Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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ATWATER -- After a less than auspicious launch, the Sea Monkey is continuing to chug its way down the Mississippi River, according to a web blog created by its crew, brothers Ben and Josh Monson and friend Matt Folkeldahl, all of Willmar. They were downstream of LaCrosse, Wis., and approaching the Iowa border, according to a telephone message from the crew on Thursday afternoon. The three launched the craft Saturday on the Mississippi River at its confluence with the Minnesota River, and quickly discovered that their handmade raft was overloaded.
ATWATER -- After a less than auspicious launch, the Sea Monkey is continuing to chug its way down the Mississippi River, according to a web blog created by its crew, brothers Ben and Josh Monson and friend Matt Folkeldahl, all of Willmar. They were a few miles downstream of LaCrosse, Wisconsin and approaching the Iowa border on Thursday afternoon, according to a telephone message from the crew. The three launched the craft on the Mississippi River at its confluence with the Minnesota River last Saturday, and quickly discovered that their handmade raft was over-loaded.
OLIVIA -- A district judge has ruled in favor of Renville County in an ongoing legal dispute with the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. District Judge Bruce Christopherson issued a decision Tuesday that upholds how Renville County has assessed the large sugar processing facility for property taxes payable in 2007 and 2008. "A significant victory for Renville County and its citizens,'' is how Glen Jacobsen, assistant county attorney for Renville County, described the ruling. The decision follows an 11-day trial conducted in April and May of 2008 and the subsequent submission of thou
WILLMAR -- Expect to see more of Marty Seifert now that he is seeking the Republican Party's endorsement as its candidate for governor.
SWIFT FALLS -- A new home and two turkey barns were destroyed late Tuesday afternoon when a funnel cloud skipped through the Swift Falls area, according to residents reached by telephone. Electrical power was out in the tiny community.
SWIFT FALLS -- Early reports from residents near Swift Falls indicate that a home, turkey barn and electrical transmission substation were casualties of the severe storm that rolled through portions of Pope and Swift County late Tuesday afternoon. Electrical power was out in the tiny community.
By day's end, they will know if they've taken off on a Gilligan's Island-style, three-hour tour, or a true adventure fitting of Huckleberry Finn. Ben Monson, 23, his brother, Josh, 25, and their friend, Matt Folkedahl, 23, all of Willmar, are launching their homemade raft today on the Mississippi River in Bloomington.
OLIVIA -- Sheena Hinshaw's last memory of her 3½-month-old son, Whyatt Sander, was his smile as she coddled him in the tent as the boy's father, Jacob Sander, stood outside and shook the morning dew from the tent's rain fly.
OLIVIA -- Nicolle Marie Mercedes Prechel, 31, of Willmar, entered no plea Wednesday to seven charges as she made her first appearance in court before District Judge Randall Slieter in Olivia. Prechel is charged in the death of 3½-month-old Whyatt Sander of Redwood Falls after allegedly backing her van over a tent. The charges include two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide and two gross misdemeanor counts of the same charge; two counts of third-degree driving while impaired; and one charge of driving after suspension. Slieter set unconditional bail at $500,000, as requested by the
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo reached an agreement to assure a large supply of clay for an estimated $10.3 million project to upgrade the city's levee system. Council members at the meeting Monday approved an agreement with landowner Arthur Starbeck. It will allow the city to acquire clay borrow material from a site near the city. The city estimates it will need 50,000 cubic yards of clay for work this year, and another 300,000 cubic yards of clay next year, according to City Manager Steve Jones. The city and U.S.