Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — An informal coalition working to prevent All Terrain Vehicle injuries is asking the Renville County board of commissioners to re-consider a proposal to open all of the county’s roads to the vehicles for recreational use. “It’s a life and death issue,’’ said Dr. Gerene Denning, director of emergency medical research at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She warns that Renville County is likely to see an increase in fatal accidents and injuries if it opens its roads to recreational use by ATVs.
OLIVIA — Communities in Renville County hosted 134 motorists stranded by last night’s winter storm after motel rooms had filled. The National Guard Armory in Olivia put cots out for 57 of the stranded motorists, while other communities opened the doors of community centers. Hector was host to 45 stranded motorists, according to the Renville County Sheriff’s Department. Many of the motorists were transported to the shelters by law enforcement officers after their vehicles went into ditches or were stopped by drifting snow.
OLIVIA — Communities in Renville County hosted 134 motorists stranded by last night’s winter storm after motel rooms had filled. The National Guard Armory in Olivia put cots out for 57 of the stranded motorists, while other communities opened the doors of community centers. Hector was host to 45 stranded motorists, according to the Renville County Sheriff’s Department.
GLENCOE — The Twin Cities & Western is rejecting the latest proposal for relocating freight service to accommodate a light rail system in the southwest metropolitan area. The railroad described the route proposal by Transystems as “neither efficient, safe nor cost effective when compared to TC & W’s current route.’’ The statement issued today followed a review of a report on the route for TC & W by Civil Design Inc.
A video tour of MACCRAY School buildings
OLIVIA — Renville County, two school districts and five of its townships will need to refund an estimated $195,110 in taxes to the Alliance Pipeline if a proposed settlement is approved. Estimated taxes totaling $143,820 and collected for the Renville County portion of the pipeline but paid to the state of Minnesota would be repaid from the state, making the total estimated cost of the settlement $338,926 in Renville County. The estimated losses for the BOLD and Buffalo Lake-Hector school districts are $40,027.30 and $10,702.67, respectively.
CLARA CITY — Furnace rooms holding steam boiler systems that look like they were built to power the Titanic and have gone years beyond their life expectancies. Buildings that are two and three times larger than needed for the number of students they hold. The upper floor of a building closed for 25 years by order of the fire marshal. These are the sites.
OLIVIA — Renville County is adding two full-time correctional officer positions to its jail staff, but will need to add an assistant jail administrator as well, Sheriff Scott Hable told the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The sheriff said the jail needs to increase its administrative staffing if it is to comply with state and federal requirements and hold state or federal inmates.
OLIVIA — For the price of a sticker, Renville County may soon be opening its county roads to off-highway vehicles. The Renville County Board of Commissioners is looking at approving a special use vehicle ordinance. During discussions on Tuesday, board members indicated they are likely to move forward to open county roads by April 1. The special use vehicle ordinance would allow off-highway vehicles to legally be used on all designated county roads, including all-terrain vehicles, mini-trucks, utility task vehicles and motorized golf carts.
WILLMAR — No matter whether you live in Worthington or Willmar, if you need help paying the winter heating bill, you call on your community action agency. If you live in Montevideo, you can also turn to your community action agency if you need help getting to the local medical clinic or to the store for groceries. And if you live in Marshall, it’s your local community action agency that may help pair your child with mentors in a Big Buddies program. Someday, it may not matter where you live in the region if you need any of these services: All four of the community action agencies serving Mi