Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- You can lead a child to locally raised broccoli, and they will eat and enjoy it. Just ask food service directors Laurie Milbrandt of the Redwood Area Schools or Margaret Flemming with the BOLD School District. They've been introducing students to a delectable buffet of locally raised foods -- from apples and fresh sweet corn to zucchini -- with good results, they told participants in a Farm to School workshop April 24 in Olivia.
MORTON -- Service with four U.S. Army infantry divisions led Carl Colwell to the Pentagon as a strategic planner. There was always a crisis somewhere. Colwell said he would escape to Arlington National Cemetery when he needed to remind himself why he was doing this difficult work. After the Sept.
GRANITE FALLS -- The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners approved a new redistricting plan Tuesday. All five commissioner seats are up for election this year due to redistricting, a vacancy due to death, and the completion of terms. The commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday approved the first of two redistricting options presented, according to Yellow Medicine County Administrator Ryan Krosch.
OLIVIA -- A defendant who had eluded law officers while on a crime spree last summer has pleaded guilty. Matthew James Wrobleski, 38, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday in District Court in Olivia to felony charges of illegal possession of a firearm; second-degree burglary; and motor vehicle theft. The charges were among 14 filed against him in Renville County.
CLARA CITY -- Sarah Guggisberg took on her quest for Jacob's Law with the determination to make as many trips to the Capitol in St. Paul as it required, no matter what. Her only concern was whether her 1994 model Lexus with nearly 260,000 miles on it would see her through. It did, but with hardly a mile to spare. Gov. Mark Dayton on April 4 signed the legislation requiring that both parents are notified when a child is the victim of abuse or neglect.
BENSON -- Some of the best lessons are learned outside of the classroom, and in this case, the farther away the better. Since 1994, Benson instructor Barb Schwarz has been leading her seventh-grade, American history students on an annual trip to Washington, D.C. "It is kind of a rite of passage almost in Benson,'' said Superintendent of Schools Lee Westrum. He joined one of the trips years ago as a social studies instructor, and returned as enthusiastic as the students. "It was a lot of fun,'' said Kaitlyn Knutson, one of the seventh-graders. It's also a lot of education.
MONTEVIDEO -- A 54-year-old dam on the Chippewa River will be coming down this summer. The Montevideo City Council approved plans and specifications at their meeting on Monday to remove the dam in Lagoon Park, according to City Manager Steve Jones. A bid letting on its demolition is likely in May. The project will involve punching a hole in the dam to lower the river elevation before removing the structure, possibly in July and August. The city has obtained $400,000 in funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S.
GRANITE FALLS -- City Council members in Granite Falls will consider amending a zoning ordinance so that a vacant commercial property along U.S. Highway 212 can be converted for use as a church. Members of the Rock Haven Church asked council members on Monday to amend the commercial zoning for the former Rittmiller Motors property on U.S.
ORTONVILLE -- Residents in the area of a proposed hard rock mining quarry had their say before the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners at a public hearing on Tuesday evening. More than 120 people are estimated to have attended the hearing at the armory in Ortonville, with 18 of the 20 people who testified voicing opposition to the project, according to Duane Ninneman, Clean Up our River Environment. The Big Stone County Board will take up the issue again May 1, and commissioners are expected to make a final decision on a conditional use permit by May 21. Strata Corporation of Grand Fork