Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GROVE CITY — It was a few decades ago and Chuck Carlson’s dad was crossing the Canadian border when the officer saw his Grove City address and told him: That’s the town with the meat market where he gets his best meat. Only recently, his son’s mother-in-law was shopping for potato sausage in Phoenix, Ariz., when the man next to her felt obliged to inform her: “I know where you can buy the best potato sausage in the country. It’s a little meat market in Grove City.’’
WILLMAR — A winter weather travel advisory is in effect for west central Minnesota beginning at 3 p.m. today and continuing until 3 a.m. Monday. Accumulating snow will make travel difficult in Kandiyohi and neighboring counties in West Central Minnesota, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department. The snow is expected to begin falling in the late afternoon and continue into the night. Snowfall amounts of two to four inches are possible, with up to five inches possible in local areas.
800x600 About the time that anglers are happily tossing slip-bobber rigs to sunfish in the shallow waters of Nest Lake’s northeast corner, the hard work begins. Starting usually in May, sometimes in late April, workers begin plying the waters of Nest Lake in two mechanical harvesters. They have about two months to cut and remove curly-leaf pondweed.
RENVILLE — A 37-year employee of the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative died of injuries he suffered in a workplace accident at 2:50 p.m. Thursday at the plant in Renville. Erv Knuston, 60, of Sacred Heart, was struck by a payloader while outside in the pellet loading area, according to information from the company. Visibility was poor due to the cold weather and steam vapors in the area when the accident occurred, the company said in the statement. A third party contractor owned and operated the payloader.
RENVILLE — A 60-year-old man died in an apparent workplace accident at the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative at 2:50 p.m. on Thursday. The Renville County Sheriff’s office reported today that the victim was run over by a pay loader and died of his injuries. Visibility was poor at the time of the accident due to strong winds blowing beet pulp around the plant, according to the news release. The victim’s identity is being withheld until family is notified.
MONTEVIDEO — Montevideo had the distinction of posting the state’s coldest wind chill on Thursday with a minus 44 reading at the airport at 9:09 a.m. That was pretty close to the height of the coffee hour at the Trailways Café, where the conversation was very predictable, said longtime employee Linda Bendickson. “I kept hearing ‘brrr, brrr, it’s cold out there,’’’ said Bendickson.
GLENWOOD — Dana Allen Schoen left a Pope County courtroom Friday with the first- person accounts of a family’s unending anguish to remember, and a 48-month prison sentence to serve. Teary-eyed family, friends and supporters of Heather and Brad Bigler of Marshall filled the courtroom to standing room capacity as District Judge Charles Glasrud sentenced Schoen, 38, of Starbuck to prison for his conviction on criminal vehicular homicide for the July 28, 2012, death of the Bigler’s 5-month-old son, Drake.
GLENWOOD — Dana Allen Schoen, 38, of Starbuck, was sentenced this morning to 48 months in prison on a criminal vehicular homicide charge for causing the July 28 motor vehicle crash in Pope County that killed 5-month-old Drake Bigler, As part of his sentencing by District Judge Charles Glasrud in Pope County District Court, Schoen was also sentenced to 13- and 15-month sentences, to be served concurrently, on criminal vehicular operations charges for causing injuries to the boy’s father and grandmother.
OLIVIA — Renville County Hospital Administrator Glenn Haugo is on paid administrative leave and plans for building a new hospital will go forward at a much slower pace. Those were among the decisions made by the Renville County Hospital board at its meeting Tuesday in Olivia. They come just four days after the board’s executive committee told Haugo to leave his office for reasons that have yet to be made public.
OLIVIA — Legacy funds will not be available to develop a proposed Off Highway Vehicle park in Renville County in 2013, but proponents of the park remain committed, according to information presented to the Renville County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner LaMont Jacobson, who represents Sa-cred Heart Township, told board members he recently attended a meeting where the president of the Minnesota Valley ATV Riders told club members that the grant application for 2013 had been unsuccessful.