Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS – Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies gathered Tuesday morning at the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office in Granite Falls to launch another aggressive search of Minnesota River bottom lands in hopes of bringing closure to the double homicide that has shocked this community. Across the street from the Sheriff’s Office, an estimated 600 people gathered at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church to celebrate the life of Kara Monson, 26, who was fatally shot in her Granite Falls home in the early morning hours of Sept. 2.
GRANITE FALLS — Kara Monson's surviving family members are focused on celebrating her life at a memorial being held this morning at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, but also remain vigilant in seeking justice for her murder. "Our family is grieving the loss of Kara,'' said her mother, Patrice Monson of Granite Falls, in a statement on Monday afternoon. "I would like to thank the public for their concern and outpouring of support." "But we cannot rest until Andy (Dikken) comes forward,'' she stated.
MILAN — If there is a reason to believe a community of Pacific Island residents now making their home in the heart of Chippewa County can create their own homegrown business, it was to be seen last week. While outside temperatures soared into the 90s, the temperature inside the kitchen of the Milan Community School popped the mercury at 105 degrees. And yet, volunteers with the Anach Cooperative continued to slice, dice, boil and process their garden-grown peppers and tomatoes to make salsa and other home-canned products.
MONTEVIDEO — The woman who authorities say is the mother of two newborns whose remains were found last fall in South Dakota has voluntarily agreed to commitment for treatment of mental illness. Kelly Jean Anderson-Person, 34, of Clarkfield, formerly of Hendricks, voluntarily agreed to a civil commitment for mental illness during a closed hearing Friday afternoon in District Court in Montevideo, her attorney said following the hearing.
MONTEVIDEO – Kelly Jean Anderson-Person, 34, of Clarkfield, voluntarily agreed to a civil commitment for mental illness during a closed hearing Friday afternoon in District Court in Montevideo, her attorney said following the hearing.
For the purple martins that call Minnesota home, it’s only an 11-day flight from a corn field south of Willmar to the remote wilds of the Amazon River rain forest. The route there and back can vary, but the timing is generally pretty consistent. Dick Doll’s purple martins returned right on time in April, and unfortunately so.
SPICER — The Willmar chapter of Let's Go Fishing reached a new milestone on Wednesday when volunteers welcomed aboard guests from Grove City for a pontoon ride on Green Lake. With the arrival of guests with Grove City C.A.R.E., the Let's Go Fishing chapter topped the 2,000 mark in the number of people it has hosted on fishing and boating excursions this summer.
MONTEVIDEO — A power outage forced some of Montevideo's major employers to close their doors for the day, while many residents went without air conditioning in their homes on Thursday. Xcel Energy was expected to begin restoring power to the affected area between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to Tom Hoen, communications director in Minneapolis.
SPICER — The Willmar chapter of Let’s Go Fishing reached a new milestone on Wednesday when volunteers welcomed aboard guests from Grove City for a pontoon ride on Green Lake. With the arrival of guests with Grove City C.A.R.E., the Let’s Go Fishing chapter topped the 2,000 mark in the number of people it has hosted on fishing and boating excursions this summer.
GRANITE FALLS — Black mold is a chronic problem in the offices for Countryside Public Health, where tight quarters in the basement of the Yellow Medicine County Courthouse make it virtually impossible to provide privacy for clients and there is no running water to have a sink in the only examination room, according to Liz Auch, Countryside director. A lack of space places opposing litigants together in cramped quarters outside of the third-floor courtroom while they wait for the start of court.