket to discover the wallet tucked away in an inside pocket. But now he had, and learned who owned the jacket.
OLIVIA — Renville County is considering a proposal to allow recreational vehicles to share county roads with cars and trucks.
CLARA CITY — One longtime observer noted that the last time a crowd packed the high school cafeteria for a MACCRAY School Board meeting was back in the days when the board consisted of 18 members, six each from the original Clara City, Maynard and Raymond districts. But pack it they did on Monday night, when the MACCRAY School Board voted 5-1 to put a $20 million bond issue to voters to build a central elementary school and fine arts building at the high school in Clara City. Applause and comments at the meeting suggest that the bond issue will be the subject of much debate in the district i
CLARA CITY — Voters in the MACCRAY School District will go to the polls Jan. 7 to decide whether to bond up to $20 million to build a central elementary school and fine arts building at the high school in Clara City. As a crowd filled the high school cafeteria Monday to hear debate on the issue, board members voted 5-1 in favor of putting the measure up for a vote. School board members Tim Smith, Lane Schwitters, Carol Thomton, Scott Ruiter and Jason Boike voted to put the measure on the ballot; Debi Brandt cast the no vote.
CLARA CITY — MACCRAY School Board members are expected to decide Monday evening whether to ask district voters to consider a $20 million proposal to build an elementary school and fine arts center alongside the high school in Clara City, and close the elementary schools in Raymond and Maynard. A coalition of residents from Raymond and Maynard will be asking school board members to consider an entirely different option: Invest in upgrades to the West and East elementary schools and keep them open.
MONTEVIDEO — City Council members in Montevideo agreed to make an offer to purchase a two-acre parcel being eyed as the site for a new fire hall. Council members approved making a $108,900 offer for the land at their meeting on Monday, according to City Manager Steve Jones. The offer is based on an appraisal recently completed for the city.
REDWOOD FALLS — The Minnesota Inventors Congress is taking its annual show to the Twin Cities area in 2014, ending a 56-year run in its home community of Redwood Falls. Program Director Deb Hess announced the plans Thursday, saying that the decision has been a difficult one but necessary. Inventors have been urging a move to an urban venue to increase the exposure they can receive.
GRANITE FALLS — The Greater Minnesota Partnership is hosting a meeting to gather input on rural economic development needs from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort south of Granite Falls. The Partnership is looking for input as it develops its agenda for the 2014 legislative session. Executive Director Dan Dorman, a small business owner, former legislator and former executive director of the Albert Lea Economic Development Authority will lead the meeting.