Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- After scrapping plans to build a new addition to the courthouse, Yellow Medicine County found its answer to space needs by buying used. The county board of commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday to purchase the former Yellow Medicine County Bank on Eighth Avenue in Granite Falls.
OLIVIA -- Renville County's net levy would rise by 3.85 percent if a preliminary budget adopted Tuesday by the board of commissioners receives final approval. The county commissioners approved a preliminary levy of $12,727,151 for next year. The net levy reflects an increase of $472,726 as compared to 2012. More than one-half of the increase is attributed to a decision to set aside $250,000 toward an expanded road and bridge program being developed by the County Board. The county also needed to increase its levy due to an anticipated increase by $60,000 in mandates placed by the state on t
OLIVIA -- The Olivia Police Department and Renville County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help to apprehend the person or persons responsible for setting a fire Sunday in the downtown Olivia building that held the Renville County Food Shelf, Hair Connection, American Red Cross office and an apartment unit. No one was injured in the fire. The resident of the second-floor apartment was able to escape the building, according to the Olivia Police Department. The state fire marshal determined arson was the cause of the fire.
OLIVIA -- The public's help is being sought in apprehending the person or persons responsible for a fire that destroyed the contents of the Renville County Food Shelf and caused extensive smoke and heat damage to the Hair Connection, Red Cross office and an apartment unit in a downtown Olivia building on Sunday night. No one was injured, and the resident of the second floor apartment was able to escape the building unharmed, according to the Olivia Police Department. A passerby discovered the fire shortly before 8:35 p.m. The Olivia, Danube and Bird Island fire departments responded.
BUFFALO LAKE -- This is the day that trucks are expected to rumble out of the gate carrying the first ethanol produced at the former Minnesota Energy plant in Buffalo Lake since early 2010. Business partners Steve Walker and Patrick Riggs created Purified Renewable Energy LLC and raised the capital to acquire and upgrade the 1997-vintage facility that some feared might be scrapped.
OLIVIA -- Some of the earliest soybean and corn harvesting will likely take place along a three-mile stretch of Renville County Road 11. The Renville County Board of Commissioners learned Tuesday that the Court of Appeals has ruled against the low bidder for a project to rebuild the roadway from County Road 16 to Minnesota Highway 4. With the court's ruling issued, the County Board of Commissioners indicated that they intend to award the bid to the second low bidder on the project so that work can get under way yet this year.
OLIVIA -- A lawsuit filed against Renville County by Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, could have statewide implications for determining when environmental assessment worksheets must be completed for the expansion of gravel pits. The Renville County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday with their attorney for environmental issues, Scott Anderson of Minneapolis, to develop the county's response to the lawsuit now before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Duininck Inc.
APPLETON -- The courts are not mandated to issue a consecutive sentence to prisoners who commit crimes while confined to a private correctional facility, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday in a case involving the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. A Minnesota state statute requires that a prisoner who commits a crime in a "state correctional facility" receive a consecutive sentence - meaning additional time is served after the original time - rather than a concurrent sentence when sentences are served at the same time. District Judge David Mennis relied on the statue when se
What lies ahead quickly became the topic as the Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the Trunk Highway 23 bypass at Paynesville on Thursday. "The work is not done. It is just beginning,'' said State Senator Joe Gimse, R, Willmar, to a crowd gathered at the American Legion Post in Paynesville for the event. He was speaking in reference to calls from the Highway 23 coalition that lobbied for the bypass "to fill the gaps'' and develop the remaining two-lane segments between Willmar and St. Cloud into a four-lane road.