Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — His country called, and Maurice Turner answered by serving as a radioman with the U.S. Air Force in New Guinea during World War II. He came home counting himself lucky to have done so, but also with a lifelong passion for aeronautics and electronics. Now it was time for others to answer: Staff and volunteers with the Rice Hospice program, Willmar Ambulance, Kandiyohi County Veterans Service Office, and Turner’s family commemorated his contributions in a way that could not have been more fitting.
GRANITE FALLS — For children with challenges ranging from autism to learning disabilities, progress can come ever so slowly, one step at a time. The opportunity to be there when that step is made is what brings Ginny Dambroten to the Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center along U.S. Highway 212 West in Granite Falls. “To go into that arena and see a small child ride a horse, and the smile on her face,’’ said Dambroten, pausing before adding: “It makes you cry to see that.’’
MONTEVIDEO — The city of Montevideo will receive an engineering analysis of the heating and cooling system in City Hall. An upgrade to the system is among three capital improvement projects under consideration. Council members approved a $2,500 low bid by Duffy Engineering, of St. Cloud, to analyze the City Hall heating and cooling systems, according to City Manager Steve Jones.
MONTEVIDEO — While the Red River Valley is being put on alert for the potential of severe flooding, a normal flood risk remains forecast for the Upper Minnesota River Valley. There is a 50 percent chance of minor flooding in Montevideo. This represents a historically normal risk level for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. The probability for major flooding is 5 percent. The hydrologic prediction service forecasts a 25 percent probability for reaching minor flood stage downstream in Granite Falls.
MILAN — If they could, half the residents of Milan would be growing tropical foods like taro, pandanus, breadfruit, or bananas and coconuts. These are the foods they grew up with and know so well. Since they cannot, they will be raising foods that the other half of Milan knows so well, like potatoes, beans and cucumbers.
RENVILLE — With a waiting list that continues to grow, Renville Health Service in Renville has brought back four skilled nursing home beds, and will be adding four more on April 1. Cami Peterson-DeVries, administrator, said the facility was able to obtain state approval to return the beds in the RenVilla nursing home. It will bring the number of skilled nursing beds at the facility back to 52.
WILLMAR A winter blizzard warning goes into effect from 1 a.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday. Winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gust of near 50 mph are expected. Snow accumulations of two to four inches are likely. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office warns that wind gusts will create poor visibility in areas along with drifting. The snow is exptected to begin falling in the region late this evening and taper off late Monday morning.
LITCHFIELD — A Cokato man was killed and his father severely injured in a one-vehicle accident at 5:33 p.m. on Saturday east of Kingston, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office reported. Timothy Keskey, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger and father, Melvin Keskey, 86, was airlifted by Life Link to St. Cloud, where he is reported in critical condition.
Man ejected from vehicle in roll-over GRANITE FALLS — A 28-year-old man was transported by North Memorial Air Care for injuries suffered after he was ejected from a vehicle in a roll-over accident at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday in Yellow Medicine County. Dean Nething was not wearing a seat belt when the 2003 GMC SUV that he was a passenger in rolled multiple times on 570th Street south of 120th Avenue, southeast of Wood Lake, according to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Department.