Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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ASBURY -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not require an environmental impact statement for a proposal by Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, to construct a large asphalt storage facility in Chippewa County. By a 6-1 vote Tuesday, the citizens board of the MPCA adopted a staff recommendation to find a "negative declaration'' for an environmental impact statement -- an in-depth analysis of a development project that will significantly change the environment.
GRANITE FALLS -- Mayor Dave Smiglewski of Granite Falls made phone calls to Wadena over the weekend offering any help that he or his community could provide as Wadena recovers from the damage inflicted Thursday by a tornado rated EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. What was deemed an F4 tornado on the Fujita scale in use at the time tore a 12-block path of destruction in Granite Falls on July 25, 2000, killing one man and destroying 69 homes. "Now when you drive through the neighborhoods that were hit, it looks pretty normal,'' he said.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo school board members have agreed not to bring an excess levy back to the voters this fall in a referendum. The discussion at Monday's school board meeting came after board members reviewed the budget for the next two fiscal years.
OLIVIA -- A bumper crop of sugar beets came with a truckload of headaches last year, and not just for the growers who coped with record rains during the October harvest. An anaerobic reactor central to the processing system in the wastewater treatment plant at the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative in Renville crashed early in the campaign, setting in motion a series of challenges that extended operations to April 27. The sugar plant continued discharging treated effluent to that date, in violation of its permit limit of March 31, Louis Knieper, director of environmental compliance, t
MONTEVIDEO -- In terms of what it could mean for rural development, Sen.
OLIVIA -- Someday, Susie Lang's name might be mentioned in the company of Julia Child and Julie Powell. She intends to make her mark by mastering the art of Renville County cooking, just like the two women whose adventures in French cooking are chronicled in their memoirs and celebrated in the popular movie "Julie & Julia.'' "It's going to be interesting,'' said Lang as she, husband Andy, and 2½-year-old son Elliot purchased fresh garden produce from Sherry Kenney at the farmers market Wednesday in Hector. The Lang family has committed itself to eating only locally grown foods for a full mo
WILLMAR -- Minnesotans who share a love for the state's parks and trails are voicing different ideas on how best to protect and promote them, depending on where they live. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the non-partisan Citizen's League are hosting a series of 17 different workshops across Minnesota to gather input as to how the voter-approved Legacy funding should be spent on behalf of parks and trails. A workshop in Willmar held Thursday attracted 22 participants, one of the smaller gatherings.
WILLMAR -- Three juvenile males ages 14, 16 and 17 are in custody after they allegedly set two garages on fire after stealing items from them early Saturday morning. Willmar Police officers caught the three suspects as they returned to retrieve stolen goods and as firefighters battled the two blazes they are believed to have set, according to information from the Willmar Police Department. Police officers and fire fighters responded to a garage fire on the 600 block of Ninth Street Southwest around 2:27 a.m. Saturday.
MONTEVIDEO -- Voters in Montevideo will decide in the November general election whether or not to allow Sunday liquor sales. City Council members decided Monday to put the Sunday liquor option to a vote following discussions at their meeting, said City Manager Steve Jones. The council members are in the process of reviewing city liquor ordinances as part of a comprehensive effort to update them. Restaurants located outside of the city limits currently offer Sunday liquor sales.
GRANITE FALLS -- Complaints by citizens about emissions from a hot mix plant operated within the city limits have led city council members in Granite Falls to consider an ordinance to regulate the activity. City Council members on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance.