Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY -- A fund-raising effort by Prairie's Edge Casino Resort has raised $12,000 to benefit the Yellow Medicine and Chippewa counties Relay for Life chapter, Rice Hospice and Granite Falls Hospital and Manor, according to a news release on the campaign. The funds are being split among the three organizations as part of the effort to find a cure and support treatment for cancer survivors and their families. The funds were presented during an event held last month at the casino and resort owned by the Upper Sioux Community. The Yellow Medicine and Chippewa counties Relay for
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 the Granite Falls Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He was badly bruised and cut. A medical condition caused Raddatz to black out behind the wheel and drive into the home, according to Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue.
GRANITE FALLS -- A Granite Falls couple escaped injury when a Ford Explorer crashed into their home around 7 a.m. today on Prentice Street along the Minnesota River. The driver of the vehicle, a man believed to be in his 40s, was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital for unknown injuries. They did not appear to be life-threatening. Vonnie Vosberg had just stepped out of the kitchen to dry her hair in a bathroom when the SUV crashed through the south wall of her home.
WILLMAR -- Chet Curtis had only one thing to remember as he packed for an overnight trip to Washington, D.C. "When I talked to my daughter about it, she told me not to forget to pack an extra handkerchief,'' said Curtis, 88, of Willmar. He quickly added that he knows he will need it. Curtis is among 11 World War II veterans from Kandiyohi County on their way to tour the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Jon Lindstrand of Kandiyohi on Thursday drove the veterans from Willmar to Luverne.
APPLETON -- Chainsaw artists Jarrett and Jordan Dahl are among several new artists joining the 2010 Meander Arts Crawl this weekend. The annual event is a free, self-guided tour of artists' studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The iconic blue iron bridge spanning Lac qui Parle Lake near Milan is the symbol for the 2010 Meander Arts Crawl, thanks to artwork created by this year's featured artist Lucy Tokheim of rural Dawson. Tokheim's portrayal of the bridge was inspired by the internationally acclaimed writer Robert Bly's poem "Driving Toward the Lac qui
DAWSON -- To the hundreds of visitors who watch them every day, Jarrett and Jordan Dahl are surrounded by more noise than can be made by a frenzied crowd of Viking fans in the Metrodome. The two brothers rev chainsaws at full throttle and spit out blizzards of wood chips all day long. It's all in the name of giving life to dead trees. Their talent as chainsaw artists is to evoke a feeling of energy and motion in the detailed images of wildlife they carve from logs.
OLIVIA -- There is no telling how many motorists have spotted Olivia's Ear of Corn alongside U.S. Highway 212 in Olivia, and snapped pictures to stick in their scrapbooks. Two independent filmmakers have done them all one better and are putting the Ear of Corn on the big screen. Olivia's giant Ear of Corn is among 61 roadside attractions across the country featured in an independent film titled "World's Largest." The documentary premiered in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
GRANITE FALLS -- The two-year project to upgrade and renovate the Yellow Medicine East school buildings could lead to a reconfiguration of grades in the district, according to Superintendent Al Stoeckman. He said the district is studying the possibility of adopting the middle school concept for grades 6, 7 and 8. The school board is considering a proposal to move some preschool programs from the high school building into the elementary school, and making it a K-5 facility.
GRANITE FALLS -- Stuffy classrooms and hissing steam radiators might be the stuff of nostalgia, but they're also the cause for plugged noses and drowsy children not paying attention to teachers. They're part of the past at the Bert Raney Elementary School in Granite Falls, where the Yellow Medicine East School District is testing its entirely new heating, ventilation, lighting and electrical systems. "A lot more positive,'' said Superintendent Al Stoeckman of improved air and lighting evident in the district's elementary building. New energy-efficient lighting has made classrooms and hallwa
MONTEVIDEO -- The steady build up of sediment in Lake Pepin and the hypoxia or oxygen-depleted "dead zone'' in the Gulf of Mexico continue to get lots of attention, and are leading to increasing calls for environmental regulations on upstream farming practices. Yet there are plenty of good things being done by farmers in the Minnesota River basin, and reason to believe that continuing to use a carrot in place of a stick can be the best way to keep things on the right track. That's some of the thinking behind a recent "Friendship Tour'' that joined upstream farmers in the basin with downstrea