Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — Your instruction manual for Christmas shopping is on its way, and it’s sure to make a bigger splash than the Shenzhou capsule that brought Sandra Bullock safely to earth in the blockbuster movie “Gravity.’’ It’s also a lot more fun to read than the Chinese language manual Bullock found in the capsule that saved her life. Wednesday’s edition of the West Central Tribune will be packed with colorful advertisements, inserts and coupons for shoppers, all in time for Black Friday. Weighing in at just over 2 pounds, this year’s super-sized edition is bigger than last year’s, according to
GRANITE FALLS — Archibald Bush made his first earnings by trapping muskrats, but did a lot better later in life when he became chairman of the executive committee for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M). He and his wife, Edyth, created the Bush Foundation by turning over a large share of their stock and wealth in the company 60 years ago. The Bush Foundation is honoring their memory on its 60th anniversary by awarding three tribute grants.
WILLMAR — A Thanksgiving “thank you’’ to area servicemen and women remains a tradition for the Willmar Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1639 Men’s Auxiliary. They once again put together all the fixings to serve area veterans and their families a holiday meal, according to a news release from Glen Lotthammer, president of the auxiliary. The men’s auxiliary volunteers assembled the boxes of food on Saturday, and they were ready for distribution on Sunday. Most of those receiving the meal boxes picked them up Sunday at the VFW on Highway 12 East.
OLIVIA — The Renville County Attorney’s Office has filed felony charges of embezzlement of public funds and theft – false representation against the former city administrator of Hector. Barbara Hoyhtya, 60, of Hector, resigned her position as administrator in June in the midst of an audit of the city’s finances. In a complaint filed Tuesday in District Court, Renville County charges that Hoyhtya collected $7,160 in funds from the city that she had falsely claimed as expenses in 2012. Hoyhtya wrote a check for the amount to reimburse the city on July 15, 2013.
OLIVIA — Renville County is looking at the possibility of accepting municipal solid waste at its landfill from Redwood County. Doing so would help fill up the landfill in Beaver Falls Township ahead of schedule, which could possibly save Renville County money and make the transition easier as the two counties open a joint recycling and transfer facility. The Renville County Board of Commissioners discussed the option at its meeting Tuesday. Commissioners also weighed the possibility of expanding a cell at the landfill to provide some additional capacity there if needed. The Renville County
For more than a generation, Dick Clayton has defined for us what a park naturalist should be. Soon, it will be someone else’s turn. Dick Clayton, naturalist at Sibley State Park for 35 years, has announced his plans to retire on Dec. 3. “I don’t know how you can sum it up in words,’’ said Jack Nelson, manager of Sibley State Park.
For more than a generation, Dick Clayton has defined for us what a park naturalist should be. Soon, it will be someone else’s turn. Dick Clayton, a naturalist for 35...
APPLETON — From artists to bulldozers to the long arm of the law and volunteers with lots of zeal. Communities in the Upper Minnesota River Valley are employing a wide range of strategies to contend with vacant buildings. A changing retail economy and aging population are leaving open storefronts and empty school buildings in many rural communities. “We got pretty aggressive this past summer,’’ said Jon Radermacher, city manager in Madison, county seat for Lac qui Parle County.
GRANITE FALLS — A woman who has admitted to disposing of the bodies of her two infant children is being charged with a gross misdemeanor offense for allegedly pointing a gun at her head as she held her 9-month-old child. Yellow Medicine County filed a charge on Nov. 4 of endangering a child against Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, most recently of Clarkfield and formerly of Hendricks. A bail hearing is scheduled Wednesday. Anderson-Person is currently committed for mental illness by court order.
WILLMAR — Big winds, tall corn, and high hopes are all at play today as Minnesota’s deer firearm season opens. “They’ll shoot deer,’’ said Greg Melges, Mel’s Sport Shop, Spicer. Like most, he is optimistic about the prospects for success on the opening weekend, but also cautious about predicting how successful the opening weekend will prove. There remain areas in northern Kandiyohi County where plenty of corn still waits to be harvested. And, the opening day forecast is for windy conditions, which tends to cause deer to hunker down and reduce hunter success. One thing is certain.