Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MILAN -- Institutional customers in west central Minnesota have a growing appetite for local foods. Tapping this market could elevate the production of local foods in the region in a big way, and not just because non-retail food sales represent roughly 48 percent of all food sales.
In terms of weather, the absolute, most perfect day of the summer happened to arrive on Tommy Tho-mpson's 86th birthday.
Hollywood is on its way to the He-artland and this time it's with the intention of getting it right. A team of actors and filmmakers will be in Granite Falls to interview veterans Saturday of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Since they left Los Angeles on July 15, the filmmakers have been traveling across the nation to listen to first-hand accounts of what veterans of these conflicts experienced as soldiers and how they re-assimilated into the lives they left behind.
UPPER SIOUX AGENCY STATE PARK -- Some of Rhonda Gronseth's fondest childhood memories were made on camping trips with her mother. She's just one-upped her mother. "Oh, cool,'' she said her young sons told her as she led them into their lodging for two nights: a tipi. "It's actually really pretty neat,'' said Gronseth of the experience. Gronseth, of St.
MONTEVIDEO -- A district judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit by Lone Tree Township landowners in Chippewa County challenging a decision by the Joint Ditch Authority for Hawk Creek to replace two, timber-frame bridges with culverts, rather than open span bridges. District Judge David Mennis ruled that the decision to replace the aged bridges with culverts was a quasi judicial action, and as such, the district court has no jurisdiction over it.
NEW LONDON -- Pheasant hunters in west central Minnesota will find fewer birds to chase this season, based on the annual, roadside counts conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in early August. "Disappointing'' but expected, is how Jeff Miller, assistant wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources described what they found. A harsh winter followed by a brutal, late season ice storm, as well as abnormally wet conditions in June, took their toll on the birds, said Miller.
NEW LONDON -- Pheasant hunters in west central Minnesota will find fewer birds to chase this season, based on the annual, roadside counts conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in early August. "Disappointing'' but expected, is how Jeff Miller, assistant wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in New London described what they found. A harsh winter followed by a brutal, late season ice-storm, as well as abnormally wet conditions in June, took their toll on the birds, said Miller.
RENVILLE -- Renville County West got an idea of how students and parents are responding to its initiative to put Apple iPad2 tablet computers in the hands of every student in grades 4 through 12. School can't start soon enough. A standing room crowd of perhaps 300 parents and children filled the Renville Community Center one night last week to hear school officials discuss policy for the new initiative, as well as to give students a chance to test drive some of the new devices. "We need to transform the way we think about teaching and the way we think about learning,'' said K-12 Principal J
A search continued Thursday for a second day in the Minnesota River below Xcel Energy's Minnesota Falls dam for a worker who fell off the dam and is presumed drowned. As of press time, searchers had not yet been able to recover the body of Thomas Stich, 50, a worker who had fallen off a deck on the Minnesota Falls dam located about two miles southeast of Granite Falls on the Minnesota River. Stich fell off the dam around 1 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Gov. Mark Dayton will break new ground by hosting the first Governor's Pheasant Opener, and will be doing so in Montevideo, his office announced on Thursday. "This is going to be a good thing for the community and a great thing for the state,'' said Dennis Larson, Montevideo, who has been working to make the Governor's pheasant season opener in Montevideo a possibility. In announcing the decision, Dayton said he has been a Minnesota pheasant hunter for more than half a century and is excited about holding the first annual Governor's Pheasant Opener in Montevideo.