Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- Matthew James Wrobleski, 38, of Willmar, knows he is going to prison, but he will have to wait another month to learn for just how long. Parties involved in his case in Renville County agreed Tuesday during private discussions in the court chambers in Olivia to postpone his sentencing. District Judge Randall Slieter told the defendant and others present for the sentencing that the parties have issues to resolve involving a complicated plea agreement reached on April 23. Wrobleski had pleaded guilty to felony charges of illegal possession of a firearm and motor vehicle theft, accor
MADISON -- As a civic booster and owner of KLQP Radio in Madison for three decades, Maynard Meyer probably attends fundraising events more often than Al Lindner gets out fishing. Yet nothing prepared Meyer for the catch that came with a fundraising event Wednesday in Madison. A block party raised more than $20,000 in contributions toward buying digital equipment for the Grand Theatre in Madison. "Wall-to-wall people'' filled the downtown.
MONTEVIDEO -- The main runway at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Airport will be reconstructed. Montevideo City Council members at their meeting Monday approved the low bid of $1,596,258.61 by Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, for the project. The Chippewa County Board approved awarding the bid at its meeting Tuesday, according to Montevideo City Manager Steve Jones. The bid is below the $1,824,250 engineering estimate for the project. Four firms offered bids, ranging from the awarded bid to $2.1 million. The project could require closing the runway for 60 days.
FLORENCE -- Controversy and legal problems have followed Dale Peterson throughout 18 years of operating adult entertainment businesses in communities including Boyd, Montevideo and Cosmos. Peterson closed his operations in Montevideo and Cosmos after facing criminal charges and community opposition.
WATSON -- Montevideo is willing to provide fire protection to the city of Watson, which has not renewed a contract with the privately organized Watson Community Firefighters. Montevideo City Council members approved a proposed contract on Monday to extend the protection, primarily to assure that the community is not without fire protection, according to City Manager Steve Jones. Yet the dispute over the decision by the city of Watson to look elsewhere for fire protection has only heated up. The Watson Community Firefighters has served a lawsuit charging the city with breach of contract.
WILLMAR -- Voters will decide a rematch from 2004 in the race for the Ward 4 seat on the Willmar City Council. Jim Dokken filed Tuesday to retain his seat representing Ward 4. He will face challenger Jay Lawton, whom he defeated in 2004. Dokken has served on the council since 1999. He is a native of Willmar and a retired U.S.
GRANITE FALLS -- A local company with a not-so-well-known name has become a rising employer in the region by custom manufacturing and designing products for companies everyone knows. AGCO, Caterpillar, Loram, Toro and Volvo are just a sampling of the companies that turn to Specialty Systems, or SpecSys Inc.
BENSON -- It remains unknown whether Swift County assessor Ed Pederson will challenge action by the county board of commissioners placing him on paid leave and ending his appointment at year's end. Reached recently at his home, Pederson said he is not able to comment on the matter, including whether or not he plans to challenge the actions taken against him. The county is currently beginning a search for a new assessor. The Swift County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in a closed session May 15 to immediately place Pederson on paid leave and not renew his appointment as of Dec.
OLIVIA -- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is optimistic that Congress will pass a new farm bill before its August recess, but a debate with important consequences for his district looms in the weeks ahead. The House and Senate are in agreement on most aspects of the farm bill, but differ in how they would support production of corn, soybean and other commodities, Peterson told an audience of more than 40 Friday afternoon in Olivia.
WATSON -- Montevideo is willing to provide fire protection services to the City of Watson, which is looking to end a troubled relationship with its independently organized fire department. Representatives from Watson and Montevideo are meeting today to work out an agreement after the city councils in both communities gave the go-ahead to do so.