Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- A Sacred Heart man has pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault-strangulation. Jose Felix Barajas, 45, entered guilty pleas during a hearing Monday in Olivia. Under terms of a plea agreement, a charge of attempted murder in the second degree was dismissed. The court approved a stay of adjudication on the assault and domestic abuse charges.
WILLMAR -- A passion for hunting has led John Coulter from his classroom as a teacher in Tracy to the mountains of the western states, wilds of Alaska and even the African bush. It may bring him next to the hallways of the nation's capitol. Coulter, 62, now retired from teaching, is the Midwest representative for Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.
WILLMAR -- Volunteers are welcome to join the fun as Willmar area birders take part in the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. This year's count will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 18. Volunteers should meet in Randy Frederickson's classroom, room #104 in the Willmar Middle School prior to 7:30 a.m. Data sheets, assignments and last minute instructions and carpooling plans will be provided at this time. Volunteers will gather at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar for a 5 p.m. supper.
NEW LONDON -- Fire badly damaged a trailer home Thursday night located between Hawick and Regal. The fire started in a bedroom. The bedroom was destroyed and there was heat and smoke damage throughout the interior of the trailer, which will likely be considered a total loss, according to Sig Holme, New London fire chief. New London firefighters were called to the fire at 10:27 p.m. when a female occupant of the trailer returned home and discovered the fire, according to Mark Skindelien, a lieutenant with the volunteer fire department.
APPLETON -- After considering several possible partners, Appleton Area Health Services has chosen to enter into a contract with Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D. The health services relationship begins at the start of the new year, according to a joint announcement Th-ursday by the two partners. The biggest, immediate benefit to the city-owned Appleton hospital and medical center will be the ability to take advantage of Sanford Health's volume buying power, according to Jason Carlson, CEO of Appleton Area Health Services.
Her heart led her to Norway, and right into the living rooms of television viewers across the country. Deborah Breberg of Dawson, best known as the owner of an insurance agency, mother and grandmother, made her debut on Norwegian national television as the "sexy lefse maker'' with a talent for quick-witted comebacks, a wonderful singing voice and love for fun. Unfortunately, she might also be remembered as the second contestant booted from the original, Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge'' (All for Norway).
"The Great Norwegian Adventure" season two is looking for fun, outgoing and adventurous Americans with Norwegian ancestry (even a little bit counts) to participate in an exciting reality television series set in Norway. Chosen participants will compete in extreme cultural challenges to discover their rich and fascinating roots while trying to win a prize package worth $50,000.00 Are you a descendant of Norway? Have you never traveled to Norway? Are you a U.S.
GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls is moving forward with plans for protecting Prentice Street homes along the Minnesota River south of the former City Hall site. At the regular meeting Monday, City Council members discussed a recent meeting with affected landowners about the project and details of the estimated $1,865,000 project, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. The project calls for developing a six-foot-wide, earthen embankment that would accommodate an emergency floodwall that could be assembled and mechanically filled with sand. The raised area to hold the sand-filled containers woul
MONTEVIDEO -- The City Council has approved wage and salary increases in the coming year for most Montevideo city employees. At the regular meeting Monday, council members approved a contract with union employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that provides a 1 percent increase on July 1, 2011, and 1 percent increases on Jan.
GRANITE FALLS -- Project Turnabout began with resources so meager that its first administrator made an old door and two sawhorses his desk. Its first home was space leased in a former tuberculosis sanatorium where both heat and water were sometimes iffy propositions. There were plenty of times when patients gathered for group sessions around a smoky fireplace wearing their jackets to ward off the chill, according to a history assembled by one of the chemical dependency center's counselors, the late Bruce Bottge. As the organization marks its 40th anniversary, Project Turnabout is looking b