Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — Probate Judge Ole Hartwick of Yellow Medicine County clocked more than 135,000 miles pedaling his bicycle from 1895 through 1934, most often while attired in suit and tie. Many of his trips involved a 40-mile trek from his home in Granite Falls to Canby, where he also held court. Granite Falls was host on Wednesday to the second in a series of meetings the Minnesota Department of Transportation is conducting across the state to help decide the future of bicycling. “What is working and what is not working” are at the heart of what the department wants to discover throug
MAYNARD — The city of Maynard is moving forward with plans to upgrade its wastewater treatment infrastructure and put its worries of backups and flooding behind it, thanks to $2.9...
OLIVIA — Addison Doyle has an ever-ready smile, lots of grit, spina bifida, and just a few days before her second birthday, more presents than she’s ever likely to see again at one time. The presents came by the shopping cart load last Sunday afternoon. Her parents, Tom and Marci Doyle of Granite Falls, filled up shopping carts with $3,533.50 worth of merchandise in 2 minutes and 30 seconds at the ALCO store in Olivia. It was all free, courtesy of the store. The store offered the shopping spree to support the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation. The Foundation assists families with major m
GRANITE FALLS — A Granite Falls family is mourning the loss of their son-in-law, one of three South Dakota ranchers who died along with their pilot in a plane crash on Sunday in the western part of the state. Nick Reimann, 33, of Ree Heights, S.D., was among those identified as a victim of the crash, which was discovered on Monday. His wife, Kyrstin, is a 1999 graduate of Yellow Medicine East High School and daughter of Ken and Linda Dahl, Granite Falls. Nick and Kyrstin were married in 2008, said her father when reached by phone Tuesday in South Dakota.
MONTEVIDEO — A 26-year-old Willmar man is being held in the Chippewa County Jail in Montevideo after allegedly leading police on a chase that ended with a stolen vehicle in flames early Thursday morning. Daniel James Pelkey is charged with felony charges of fleeing a police officer and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He is also charged with a gross misdemeanor for refusing a chemical test and misdemeanor charges of driving after revocation and running a stop sign. Pelkey was allegedly driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup when it was spotted around 3 a.m.
NEW LONDON — Roger “Tiger” Hanson, 76, is being remembered for operating a marine business in downtown New London that was known far and wide, but friends and family know that’s only part of the story. He was also a world-class, high-speed boat racer; an award-winning mechanic who could fix any boat motor; an avid angler and outdoorsman; the captain of his own restored houseboat; and a skilled woodworker. And, family and friends always enjoyed his good humor and famous laugh, not to mention his energy and drive. “He never quit,’’ said his daughter, Melissa Hansen of New London, while
MONTEVIDEO — History and economic development collided in Montevideo over a rail yard, but City Council members still hold hope of avoiding an absolute wreck. They asked Kevin Wald, CEO of Spec Sys, to continue working with the city on the possibility of developing a facility for custom-building rail cars in or near the city, but preferably at a site other than the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center and Museum. Wald said he would, after a standing-room only crowd filled the Montevideo City Council chambers on Monday to weigh in on the issue. “(We must) do everything in our power to make this wo
MONTEVIDEO — Construction on a new fire hall should be underway by June in Montevideo. City Council members on Monday awarded the low bid of $2,185,355 to KUE Contractors, of Watkins, according to City Manager Steve Jones. It was among six firms offering bids for the project, which saw competitive bidding. The new fire hall will be built on North 11th Street, directly across from the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital.
OLIVIA — Well before 330 people joined under a warming sun Tuesday afternoon in a cornfield on the east edge of Olivia, the difference a new facility makes was already known. In the last one and a half years, the RC Hospital and Clinics added five medical doctors and two physician assistants to its 14-member staff of health care providers. What is about to emerge on the cornfield certainly had an important role in the successful physician recruitment campaign, Dr. J. Rob Kemp, M.D., and chief of staff, told those who gathered.
OLIVIA — The RC Hospital and Clinics will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m.