Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine County will pursue a second opinion before making a decision on whether to raze its original courthouse and build a new facility on the site for court services and a number of county offices. And no matter whether the county decides to build new or remodel, at least one county commissioner is insisting that a referendum be held before any money is spent. The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday with Josh Cowdery of CTS Group, a firm based in St. Louis, Mo., with an office in Bloomington, Minn.
OLIVIA — While expressing concerns about the potential costs, the Renville County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to pursue licensing from the Department of Health for overnight camping in county parks along the Minnesota River. Parks with more than five overnight camping sites must meet a variety of health requirements, including the availability of potable water and approved sanitary systems.
OLIVIA — What Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are to Bemidji, or the World’s Largest Ball of Twine is to Darwin, the Corn Monument is to Olivia, and possibly much more. “I think too it’s a symbol of our agricultural heritage here in the area,’’ said Susie Lothert, economic development director in Olivia. She was answering a reporter’s question as to why people and businesses throughout the community are stockpiling cardboard with the same passion that drove Francis Johnson to build a 17,000-pound ball of twine over the course of 29 years in Darwin. Never mind the subzero temperatures
GRANITE FALLS — A proposal by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System to tear down a portion of the Minnesota West Technical and Community College building in Granite Falls will be the focus of a meeting at 6:30 p.m.
GRANITE FALLS — A pre-trial hearing was postponed Friday for the woman accused of endangering her child while being interviewed in a South Dakota homicide investigation stemming from the discovery of the bodies of two infants believed to be hers. Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, of Hendricks, formerly of Clarkfield, informed the court that she has retained private counsel to represent her.
OLIVIA — Renville County can continue to offer overnight camping in its parks along the Minnesota River and meet Department of Health licensing requirements without a major hit to the capital improvement budget, according to Mark Erickson, environment and community development director. The county will need to invest $71,800 in the next two years to meet the licensing requirements, but most of the proposed improvements were being planned anyway, Erickson told the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The proposed capital improvement budget for the next four years will need to increase by
GRANITE FALLS — City Council members in Granite Falls awarded what they believe is the final major project in over a decade’s worth of flood mitigation work. Council members on Monday awarded a $1,942,539 bid to Robert L. Carr Company to build a new sanitary lift station on the city’s east side.
MONTEVIDEO — A new fire hall could be erected by year’s end in Montevideo. City Council members approved actions at their meeting Monday to prepare final documents and call for bids on the project. Documents should be ready by Feb. 20 and bids opened March 20, according to a timetable approved by council members, said City Manager Steve Jones. Cities Edge Architects, Willmar, has prepared preliminary plans for the structure. It will enclose approximately 13,000 square feet, and include six, double-deep bays for vehicles. Three of the bays will allow drive-through access.
OLIVIA — Renville County has a simple, low-cost option to extend the life of its landfill, the Renville County Board of Commissioners learned Tuesday at its work session. It could add another two years to the projected five years of capacity remaining in the landfill by increasing the steepness of the grade on one of the two cells now being filled, according to a newly completed study by Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc., of St. Paul. The county also has the ability to expand the landfill’s overall capacity for much longer term use without acquiring new land, according to the study.
<p>RAYMOND — There were lots of people kind enough to point out to Arie Tensen the blunder he was making.</p> <p> “Everybody told him you’re crazy, you ain’t by the water,” said his son, Wayne Tensen, about his father’s decision to open Tensen Marine in Raymond. The small community is surrounded by fields of corn, soybeans and sugar beets, and the lakes everybody enjoys are located up the road a piece.</p> <p> Tensen Marine is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.