Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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BIRD ISLAND -- Part of the proceeds from the upcoming Let's Ride Minnesota' event being hosted by the Tim Orth Foundation will benefit the family of Drake Bigler, the 5-month-old killed in a head-on crash on July 29 near Starbuck. Bill Neubauer, coordinator for the Foundation, announced Wednesday that the Foundation wants to help the Bigler family with the expenses it incurred for their son while he was being treated at the Glenwood hospital, where he died of injuries from the crash. Let's Ride Minnesota will be held Aug.
BIRD ISLAND -- Part of the proceeds from the upcoming Let's Ride Minnesota event being hosted by the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation will benefit the family of Drake Bigler, the five-month-old killed in a head-on crash on July 29 near Starbuck. Bill Neubauer, coordinator for the Foundation, announced on Wednesday that the Foundation wants to help the Bigler family with the expenses incurred for their son while he was being treated at the Glenwood hospital, where he died of injuries from the crash. Let's Ride Minnesota will be held August 18 at the Renville County Fairgrounds in Bird Island.
OLIVIA -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals has denied Matthew Fahey's appeal seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a then-14-year-old Fairfax newspaper carrier in May 2010. Fahey's second attorney, Richard Swanson of Chaska had filed the appeal, charging that the District Court erred by denying his motion for a competency examination after his guilty plea but prior to his sentencing. In an unpublished ruling issued Monday, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals sided with District Court Judge Randall Slieter.
OLIVIA -- The summer drought that is damaging the corn crop throughout the Midwest will not put a dent in this weekend's Corn Capital Days celebration in Olivia. As many as 2,000 people could show up for the annual sweet corn feed today, and they will not be disappointed, according to Nancy Standfuss, director of the Olivia Chamber of Commerce. She got word Friday that the Schmoll family is busy picking all the sweet corn promised. Volunteers will prepare more than 3,000 ears of the locally raised corn to begin serving at 11 a.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- A 70-year-old Clara City man with two previous convictions for driving while impaired has been charged with two counts of criminal homicide, as well as open bottle and stop sign violations, in District Court in Montevideo. Arnold Jaenisch is alleged to have had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit at 8:46 p.m. Dec. 16, 2011, when he drove through a double posted stop sign and struck a car driven by Kelly Marie Berghorst, 39, of Montevideo, originally of New London.
MONTEVIDEO -- Two men who allegedly told officers they wanted to "see the ghosts'' pleaded guilty to trespassing into a locked building after allegedly breaking into the Swensson Farmstead, a historic property in Chippewa County. Charles Dean Scheer, 26, of Redwood Falls, and Mathew Scott Tesch, 32, of Granite Falls, entered guilty pleas July 2 in District Court in Montevideo.
OLIVIA -- A special aerobatic show featuring one of the world's most famous stunt planes will highlight the Olivia Lions Flight Breakfast on Sunday. Rob Ator, aviation manager for Fagen's Inc. of Granite Falls, will fly a Pitts S-1S bi-wing. The plane is celebrated for its ability to ''dance in the sky'' and perform snaps, rolls, loops and other gymnastics at break-neck speeds. The airplane dominated world competition in the early 1970's and 1980's. It can zip through the skies at 200 miles per hour in vertical and horizontal flight.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar city worker was treated at Rice Memorial Hospital for a chemical reaction experienced while performing maintenance work Tuesday on the Rice Park wading pool. The man's identity and condition were not released. The pool had been closed for the maintenance work, and no children were endangered, reported Willmar Police Capt. James Felt. Emergency responders were waiting to meet with the worker to learn what chemical or chemicals he was using and apparently spilled in the small maintenance building at the pool site.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar city employee was taken to Rice Hospital Tuesday afternoon after being overcome by fumes he was using to clean the pool shed at the wading pool at Rice Park in southwest Willmar. Police cordoned off the area and evacuated several downwind houses. Ten to 11 people had to leave their homes for about 90 minutes. The pool was closed for maintenance work, so the pool was empty, and no children were involved in the incident.
LITCHFIELD -- Contracts on 60 percent of the land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in Minnesota will expire in the next five years, and conservationists and hunters are bracing for the inevitable. Rising land and crop values will lead some landowners to return many of those 823,000 acres up for renewal to production. It's also why many are pinning hopes on a new Reinvest in Minnesota Riparian Buffer Easement program.