Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- A former Montevideo man accused of rustling 26 Holstein steers will serve jail time and probation, and could face time in prison if he violates his probation. Richard Kenneth Nelson, 41, now of Pine City, was sentenced Tuesday in Montevideo on separate felony convictions for receiving stolen property in Lac qui Parle and Chippewa counties. As part of an earlier agreement, the sentences for each are to be served concurrently, or at the same time. The court sentenced Nelson to one year and one day in prison, but stayed execution of the prison term.
Ground Zero in what many consider Minnesota's most difficult and yet most significant historical era is here at the Lower Sioux Agency Historical Site near Morton. After the killings at Acton, full warfare flared when Dakota warriors attacked and killed traders and government employees on the morning of Aug. 18, 1862. This is also where the retelling of the history has begun as the Minnesota Historical Society prepares to observe the 150th anniversary of the U.S.
OLIVIA -- Glen Jacobsen was early in his law career and serving as a prosecutor for a number of suburban communities in the metro area. The late night call came from the daughter of his associate. The building holding their offices in Oakdale was on fire, she told him, and it was arson. One of the fires had been started on his desk. Jacobsen is now an assistant county attorney for Renville County. He keeps a scorched gavel on his desk in his office in the County Office Building in Olivia.
OLIVIA -- Recreational opportunities in the area of Vicksburg County Park on the Minnesota River could soon be expanded. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has reached a purchase agreement to acquire 293 acres of private land east of the 241-acre Renville County Park, according to information presented Tuesday to the Renville County Board of Commissioners. DNR plans call for developing the land as both a wildlife management area and an aquatic management area, according to Lee Sundmark, fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Hutchinson, and Jeff
MONTEVIDEO -- Darek Jon Nelson now faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted in the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Vinessa Lozano on Jan.
MONTEVIDEO -- Darek Nelson now faces the possibility of life in prison for the fatal stabbing of Vinessa Lozano, 18, on Jan. 13 in Montevideo. A grand jury returned an indictment this afternoon for first-degree murder - premeditated, to the District Court in Chippewa County, according to Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson. The grand jury had been convened on Tuesday. Nelson, 24, was arraigned on the charge this afternoon.
WILLMAR -- A constitutional amendment that would require all voters to present photo identification is a real life version of the Cheshire Cat in "Alice in Wonderland,'' warns Kathy Bonnifield, director of the Citizens for Election Integrity, Minnesota. "We can see its tail, its eyes, but only if this passes will we really know what it means,'' Bonnifield said.
WILLMAR -- A growing gap between revenues and road maintenance needs has the Minnesota Department of Transportation looking for public input in identifying where to get the most bang for the buck, and warning the public that rough roads are ahead. In the 12 southwestern counties of District 8, the need for re-investment in road pavement and bridge preservation over the next 10 years is calculated at 130 percent of revenues, according to Patrick Weidemann, MnDOT planner with the Willmar office. "A generally deteriorating system,'' said Brian McLafferty, transportation planner in the St.
GRANITE FALLS -- Concerns from residents about odors and emissions from a seasonal hot mix operation at the Martin Marietta Aggregates quarry has City Council members considering setback requirements for the future. Council members took up discussion on the matter at their meeting on Monday, said City Manager Bill Lavin. He said citizens on the west side of Granite Falls have been raising concerns about the odors and emissions associated with the hot mix operation in the quarry, which is adjacent to a residential area. The operation is located in an area zoned for industrial use, and the c
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo agreed not to study the possibility of converting the former Running's building for use as a fire hall and public works garage. The decision at Monday's meeting was made after council members informally agreed the city could not afford the costs for developing a new fire hall or public works building at this point, said City Manager Steve Jones. Council members agree that the city's existing fire hall and public works building are in need of replacement.