Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WATSON -- A settlement has been reached to end a 2½-year dispute between the city of Watson and a resident using hooped structures to raise vegetables. The agreement announced Friday by the city of Watson calls for the city to drop its legal actions against Aziz Ansari and pay him and his attorney $50,000. It also allows Ansari to continue his vegetable-growing operation on property alongside state Highway 7 in the community.
SPICER -- Green Lake gave up a truckload of trash to volunteer scuba divers who scoured its depths near Saulsbury Beach in Spicer last June. In return, the lake received a truck load of new walleyes. All 800-plus of the new fish arrived at the Joe Brown access near the Olde Mill Inn on Tuesday. The walleye -- each one measuring eight- to 12-inches in length -- were poured into the wind-whipped waters of Green Lake by the bucket load. Joe Holm, president of Let's Go Fishing With Seniors, had the honors of helping Mike Holme and Mark Tanner of West Central Bait, New London, stock the popular
MONTEVIDEO -- Carrying signs, flags and even dressed in red, white and blue, some three to four dozen people joined Montevideo's first-ever public tea party Thursday at the busy intersection of highways 212 and 7. "We want to send a message to Washington that we've had enough," said Lyle Henning, one of the organizers. There were no speakers or political candidates at the event, and pointedly so, according to Henning. "This is the people's tea party." Its purpose was to let office holders and candidates know what the people are thinking, added Barb Ulferts, who helped organize the gatherin
GRANITE FALLS -- A 22-year-old man who last year completed 21 months in prison was sentenced Friday to another 21 months in prison. District Judge Randall Slieter sentenced Gabriel Joseph Ross, 22, of Granite Falls, according to information from the Yellow Medicine County Attorney's office. Ross pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to felony charges of fifth-degree assault and terroristic threats for an incident that occurred Sept.
MONTEVIDEO -- A childhood obesity epidemic has many fearing this generation of children will have a shorter lifespan than their parents or grandparents. A lack of physical activity is one of the causes, but the biggest culprit is a diet high in calories and low in nutrition. A growing number of moms in the region are working to turn things around, both at home and in school cafeterias. They are making some headway, according to Lynn Mader.
WILLMAR -- Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to start the outboards or find a spot along the shoreline of a back bay. The open-water season is here, and the warming spring temperatures bring the promise of early-season crappie action starting this week. There were a few anglers reporting some success, but this past week the fishing was generally spotty, according to Brad Foshaug at Brad's 71 Bait and Sport, Willmar. A forecast for warmer weather this weekend and the prospect of more consistent, spring weather this coming week should start things up, he said. The crappies begin moving from de
SPICER -- If we're serious about keeping zebra mussels out of the waters of Kandiyohi County, we need to develop power washing decontamination stations for watercraft coming from infested waters, according to Dick Sternberg, a retired fisheries biologist and popular author on all topics fishing. Sternberg will be the featured speaker for a public meeting at 1 p.m. on April 17 at the Dethlefts Center in Spicer.
MONTEVIDEO -- There are a lot of people crying wolf in Chippewa County, and they could be right. An 81-pound canine killed in a collision with a motor vehicle on March 26 might be a timber wolf and is definitely not a coyote. The young male animal certainly looks like a wolf, but only genetic tests can tell if it is a wolf or a wolf-dog hybrid, according to Dave Trauba, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manager of the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Area. He said it will take some time before the testing is completed and the results known. The motorist struck the wolf on her way to work in
NEW LONDON -- All ears will be perked for the sounds of gobblers come Wednesday and the start of the spring wild turkey season. Hunters taking to the woods and fields for the start of the season have reason for optimism. Wild turkey numbers in the area are good. The early arrival of spring has made the birds active, according to LeRoy Dahlke, wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources office at Sibley State Park. Dahlke said the birds have been spreading out from their winter grounds into their spring and summer haunts.
MADISON -- A Madison foundry has closed its doors after 50 years of business. Municipal Castings Inc., of Madison, ended production at the start of the month, according to Joe Bungarden, president of the family-run business in Lac qui Parle County. The closing puts 17 people out of work.