Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- One of Tim Baldwin's last conversations with his son Joshua was a discussion on justice with the son favoring ''an eye for an eye'' and the father speaking up for compassion. "I've struggled every day to make sense of this,'' said Tim Baldwin as he spoke again for compassion Wednesday morning in a Renville County courtroom. "I'm not looking for veng-eance,'' said Baldwin, of Montevideo. "I'm looking for accountability.'' Moments earlier, Douglas Sidney Folkens, 56, of Hector, offered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving.
MONTEVIDEO -- Attorney John Mack began his argument to the court Tuesday by stating the matter was "very clear," but unfortunately for the New London counselor, his cell phone connection was not. An obviously irked District Judge David Mennis terminated the civil lawsuit hearing only a few minutes into it when he learned that Mack was using a cell phone instead of a land line to participate. The hearing had been scheduled Tuesday afternoon in District Court in Montevideo. It left Mack's client Aziz Ansari in the courtroom feeling both disappointed and frustrated. Tuesday's hearing was bein
OLIVIA -- The Renville County Board of Commissioners may make an offer to the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative to seek a mediated settlement to the ongoing litigation over property taxes. The commissioners held a closed meeting Tuesday to discuss the litigation. County Attorney David Torgelson said afterward that the commissioners indicated that they may propose that the two sides meet once the Minnesota Court of Appeals issues a ruling on the case.
APPLETON -- Folks living outside of Appleton are on the verge of being able to do what their neighbors living outside of smaller towns like Cerro Gordo or Chokio already take for granted. They will be able to replace the scratch, screech and pings of dial-up Internet access with instant broadband access. "Broadband levels the playing field for rural Minnesota,'' said Colleen Landkamer, state director of the United States Department of Agriculture Ru-ral Development.
SACRED HEART -- Cooking up the most exotic dishes in the world is small potatoes when compared to what Kathy Riley takes on every day. She makes certain that every meal served at Kathy's Place in Sacred Heart is tasty and appealing enough to woo some of rural Minnesota's best home cooks away from their own dining room tables. "This is a meat and potatoes town,'' Riley said. It means that her customers not only have some pretty well-known preferences when it comes to menu choices, but they have some very definite expectations of what the dishes should taste like. Kathy's Place has been meet
OLIVIA -- Its reputation as a dirty and polluted waterway seem to be keeping a lot of anglers away from the Minnesota River. "It's an under-utilized fishery,'' said Lee Sundmark, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries supervisor in Hutchinson. Sundmark said the DNR is convinced that the public perception of the river is responsible for the relatively light fishing pressure occurring on it.
OLIVIA -- Matthew Thomas Fahey, 25, entered not guilty pleas Friday in Renville County District Court to charges following the alleged abduction and sexual assault of a 14-year-old newspaper carrier May 4 in Fairfax. A grand jury issued indictments May 20 against Fahey including charges of criminal sexual predatory conduct, kidnapping, and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted of the criminal sexual charges, Fahey, most recently of Marshall, could face a prison sentence ranging from a minimum of 144 months in prison to life in prison. Fahey appeared in court in or
OLIVIA -- A couple of years ago, a group of paddlers made their way down the Minnesota River as the creeks and tributaries churned and gushed with chocolate-colored waters heavy with the soil washed from upstream fields by a spring rain. With one exception: As they reached the mouth of Beaver Creek, the paddlers were struck by the clarity of the waters it delivered to the Minnesota River. What was going on? The same thing that could be going on throughout the Minnesota River watershed, a point made to over 50 people who paddled the Minnesota River as guests of the Renville County Soil and W
OLIVIA -- A man who played a major role in the growth of the seed industry in Olivia will be remembered when services are held at 1 p.m. Monday at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia. Ivan "Jake'' Jacobsen, died at age 86 on July 14 in Eden Prairie. Jacobsen left a big impact on both the seed industry and the community he loved, more so than most people wo-uld know.
OLIVIA -- The city of Bird Island has balked at a recommendation by viewers for County Ditch 66 that the city pay an annual outlet fee of $7,000 for its ongoing maintenance. Renville County may balk as well. The Renville County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to postpone action on the recommendation until it has a chance to review the issue again next week. Board chairman Paul Setzepfandt said the Bird Island City Council voted Monday to reject the viewers' recommendation and instead offer to pay an annual outlet fee of $2,500. For budgeting reasons, the City of Bird Island had requ