Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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SPICER -- There's a myth out there that goes like this: Eurasian watermilfoil will never thrive in the clean waters of Green Lake. Take a look through Greg Swenson's scuba mask, and the reality is much different. He saw patches of Eurasian watermilfoil in the lake that look like bamboo stands. Individual plants stood six- to eight-feet tall, and in some cases 10-feet tall. They grew as densely as six inches to one foot apart from each other, completely crowding out the native vegetation, said Swenson. Or, take a look at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's data on the problem.
MONTEVIDEO -- Police in Willmar have recovered the vehicle belonging to the suspect who allegedly stabbed three people in Montevideo. One man was seriously injured in the altercation after the bars closed early Friday morning in downtown Montevideo. Officers on Friday night discovered the car belonging to Victor Daniel Medina, 21, of Montevideo, at an apartment complex in Willmar.
MILAN -- Small wind can come with a big price tag. Just ask Erik Thompson, president of the Prairie Sun Bank of Milan and Appleton. He's been working to erect a small wind turbine as an opportunity to market the bank, promote renewable energy, and gain first-hand knowledge of the economics of wind power. He believes that experience will be helpful to the bank's farm customers.
MONTEVIDEO -- Slowly, surely, and not without controversy, Chippewa County's second county park is taking shape. The latest step was taken last week when on a 3-2 vote, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners initiated eminent domain proceedings to acquire a small parcel of property within the park's boundaries. The approximate 1.4-acre site is owned by Larry Fultz, 61. He was sentenced in August 2007 to 35 months in prison for a felony drug sale conviction in Chippewa County; he was placed on supervised release on Aug.
WATSON -- Crawling over permafrost at four to five miles an hour, the train ride from Thompson, Manitoba, Canada, to Churchill on the edge of Hudson Bay is an 18- to 22-hour endurance run in the best of times. It was the worst of times when Dave Trauba boarded. Rumors about water covering the tracks proved true and it eventually took a helicopter and plane ride for Trauba to make it from the halted train to his destination. He arrived at an isolated camp miles outside of Churchill on June 14.
UPPER SIOUX AGENCY STATE PARK -- We know our mosquitoes too well in Minnesota, but we know very little about the winged insects that love to dine on them. There may be as many as 140 different dragonfly and damselfly species in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. We know little about where the different species can be found, although it would help us a great deal to know. Each species has its own special habitat requirements.
BENSON -- Five years after Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, was fatally shot in her Appleton home, her husband will stand trial on charges of first-degree, premeditated and second-degree, intentional murder. In a series of rulings issued recently, District Judge Jon Stafsholt found there was probable cause to proceed with a trial on the indictments issued by a grand jury against Andrew Lemcke, 34, of Appleton. Stafsholt dismissed defense motions that challenged the convening of the grand jury, testimony presented to it and prosecutorial act-ions.
OLIVIA -- Renville County will be cracking down on violations by the drivers of all-terrain vehicles in its county parks. The County Board of Commissioners called for an aggressive law enforcement campaign -- even though it will bust the budget for park enforcement -- to curtail a problem they had once thought quashed. The call for an enforcement campaign came after Tom Kalahar, with the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District, outlined a series of problems to the commissioners on Tuesday.
MONTEVIDEO -- Minnesota Highway 7 between Montevideo and Clara City will be available for school buses and trucks hauling sugar beets, but most motorists may need to wait two weeks before the road is officially opened. Paul Rasmussen, regional engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, told the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that an opening in two weeks is his best guess as this point.
OLIVIA -- In 16 of the last 17 seasons of football competition, either BOLD or Atwater Cosmos Grove City has claimed the West Central South or Highway 212 conference championship. This year's match-up promises something totally different: Two winners. Not to mention a top-notch fireworks display, a tackle football contest between seventh- and eighth-graders from the two schools against big-time sports teams mascots like the Utah Jazz's "Bear'' and the Timberwolves's "Crunch''; and a visit and flyover by a Black Hawk helicopter. Most important, it will be a time to remember, honor and suppor