Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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RENVILLE -- A crash in icy conditions Thursday took the life of a 27-year old woman, left a high school boys basketball team bruised and shocked, and severely injured the father of two boys. James Nonweiler, 30, of Clara City, is listed in critical condition at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. His wife, Maria Nonweiler, 27, also of Clara City, was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle they were traveling in collided around 9:30 p.m.
GRANITE FALLS -- A Cottonwood woman was trapped in her vehicle in a rollover accident at 10:57 p.m. Thursday in Yellow Medicine County. Kimberly Seebeck was driving on County Road 1 about two miles east of Echo when she lost control of the vehicle due to the slippery road conditions, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's office reported.
LITCHFIELD -- Two Grove City residents are in the Meeker County Jail after their arrests Thursday evening by agents with the CEE VI Drug Task Force and Meeker County Sheriff's deputies. Cory Ray Danielson, 37, and Jamie Lyn Grubbs, 29, were arrested on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, fifth degree possession, and child endangerment. The officers executed a search warrant at approximately 6 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- The retirement of district Judge Bruce Christopherson at the start of the year has reduced to 10 the number of judges serving the 13 counties in the rural Eighth Judicial District. His departure from the bench in Yellow Medicine County starts a process that is the cause for some apprehension in the district, which has the smallest complement of judges among the state's 10 judicial districts. It is no longer automatic that a retiring judge be replaced, and the state's latest deficit projection adds another element of uncertainty to what might happen. New state law requires that
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo School Board members re-elected David Lipps as chair and Darin Balken as vice chair for the coming year, and then made a little history. Board members joined to host a swearing-in ceremony for the district's first student representative to the board of education, Dakota Frazier.
GRANITE FALLS -- Elmo Volstad will continue as chair and Grant Velde will serve as vice chair of the Yellow Medicine East School Board, board members decided at their meeting on Monday. Along with reorganizational matters, board members discussed a tentative contract agreement with the district's instructors and plans for an informational meeting on the $14 million air quality and heating project, according to Superintendent Al Stoeckman. Instructors in the district will be voting on the contract Thursday. Board members will be holding a special meeting at 6 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The earthquake that struck Haiti caused no injuries or damage at an orphanage on the country's north shore started by a Willmar couple and supported by families and churches in the west central area. Word was received Tuesday that everyone was unharmed at the Children of the Promise orphanage located in Cap-Haïtien, said Bud Bonnema, who was reached at his home today in Prinsburg.
NEW LONDON -- Four families have lost their homes to fires since the start of the year in the Hawick, Maynard, Granite Falls and Dassel areas. The most recent fire happened Jan. 9 near Dassel and caused major damage to the home of Martin and Nora Hendrickson.
WILLMAR -- This winter's growing snowpack and spate of subzero temperatures is not record-setting, but it is putting stress on wildlife populations in the region. The stress on pheasants is the most visible at this point. The birds are readily seen feeding along roads and in open fields.
BLOMKEST -- Diabetes and a workplace accident conspired to take away Calmon Peterson's eyesight. Neither has been able to steal his passion for the outdoors and hunting. And nearly 20 years after his once perfect vision has faded away, Peterson, 44, of Blomkest, enjoyed the one hunting triumph that had eluded him since childhood. He bagged his first buck. No ordinary buck either, but a hefty 10-pointer that will be a shoulder-mounted trophy for the living room wall. Not that this is news to anybody in Blomkest, thanks to Peterson's dad.