Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — A woman who pulled a revolver from under a sofa and attempted suicide while being interviewed by law officers pleaded guilty to child endangerment for the incident. Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, of Hendricks, formerly of Clarkfield, pleaded guilty to the gross misdemeanor offense at a hearing Tuesday in Yellow Medicine County District Court in Granite Falls. District Judge Dwayne Knutsen deferred acceptance of the plea and ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Anderson-Person could face a year in jail.
NEW LONDON — What may be the best classroom ever built comes with a floor of stones, welded furniture and plenty of dirt. What the students of the New London-Spicer High School learn in their new, passive solar greenhouse could matter to all of Kandiyohi County. Arvind Auluck-Wilson’s motivation in helping design the greenhouse is to jump-start a new industry in the county. The owner of Energy Technology Innovations in Milan believes that entrepreneurs in the county could build similar greenhouses to raise fresh greens for sale through the winter. But education comes first: “This is one bi
BIRD ISLAND — There’s nothing unusual about calling on someone taking on big challenges to say a few words of inspiration at the start of a major public event. The difference here is that Ella Gustafson of Renville is only 6 years old, and by her own admission not practiced at speaking before large crowds. Her message — and affection for a certain costumed character — makes her the obvious choice to open the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation’s 19th annual Jam the Gym event March 29 in Bird Island, according to Val Serbus and Bill Neubauer of the Tim Orth Foundation.
What if you could have dropped in on Steve Jobs’ garage while he tinkered and built the first Apple computers? Thirty-six students in the Youth Energy Summit! program did something of the sort: They toured the passive solar greenhouse of Carol Ford in Milan. Also known as the “Garden Goddess,” Ford is a pioneer in what’s known as deep winter production. She and her late husband, Chuck Waibel, built one of the area’s first, passive solar greenhouses as a commercial venture.
OLIVIA — As was expected, the Renville County Board of Commissioners approved a state-negotiated settlement that will refund taxes to Alliance Pipeline. The commissioners approved an agreement at their meeting on Tuesday that requires the county, two school districts and five townships to refund an estimated $195,110 in taxes to Alliance Pipeline, according to information from County Administrator Sara Folsted.
OLIVIA — An informal coalition working to prevent All Terrain Vehicle injuries is asking the Renville County board of commissioners to re-consider a proposal to open all of the county’s roads to the vehicles for recreational use. “It’s a life and death issue,’’ said Dr. Gerene Denning, director of emergency medical research at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She warns that Renville County is likely to see an increase in fatal accidents and injuries if it opens its roads to recreational use by ATVs.
OLIVIA — Communities in Renville County hosted 134 motorists stranded by last night’s winter storm after motel rooms had filled. The National Guard Armory in Olivia put cots out for 57 of the stranded motorists, while other communities opened the doors of community centers. Hector was host to 45 stranded motorists, according to the Renville County Sheriff’s Department. Many of the motorists were transported to the shelters by law enforcement officers after their vehicles went into ditches or were stopped by drifting snow.
OLIVIA — Communities in Renville County hosted 134 motorists stranded by last night’s winter storm after motel rooms had filled. The National Guard Armory in Olivia put cots out for 57 of the stranded motorists, while other communities opened the doors of community centers. Hector was host to 45 stranded motorists, according to the Renville County Sheriff’s Department.
GLENCOE — The Twin Cities & Western is rejecting the latest proposal for relocating freight service to accommodate a light rail system in the southwest metropolitan area. The railroad described the route proposal by Transystems as “neither efficient, safe nor cost effective when compared to TC & W’s current route.’’ The statement issued today followed a review of a report on the route for TC & W by Civil Design Inc.
A video tour of MACCRAY School buildings