Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — An upgraded credit rating on the eve of the bond sale had the desired effect for Renville County. The County Board of Commissioners awarded a $9,995,000 general obligation capital improvement bond Tuesday with a true interest rate of 2.664 percent over its 15-year term. Piper Jaffray of Kansas City, Mo., offered the awarded bid. The county learned Friday evening that Moody’s had upgraded its bond rating to Aa2, said Sara Folsted , county administrator. The County Board at its meeting Tuesday awarded the bond to undertake mill and overlay and reconstruction work on 46 miles
GRANITE FALLS – The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners will be hosting a series of public information meetings in October to get feedback on a possible $8 million project to replace a portion of its aged courthouse to meet the needs of the court system as well as other county offices located there. The commissioners at their meeting Tuesday agreed to bring the proposal to the public after meeting with representatives of the Eighth Judicial District, as well as financial advisers who outlined options for financing the project.
OLIVIA — The Renville County Hospital and Clinics has obtained financing from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to build a new health care facility on the east side of Olivia. The hospital received confirmation that it would be receiving the low-interest financing earlier this month, according to Nathan Blad, CEO of the county-owned health care operation. It is now finalizing agreements for interim financing for the project with AgStar of Mankato and local financial institutions. “It’s very much a community effort,’’ said Blad of the process to obtain the U
NEW LONDON — Today’s waterfowl opener is expected to be a story of “haves” and “have-nots” in the Willmar area, where drought has dried up some wetlands. Opportunities for success look to be distributed more equitably to the west and north, where wildlife managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are reporting good numbers of local ducks.
GRANITE FALLS — District Judge Thomas Van Hon set bail at $3 million and would allow no conditions for Andrew Dikken’s release at a lesser amount during the defendant’s first court appearance on Thursday morning in Granite Falls. Judge Van Hon cited concerns for public safety and the risk of flight in setting the bail, believed to be the highest ever in a Yellow Medicine County case. Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls and formerly of Renville, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the S
GRANITE FALLS -- Unconditional bail was set at $3 million this morning for double homicide suspect Andrew Dikken. Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson spoke of Dikken's "cold and calculated actions " in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke and said that Dikken was a threat to the victims' families and the public at large. Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls and formerly of Renville, made his first appearance this morning in Yellow Medicine County Distric
GRANITE FALLS — Andrew Dikken entered the house of Kara Monson in Granite Falls sometime after 3 a.m. Sept. 2 and turned on the lights and began shooting her and Chris Panitzke as they were sleeping in a bed, according to the allegations in a criminal complaint filed Wed-nesday afternoon in District Court in Yellow Medicine County.
GRANITE FALLS – Authorities are still waiting to learn where Andrew Dikken, 28, has been since he became the focus of an extensive manhunt in the Sept.
GRANITE FALLS – Andrew Dikken entered the home of Kara Monson in Granite Falls sometime after 3 a.m. on Sept.
GRANITE FALLS - A court appearance for the suspect in a double homicide in Granite Falls was pending on Wednesday morning. Court administration in Yellow Medicine County had not seen a formal complaint as of Wednesday morning to schedule an arraignment for Andrew Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls and formerly of Renville.