Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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LAKE LILLIAN -- The first surveyors in southern Kandiyohi County scribbled in their notes that they could not take 100 steps in any direction without getting their feet wet. Those who enjoy the outdoors for hunting or wildlife observing today have an opportunity to retrace many of those steps in the area south of Big Kandiyohi Lake near Lake Lillian. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with help from state and local conservation groups, acquired an 80-acre tract from a former Kandiyohi County family to expand the complex of wetlands and grasslands in the area for public use.
MONTEVIDEO -"What good is a parade if there aren't people along the streets cheering you along the way?" Those words belong to Adjutant General Larry Shellito, commander of the Minnesota National Guard, who was among those who joined Friday evening to cheer the more than 550 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery in Montevideo. Billed as a welcome home and change of command ceremony, Gov. and First Lady Tim and Mary Pawlenty, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep.
MONTEVIDEO -- The final words in the long-festering dispute between the city of Watson and vegetable grower Aziz Ansari may be these: "I want this to go away I think as much as you guys do.'' They were spoken by District Judge David Mennis on Thursday in District Court in Montevideo shortly after he ordered the two sides to abide by the agreement they had reached in April to settle their dispute. The judge ordered Ansari to sketch out a diagram and fill out a one-page application for the permit for the raised vegetable beds on his residential property in Watson.
REDWOOD FALLS -- All these years later and there's still reason to question whether William Rose murdered Moses Lufkin on Aug. 22, 1888, in Redwood County. No question about this: Rose had no luck but bad luck. His first two trials ended in hung juries, but a third trial resulted in a guilty verdict and a judge's order that Rose "be hanged by the neck until dead.'' Years earlier Rose had punched out the one guy who might have commuted his death sentence, and now Governor William Merriam said: "Let that @#%* hang!" He did, twice. A large crowd was on hand Oct.
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.
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.
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
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 -- 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