Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — Renville County is looking at the possibility of accepting municipal solid waste at its landfill from Redwood County. Doing so would help fill up the landfill in Beaver Falls Township ahead of schedule, which could possibly save Renville County money and make the transition easier as the two counties open a joint recycling and transfer facility. The Renville County Board of Commissioners discussed the option at its meeting Tuesday. Commissioners also weighed the possibility of expanding a cell at the landfill to provide some additional capacity there if needed. The Renville County
For more than a generation, Dick Clayton has defined for us what a park naturalist should be. Soon, it will be someone else’s turn. Dick Clayton, naturalist at Sibley State Park for 35 years, has announced his plans to retire on Dec. 3. “I don’t know how you can sum it up in words,’’ said Jack Nelson, manager of Sibley State Park.
For more than a generation, Dick Clayton has defined for us what a park naturalist should be. Soon, it will be someone else’s turn. Dick Clayton, a naturalist for 35...
APPLETON — From artists to bulldozers to the long arm of the law and volunteers with lots of zeal. Communities in the Upper Minnesota River Valley are employing a wide range of strategies to contend with vacant buildings. A changing retail economy and aging population are leaving open storefronts and empty school buildings in many rural communities. “We got pretty aggressive this past summer,’’ said Jon Radermacher, city manager in Madison, county seat for Lac qui Parle County.
GRANITE FALLS — A woman who has admitted to disposing of the bodies of her two infant children is being charged with a gross misdemeanor offense for allegedly pointing a gun at her head as she held her 9-month-old child. Yellow Medicine County filed a charge on Nov. 4 of endangering a child against Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, most recently of Clarkfield and formerly of Hendricks. A bail hearing is scheduled Wednesday. Anderson-Person is currently committed for mental illness by court order.
WILLMAR — Big winds, tall corn, and high hopes are all at play today as Minnesota’s deer firearm season opens. “They’ll shoot deer,’’ said Greg Melges, Mel’s Sport Shop, Spicer. Like most, he is optimistic about the prospects for success on the opening weekend, but also cautious about predicting how successful the opening weekend will prove. There remain areas in northern Kandiyohi County where plenty of corn still waits to be harvested. And, the opening day forecast is for windy conditions, which tends to cause deer to hunker down and reduce hunter success. One thing is certain.
MONTEVIDEO — Hundreds of volunteers risked their lives to stack 1 million sandbags and save Montevideo from certain disaster in the flood of 1997. It cost about $1 million just to wage the 1997 flood fight, and the damage to private and public properties was estimated at well over $5 million. The lessons were learned. Montevideo has removed more than 100 homes from harm’s way since 1997. It has built up much of its levee system. It has literally become a national award winner as an example of floodplain management, City Manager Steve Jones told Rep.
GRANITE FALLS — City Council members in Granite Falls awarded $1,890,000 in financing for projects to replace two hydroelectric turbines in the city’s dam and install a new control system. Northland Securities Inc. offered the awarded financing package. The 15-year issue offers a true interest rate of 3.5357 percent, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. The city had previously awarded a $1.3 million bid to Robert L. Carr Company, of Marshall, to install two 250-kilowatt capacity turbines.
MONTEVIDEO — City Council members in Montevideo approved a land transfer that will make it possible to build a storm shelter for residents in the Northdale Community Park area. The action by council members on Monday allows the city to take ownership of the property at 1304 Benson Road from the city’s Economic Development Agency, according to City Manager Steve Jones. The EDA had previously acquired the property with $40,607 in financing from the Montevideo Community Development Corporation. The EDA will repay one-half the loan amount to the Montevideo Community Development Corporation.
GRANITE FALLS — The public turnout at a series of open house meetings was small, although the question they addressed is big. Should Yellow Medicine County construct a proposed $8.1 million structure to replace its courthouse in Granite Falls, originally built in 1889 and expanded sometime in the 1950s? The county hosted the meetings to explain the proposal. It saw turnouts ranging from four in Canby to 10 in Clarkfield on Monday and 17 in Granite Falls on Tuesday. The County Board of Commissioners wants to inform the public as the county moves forward with decisions on what do about