Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- Dr. Paul Thompson was everything that a small-town doctor could be, dedicated to his work, genuinely caring about his patients and always helping others. "A kind and godly man, so grace-filled," said Michal Ann Haakenson of Olivia. Haakenson and her husband, Dr. Robert Haakenson, are among the many in Olivia mourning the loss of the longtime medical doctor and friend.
OLIVIA -- Landowners in Renville County have the opportunity to hear about county plans for a re-determination of benefits on drainage systems at a meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the lower level of the Central Office Building in Olivia. The Renville County board of commissioners is looking at beginning a systematic, re-determination of benefits for ditch systems in upcoming years. Attorney Kurt Deter of St.
Paul Mikkelson on the sale of the Mikkelson Collection in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR -- This is straight from the category of "you don't know what you've got until it's gone." For Willmar, it soon will be gone: A three-day auction sale is scheduled May 18-20 for the entire Mikkelson Collection. The museum founded 15 years ago in Willmar by Paul Mikkelson features one of the world's largest collections of restored boats and outboard boat motors, along with model boats, electric toy trains, duck decoys, and well, almost everything to do with our boating heritage. It's famous for Mikkelson's unique collection of Falls Flyer boats, built from 1939 through 1960 by the La
GRANITE FALLS -- Partly in response to political gridlock, the Bush Foundation is sponsoring an initiative it calls InCommons. It promotes face-to-face gatherings in which participants identify the values and interests they share, and work together to reach their common.
MILAN -- Cleanup is underway at Easy Bean farm east of Milan, where a fast-moving grass fire Monday destroyed an art studio and its contents, a granary holding farming equipment, a pickup truck and tractor, and damaged two greenhouses and other equipment. The fire also destroyed a vacant house, two sheds and numerous older-model vehicles, tanks and other items on an adjoining property. The actions of rural mail carrier Paul Belseth, Milan's former fire chief, are credited with saving the home of Malena Handeen and Mike Jacobs, and their children, Hazel and Arlo. The fire was spreading from
MILAN -- Cleanup work is underway today at the Easy Bean Farm east of Milan, where a fast-moving grass fire on Monday destroyed an art studio and its contents, granary with farm equipment, pickup truck and tractor and damaged two greenhouses and other equipment. The fire also destroyed a vacant home, shed, and numerous, older-model vehicles on an adjoining property. Rural mail carrier Paul Belseth, Milan's former fire chief, spotted the blaze around 11:15 a.m.
SPICER -- The ice cover on Green Lake went out on Monday, the earliest in 115 years of record keeping. The March 19 ice out date beats a March 22 ice out recorded in 1987. Green Lake is the deepest body of water in Kandiyohi County, and consequently the last to be free of ice. Last year the ice on the lake went out April 21, according to Greg Melges of Mel's Sports Shop in Spicer.
SPICER -- The ice cover on Green Lake went out on Monday afternoon, the earliest in 115-years of record keeping. The March 19 ice-out date beats a March 22 ice out recorded in 1987. Green Lake is the deepest body of water in Kandiyohi County, and consequently the last to be ice-free. Last year the ice on the lake went out on April 21, according to Greg Melges of Mel's Sports Shop in Spicer.
The Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers are striving to concoct the right recipe for rural economic development and energy independence. Their test kitchen is the small Renville County community of Franklin, population 475. A system designed to use fuel pellets produced from farm-grown biomass is heating City Hall, the fire hall and a city shop building. ''The heat is wonderful,'' City Administrator Wendy Pederson said. "We're very, very happy with it so far.'' She spoke Wednesday to a gathering of people who had come to see the latest step toward building the region's agricultural-based,