Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WATSON -- A one-vote difference in the mayor's race led to a recount in Watson, but the results of the Nov. 2 election stayed the same. The recount conducted Monday showed Debra Birdsall as the new mayor with 43 votes over Robert Buchanan with 42 votes. Buchanan had filed for the office and his name was on the ballot, while Birdsall had not filed but was the recipient of write-in votes. Buchanan had requested the recount.
The new phone-in registration system and a new regulation prohibiting the cross-tagging of bucks are changes that hunters should be aware of this season, said Jeff Miller, assistant wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in New London. While hunters may still bring deer to big game registrations if they like, they also have the option of registering their deer by phone or the Internet. To register a deer by phone call 888-706-6367 or by Internet, visit the DNR website ( www.mndnr.gov ).
WILLMAR -- Less corn and more deer add up to great prospects for deer hunters taking to the field for the opening of the 2010 firearm season today. "We expect it to be a bigger harvest," said Jeff Miller, assistant wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in New London, when contacted earlier this week. Surveys conducted earlier this year by wildlife employees showed that the deer herd in the area has increased in number.
LAKE LILLIAN -- Brad Karl is returning to the hunting spot that put him in the record books. Karl, of Hutchinson, said earlier this week that he planned to open the 2010 firearm season on the public wildlife management area located on the south end of Big Kandiyohi Lake where he harvested one of the largest bucks in the recent history of Kandiyohi County. On the last day of the 2004 firearm season, Karl downed what everyone called "King Buck." After the required drying period, the 24-point, non-typical whitetail was measured for a 225 Boone and Crockett score, the best-ever entry from Kandiy
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, was among those who supported Sen. Tom Bakk's selection as the minority leader to represent the party in the State Senate. The DFL caucus selected Bakk its minority leader on Thursday, just two days after the election that saw the party lose its majority status in the chamber. Bakk, a carpenter from Cook, was an easy favorite for Kubly.
ST. PAUL -- State Senator Gary Kubly, DFl, Granite Falls was among those who supported state senator Tom Bakk's selection today as the minority leader to represent the party in the state senate. The DFL caucus selected Bakk its minority leader just two days after the election that saw the party lose its majority status in the chamber. Bakk, a carpenter from Cook, was an easy favorite for Kubly.
WILLMAR -- The story line behind the Minnesota Opera's current production of "Cinderalla" is very much about the combining of some very talented people: Roxana Constantinescu, a "young Romanian mezzo'' whose voice has been likened to chocolate, is matched with tenor James Valenti. They are part of a very comic take on "Cinderalla" as only the master of comedy, Gioachino Rossini of "The Barber of Seville'' fame, could compose. Those who appreciate the arts in the Willmar area will enjoy knowing how the production has combined two very talented artists with local ties as well. Andrew Wilkows
WATSON -- A landmark tree near Watson will be spared the ax. Kylene Olson, former mayor of Watson, received word this morning that engineers have instructed contractors to avoid cutting down the tree. Olson has been leading the effort to save the "Watson Mile Tree'' along Minnesota Highways 7/59 near the Chippewa County community.
WILLMAR -- With the exception of Republican Bruce Vogel's upset of 14-year legislative veteran Al Juhnke in House District 13B, voters in west central Minnesota returned incumbents to the state Legislature. Vogel, R-Willmar, claimed a victory over the Willmar DFL'er in an election that saw Republicans win maj-orities in both the House and Senate. As a result, all of the area incumbents returned to office will find their roles reversed. It's the first time in 38 years that Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature. "It was a very good night, we are excited,'' said Sen.
MONTEVIDEO -- Forget the brutal winters. There is a financial storm coming, and west central Minnesota may be one of the better places to weather it, according to a popular Internet blogger on financial matters. Nicole Foss, of Ottawa, Canada, spoke Oct. 26 in Montevideo on what she believes is a coming, profound period of deflation that will be made worse by a looming energy shortage. "A very serious financial crisis is approaching,'' said Foss, who is co-author of The Automatic Earth under the pen name of Stoneleigh.