Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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Hundreds of visitors will be discovering the Upper Minnesota River area as they arrive for the 10th annual Meander Arts Crawl Friday through Sunday. The event offers a self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 artists who make the Upper Minnesota River counties their home. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GRANITE FALLS — Having already told the history of the Upper Minnesota River Valley from the ice age to the era of pioneer settlement, what more can playwrights Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord teach us? What our future can be like. That is an underlying theme in their next, unique live theater production, “Granite Falls: Saturday Nights!” Audience members will stroll the modern day Main Street of Granite Falls as more than 40 local actors bring back what it was like in the heyday of rural, small-town life in the 1940s and 1950s. The free pr
BENSON — Benson High School football players asked Donald Driver what was his greatest moment ever, and without hesitation the former Green Bay Packer star replied: “Winning the Super Bowl.”
BENSON — Target is delivering on its promise to bring a star-studded lineup to Benson for the "Give With Target" celebration this evening. Target announced today that the lineup of celebrities to appear tonight include: La La Anthony, actress and television personality; Luke Bryan, county music recording artist and 2013 Academy of County Music “Entertainer of the Year:" Sophia Bush, award-winning actress and activist;
Looking for a job where you can’t be replaced by a computer or a machine? Matthew Pederson has found it, and he’s working to make it his full-time business. A farrier, Pederson says the business is the perfect fit for him, although he would never have guessed it. “I’m shocked at how everything has come together so nicely,’’ Pederson said as he trimmed the hooves of his fiancée’s horse, Little Buddy. Pederson hung his shingle as the Minnesota River Area Farrier a little more than a year ago.
BENSON — A full house is a certainty for Tuesday evening’s Give With Target Class of 2013 celebration on the Benson football field. Residents snapped up all of the 500 tickets that were being offered on Tuesday at the Benson Armory, reported Roger Ebnet, Northside elementary instructor in Benson. The Northside Elementary School won Target’s national competition that includes a $10,000 prize and next Tuesday’s visit by celebrities. Among the celebrities expected
OLIVIA — An upgraded credit rating on the eve of the bond sale had the desired effect for Renville County. The County Board of Commissioners awarded a $9,995,000 general obligation capital improvement bond Tuesday with a true interest rate of 2.664 percent over its 15-year term. Piper Jaffray of Kansas City, Mo., offered the awarded bid. The county learned Friday evening that Moody’s had upgraded its bond rating to Aa2, said Sara Folsted , county administrator. The County Board at its meeting Tuesday awarded the bond to undertake mill and overlay and reconstruction work on 46 miles
GRANITE FALLS – The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners will be hosting a series of public information meetings in October to get feedback on a possible $8 million project to replace a portion of its aged courthouse to meet the needs of the court system as well as other county offices located there. The commissioners at their meeting Tuesday agreed to bring the proposal to the public after meeting with representatives of the Eighth Judicial District, as well as financial advisers who outlined options for financing the project.
OLIVIA — The Renville County Hospital and Clinics has obtained financing from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to build a new health care facility on the east side of Olivia. The hospital received confirmation that it would be receiving the low-interest financing earlier this month, according to Nathan Blad, CEO of the county-owned health care operation. It is now finalizing agreements for interim financing for the project with AgStar of Mankato and local financial institutions. “It’s very much a community effort,’’ said Blad of the process to obtain the U
NEW LONDON — Today’s waterfowl opener is expected to be a story of “haves” and “have-nots” in the Willmar area, where drought has dried up some wetlands. Opportunities for success look to be distributed more equitably to the west and north, where wildlife managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are reporting good numbers of local ducks.