Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- A personal care attendant has pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor charges of theft of medical costs and failure to report a health condition. Casandra Kay Sannerud, 26, entered the pleas Monday in district court in Granite Falls.
UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY -- A television program that motivates viewers to explore the great outdoors found right outside their front doors is about to air. Pioneer Public Television Channel 10 will air its locally produced "Minnesota River Sensations'' at 7 p.m. on Sunday, and repeat the broadcast at 12:30 p.m. on Monday and 7 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Boaters need to pay close attention to laws that carry possible fines of $50 to $135 and are aimed at stopping the spread of invasive aquatic species. Boaters are now required to drain their boats, live wells, bait wells and bilges when they leave a lake. They must also drain minnow buckets when they leave waters infested by invasive species. The Little Crow Anglers and West Central Bassmasters of Kandiyohi County strongly urge compliance with the rules. Members of the local organizations also have some concerns.
WILLMAR - A cool, wet fishing opener hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of anglers with the Little Crow Anglers or the West Central Bassmasters. The lakes of Kandiyohi County offer great fishing, and members of the two county-based fishing organizations are looking forward to the season ahead, said seven representatives of the organizations during a recent meeting at the West Central Tribune in Willmar. But first, they'd like to clear the muddied waters.
MONTEVIDEO -- New graduate Matt Sudduth was still wearing his cap and gown when he waved down the van full of strangers. They pulled up, snapped his picture with family around him, and moments later Sudduth and five other volunteers from the University of Minnesota were on their way to Montevideo. They spent the past five days helping repair the exteriors of two homes in the Chippewa County community, and forging new friendships. "We've had a blast,'' said Marina Mossaad, of Rochester.
OLIVIA -- A driver in a fatal crash last summer in Renville County pleaded guilty to two of 12 counts on Tuesday in District Court in Olivia. See Xiong Moua, 20, of Eau Claire, Wis., entered a guilty plea to separate felony and gross misdemeanor charges of criminal vehicular homicide or operation - operate motor vehicle in grossly negligent manner, according to Renville County Assistant Attorney Glen Jacobsen. Other criminal vehicular homicide and reckless driving charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug.
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo gave their support to a proposal to remove a 1950s-vintage, low-head dam on the Chippewa River in Lagoon Park. The dam will be replaced by possibly four rock weirs, which will create rapids at the site.
OLIVIA -- The Minnesota River Board needs to establish clear-cut goals and a strategy to meet them if it is to see continued state funding support, according to John Jaschke, executive director of the Board of Water and Soil Resources. He told members of the board that the political mood in St. Paul is "ugly and getting uglier. Things always get worse before they get done,'' he said during the board's meeting on Monday in Olivia. The River Board represents the 37 counties in the basin and works under a joint powers agreement to promote clean water initiatives.
CLARA CITY -- A former Clara City bookkeeper charged with seven felony counts of theft by check stood mute during her first court appearance on the charges Monday in District Court in Montevideo. Brenda Sue Kabisch, 35, of Clara City, did not enter a plea but requested that the court schedule a settlement conference in her case, according to Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson. She is accused of embezzling $164,283 from her employer, Crossroads Truck Repair Inc., of Clara City, since Jan.
MONTEVIDEO -- Alina Gil has a lot of explaining to do, which is exactly what brought her from Montevideo, Uruguay, to Montevideo, Minnesota. In the last several days, she's talked to students in the Ortonville public schools, at the University of Minnesota in Morris, and since last Monday, in the Montevideo public schools. "I'm happy because I know I've touched many people here and they will remember where Uruguay is,'' said Gil on Wednesday. Her home is a country of 3.5 million people and only about the size of Washington state, she told Spanish students in Amber Doering's class at the Mon