Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — Renville County has played host to stranded motorists in two different storms this winter season, and is preparing to do so for many more, but absent the Minnesota National Guard Armory in Olivia. The city of Olivia learned prior to the last major snowstorm that federal rules require that the governor of the state approve the use of Minnesota National Guard Armories or its resources during emergencies. As a result, the city had designated its community center as its emergency shelter, a role the armory had played in countless winter storms prior.
OLIVIA — Renville County Hospital board members, staff and supporters of a proposed project to build a new hospital facility will be hosting a series of meetings and open houses in communities in upcoming weeks. Nathan Blad, interim administrator for the RC Hospital and Clinics, outlined an outreach campaign that includes the meetings, distribution of printed materials, media advertising; even a telephone “hot line,’’ all to get word about the need for the project.
MONTEVIDEO — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man serving a prison sentence for burglarizing a Montevideo home while its occupant was asleep. In an order filed Monday, the court upheld the first-degree burglary conviction of Jordan Lee Downwind, 21, formerly of Montevideo and Red Lake. He is currently at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility serving combined sentences of 79 months for separate offenses. Downwind was convicted in November 2010 for a burglary on the night of July 27-28.
MONTEVIDEO — Deb Olson is not the first entrepreneur to realize that there is a growing lunch crowd in search of healthy, fresh and visually enticing foods. For two years, she and her daughter operated a Winsted café that made its reputation by offering exactly that recipe for customer satisfaction.
By Tom Cherveny email@example.com OLIVIA — Renville County Hospital board members eliminated the chief operating officer position at their meeting on Tuesday. The unanimous vote was part of the hospital’s on-going efforts to reduce operating costs in expectation of reductions in reimbursements from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
OLIVIA — Renville County will continue to pursue the development of an off-highway vehicle park that is opposed by neighboring landowners, but supported by an all-terrain vehicle club and the Sacred Heart Township board of supervisors.
OLIVIA — Putting the brakes on plans to build a new Renville County Hospital and Clinic facility does not change the need to address the challenges posed by an aged and outdated complex. If a new facility is not built, the hospital will be spending millions of dollars in upcoming years on essential upgrades to its infrastructure. “Yes, without a doubt,’’ said Nathan Blad, interim administrator and chief financial officer for the Renville County Hospital and Clinics.
WILLMAR — Recent winter storms and a growing snowpack are causing stress for some wildlife populations, although problems are not widespread. The Kandiyohi County chapter of Pheasants Forever is beginning an effort to encourage people to feed pheasants due to signs that some of the birds are stressed in the county.
OLIVIA — Communities along U.S. Highway 212 in Renville County hosted roughly 100 stranded motorists in community centers and a church as winds created blizzard conditions Monday night. Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said that four squad cars were kept busy without a break from about 8 p.m. to midnight, responding to calls from about a dozen stranded vehicles. Officers braved near white-out conditions to reach the stranded motorists, and by 11 p.m., snow drifts that stopped all but four-wheel drive vehicles, he noted.
Riding along on Hwy 23 on Tuesday morning.