Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- Living in a winter landscape and taking on the challenge of filling 100,000 sandbags will be among the "firsts'' for many of the young performers coming to Montevideo as part of the "Up with People'' cast. Preparing the way for their visit are two veterans of "Up with People,'' Aude Goudreault and Shelsea Ochoa. Goudreault is a native of Quebec, Canada, and no stranger to either cold or snow. Ochoa is a California native. She and her companion got their chance to experience Minnesota nice and winter at the same time.
MONTEVIDEO -- If fishing for carp and bullheads is your desire, just look for a silt-filled reservoir. These fish dominate in the poor quality habitat created by river dams, according to Chris Domeier, a fisheries biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Ortonville. If walleye, northern pike or catfish are more to your liking, take a look at the Pomme de Terre River in Appleton or soon, the west branch of the Lac qui Parle River in Dawson. Removing the aged dams in both locations is greatly improving fish habitat in the two rivers, while also reducing the risk of trag
WILLMAR -- We may have weathered the worst of the recession, at least in the eyes of many Minnesota manufacturers. Executives with small-to-medium-sized manufacturing firms in Minnesota are more optimistic about their prospects in the coming year, a newly released survey by Enterprise Minnesota shows. "I really believe there are signs the bottom has been reached and we are bumping along,'' said Bob Kill, president of Enterprise Minnesota.
ST. PAUL -- On a 6 to 2 vote, the citizens board for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency instructed agency staff to research the possibility of requiring an environmental impact statement for a proposed industrial asphalt transfer and storage facility north of Granite Falls. The action Tuesday by the citizens board on does not mean the MPCA will require an environmental impact statement, but it opens the possibility that it could, according to information from the MPCA's public affairs office.
WATSON -- Voters in the small Chippewa County community of Watson voted Tuesday for a change in their city governance structure. In a special election, voters cast 72 "yes" to 17 "no" ballots for a measure that will make the city clerk and treasurer positions a single, appointed position. Currently, the city clerk is elected to that position and is a voting member of the Watson City Council. The treasurer is also elected currently, but does not have a vote. Loisjean Fossen is city clerk and Marcie Radtke is treasurer.
GLENWOOD -- Two different accounts have been told in secret to as many grand juries as to how Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, was fatally shot in the living room of her Appleton home on the morning of Sept. 12, 2004. Now, both versions are being told publicly to the Pope County jury which will decide whether her husband, Andrew Lemcke, 35, is guilty of murder in her death, or if the shooting was accidental as he claims. Attorneys outlined their cases Monday afternoon as the trial began in Glenwood.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota House and Senate negotiators early today rejected Gov. Tim Pawlenty's major request for a public works funding bill - $89 million to expand a Moose Lake sex offender treatment facility. Negotiators on the House-Senate conference committee that made the sex offender decision approved borrowing and spending $999.9 million for projects ranging from fixing college roofs to expanding the state trail system.
MONTEVIDEO -- A newly issued forecast raises the potential for flood problems along the Minnesota River in Montevideo and Granite Falls this spring. In a word, the new forecast issued by the National Weather Service in Chanhassen "increases'' the risk for flooding from the season's first forecast issued three weeks earlier, according to hydrologist Diane Cooper. The new forecast shows an 80 percent probability that flood waters would reach the 18 foot level in Montevideo, the point at which waters could affect the sanitary sewer system and lead city officials to urge some residents in the Sm
SPICER -- A trip up the climbing wall at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center won't quite melt the soles off your tennis shoes, but it's no place for the ancient Greek Icarus and his wings of wax. By 8 a.m., the temperature at the 32-foot peak is more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, soon it will hit the 100-degree mark. Outside, the air temperature hovers just above zero. All of that heat inside on a cold February morning is captured by solar panels. Best of all, it doesn't take a rocket scientist or a federal grant to take advantage of it. All it takes is someone like John Duevel, who
Doctors could offer little hope, but Don and Ann Orth of Olivia were determined. They were going to do all they could to help their son Tim fight his cancer. Along with traditional treatment, they traveled overseas to pursue alternative therapies not covered by insurance. Bills mounted, but Don Orth said friend and banker Kent Kircher told him not to worry. Write the check and pay him back later. With Tim's death on Feb.