Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — Renville County will be opening its roads to most off-highway vehicles for recreational use. By a 3-2 vote, the county Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance Tuesday that opens all county roads to all-terrain vehicles, single seat and side-by-sides, mini-trucks, and utility trucks. Drivers must be licensed and must obtain a two-year permit from the county for a $10 fee. The commissioners added an amendment to the ordinance restricting golf carts to those roads within roughly one mile of golf courses or the cities with golf courses.
GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine County is looking to build a new structure to replace its aged courthouse, rather than remodel it. The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to direct staff to put together a proposal on how to move forward with building a new, 20,000-square-foot facility and razing the 1889 courthouse in Granite Falls and the 1970s addition to it.
MADISON — Lac qui Parle County has filed misdemeanor charges against a 19-year-old college student and his 59-year-old father for allegedly violating Lac qui Parle County’s social host ordinance. The...
MADISON — A 19-year-old college student and his father are facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly violating Lac qui Parle County’s social host ordinance.
BENSON — It’s not your typical parking ticket that is being contested in district court in Swift County. Since February 4, Benson Police have issued four misdemeanor tickets to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Police issued the citations for trains that allegedly have blocked the three main downtown intersections for more than 10 minutes.
MONTEVIDEO — If you rely on propane, put your thoughts of spring away and start concentrating on this coming fall and winter. Planning ahead and contracting for supplies can help you avoid the price spikes seen this year, and likely will again. The new reality is propane supplies will remain an issue for years to come in west central Minnesota. “It is going to be tight. Propane is going to be very tight moving forward,’’ said Scott Rohlik, Cenex Harvest States regional fuels manager.
GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine East is supporting one of their own by voting online for staff member Denine Rutledge. She has been selected as one of the five finalists in the KMSP FOX 9 Top Teacher Award for 2014. Riley Sexton, community coordinator/producer with the station, notified the school that Rutledge will be part of the online voting campaign running through Friday. One winner from this group of finalists will be part of this year’s FOX 9 Top Teacher Winners. Voting continues until midnight on March 21. Voters can cast their choice at facebook.com/fox9kmsp under the contest tab
MONTEVIDEO — Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson is hopeful that the Environmental Protection Agency will not reduce the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard by as much as it has proposed. “I think we have made some progress with the administrator,’’ said Peterson, D-Minn., after two recent meetings with EPA Director Gina McCarthy.
GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine East is supporting one of its own by voting online for staff member Denine Rutledge. She has been selected as one of the five finalists in the KMSP FOX 9 - Top Teacher Award for 2014.
OLIVIA — The site that inspired a program to protect rock outcrop areas along the Minnesota River is likely to be mined. The Renville County Planning Commission has unanimously recommended that an interim use permit be granted to Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, for hard rock mining on a 39.5-acre site in sections 28 and 33 of Flora Township along Renville County Road 15. The recommendation was presented to the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Commissioners will act on it at their next meeting. The property is owned by Thomas P.