Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — Strong winds and snow are on the way, leading the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities to issue a weather advisory for the Willmar and west central Minnesota area for this evening and into Sunday. The combination of strong winds, light snow and cold temperatures will create the potential for blizzard-like conditions in the area starting after dark today, according to John Dlugoenski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office issued a warning yesterday afternoon warning that wind gusts and blow snow will reduce visibility in open areas and make i
GRANITE FALLS — An opportunity to refinance bonds could lead the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners to make a decision sooner, rather than later, on whether to replace its aged courthouse. Michelle May, finance director, told the commissioners at their meeting on Thursday that bond consultants estimate the county could save $100,000 to $140,000 if it took advantage of the opportunity to refinance the bonds from the 2000 project that houses the jail and social services center, the newest section of the courthouse complex.
MONTEVIDEO — Montevideo police said they were unable to release any new information Thursday on the investigation into what they are terming the suspicious death of Thomas Dickson, 64. His body was discovered in his apartment around 10:15 p.m. on Monday. Dickson lived in a second-floor apartment unit on Canyon Avenue, one block from the town’s Main Street. Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said that the investigation is continuing to take baby steps forward, but that police were not at a point where they could release additional information as to the cause or nature of the death.
MONTEVIDEO - The Montevideo Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating what they are terming the suspicious death of a Montevideo man. Thomas Dickson, 64 of Montevideo was found deceased in his apartment in the 100 block of W. Canyon Ave. at 10:13 p.m. on Monday. The body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner. The BCA is processing the scene.
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WILLMAR — A light snowfall is on its way later this afternoon and will continue into the nighttime hours, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. The Weather Service is expecting the snow to reach the Willmar area around 4 p.m. About one-half inch of snow will fall during the daytime hours. Accumulation through the night could bring up to 3 inches of snow to the area.
RAYMOND — Voters in the MACCRAY School District go to the polls Jan. 7 to answer this question, according to School Board Chairman Lane Schwitters: “Does MACCRAY believe a unified school will provide the best education?’’ Schwitters spoke Monday evening to a crowd that filled the library at the MACCRAY Elementary in Raymond.
OLIVIA — Nearly 20 years after a citizens advisory committee urged that a basin-wide board lead efforts to clean up the Minnesota River, the board that took on that role is disbanding. The remaining 18 dues-paying counties comprising the Minnesota River Board voted 11 to 6, with one abstaining, to disband by April the entity that has represented 37 counties in the Minnesota River basin. The vote on Monday morning in Olivia came with a recommendation only that the state look at creating a new entity with a stable funding source to replace it.
APPLETON — When winter’s cold takes hold, it’s very easy for seniors to stay homebound and dwell on all the problems in life, according to Lois Rudnick of Appleton. Fortunately, she knows the antidote. She makes it a practice to head over to the senior nutrition site at the Appleton American Legion post on most weekdays. “I just need to get out,’’ said Rudnick. The mix of good food and socializing with friends never fails to lift her spirits, she said. “You can feel the buzz,’’ said Erick Hedman, of the steady laughter and conversation surrounding him at the meal site on Thursday.
MAYNARD — From the high costs associated with operating three school buildings, to the feared harms that could come to two communities where schools might be closed, it was all placed on the tables Tuesday evening. The MACCRAY School Board hosted its first informal coffee in the library of the West Elementary in Maynard to discuss the upcoming bond referendum. District residents will vote Jan.