Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- Three area counties will be considering a resolution asking the state Legislature to put "on hold'' the process that could lead to the removal of the Minnesota Falls dam on the Minnesota River south of Granite Falls. The Renville County Board of Commissioners heard a request at its meeting Tuesday from Granite Falls Energy. The ethanol company would like to see ownership of the dam transferred to the state.
OLIVIA -- The Renville County community of Morton could become the launching point for students looking to learn about Minnesota's cultural and natural history. The Renville County Board of Commissioners heard a request Tuesday for one of the key components in telling some of that history.
WILLMAR -- License fees generated by anglers and hunters pay for the "boots on the ground" work performed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Among other duties, the DNR wildlife staff headquartered in Sibley State Park is responsible for overseeing a three-county area with 54 wildlife management areas covering 10,293 acres. The DNR fisheries office in Spicer is responsible for managing the fisheries in more than 40 lakes in a seven-county area, stocking 38 lakes and operating a hatchery program that hatches up to 65 million walleye fry each year. These and a proposal to raise
WILLMAR -- The Little Crow Anglers will sponsor an informational meeting and question and answer session with agents of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss proposed changes for hunting and fishing license fees.
MONTEVIDEO -- All-day, everyday kindergarten could be offered for all students in the Montevideo Schools beginning next year. Montevideo School Board members hosted a public meeting on Monday evening, and met again Tuesday morning to discuss the upcoming year's budget. Board members heard support for offering all-day, everyday kindergarten, and preliminary budget numbers make it appear possible, according to Dr.
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo are preparing the city for floodwaters expected to reach or exceed last year's levels. Council members took action at their meeting Monday to authorize Mayor Debra Lee Fader and City Manager Steve Jones to sign contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractors for temporary levee work. The city is planning to raise the U.S.
BENSON -- Benson City Council members are hopeful that the city can continue a five-decade-long run without serious flooding along the Chippewa River, but are taking no chances this year. The council members agreed Monday to authorize up to $125,000 for the purchase of 120,000 sandbags, sand and poly-liner. The supplies will be made available to the owners of 27 homes in the Golf Road area that are considered the most vulnerable to flooding in the community. Council members made the decision after meeting with some of the affected homeowners.
GRANITE FALLS -- Construction will get under way this year on a new water treatment plant in Granite Falls. City Council members on Monday approved a base bid of $10,532,800 by Rice Lake Construction Group to construct a new lime-softening water treatment plant for the municipal system, said City Manager Bill Lavin. The awarded bid is nearly $1 million below the engineer's estimate for the project. The city is obtaining grant funds and low-interest financing through the U.S.
GRANITE FALLS -- A personal care attendant is charged with theft and criminal neglect in the care of a paralyzed woman who was also her friend. Prosecutors charge that Casandra Kay Sannerud's neglect and failure to report severe pressure sores was a contributing factor that led to the amputation of the woman's legs and hips. Sannerud, 26, of Clarkfield, appeared Monday in District Court in Granite Falls.
BOYD -- Lac qui Parle County is about to leapfrog the rural-urban technology divide by extending broadband Internet access to all corners of the county. Before all of the fiber-optic cable gets there, Mary Quick is helping all the people who have a far bigger jump to make: They are making the transition from the keyboards of manual typewriters to those of modern laptop computers. It's actually a lot of fun, but not without its frustrations, said one of those making the transition. "I almost cried,'' said Connie Lein, of Boyd, of the time when all the neat stuff she had gotten on to her comp