Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East is among the schools which failed to reach a teacher contract agreement by the state deadline, and is now facing a $25 per pupil penalty. With a student enrollment of slightly more than 1,000, the penalty will cost the district an estimated $25,000. Superintendent Al Stoeckman said the district will ask local legislators if the state would deal with the district's impasse as a special situation, and forgive the penalty. He said the district had negotiated in good faith with the local bargaining unit of Education Minnesota. The two sides left the negoti
It is still possible to find gold under your feet. Ann Grandy and Phyllis Sorensen did when they began to inventory the Cleora and Geneva Helbing collection at the Pope County Historical Society museum in Glenwood three years ago. Cleora Helbing made it her mission to preserve the arts and crafts of native people in the United States before they were lost. Her role as an educator and supervisor of Indian education with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs brought her to every corner of the country during the 1930s through the early 1950s.
RENVILLE -- A crash in icy conditions Thursday took the life of a 27-year old woman, left a high school boys basketball team bruised and shocked, and severely injured the father of two boys. James Nonweiler, 30, of Clara City, is listed in critical condition at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. His wife, Maria Nonweiler, 27, also of Clara City, was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle they were traveling in collided around 9:30 p.m.
WILLMAR -- A request to renovate the Minnesota Department of Transportation headquarters in Willmar has won the favor of Gov.
APPLETON -- Just as she did for her 100th birthday 10 years ago, Frances Stotts Little celebrated her birthday with a toast of champagne to accompany her cake. Family and friends joined with Little at the Appleton Nursing Home on Friday to mark her 110th birthday. The long-time Swift County teacher remains as sharp as ever, said her niece, Deanna Hoffman of Brainerd.
GRANITE FALLS -- A Cottonwood woman was trapped in her vehicle in a rollover accident at 10:57 p.m. Thursday in Yellow Medicine County. Kimberly Seebeck was driving on County Road 1 about two miles east of Echo when she lost control of the vehicle due to the slippery road conditions, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's office reported.
LITCHFIELD -- Two Grove City residents are in the Meeker County Jail after their arrests Thursday evening by agents with the CEE VI Drug Task Force and Meeker County Sheriff's deputies. Cory Ray Danielson, 37, and Jamie Lyn Grubbs, 29, were arrested on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, fifth degree possession, and child endangerment. The officers executed a search warrant at approximately 6 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo School Board members re-elected David Lipps as chair and Darin Balken as vice chair for the coming year, and then made a little history. Board members joined to host a swearing-in ceremony for the district's first student representative to the board of education, Dakota Frazier.
MONTEVIDEO -- The retirement of district Judge Bruce Christopherson at the start of the year has reduced to 10 the number of judges serving the 13 counties in the rural Eighth Judicial District. His departure from the bench in Yellow Medicine County starts a process that is the cause for some apprehension in the district, which has the smallest complement of judges among the state's 10 judicial districts. It is no longer automatic that a retiring judge be replaced, and the state's latest deficit projection adds another element of uncertainty to what might happen. New state law requires that
GRANITE FALLS -- Elmo Volstad will continue as chair and Grant Velde will serve as vice chair of the Yellow Medicine East School Board, board members decided at their meeting on Monday. Along with reorganizational matters, board members discussed a tentative contract agreement with the district's instructors and plans for an informational meeting on the $14 million air quality and heating project, according to Superintendent Al Stoeckman. Instructors in the district will be voting on the contract Thursday. Board members will be holding a special meeting at 6 p.m.