Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WATSON -- The red-globed tomatoes that Aziz Ansari raises are ripe for the picking, and his cucumbers ready for the slicing. The table in Watson is set for a legal fight. The city of Watson is going forward with a lawsuit that would require Ansari to dismantle the four hoop structures in which he raises his roadside produce along Minnesota Highway 7 in this community of slightly more than 200 people. "We reached a point of impasse and couldn't close the deal,'' said the city's attorney, Robert Alsop, of the law firm Kennedy and Graven, Minneapolis.
GRANITE FALLS -- After increasing for years, the number of juveniles breaking the law and coming under the supervision of 6W Community Corrections in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties has held steady in 2008. But that good news from Midge Christianson, director of 6W Community Corrections, was quickly tempered by news that the number of adult offenders and the severity of their cases jumped significantly in the four counties. More high-risk offenders are serving probation in the four rural counties than ever before, and for longer periods of time, Christianson told
APPLETON -- Hopes that inmates from Alaska could fill empty beds at the Prairie Correctional Facility were dashed on Monday. The Alaska Department of Corrections did not select the facility to hold its prisoners being housed outside of the state, according to information from Prairie Correctional Facility. "The Prairie Correctional Facility management and staff are obviously disappointed,'' a news release from Prairie Correctional Facility on Monday stated. Published news accounts indicate that the Alaska Department of Corrections is entering into a contract with Cornell Corporation Inc.
MONTEVIDEO -- A dispute that could be said to be over 40 years in the making has five county commissioners and the county attorneys from Chippewa, Renville and Kandiyohi counties huddled together in a closed meeting today in Montevideo. The commissioners represent the Judicial Ditch 7 or Hawk Creek Drainage Authority. They are meeting with their county attorneys to determine how to respond to a lawsuit filed by landowners in Lone Tree Township in Chippewa County. The recently filed lawsuit asks the district court to spell out what is required when bridges spanning the upper 26 miles of Hawk
GILFILLAN -- The state needs to continue to expand its agricultural exports, cut regulatory costs and taxes to be more competitive, and fund research to promote the renewable energy industry, Gov. Tim Pawlenty told a Farmfest audience on Thursday. In a speech that dealt almost equally with state and national issues, Pawlenty kept to a less government is better theme.
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo approved a conditional use permit request Monday by the Farmer's Union Cooperative. It will allow the company to construct three storage tanks to hold 78,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia in the Smith Addition Industrial Park. A husband and wife living near the site have asked council members to reject the request. In a letter to the council, Kim and Cynthia Johnson said the tanks would be within a few hundred feet of two families.
GILFILLAN -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's call to promote exports and reduce regulatory and tax costs for agriculture, and continue research into renewable fuel technology, won applause from his Farmfest audience, but it left at least one audience member scratching his head. State Rep.
GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls will be able to launch phase one of a two-phase project to improve its main flood levee. City Council members on Monday called for bids on the first phase of the project with plans to award the work on Sept.
DANUBE -- City Council members in Danube took no formal action Monday in response to recent criminal charges filed against the city's chief of police, but there was a consensus to investigate the allegations further, according to City Attorney Aaron Walton. The Danube City Council met in closed session to discuss the matter.
OLIVIA -- Olivia can lay claim to being host to one of the world's largest concentrations of seed company research and production facilities, with some of the biggest names in the industry represented here. And for nearly three years now, it has been home to exactly one company dedicated to the real germ of the matter. Frontier Crop Testing provides field testing and evaluation services that help companies identify the corn hybrids and traits that can provide them with the best possible seeds for the markets they serve. "We could see a real need for this type of service,'' said Chris Mack,