Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- Viewers are recommending that Bird Island pay an annual fee of $7,000 for discharging into Renville County Ditch 66, a number that is probably three times what the city is willing to pay. The Renville County Board of Commissioners received the report Tuesday at its work session and will act on it at its next meeting. Discussions indicated that the commissioners had concerns about the fee as well. The city had asked for an annual outlet fee for budgeting.
LAKE FLORIDA -- Dr. Dean Lindquist, D.D.S., traveled hundreds of miles to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, to learn how to make a hand-held planer sing. Now he plies the waters of Lake Florida in Kandiyohi County and is rewarded with beautiful music of another sort: The sounds of loons calling and the laughter of children as they play on the lake's beaches. Yet he loves equally the time he spends in his shop overlooking the lake.
SPICER -- Scuba divers returned to the depths of Green Lake for a second year as part of the commitment by Let's Go Fishing with Seniors Minnesota to give back to the lake that offers it so much. The divers found that plenty of others have continued to give to the lake what it does not need. By day's end, the divers had collected a dumpster full of junk. A number of large drums from old washing machines, creamery cans, even a large piston believed to be from a steam engine were among the debris pulled from the lake bottom during the second annual "underwater recovery'' held on June 12. A s
WILLMAR -- Farm groups differ sharply in their approach to climate change legislation, and whether they should even be engaged in its development, according to speakers at the recent Minnesota Agriculture, Climate and Energy Forum at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Doug Peterson, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, told attendees that agriculture needs to have a seat at the table in the debate. He believes that farmers could realize new revenues and gain economic opportunities if the right sort of legislation is crafted. He is also convinced that some type of legislation is inevitable.
WILLMAR -- Climate change legislation could offer economic benefits to farmers, if they have a role in shaping it. That's the gist of a study by Informa Economics for the American Farmland Trust and the National Association of Wheat Growers.
MONTEVIDEO -- When it comes to fiestas, Federico Estol can show us a thing or two. Estol snapped the photographs, while his friend Antonio di Candia authored the narrative on more than a year's worth of fiestas in their native Uruguay. Their 2009 book "Fiestas del Uruguay'' tells the stories of 90 different community celebrations. Estol captured the images as people celebrated everything from their immigrant heritage to the watermelons they raise as a cash crop.
MADISON -- A Lac qui Parle jury has acquitted a Montevideo business owner of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The jury found Thomas Lauritsen, 59, not guilty on Tuesday, the second day of the trial in District Court in Madison. The jury of nine men and three women deliberated for an hour and 10 minutes before returning the not guilty verdict, according to attorney Joseph Friedberg of Minneapolis, who represented Lauritsen. Lauritsen issued a statement on Thursday pointing out that he was found not guilty, and expressing his thanks to the jurors and to friends and family "who always be
GRANITE FALLS -- A 30-year-old man will serve a 21-month prison sentence after being convicted in Yellow Medicine County on five felony counts for possession of child pornography. District Judge Bruce Christopherson on Monday sentenced Scott Russell Brown, of Milroy but previously of Hanley Falls, to serve the prison sentence and pay a fine of $500 during. Brown had previously pleaded guilty to five of 10 felony counts of child pornography possession.
WATSON -- The city of Watson and resident Aziz Ansari are headed back to court, despite a mediated settlement that was intended to resolve differences the two. Ansari filed a motion in District Court on June 2 contending that the city of Watson has not fulfilled its obligations under the settlement, which the two sides reached during a 13-hour-long mediation session in April.
MONTEVIDEO -- Kim Johnson's concerns over plans by the Farmers Union Co-op Oil Company or Cenex to build an expanded, anhydrous ammonia storage facility near his home only grew as he gathered information about the dangers of the farm fertilizer. Those concerns became a lawsuit when the city of Montevideo approved a conditional use permit on Aug.