Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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BLOMKEST -- During his working years, Lennard Erickson ran the Blomkest Auto Body Shop with his brother Ted and never shied from the grime that came with the work. But come Sunday, there wasn't a church service that didn't see Lennard Erickson in the pew with a handsome neck tie to complement his finest apparel. A sharp-looking tie for Sunday service and special occasions was a must for Erickson, who had a tie collection going back to the 1940s. Had is the operative word here, as the woman whose eye he captured with those ties has put them to a new use, and with his blessing. "It's certain
WILLMAR -- The 2010 waterfowl season got off to a "spotty'' start at best, and to no one's surprise. "Odd'' is how Leroy Dahlke, wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources described the opener in Kandiyohi County. Overall, he said waterfowl hunters reported limited shooting and a poor opener. Yet there were some isolated areas where hunters were surprised by the numbers of birds they saw, and more divers than usual for this early in the season. Flooded fields across southern Minnesota had many wondering where the ducks would be on the opener.
DAWSON -- Lac qui Parle County's only park is getting discovered for all the right reasons. "You can come down here any day of the week and there are people,'' said county park board member Bernice Oellien. She is among those who see more users coming to the park to ride or hike its trails, fish or paddle its waters, or enjoy a picnic under a canopy of century-old oak trees. Soon, the growing numbers of park users might have much more to discover.
WILLMAR -- Someday people around the world might know Kandiyohi County for its gorgeous scenery, and three misfits who get tangled up with everything from a gas station robbery to a ruthless and corrupt sheriff who deals drugs. It took hours and hours of filming last autumn to capture it all, and a full year of editing by the film's creator to put it all together. But sometime at the end of this month, film producer Nicholas Engan intends to show a preview of the film he is titling "Kandiyohi'' to a select audience. "You don't go make a film unless you have to make it,'' said Engan, describ
OLIVIA -- An Olivia man faces 17 different misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges for allegedly taking four deer by illegal means and registering and transporting the deer using other people's archery licenses procured at his request. Chuck Lee Baumgartner, 33, was released on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty to the charges Monday in District Court in Olivia.
GRANITE FALLS -- The land where warriors and soldiers fought the final battle of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 will be recognized as a national historic site. Wood Lake Battlefield has been approved to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tom Hosier, founder of the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association announced Sept.
MONTEVIDEO -- Midwestern girl goes to California, waits tables and gets discovered. It makes for a great story in Hollywood, but on Main Street Montevideo, it makes for something much better: Terrific food and an extraordinary place to enjoy it. It took the meeting four decades ago of Eloise (née Sherod) and Gabe Valentino at a chain restaurant in Santa Barbara, Calif., to make possible Valentino's American Restaurant in downtown Montevideo. Since 1997 the downtown restaurant has been treating customers to everything from pies and baked goods to homemade soups, chicken cordon bleu, prime ri
MORRIS -- A gasifier that will use farm biomass to provide the steam heat needed for 80 percent of the heating needs on the University of Minnesota Morris campus is about one or two weeks from its start-up, according to James Barbour, director of plant services. The gasifier had been troubled with operation problems during its planned start-up last year. Once it starts, the new system will be creating a demand for 7,000 to 9,000 tons of corn stover each year, or its equivalent. Prairie grasses are one of the biomass fuels being tested since they are more energy dense than stover, according
BENSON --If 10 percent of the lands now used to produce annual crops like corn and soybeans were instead converted to pasture or perennial cover like alfalfa, the Chippewa River would run clear and clean. Can it be done in a way that adds to the profitability of farms in the basin? That's what the Chippewa River Watershed Project aims to achieve with its newly-launched "Chippewa 10 percent Project.'' It's working in partnership with the North Central Soil and Conservation Research Laboratory, the University of Minnesota, Morris, and Land Stewardship Project. The crux of the project is to he
GRANITE FALLS -- A Granite Falls couple escaped injury when a Ford Explorer crashed into their home around 7 a.m. Friday on Prentice Street along the Minnesota River. The driver of the vehicle, Bradley Raddatz, 45, of Wood Lake, was transported to Granite Falls Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.