Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — Renville County can continue to offer overnight camping in its parks along the Minnesota River and meet Department of Health licensing requirements without a major hit to the capital improvement budget, according to Mark Erickson, environment and community development director. The county will need to invest $71,800 in the next two years to meet the licensing requirements, but most of the proposed improvements were being planned anyway, Erickson told the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The proposed capital improvement budget for the next four years will need to increase by
GRANITE FALLS — City Council members in Granite Falls awarded what they believe is the final major project in over a decade’s worth of flood mitigation work. Council members on Monday awarded a $1,942,539 bid to Robert L. Carr Company to build a new sanitary lift station on the city’s east side.
MONTEVIDEO — A new fire hall could be erected by year’s end in Montevideo. City Council members approved actions at their meeting Monday to prepare final documents and call for bids on the project. Documents should be ready by Feb. 20 and bids opened March 20, according to a timetable approved by council members, said City Manager Steve Jones. Cities Edge Architects, Willmar, has prepared preliminary plans for the structure. It will enclose approximately 13,000 square feet, and include six, double-deep bays for vehicles. Three of the bays will allow drive-through access.
OLIVIA — Renville County has a simple, low-cost option to extend the life of its landfill, the Renville County Board of Commissioners learned Tuesday at its work session. It could add another two years to the projected five years of capacity remaining in the landfill by increasing the steepness of the grade on one of the two cells now being filled, according to a newly completed study by Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc., of St. Paul. The county also has the ability to expand the landfill’s overall capacity for much longer term use without acquiring new land, according to the study.
<p>RAYMOND — There were lots of people kind enough to point out to Arie Tensen the blunder he was making.</p> <p> “Everybody told him you’re crazy, you ain’t by the water,” said his son, Wayne Tensen, about his father’s decision to open Tensen Marine in Raymond. The small community is surrounded by fields of corn, soybeans and sugar beets, and the lakes everybody enjoys are located up the road a piece.</p> <p> Tensen Marine is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
RAYMOND — There were lots of people kind enough to point out to Arie Tensen the blunder he was making. “Everybody told him you’re crazy, you ain’t by the water,” said his son, Wayne Tensen, about his father’s decision to open Tensen Marine in Raymond. The small community is surrounded by fields of corn, soybeans and sugar beets, and the lakes everybody enjoys are located up the road a piece. Tensen Marine is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Plaques on the walls inside tell the story.
OLIVIA — A Buffalo Lake man with previous drug convictions is in the Renville County jail after agents with a drug task force seized from a closet in his basement bedroom what they allege are the chemicals and materials for making methamphetamine. Felony charges of controlled substance in the second degree – subsequent offense, and possession of substances with intent to manufacture methamphetamine – subsequent offense, were filed Wednesday in Renville County against Brandon James Schroeder, 28. He made his first appearance Thursday in District Court in Renville County.
MONTEVIDEO — With a budget so paper-thin that even the thermostat must be dialed back to the low 60s, Maynard Librarian Gloria Sims bemoans the fact that she can purchase only a limited number of books to add to the collection each year. Last year, she augmented the library’s book-buying budget by holding a craft fair as a fundraiser. Before some of the new books reached her library’s shelves, there were holds placed on them that sent them to patrons elsewhere in the nine-county Pioneerland library system. Ditto the experience in Milan, where Ron Anderson was eager to add “The Harbinger’’ t
GRANITE FALLS — Options to solve the building and space needs for services now located in the Yellow Medicine County courthouse are getting more varied, and less costly. The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday reviewed new proposals from Wold Architects, of St. Paul. The plan that generated the most interest calls for demolishing the original 1889 portion and 1970s addition to the courthouse and erecting a separate 18,500-square-foot structure on the campus.
CLARA CITY — Just weeks after voters rejected a $20 million bond proposal to build a central elementary school, MACCRAY School Board members are going back to the drawing board to develop a new approach and, it is hoped, heal a divided district. Board members informally expressed support for a proposal by member Tim Smith to appoint an advisory committee to look anew at the district’s building issues.