Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- Matthew Thomas Fahey, 25, entered not guilty pleas Friday in Renville County District Court to charges following the alleged abduction and sexual assault of a 14-year-old newspaper carrier May 4 in Fairfax. A grand jury issued indictments May 20 against Fahey including charges of criminal sexual predatory conduct, kidnapping, and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted of the criminal sexual charges, Fahey, most recently of Marshall, could face a prison sentence ranging from a minimum of 144 months in prison to life in prison. Fahey appeared in court in or
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
OLIVIA -- Its reputation as a dirty and polluted waterway seem to be keeping a lot of anglers away from the Minnesota River. "It's an under-utilized fishery,'' said Lee Sundmark, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries supervisor in Hutchinson. Sundmark said the DNR is convinced that the public perception of the river is responsible for the relatively light fishing pressure occurring on it.
OLIVIA -- A man who played a major role in the growth of the seed industry in Olivia will be remembered when services are held at 1 p.m. Monday at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia. Ivan "Jake'' Jacobsen, died at age 86 on July 14 in Eden Prairie. Jacobsen left a big impact on both the seed industry and the community he loved, more so than most people wo-uld know.
OLIVIA -- The city of Bird Island has balked at a recommendation by viewers for County Ditch 66 that the city pay an annual outlet fee of $7,000 for its ongoing maintenance. Renville County may balk as well. The Renville County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to postpone action on the recommendation until it has a chance to review the issue again next week. Board chairman Paul Setzepfandt said the Bird Island City Council voted Monday to reject the viewers' recommendation and instead offer to pay an annual outlet fee of $2,500. For budgeting reasons, the City of Bird Island had requ
OLIVIA -- Renville County will continue to contract with its Soil, Water and Conservation District office for feedlot enforcement services for the remaining six months of the year. The County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to a six-month extension to a contract that had expired June 30. The commissioners at their meeting Tuesday voted 4-1 in favor of the extension, with member John Stahl voting no. He had offered a motion to approve a one-year contract. By their action, the commissioners postponed a decision until next year's budget discussions are under way on whether to continu
EDEN VALLEY -- A man and woman from Spicer were killed on a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when they were struck from behind on Minnesota Highway 55 in Eden Valley at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday. Killed were James R. Nelson, 50, of Spicer, the motorcycle's operator, and his passenger, Amy J. Langford, 43, also of Spicer. They were rear-ended by a 2005 Chevrolet Venture minivan driven by Sarah Klein, 30, of Eden Valley, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
WILLMAR -- There's nothing like a change of scenery to work wonders, but it can take lots of work. A dozen or more youth have been putting in the hours at Regency Estates West manufactured home park in Willmar. Thanks to sponsorship and help from the Willmar Community Education Department, Pact 4 and Home Depot, the youth have spent the last few weeks working to improve the looks of the park's storm shelter building. The gray paint on its cement block walls was chipped, pock-marked and marred by graffiti when the youth, ages 5 to 12, went to work with putty knives.
OLIVIA -- Viewers are recommending that Bird Island pay an annual fee of $7,000 for discharging into Renville County Ditch 66, a number that is probably three times what the city is willing to pay. The Renville County Board of Commissioners received the report Tuesday at its work session and will act on it at its next meeting. Discussions indicated that the commissioners had concerns about the fee as well. The city had asked for an annual outlet fee for budgeting.
LAKE FLORIDA -- Dr. Dean Lindquist, D.D.S., traveled hundreds of miles to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, to learn how to make a hand-held planer sing. Now he plies the waters of Lake Florida in Kandiyohi County and is rewarded with beautiful music of another sort: The sounds of loons calling and the laughter of children as they play on the lake's beaches. Yet he loves equally the time he spends in his shop overlooking the lake.