Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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PAYNESVILLE -- Connor Moore endured nine blasts from improvised explosive devices while serving in Afghanistan. He returned to Paynesville with a Purple Heart after surviving the last. Fortunately for him, his wife, a military veteran too, knew that a very dangerous battle still awaited him. "Because of her military experience, she knew what to do, and because of my previous experience, she knew what she didn't want,'' said Moore.
ATWATER — A fundraiser on behalf of the Wounded Warriors Project will be June 29 in Atwater. It will feature a golfing tournament, volleyball competition, and an exhibition performance by members of the U.S. Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team. The “Tournament of Duty 2013” fundraiser will be held on the Island Pine Golf Club course and the adjacent Atwater city park. There are still openings for teams in the golf and volleyball tournaments, according to Paul White, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial in Litchfield.
OLIVIA -- Last year it was calculated that 8 million feet of new drainage tile, or roughly 1,500 miles, were added in Renville County farm fields. At that pace, it's easy to see why the benefit assessments for many ditch systems are outdated. A list of 55 systems presented to the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday contained not one in which the benefits have been redetermined since 1970. Most showed redetermination dates in the 1950s and 1960s, and others as far back as 1911 and 1917.
OLIVIA -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by the Renville County Board of Commissioners requiring an environmental assessment worksheet to expand a gravel mining operation beyond 40 acres. The Court of Appeals ruled in the county's favor on April 15. The board of commissioners learned Tuesday that Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg will not appeal the decision.
GLENWOOD -- Opening their own digital-age business in Glenwood has made time travelers out of Brent and Lisa Gulsvig. They have been shipboard in World War II, and listened to the ship's whistle sound the alert while a crewmember recorded an audio message to his loved one back home. They've seen the bustle of city streets in South Vietnam from the perspective of a U.S. service member during the war.
OLIVIA -- A 43-acre site on the east edge of Olivia is tagged as the possible home for a new RC Hospital and Clinics facility. The Renville County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday authorizing the county-owned RC Hospital and Clinics to enter into a purchase option agreement for the land. It is located on the south side of U.S. Highway 212, and currently used as farmland. The hospital has negotiated the purchase option from two parties. Jackie's Farms II LLC owns approximately 26 acres and Floyd and Lois Palmer the remainder.
OLIVIA — A 43-acre site on the east edge of Olivia is expected to be the site for a new RC Hospital and Clinics facility. The Renville County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday authorizing the RC Hospital and Clinics to exercise an option to purchase the site. It is located on the south side of U.S. Highway 212, and currently used as farm land. The hospital has negotiated an agreement to purchase the 43 acres from two parties.
BIG KANDIYOHI -- There's always a chance of spotting deer and other wildlife while driving along the wildlife management area south of Big Kandiyohi County Lake, but Penny Mulder of Willmar scored a first for modern times. It was a large, black bear she watched run across a field of corn stubble about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday. "You could see it plain as day,'' said Mulder.
MAYNARD -- Three area communities are named as recipients of state funds for flood mitigation projects as part of an overall, $20 million appropriation signed into law. Maynard, Montevideo and Granite Falls are among the communities listed as those in the state to be appropriated funds by the legislation approved at the end of the session. But this many days after the session's end, the communities are still unsure of what funds they will receive.
MILAN — Chuck Waibel and his spouse and business partner, Carol Ford wrote the book on how to build a passive solar greenhouse and economically raise greens in the deep of winter. No small feat in itself, but Waibel, of Milan, now has the opportunity to tackle the challenge that motivates him most of all. Waibel recently learned that he is a recipient of a Bush Fellowship. He wants to see passive solar technology utilized to expand our local foods production and economy. The ability to grow fresh greens in winter and the market for them is in place.