Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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Neither icy nor wind-blown roads have stopped Dave Frederickson, Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture from doing what he wants the Post Office to do. He wants to see no fewer than 100,000 letters delivered to Gina McCarthy, director of the Environmental Protection Agency urging her to drop the proposal to reduce the renewable fuels standard. “Wrongheaded and wrong directed,’’ said Frederickson of the proposal aTuesday at the Granite Falls Energy plant. Frederickson and staff are visiting ethanol plants across Minnesota rallying support for the letter campaign. McCarthy has proposed
CLARA CITY – Voters in the MACCRAY School District rejected a $20 million bond issue Tuesday for a new elementary school and an auditorium/theater in Clara City by a tally of 1,067 against the measure to 733 in favor, according to unofficial results presented to school board members. Frigid temperatures and icy roads did not keep voters from the polls for the hotly contested issue, with 1,800 total votes. A “good turnout,’’ said board chairman Lane Schwitters as the numbers were presented.
GRANITE FALLS — County commissioners in Yellow Medicine County told local legislators on Tuesday that the state’s imposition of levy limits has hurt the county’s budget, as has the way the state distributes funding for probation programs. A state-imposed levy cap meant the county could increase its levy for the coming year by just over 3 percent. It forced the county to adopt a budget with nearly $600,000 in deficit spending, the commissioners told Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, and Rep.
GRANITE FALLS — Members of the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners want to take one more look at possibly remodeling the county’s aged courthouse before they make a decision on whether to replace it. They are also interested in looking at two possible alternatives to an estimated $8.1 million proposal to replace the 1889 portion and 1970s addition to the courthouse with a new, brick and mortar structure. Commissioner Greg Renneke proposed an option of building a separate structure at the site to house the district court and county attorney.
CLARA CITY – Voters in the MACCRAY School District rejected a $20 million bond issue tonight for a new elementary school and an auditorium/theater in Clara City by a tally of 733 in favor to 1,067 against, according to unofficial results presented to school board members. Frigid temperatures and icy roads did not keep 1,800 voters from the polls for the hotly contested issue.
MONTEVIDEO — A family of a Montevideo man has filed a lawsuit in federal court after he died in custody at the Lino Lakes state prison, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Saturday. David Picard, 32, died Jan. 8, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul of acute bilateral pneumonia and sepsis.
MONTEVIDEO — Employers across Minnesota are finding it more difficult to fill jobs in some industries as the economy recovers, and that’s especially true in southwestern Minnesota. Statewide, employers reported that 43 percent of job vacancies were difficult to fill, according to the Labor Market Information Office of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The most difficult jobs to fill were found in production. Employers in southwest Minnesota reported hiring difficulties for 81 percent of the production job vacancies.
RAYMOND — Marriage to Shaun Shubert brought Shelly from the West Coast to Maynard, while a job in Willmar and a house to make their home brought Jennifer and Jason Burnett from Chicago to Raymond. Parents of elementary school-aged children, they love living in towns where they said they feel their children are safe and neighbors look out for one another. Yet as much as they love the towns, it’s the West and East Elementary Schools that matter more. “The education is the whole reason we left the big school system,” said Shelly Shubert of the move to her husband’s hometown. People come to li
Andrew Hegreberg said goodbye forever to his family in the region of Stavanger, Norway, at age 15 in the late 1800s. He spent his first winter in America burning cow chips for heat in a sod house near Minot, N.D. He eventually made his way to Spicer, Minn., where he farmed and started a family. More than a century later, great-grandson Greg Larsen became a celebrity on Norwegian television. In the process he learned what his heritage was really all about. “Here I am a couple of generations later reaping the benefits of all their sacrifices,’’ said Larsen, 44, of Los Angeles, Calif.
MILAN — Carol Ford will be able to carry on the work of her late husband and develop a local foods network in the region based on the production of winter greens in passive solar greenhouses. Ford, of Milan, announced last week that the Bush Leadership Fellowship that had been awarded to Chuck Waibel in 2013 has been converted into a memorial grant to the Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Board. The grant funds will allow her to start work this month as a part-time project coordinator for the plan mapped out by Waibel. He died Aug.