Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- Housing issues in the Upper Minnesota River Valley are many and complex, but demographics offer some insight into the situation. Data collected from 2006-2008 and updated this spring by Minnesota Housing can help explain much of what is happening, both good and bad, according to Lisa Graphenteen, with the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. On the good side, housing costs in the five counties served by the Region 6W Regional Development Commission are relatively low.
MONTEVIDEO -- So far, the five counties comprising the Upper Minnesota River Valley have escaped the big rise in housing foreclosures that trouble urban areas of the state. Yet the small towns that fill these five counties -- Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine -- have big enough housing issues of their own to address, according to comments and information presented Thursday at a forum hosted by the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission in Montevideo. "A rough-looking building hurts everything,'' said Gene Wenstrom, an economic development consultan
MONTEVIDEO -- Anyone who doubts how important a diverse housing stock can be to a community need only speak to Gene Bies, mayor of Canby in western Yellow Medicine County. He is proud to point out that the community of 1,710 has added 30 new homes in the last 10 years, thanks in good part to the continued growth of wind power companies in his area. But like so many communities in western Minnesota, there has been limited development when it comes to affordable rental properties. The wind power development program offered at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College is losing studen
BENSON -- Andrew Lemcke, 35, will serve up to 52 months in prison for second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife. District Ju-dge Jon Stafs-holt sentenced Lemcke on Monday morning in Benson. It's the maximum possible under sentencing guidelines in place when Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, was fatally shot in their Appleton home on Sept.
BENSON -- Andrew Gordon Lemcke, 35, will serve the maximum sentence for second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife. District Judge Jon Stafsholt sentenced Lemcke to 52 months in prison during a court appearance Monday morning in Benson. It's the maximum possible under state sentencing guidelines in place when Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, was fatally shot in their Appleton home on Sept. 12, 2004. The judge also ordered Lemcke to pay a $10,000 fine and fees, and to make restitution for his wife's funeral expenses of $8,547.
BENSON -- John T. Hutchinson stepped up to a line of rifle-carrying, 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls on his land outside of Benson last Saturday, and began by lifting his trigger finger. "One is all you need," said Hutchinson. "Don't count on that second shot.
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East school board members are hopeful of adding sprinkler systems to both the Bert Raney Elementary and YME High School buildings as part of a comprehensive health and safety project under way in the district. Superintendent Al Stoeckman said board members at the meeting Monday indicated they would like to see the sprinkler work, estimated to cost $680,000, made part of the project. They also indicated their support for adding wireless technology throughout the school buildings. The inclusion of the fire safety and technology improvements are made possible b
GRANITE FALLS -- A 21-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history will serve 39 months in prison for threatening a person with a shotgun at a drinking party attended by underage persons last summer. Andrew Timothy Oswald, of Clarkfield, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Paul Nelson, according to the Yellow Medicine County Attorney's office. Oswald had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault -- dangerous weapon. Four other charges were dismissed. Oswald has an August 2008 conviction for theft of a firearm and has a lengthy criminal history for offenses ranging from check forgery to theft, acc
OLIVIA -- Seven-axle tractor-trailer rigs will be allowed to carry loads of sugar beets weighing up to 97,000 pounds on portions of three Renville County roads beginning this year. The Renville County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a new permit system to allow the larger, 70-foot-long tractor-trailer combinations for trips on the county roads running directly from beet piling sites to the 10-ton state highway system, where the larger rigs are already allowed. Transystems has indicated it will invest $6 million in new hauling trailers to serve the Southern Minnesota
The mentored turkey hunt for youths began nine years ago in Minnesota, and is made possible by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and volunteers with the National Wild Turkey Federation. In Renville County, members of the local Pheasant's Forever chapter also assisted as volunteers. There were 340 applicants for 305 hunts in 30 areas across the state, according to Michael Kurre, program coordinator with the DNR. He said the limiting factor in being able to introduce the first-time turkey hunters are the number of private hunting spots made available by landowners.