Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East School Board members will ask voters to renew an operating levy this November, one year earlier than its expiration. Board members decided at their meeting Monday to put the measure on this November's ballot, according to Superintendent Al Stoeckman. The levy provides $401 per pupil. Board members cited a number of reasons for asking the voters to renew the issue one year early. A "yes'' vote this November would provide the school with the certainty of the funding in coming years, Stoeckman said.
MONTEVIDEO -- School board members in Montevideo held a special session on Monday to review progress and set goals before taking care of immediate business with a regular meeting. Although a levy measure failed in a referendum last year, board members noted the district was able to put into place a well organized budget that keeps the district on good financial footing. Superintendent Dr. Luther Heller said the district made $768,000 worth of cuts that included a decision to move K-12 class offerings out of the Sanford school.
MONTEVIDEO -- The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners will be taking up a recommendation one week from today on whether or not to issue a permit to Duininck Bros.
MONTEVIDEO -"What good is a parade if there aren't people along the streets cheering you along the way?" Those words belong to Adjutant General Larry Shellito, commander of the Minnesota National Guard, who was among those who joined Friday evening to cheer the more than 550 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery in Montevideo. Billed as a welcome home and change of command ceremony, Gov. and First Lady Tim and Mary Pawlenty, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep.
LAKE LILLIAN -- The first surveyors in southern Kandiyohi County scribbled in their notes that they could not take 100 steps in any direction without getting their feet wet. Those who enjoy the outdoors for hunting or wildlife observing today have an opportunity to retrace many of those steps in the area south of Big Kandiyohi Lake near Lake Lillian. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with help from state and local conservation groups, acquired an 80-acre tract from a former Kandiyohi County family to expand the complex of wetlands and grasslands in the area for public use.
MONTEVIDEO -- The final words in the long-festering dispute between the city of Watson and vegetable grower Aziz Ansari may be these: "I want this to go away I think as much as you guys do.'' They were spoken by District Judge David Mennis on Thursday in District Court in Montevideo shortly after he ordered the two sides to abide by the agreement they had reached in April to settle their dispute. The judge ordered Ansari to sketch out a diagram and fill out a one-page application for the permit for the raised vegetable beds on his residential property in Watson.
REDWOOD FALLS -- All these years later and there's still reason to question whether William Rose murdered Moses Lufkin on Aug. 22, 1888, in Redwood County. No question about this: Rose had no luck but bad luck. His first two trials ended in hung juries, but a third trial resulted in a guilty verdict and a judge's order that Rose "be hanged by the neck until dead.'' Years earlier Rose had punched out the one guy who might have commuted his death sentence, and now Governor William Merriam said: "Let that @#%* hang!" He did, twice. A large crowd was on hand Oct.
OLIVIA -- One of Tim Baldwin's last conversations with his son Joshua was a discussion on justice with the son favoring ''an eye for an eye'' and the father speaking up for compassion. "I've struggled every day to make sense of this,'' said Tim Baldwin as he spoke again for compassion Wednesday morning in a Renville County courtroom. "I'm not looking for veng-eance,'' said Baldwin, of Montevideo. "I'm looking for accountability.'' Moments earlier, Douglas Sidney Folkens, 56, of Hector, offered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving.
OLIVIA -- The Renville County Board of Commissioners may make an offer to the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative to seek a mediated settlement to the ongoing litigation over property taxes. The commissioners held a closed meeting Tuesday to discuss the litigation. County Attorney David Torgelson said afterward that the commissioners indicated that they may propose that the two sides meet once the Minnesota Court of Appeals issues a ruling on the case.
MONTEVIDEO -- Attorney John Mack began his argument to the court Tuesday by stating the matter was "very clear," but unfortunately for the New London counselor, his cell phone connection was not. An obviously irked District Judge David Mennis terminated the civil lawsuit hearing only a few minutes into it when he learned that Mack was using a cell phone instead of a land line to participate. The hearing had been scheduled Tuesday afternoon in District Court in Montevideo. It left Mack's client Aziz Ansari in the courtroom feeling both disappointed and frustrated. Tuesday's hearing was bein