Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MILAN -- Robert Bly started his automobile trip from Willmar at dusk and reached a small bridge near Milan as moonlight covered the water. He was very likely on the way home to his farm place outside of Madison in Lac qui Parle County. His experience became a much celebrated poem, "Driving toward the Lac Qui Parle River.'' It was published in 1962 as part of a collection of his works "Silence in the Snowy Fields.'' The poems continue to inspire readers today in ways we cannot know, except in one instance. Visual artist Lucy Tokheim of rural Dawson was chosen to create the cover art for th
APPLETON -- Finding a set of moose antlers worthy of decorating a wall has led many hunters to remote, northern woods. Phyllis Rieppel does most of her hunting for moose antlers at flea markets, garage sales and the occasional auction. Shoot a moose? "I don't think so,'' said Rieppel as she carved away on the palm of a modest-sized moose antler. Rieppel, of Appleton, has turned her new-found love for carving into a rare pursuit.
No different than when he first started courting her 58 years ago, Stan Vollan knows that live music and an opportunity to dance are what his wife, Joan, loves more than anything else. They took to the floor again Friday night, as they were among nearly 100 people to enjoy the live music and most of all the fanfare of the annual "prom" at the Golden Living Center, Meadow Lane in Benson. "We like to dance," said Stan, who told of how he and his wife made many trips to the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood. "It's a good time," Joan said. This marked the fifth year that the Benson facility hosted
RENVILLE -- A norovirus outbreak has sickened students in the Renville County West school district. More than 60 students were absent from school on Thursday with symptoms, most of them in the elementary school, according to information from the district office. The school reported 66 students were absent on Friday; 48 of the absentees are in grades K- 4. The virus causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, but most people recover in 24 to 48 hours, according to Jill Bruns, Renville County public health director. She said an investigation by her office and the Minnesota Department of Health has
RENVILLE -- A Norovirus outbreak has sickened students in the Renville County West school district. Over 60 students were absent from school on Thursday with symptoms of the disease, most of them in the elementary school, according to information from the district office. Attendance figures for today were not available this morning.
He walked from the riverbank to the coffee shop in St. Peter wearing rubber boots and the grime that came from days of hard paddling and camping on the Minnesota River. A couple of young men approached him with raised eyebrows and asked: "What's your story?'' He told it a few hours later around a bonfire with his new-found friends, who insisted that he enjoy the comforts of their home before returning to his adventure. It's been that way all along the Minnesota River for Rudy Goldstein, 23, of Hutchinson. "That's something I hadn't been expecting," said Goldstein.
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East school board members on Monday ratified a contract agreement with the district's teachers. According to Superintendent Al Stoeckman, the new contract will provide teachers with an overall increase of 2.6 percent over a two-year period, based on calculations by the Minnesota School Board Association. The contract provides a "soft freeze'' its first year. It provides compensation increases based on steps and lanes in the contract, or a teacher's years of service and educational qualifications. It provides a "hard freeze'' the second year.
MONTEVIDEO -- Drop a baited hook in the Minnesota River and your chances of catching a fish are better than they were 10 years ago. Fish abundance and diversity appear to be on the increase in the river, while turbidity in the river has decreased over the past decade. The level of phosphorus -- the nutrient responsible for summer algae blooms -- is trending downward too. "A decreasing trend is good news,'' said Kimberly Musser, assistant director of the Water and Resource Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
OLIVIA -- Maybe his tendency to put big fish back into the water can be tracked back to the time he upset his dad. Marlin Hanson of Olivia remembers that he was very young, and that his father was very particular about anchoring the boat in exactly the right spot. His dad barked the command to drop anchor. Marlin did so, but had neglected to tie it to the boat. "My anchor went right on down," said Hanson, laughing. "He was none too happy." Hanson has had lots of fun ever since, not dropping anchors, but big fish back into the waters.
NEW LONDON -- It takes millions and millions of walleye to improve your odds of landing one. It also requires a lot of hard work by the staff with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to nudge Mother Nature along and stock all of those walleye in the state's lakes. Minnesota operates the country's largest walleye stocking program, and some of that work takes place here. The DNR fisheries crew in Spicer is one of nine in the state charged with collecting walleye eggs for the state's 12 warm-water hatcheries. The eggs collected here are raised at the New London hatchery.