Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- Heavy rains overwhelmed the sanitary sewer system in Granite Falls, causing sewage to back up into the basements of dozens of homes in the community during the Thursday night storm. Rainfall amounts in the city totaled between 5½ to 6 inches from the storm. The rain fell at a rate greater than three inches an hour. City Manager Bill Lavin was among those who spent a sleepless night cleaning up as the sanitary sewer system backed up into the basement of his home.
MONTEVIDEO -- Fifteen years and three governors into his role as commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Gene Hugoson is more bullish than ever on the future of agriculture. He's also wary, as he expressed concerns about the unintended consequences of regulatory efforts by people far removed from agriculture, and how the state's budget crisis could affect his department. Agriculture accounts for 20 percent of the jobs in Minnesota, Hugoson told a small gathering of mainly reporters Thursday at a listening session he hosted in Montevideo.
WILLMAR -- Willmar's award-winning basket weaver Janet Olney will be featured in an upcoming program to be aired on Pioneer Public Television. The locally produced "Postcards'' program will feature Janet Olney on the air at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Producer Eric Olson said the local weaver's skills and talents will be highlighted in the show.
WILLMAR -- A motorist racing through Kandiyohi County at 128 miles per hour was among those ticketed during extra enforcement of traffic speed limits statewide during the month of July. The statewide campaign resulted in 27,638 motorists ticketed, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. There were 253 drivers ticketed for going more than 90 mph, and 26 -- including the motorist in Kandiyohi County -- cited for exceeding 100 mph. The highest speed ticketed was 178 mph in Wadena County. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office issued the ticket to the driver of a Corvette.
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East School Board members will ask voters to renew an operating levy this November, one year earlier than its expiration. Board members decided at their meeting Monday to put the measure on this November's ballot, according to Superintendent Al Stoeckman. The levy provides $401 per pupil. Board members cited a number of reasons for asking the voters to renew the issue one year early. A "yes'' vote this November would provide the school with the certainty of the funding in coming years, Stoeckman said.
MONTEVIDEO -- School board members in Montevideo held a special session on Monday to review progress and set goals before taking care of immediate business with a regular meeting. Although a levy measure failed in a referendum last year, board members noted the district was able to put into place a well organized budget that keeps the district on good financial footing. Superintendent Dr. Luther Heller said the district made $768,000 worth of cuts that included a decision to move K-12 class offerings out of the Sanford school.
MONTEVIDEO -- The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners will be taking up a recommendation one week from today on whether or not to issue a permit to Duininck Bros.
LAKE LILLIAN -- The first surveyors in southern Kandiyohi County scribbled in their notes that they could not take 100 steps in any direction without getting their feet wet. Those who enjoy the outdoors for hunting or wildlife observing today have an opportunity to retrace many of those steps in the area south of Big Kandiyohi Lake near Lake Lillian. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with help from state and local conservation groups, acquired an 80-acre tract from a former Kandiyohi County family to expand the complex of wetlands and grasslands in the area for public use.
MONTEVIDEO -"What good is a parade if there aren't people along the streets cheering you along the way?" Those words belong to Adjutant General Larry Shellito, commander of the Minnesota National Guard, who was among those who joined Friday evening to cheer the more than 550 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery in Montevideo. Billed as a welcome home and change of command ceremony, Gov. and First Lady Tim and Mary Pawlenty, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep.
MONTEVIDEO -- The final words in the long-festering dispute between the city of Watson and vegetable grower Aziz Ansari may be these: "I want this to go away I think as much as you guys do.'' They were spoken by District Judge David Mennis on Thursday in District Court in Montevideo shortly after he ordered the two sides to abide by the agreement they had reached in April to settle their dispute. The judge ordered Ansari to sketch out a diagram and fill out a one-page application for the permit for the raised vegetable beds on his residential property in Watson.