Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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ST. PAUL — Minnesota is home to thousands of veterans under the age of 40 who have served in overseas combat areas in recent years, returned home and have now found their next missions outside of the military. The Minnesota Humanities Center will be recognizing 25 of these veterans for their service during a ceremony Sept. 11 in the Twin Cities.
WILLMAR --EMDASH-- A fast-moving line of thunderstorms spewed hail over portions of Pope, Kandiyohi and Meeker counties on Tuesday night. According to a storm summary posted on the website of the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service, the first reports of pea-sized hail were reported around 4:40 p.m. by law enforcement in Pope County. Officers reported hail in areas near Gilchrist and Swift Falls.
GRANITE FALLS - The city of Granite Falls joined Redwood Falls, Minneapolis and an unknown number of other cities in approving a resolution this week urging that the Dakota perspective be heard during the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in hopes of rectifying the wrongs. The resolution was introduced to Granite Falls City Council members on Monday by council member Sarina Otaibi, and approved at its first reading, according to City Manager Bill Lavin.
WILLMAR -- John Woodman thought himself lucky. Serving with the U.S. Marine Corps and stationed from 1972 through 1976 at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., he was ordered three times to Vietnam, only to have the orders rescinded each time. On one occasion he made it as far as the Marine base at Twentynine Palms in southern California before being sent back to Camp Lejeune; on another, his plane was literally turned around in mid-flight.
MADISON -- Madison's solution to the digital divide is pretty old-fashioned: Everyone chips in to make up the difference. In this case, patrons of the Grand Theatre and plenty of others donated more than $106,000 since a fund raising project was launched one year ago. The donations were combined with funds provided by the city of Madison -- owner of the Grand Theatre - and made possible a $130,000 digital conversion to the two-screen movie house located in the heart of the city's downtown.
BENSON -- There remains a place in the modern economy for the skilled artisan. The best place of all for this artisan - a luthier known all over North America - is his hometown of Benson. "I love this town,'' said Ken Amundson, the craftsman behind Amundson Violins in downtown Benson. Amundson, 68, returned and moved his business home 11 months ago.
BENSON --EMDASH-- On a chilly night in Benson, Ken Amundson took a perfectly-good violin, placed it in a leather case, and submerged it outside his home in a barrel of water liberally doused with sea salt. In the morning he discovered he had ruined the violin, and that he was now in the middle of a debate raging across the Atlantic. "It was in pieces,'' said Amundson of the violin.
BELGRADE - A rural Belgrade family has lost their home and possessions to fire. "To lose everything over a flash of lighting like that, it's crazy,'' Connie Oliver said of the blaze that destroyed the house she has called home the past 24 years..
MINNEAPOLIS - It will be six years ago on Aug. 1 that Lake Lillian native Lindsay (Petterson) Walz was plucked from the Mississippi River and set atop a slab of concrete near the collapsed I-35W Bridge to wait for help. That's when and where the survivor of the bridge collapse made up her mind. Walz said she decided she was going to pursue the dream she adopted as a 16-year-old and open a youth center. She wanted to do the good work she had witnessed and participated in as a youth at the Christian Community Outreach Center in Olivia.
OLIVIA - Four months after his termination, it's not clear yet if the dispute between the Renville County Hospital and Clinics and its former administrator is fully resolved. Asked if the matter was resolved, former administrator Glenn Haugo said on Thursday that it's "sort of over, but it's not, on the other hand.'' In response to the same question, Renville County Administrator Sara Folsted said she could not provide any additional information.