Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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RAYMOND — There were lots of people kind enough to point out to Arie Tensen the blunder he was making. “Everybody told him you’re crazy, you ain’t by the water,” said his son, Wayne Tensen, about his father’s decision to open Tensen Marine in Raymond. The small community is surrounded by fields of corn, soybeans and sugar beets, and the lakes everybody enjoys are located up the road a piece. Tensen Marine is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Plaques on the walls inside tell the story.
OLIVIA — A Buffalo Lake man with previous drug convictions is in the Renville County jail after agents with a drug task force seized from a closet in his basement bedroom what they allege are the chemicals and materials for making methamphetamine. Felony charges of controlled substance in the second degree – subsequent offense, and possession of substances with intent to manufacture methamphetamine – subsequent offense, were filed Wednesday in Renville County against Brandon James Schroeder, 28. He made his first appearance Thursday in District Court in Renville County.
MONTEVIDEO — With a budget so paper-thin that even the thermostat must be dialed back to the low 60s, Maynard Librarian Gloria Sims bemoans the fact that she can purchase only a limited number of books to add to the collection each year. Last year, she augmented the library’s book-buying budget by holding a craft fair as a fundraiser. Before some of the new books reached her library’s shelves, there were holds placed on them that sent them to patrons elsewhere in the nine-county Pioneerland library system. Ditto the experience in Milan, where Ron Anderson was eager to add “The Harbinger’’ t
GRANITE FALLS — Options to solve the building and space needs for services now located in the Yellow Medicine County courthouse are getting more varied, and less costly. The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday reviewed new proposals from Wold Architects, of St. Paul. The plan that generated the most interest calls for demolishing the original 1889 portion and 1970s addition to the courthouse and erecting a separate 18,500-square-foot structure on the campus.
CLARA CITY — Just weeks after voters rejected a $20 million bond proposal to build a central elementary school, MACCRAY School Board members are going back to the drawing board to develop a new approach and, it is hoped, heal a divided district. Board members informally expressed support for a proposal by member Tim Smith to appoint an advisory committee to look anew at the district’s building issues.
CLARA CITY –- Just weeks after voters rejected a $20 million bond proposal to build a central elementary school, MACCRAY School Board members are going back to the drawing board to develop a new approach and hopefully, heal a divided district. Board members informally expressed support for a proposal by member Tim Smith to appoint an advisory committee to look anew at the district’s building issues.
MONTEVIDEO — Firefighters from four communities endured subzero temperatures fighting an early morning blaze Thursday that destroyed Dan’s Shop Inc., east of Montevideo on Minnesota Highway 7. The entire building and its contents, including a number of trucks, a large inventory of parts and equipment, were destroyed. There were no injuries reported. The fire started in the parts department. It had spread into the roof and was advancing through the building when the first firefighters arrived on the scene, according to Davie Roelike, Montevideo Fire Department chief.
The menu has been chosen, and now comes the challenge of preparing all that has been ordered. More than 2,000 people across Minnesota participated in 127 regional events to draft Minnesota’s Food Charter, which aims to guide state agencies and others on how to increase access to healthy foods. By large majorities, people attending the events and answering surveys made it clear that they would like to see more done to rebuild people’s skills at cooking, gardening and choosing health foods.
PRINSBURG – A Prinsburg resident active in the Republican party will be seeking its endorsement to run for the House District 17A seat. Tim Miller announced his campaign on Wednesday to win the endorsement and a possible re-match with Representative Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, for the seat. Miller currently works with Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota. He also owns a consulting business, Development Partners, which specializes in strategic business plan for non-profits and for profit businesses.
DAWSON — Local development officials say a company operating in Kentucky has signed a purchase agreement for the shuttered American Milk Producers Inc. building in Dawson. The purchase is expected to be completed in February, according to Pam Lehmann, director of the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Agency. “It’s a great way to start the new year,’’ she said. Lehmann said Bluegrass Proteins Inc.