Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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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.
GRANITE FALLS — Workers at Minnesota’s visitor information centers are well practiced at answering the question: “How do I get to…?’’ Janel Timm, property and public service director, and co-workers at the Yellow Medicine County Government Center are getting out of practice at answering this question, and that’s a very good thing. They are hosting an open house from 2 to 4 p.m.
GRANITE FALLS — Take one cop with a penchant for playing pranks, plunk him down in a rural county for 34 years, and what do you get? Stories that will not only make you laugh out loud, but also open your eyes to the real-life drama of what it’s like to be a law officer: Everything from watching life fade from the eyes of the accident victim asking him to tell her husband she loves him, to counting the bullets in a Smith & Wesson, double-action revolver the crazed man has just squarely placed between his eyes. It’s all told in the self-published “Behind the Thin Blue Line,’’ (Xlibris, 122
DAWSON — A “help wanted” sign has replaced the “for sale” sign on the former American Milk Producers Inc.