Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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ORTONVILLE -- It's a "blatant misrepresentation of the facts'' to claim that Strata Corporation is kicking Clark Mastel off the land he leases for his refusal to sign a letter presented to him by the company, according to Bill LaFond, project manager and author of the letter. LaFond said Wednesday that the letter was presented to Mastel but that there was no ultimatum. The letter required Mastel to state he made a serious mistake by opposing the quarry project and withdraw his opposition to it. Mastel told the Tribune he could not sign it.
MONTEVIDEO -- Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson filed a motion Wednesday with the district court asking that a grand jury be convened in the stabbing death of Vinessa Lozano, 18, of Montevideo. Derek Jon Nelson, 24, of Montevideo, is currently held in the Chippewa County Jail on second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault charges in Lozano's death. Nelson is accused of fatally stabbing Lozano as she left the Pizza Ranch in Montevideo on Jan. 13.
ORTONVILLE -- A rancher who voiced opposition to plans by the Strata Corporation to develop a quarry in Big Stone County will not have the lease renewed for the land where he grazes his cattle. Clark Mastel said he was informed Friday that his lease on a 478-acre property will not be renewed on June 1 after he refused to sign a letter presented to him by the company. Strata Corporation of Grand Forks, N.D., intends to develop a quarry on a portion of the site. The letter he was asked to sign states that he made a "serious mistake'' by opposing the project and that he withdraws his oppositio
ORTONVILLE -- The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit Tuesday for a controversial quarry project on the edge of the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. The vote on Tuesday morning provides a conditional use permit to Strata Corporation of Grand Forks, N.D., to develop a 104-acre quarry on a 478-acre property in Ortonville Township. The property consists of granite outcrops and pasture and is host to nine different species of rare and endangered plants. The township and neighboring citizens have opposed the project.
OLIVIA -- You can lead a child to locally raised broccoli, and they will eat and enjoy it. Just ask food service directors Laurie Milbrandt of the Redwood Area Schools or Margaret Flemming with the BOLD School District. They've been introducing students to a delectable buffet of locally raised foods -- from apples and fresh sweet corn to zucchini -- with good results, they told participants in a Farm to School workshop April 24 in Olivia.
BROOTEN -- Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of a bill that would have legalized consumer fireworks in Minnesota both "disappointed" and "frustrated" one of the prime advocates for the change. "It's politics at its best or worse, depending on how you look at it,'' said Garry Hanson, owner of Precocious Pyrotechnics and Glacial Ridge Fireworks in rural Bro-oten. Precocious Pyrotechnics is one of the country's largest producers of display fireworks. Glacial Ridge Fireworks is a large wholesale distributor of consumer fireworks.
MORTON -- Service with four U.S. Army infantry divisions led Carl Colwell to the Pentagon as a strategic planner. There was always a crisis somewhere. Colwell said he would escape to Arlington National Cemetery when he needed to remind himself why he was doing this difficult work. After the Sept.
GRANITE FALLS -- The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners approved a new redistricting plan Tuesday. All five commissioner seats are up for election this year due to redistricting, a vacancy due to death, and the completion of terms. The commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday approved the first of two redistricting options presented, according to Yellow Medicine County Administrator Ryan Krosch.
OLIVIA -- A defendant who had eluded law officers while on a crime spree last summer has pleaded guilty. Matthew James Wrobleski, 38, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday in District Court in Olivia to felony charges of illegal possession of a firearm; second-degree burglary; and motor vehicle theft. The charges were among 14 filed against him in Renville County.