Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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SPICER — The Willmar chapter of Let’s Go Fishing reached a new milestone on Wednesday when volunteers welcomed aboard guests from Grove City for a pontoon ride on Green Lake. With the arrival of guests with Grove City C.A.R.E., the Let’s Go Fishing chapter topped the 2,000 mark in the number of people it has hosted on fishing and boating excursions this summer.
GRANITE FALLS — Black mold is a chronic problem in the offices for Countryside Public Health, where tight quarters in the basement of the Yellow Medicine County Courthouse make it virtually impossible to provide privacy for clients and there is no running water to have a sink in the only examination room, according to Liz Auch, Countryside director. A lack of space places opposing litigants together in cramped quarters outside of the third-floor courtroom while they wait for the start of court.
WILLMAR — The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued an excessive heat advisory for the region today. It warns that dangerously hot conditions will persist through Tuesday. The temperature is expected to reach 96 degrees in Willmar this afternoon. High humidity will make it feel hotter than 100 degrees, adding to the stress on people and animals. A weak cool front will move through the region tonight but temperatures will remain in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s through the week.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota is home to thousands of veterans under the age of 40 who have served in overseas combat areas in recent years, returned home and have now found their next missions outside of the military. The Minnesota Humanities Center will be recognizing 25 of these veterans for their service during a ceremony Sept. 11 in the Twin Cities.
WILLMAR --EMDASH-- A fast-moving line of thunderstorms spewed hail over portions of Pope, Kandiyohi and Meeker counties on Tuesday night. According to a storm summary posted on the website of the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service, the first reports of pea-sized hail were reported around 4:40 p.m. by law enforcement in Pope County. Officers reported hail in areas near Gilchrist and Swift Falls.
GRANITE FALLS - The city of Granite Falls joined Redwood Falls, Minneapolis and an unknown number of other cities in approving a resolution this week urging that the Dakota perspective be heard during the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in hopes of rectifying the wrongs. The resolution was introduced to Granite Falls City Council members on Monday by council member Sarina Otaibi, and approved at its first reading, according to City Manager Bill Lavin.
WILLMAR -- John Woodman thought himself lucky. Serving with the U.S. Marine Corps and stationed from 1972 through 1976 at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., he was ordered three times to Vietnam, only to have the orders rescinded each time. On one occasion he made it as far as the Marine base at Twentynine Palms in southern California before being sent back to Camp Lejeune; on another, his plane was literally turned around in mid-flight.
MADISON -- Madison's solution to the digital divide is pretty old-fashioned: Everyone chips in to make up the difference. In this case, patrons of the Grand Theatre and plenty of others donated more than $106,000 since a fund raising project was launched one year ago. The donations were combined with funds provided by the city of Madison -- owner of the Grand Theatre - and made possible a $130,000 digital conversion to the two-screen movie house located in the heart of the city's downtown.
BENSON -- There remains a place in the modern economy for the skilled artisan. The best place of all for this artisan - a luthier known all over North America - is his hometown of Benson. "I love this town,'' said Ken Amundson, the craftsman behind Amundson Violins in downtown Benson. Amundson, 68, returned and moved his business home 11 months ago.
BENSON --EMDASH-- On a chilly night in Benson, Ken Amundson took a perfectly-good violin, placed it in a leather case, and submerged it outside his home in a barrel of water liberally doused with sea salt. In the morning he discovered he had ruined the violin, and that he was now in the middle of a debate raging across the Atlantic. "It was in pieces,'' said Amundson of the violin.