Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR -- Fishing greats like Ted Takasaki and Ron and Al Lindner were among the first to offer their voices in support of Let's Go Fishing with Seniors. These days, some of the equally compelling endorsements are coming from people whose skills with a fishing pole are not quite so legendary. They include Linda Dilley, activities director for Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home in Willmar. She's been so moved by how the program has benefited residents there that she considers one of her proudest moments an incident at a care conference.
WILLMAR -- You can't help but notice that there are fewer young people chasing wild game these days. There's lots of discussion about getting young people involved in hunting and what the future might hold for hunting.
BUFFALO LAKE -- An 11-year-old, sixth-grade student at St. Mary's Elementary School in Bird Island has been invited to sing the national anthem Saturday when President Barack Obama makes a campaign visit to Minneapolis. McKaia Ryberg was "discovered'' by gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton when she sang the national anthem for the Tim Orth Foundation benefit held last March, according to her mother Sandy Ryberg.
BUFFALO LAKE -- An 11-year-old, sixth grade student at St. Mary's Elementary School in Bird Island has been invited to sing the national anthem when President Barack Obama makes a campaign visit to Minneapolis on Saturday. McKaia Ryberg was "discovered'' by gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton when she sang the national anthem for a Tim Orth Foundation benefit he attended last March, according to her mother Sandy Ryberg.
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo are hoping the city can repair the picturesque rock walls and bridges that are so integral to the appearance of Lagoon Park. Council members approved action Monday to repair the bridges, but tabled work on the walls for now, according to City Manager Steve Jones. By their action, council members authorized Short, Elliot and Hendrickson to develop specifications for repairing the bridges. Initial estimates indicate that it will cost $71,347 to repair the north and south bridges. The city is hopeful of obtaining Federal Emergency Management Ag
GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls City Council members adopted policy changes that will allow the city to move forward with a proposal to develop a floodwall base between Prentice Street homes and the Minnesota River. The action on Monday will allow the city to acquire property that is identified as needed for the flood wall project, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. City Engineer Dave Berryman has proposed building the wall on a route parallel to the river. The wall would be 2 to 2½ feet tall, with a base up to 30 feet wide with a 6-foot-wide top.
NEW LONDON -- Mourners quietly filled the New London-Spicer High School gymnasium and waited Sunday afternoon -- some dabbing at tears -- until the cadence of the footsteps of the honor guard delivered the flag-draped coffin of Private First Class Ryane Glenn Clark. "We have lost a brother and a piece of our heart,'' said Maj. Gen. Rodney Anderson. The message he delivered to the mourners came from Clark's fellow U.S.
ATWATER -- The opening of Robert Mattson's retrospective exhibit and the performance by Willie Murphy offers an opportunity to visit a unique art venue as well. ARTmeyerson is located in the former Strong Ford Garage in Atwater. It was founded by Sue Meyerson and her daughter Ella, both of Atwater.
For 37 years, Robert Mattson introduced students to the world of art -- knowing that the best among them would rebel at all that he taught them. Just as Robert Mattson the artist has always done. Mattson's commitment to creating art through discovery will be on exhibit as "Avant Garage: Four Decades of Art'' at ARTMeyerson in Atwater. The exhibit's opening will be celebrated with a performance by Minneapolis music legend Willie Murphy. The opening is from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23, with Murphy performing from 7 to 10 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Cheyenne Clay Johnson, 42, of Clara City, pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Johnson was charged with assaulting a juvenile female Aug. 24 at a residence in Clara City. He allegedly later used a cell phone to report his own crime, triggering a search by law enforcement officers in the Clara City area. According to the criminal complaint, Johnson had said he was on foot along state Highway 23.