Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- A 26-year-old man is scheduled to be arraigned in district court in Granite Falls today after being accused of stabbing his brother on Sunday. Erich Ryan Blue, rural Granite Falls, is charged with two felony counts of assault in the second degree, for causing substantial bodily harm and using a dangerous weapon; and for fifth degree assault against a second person. The victim suffered three knife wounds in the back and was treated overnight at the Granite Falls Hospital for the injuries.
MONTEVIDEO -- Celeste Suter followed the maxim "location is everything'' not in choosing where to open a business, but where she and her husband Mark wanted to raise their children and live. They left the Twin Cities for his hometown of Montevideo nearly two decades ago. Fortunately for her, she is also finding Montevideo to be the right place to start a business. Three years ago, Suter turned her life-long passion for the fiber arts into a business, opening Celestial Designs in downtown Montevideo.
BENSON -- A budget deficit of $1.2 billion, the bonding bill and an expected tug-of-war between the two parties over taxes are sure to be the showstoppers when the Legislature convenes Thursday. But there are plenty of other dicey debates likely to pop up -- everything from whether to help build a new stadium for the Vikings or a racino -- and they're all on their way in the House to the commerce and labor committee headed by Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights. If the town hall meeting he hosted Monday along with Rep.
MONTEVIDEO -- Spring flooding is expected in the upper Minnesota River watershed this spring due to a higher-than-normal water content in the snowpack in western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. Residents in flood-prone areas along the Upper Minnesota River, especially in Montevideo and Granite Falls, are being urged to prepare for flooding. Those with homes in the floodplain are urged to investigate purchasing flood insurance. "It will flood in Montevideo,'' said Dan Luna, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo is prepared to bring an offer of $2 million in local funding and ready-made plans to the state capitol in the quest to be a host site for a new veterans home. Backers of the proposal are also bringing a message: Minnesota has a moral obligation to meet the needs of its growing and aging population of veterans, no matter the fiscal challenges of the times. "How are we going to make room for these veterans?'' said Dennis Anderson, veterans service officer in Chippewa County, who soon posed the question: "How can we not?'' Anderson and other members of the Montevideo a
MONTEVIDEO -- What if it was possible to reduce the amount of pollution reaching a waterway by making it profitable for landowners to increase the acres of wildlife habitat in its watershed? That's the promise of ecosystem credit trading, and why a team supported by the Minnesota River Board is working to create the Conservation Marketplace of Minnesota.
MONTEVIDEO -- An extensive, two-year monitoring program will be launched this year to analyze water quality in two South Dakota tributaries to the upper portion of the Minnesota River. The project will include extensive water quality monitoring at 14 sites in the Whetstone River and Yellow Bank River watersheds, according to Jay Gilbertson, manager of the East Dakota Water Development District in Brookings, S.D.
GRANITE FALLS -- A series of reports through the past decade have all recommended the Yellow Medicine East School District improve its buildings, and all favored remodeling over new construction as the most economical choice. "Our buildings are tired, they need rejuvenation,'' Superintendent Al Stoeckman told an audience of around 40 people on Tuesday evening. The superintendent and school board members hosted the meeting to answer questions about their decision to move forward with an estimated $14 million in improvements to the high school and Bert Raney Elementary school buildings in Gran
LITCHFIELD -- Charges of felony theft against Danube Police Chief Lester Schneider Jr. were continued for dismissal in a year under terms of an agreement approved Wednesday in district court in Litchfield. The charges of theft and misconduct by a public official will be dismissed provided the chief abide by the agreement. The agreement requires a letter of apology.
LITCHFIELD -- Charges of felony theft against Danube Police Chief Lester Schneider Jr., 40, were continued for dismissal in a year under terms of an agreement approved Wednesday in district court in Litchfield. The charges of theft and misconduct by a public official will be dismissed provided the chief abide by the agreement, which requires a letter of apology.