Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MADISON -- There are a lot of thoughts that can go through your mind while lying helpless on the ground with four broken ribs and the bones in your ankle shattered like broken glass. And, the grove on your farm is on fire and the wind is blowing toward your house. Only one thought went through Dave Linde's mind. He was worried about how he would get the spring field work done.
Just over eight years ago, Karin and Ron Koenen and their sons decided to grow their traditional corn and soybean farm in a way entirely new to the Chippewa County prairie. They planted cold-hardy grape hybrids developed by the University of Minnesota in a vineyard on their working farm just outside of Clara City.
Kandiyohi County was one of the last in the state to go "wet," holding off until 1966 before it would allow the sale of intoxicating beverages. Good things come to those who wait. Kandiyohi County is now home to an award-winning winery of its own. Glacial Ridge Winery is one of a growing number of wineries in the state taking advantage of newly developed, cold-hearty grape hybrids to produce distinctive, Minnesota wines. Glacial Ridge Winery also creates a distinctive image and experience that celebrates Kandiyohi County's natural environment and heritage as well.
1910 the year Albert Angrimson began farming in Chippewa County 1917 Agnes & Edward Erickson took over the farm and a tornado whisked the barn away 1918 built a new barn 2003 Mark & Cindy Lange launched Dry Weather Creek 2009 Eric Lange took over
When Albert Angrimson began farming this land in western Chippewa County in 1910, just about every community had its own mill to grind wheat to flour. Today, the mill is on the farm and it is the fourth generation of the family responsible for raising the wheat. Just like more than 100 years ago, it's still all about locally raised food. "That's the main thing,'' said Eric Lange, owner of the Dry Weather Creek mill and farm north of Watson. "They want locally grown.
MONTEVIDEO -- A mental health evaluation to determine whether Darek Jon Nelson is competent to stand trial in the Jan. 13 stabbing death of Vinessa Lozano has been filed with the District Court in Chippewa County. District Judge Dwayne Knutsen received the report earlier this month.
BIG BEND -- As a bloody conflict raged for six weeks, one group of Dakota risked their lives to protect more than 200 captive white settlers, mainly women and children. At the end of hostilities, the protectors became the captives, eventually marched and confined to a high- walled enclosure at Fort Snelling. A measles epidemic took the lives of many, and all were eventually exiled from Minnesota.
MADISON -- The man accused of rustling 26 Holstein steers from a Lac qui Parle County farm and selling them at sales barns in Benson and Pipestone pleaded guilty Thursday in District Court in Montevideo to an amended charge of possession of stolen property. Richard Kenneth Nelson, 41, formerly of Montevideo and now of Pine City, admitted to the court that he knew or should have known the cattle -- each weighing between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds -- were stolen when he transported them away from a rural feedlot on the night of Jan. 28.
MONTEVIDEO -- Work will get under way this summer to convert about 15 acres of the Smith Addition to a native prairie and riparian landscape. Montevideo City Council members this week approved moving forward with the project in partnership with the Chippewa River Watershed Project, according to City Manager Steve Jones. The Watershed Project has obtained $6,000 in funding to provide materials and seed to restore native grasses and wildflowers in the area.
TYSON LAKE -- Evan Wintz of Clarkfield took an early season plunge into icy waters, and saved a life by doing so. Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten credits Wintz, 23, with saving the life of Harlan Schwerin, 84, of Wood Lake on Tuesday afternoon. Wintz swam an estimated 20 or 30 yards into Tyson Lake to rescue Schwerin. He was stranded in his sinking, 2007 Dodge Dakota pickup truck in the shallow lake located near Wood Lake in the southeastern portion of Yellow Medicine County. Wintz and another motorist, Mike Hinz, had spotted the pickup in the water shortly before 2 p.m.