Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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DAWSON — Local development officials say a company operating in Kentucky has signed a purchase agreement for the shuttered American Milk Producers Inc. building in Dawson. The purchase is expected to be completed in February, according to Pam Lehmann, director of the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Agency. “It’s a great way to start the new year,’’ she said. Lehmann said Bluegrass Proteins Inc.
MONTEVIDEO — Montevideo will be bringing a proposal that is $5 million strong to the state Legislature to host the next veterans nursing home. The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to commit $3 million on the county’s part to the proposal to construct a veterans nursing home in Montevideo. The $3 million would be in addition to about $2 million already pledged by other entities, including the city of Montevideo, veterans groups and private individuals. “It will make a difference,” said State Sen.
GROVE CITY — What was recently termed a Superman-like leap in student performance at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Schools has attracted far more than local attention. The Minnesota Department of Education has chosen ACGC and Brainerd as Minnesota’s two nominees for possible national recognition as Blue Ribbon Schools. Dr. Brenda Cassellius, commissioner of education, called ACGC Superintendent Sherri Broderius with the news just over a week ago.
ATWATER — With the finish line only one week away, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is hopeful that the chequered flag could still be waved for Minnesota’s ethanol industry. She joined Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and more than 60 ethanol supporters Monday at Bushmills Ethanol in Atwater in a final rally for a letter campaign aimed at the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Ethanol’s supporters have until Jan.
SPICER — Ballast water discharged from ships in the Great Lakes could deliver the next invaders to Minnesota’s waters. Aquatic Invasive Species known as golden mussels and killer shrimp are now known to infest waters that are part of shipping lanes in Europe and South America with traffic to the Great Lakes, according to Phyllis Green, superintendent of Isle Royale with the National Park Service.
SPICER — Kandiyohi County is on the verge of putting the heat on Aquatic Invasive Species to stop their spread and possible arrival here. The Green Lake Property Owners Association is committed to purchasing a $16,000 power washer unit that could be used to decontaminate watercraft, if something can be arranged to provide the trained workers needed to operate it through the summer. “We want to do everything we can to protect the lakes of Kandiyohi County,’’ said Terry Frazee, a member of the GLPOA. The association is now working with local legislators, the Minnesota Department of Natural Re
MONTEVIDEO — The investigation into the Dec. 23 murder of Thomas Dickson, 64, of Montevideo continues to move forward. Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said Thursday that forensic evidence collected in the case is being analyzed. The process takes time, and authorities are continuing to put all of the information together. Local law enforcement is working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on the investigation. Dickson’s body had been found about 10:15 p.m. on Dec.
WILLMAR — Allegations of improper voting prompted a review of conflict-of-interest policies last week by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The review found nothing specific to back up the allegations. The discussion led to some sharply worded debate, however, over how to recognize and handle it when a board member is thought to have a conflict of interest. Details about the allegations — who made them and whom they were against — weren’t publicly shared.
Neither icy nor wind-blown roads have stopped Dave Frederickson, Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture from doing what he wants the Post Office to do. He wants to see no fewer than 100,000 letters delivered to Gina McCarthy, director of the Environmental Protection Agency urging her to drop the proposal to reduce the renewable fuels standard. “Wrongheaded and wrong directed,’’ said Frederickson of the proposal aTuesday at the Granite Falls Energy plant. Frederickson and staff are visiting ethanol plants across Minnesota rallying support for the letter campaign. McCarthy has proposed
CLARA CITY – Voters in the MACCRAY School District rejected a $20 million bond issue Tuesday for a new elementary school and an auditorium/theater in Clara City by a tally of 1,067 against the measure to 733 in favor, according to unofficial results presented to school board members. Frigid temperatures and icy roads did not keep voters from the polls for the hotly contested issue, with 1,800 total votes. A “good turnout,’’ said board chairman Lane Schwitters as the numbers were presented.