Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine County Administrator Ryan Krosch is one of three finalists for the administrator position in Nicollet County. Krosch said he enjoys working for Yellow Medicine County but considers the Nicollet County position a great opportunity to advance his career.
UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY -- Harry Running Walker's great-grandfather was among the chiefs who signed the 1851 treaty that ceded most of the Dakota land in Minnesota to the U.S. government for about 12 cents an acre. In 1862, his great-grandfather, Chief Mazomani, was fatally wounded while carrying a white flag during the Battle of Wood Lake. These many years later, Harry Running Walker carries a far different torch. Running Walker, 87, is among four remaining fluent Dakota speakers in the Upper Sioux Community.
DAWSON -- Dawson's role as an agricultural processing center in western Minnesota got a big boost Thursday, when city, state and federal officials joined to celebrate a $1.2 million federal grant that will be used to expand its industrial park. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as state and local officials, were at the Dawson City Hall to present the Economic Development Administration grant during a congratulatory visit and tour. The city had been working on the grant application for two years and was notified late last week of the grant award.
WILLMAR -- It's a three-way race for the State House of Representatives District 17B seat representing nearly all of Kandiyohi County, but the candidates were often of one voice when it came to issues important to the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Incumbent Bruce Vogel, R-Willmar, and challengers Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, and Zachary Liebl, Independence Party-Atwater, pledged their support for Local Government Aid and property tax relief at a forum held Wednesday evening in Willmar.
OLIVIA -- A plea agreement reached Tuesday in Renville County spares Matthew Wrobleski the longer prison sentence the prosecution originally sought, but it tacks on up to 15 years of probation during which he could be sent back to prison for any infractions. District Judge Randall Slieter sentenced Matthew Wrobleski, 39, previously of Olivia and Willmar, to 92 months in prison for conviction on a charge of felon in possession of a gun.