Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — One day after an apartment fire took the life of their long-time neighbor and fellow tenant, residents of the Westcourt Apartments in Olivia remained shaken by the fire and loss. Billy Eugene Camper, 64, of Olivia, was identified Friday afternoon as the victim found deceased in his first floor apartment shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday. The cause of his death is pending the receipt of final laboratory results from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office in Anoka County, according to Olivia Police Chief Derek Lee.
OLIVIA — Two charges of attempted, first degree murder are being dropped against Brian Noel Hester, 46, of Redwood Falls. Hester, who is currently in the Renville County Jail, was charged after a 38-mile, high speed chase on Dec. 3 in Renville and Redwood counties. He also faces two charges of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing a police officer, driving while intoxicated and driving after cancellation.
WILLMAR — Raising funds to help wounded soldiers, working to bring home the remains of those missing in action in Vietnam, and taking on the issue of why female veterans aren’t accessing Veterans Affairs health care. And all the while, he was also working to promote membership in the American Legion. American Legion National Commander James Koutz spoke to all of the topics during an address to more than 100 veterans at noon Thursday at the American Legion in Willmar, part of a four-day swing through Minnesota.
MONTEVIDEO — Montevideo City Council members have agreed to pursue flood mitigation monies for businesses in the Smith Addition. Council members agreed Monday to apply for up to a $1 million grant in state and Federal Emergency Management Agency funds that could be available.
OLIVIA — Every farmer wants to know what is the one thing that will have the biggest impact on profitability. “The answer to that is there is no one thing,’’ says Steve O’Neill, founder and president of Corn Capital Innovations in Olivia. There are many things, and that is why O’Neill launched this fast-growing company, one he believes is part of agriculture’s third revolution.
GROVE CITY — It was a few decades ago and Chuck Carlson’s dad was crossing the Canadian border when the officer saw his Grove City address and told him: That’s the town with the meat market where he gets his best meat. Only recently, his son’s mother-in-law was shopping for potato sausage in Phoenix, Ariz., when the man next to her felt obliged to inform her: “I know where you can buy the best potato sausage in the country. It’s a little meat market in Grove City.’’
WILLMAR — A winter weather travel advisory is in effect for west central Minnesota beginning at 3 p.m. today and continuing until 3 a.m. Monday. Accumulating snow will make travel difficult in Kandiyohi and neighboring counties in West Central Minnesota, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department. The snow is expected to begin falling in the late afternoon and continue into the night. Snowfall amounts of two to four inches are possible, with up to five inches possible in local areas.
800x600 About the time that anglers are happily tossing slip-bobber rigs to sunfish in the shallow waters of Nest Lake’s northeast corner, the hard work begins. Starting usually in May, sometimes in late April, workers begin plying the waters of Nest Lake in two mechanical harvesters. They have about two months to cut and remove curly-leaf pondweed.
RENVILLE — A 37-year employee of the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative died of injuries he suffered in a workplace accident at 2:50 p.m. Thursday at the plant in Renville. Erv Knuston, 60, of Sacred Heart, was struck by a payloader while outside in the pellet loading area, according to information from the company. Visibility was poor due to the cold weather and steam vapors in the area when the accident occurred, the company said in the statement. A third party contractor owned and operated the payloader.
RENVILLE — A 60-year-old man died in an apparent workplace accident at the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative at 2:50 p.m. on Thursday. The Renville County Sheriff’s office reported today that the victim was run over by a pay loader and died of his injuries. Visibility was poor at the time of the accident due to strong winds blowing beet pulp around the plant, according to the news release. The victim’s identity is being withheld until family is notified.