Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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DAWSON -- Dawson's role as an agricultural processing center in western Minnesota got a big boost Thursday, when city, state and federal officials joined to celebrate a $1.2 million federal grant that will be used to expand its industrial park. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as state and local officials, were at the Dawson City Hall to present the Economic Development Administration grant during a congratulatory visit and tour. The city had been working on the grant application for two years and was notified late last week of the grant award.
WILLMAR -- It's a three-way race for the State House of Representatives District 17B seat representing nearly all of Kandiyohi County, but the candidates were often of one voice when it came to issues important to the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Incumbent Bruce Vogel, R-Willmar, and challengers Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, and Zachary Liebl, Independence Party-Atwater, pledged their support for Local Government Aid and property tax relief at a forum held Wednesday evening in Willmar.
OLIVIA -- A plea agreement reached Tuesday in Renville County spares Matthew Wrobleski the longer prison sentence the prosecution originally sought, but it tacks on up to 15 years of probation during which he could be sent back to prison for any infractions. District Judge Randall Slieter sentenced Matthew Wrobleski, 39, previously of Olivia and Willmar, to 92 months in prison for conviction on a charge of felon in possession of a gun.
OLIVIA -- As a dozen or more supporters watched, the Renville County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to apply for Legacy funds to acquire lands for an off-highway vehicle park. The proposed park would be developed in the Minnesota River Valley on 272 acres of land to be acquired in sections 22 and 23 of Sacred Heart Township. The vote on Tuesday is a resolution in support of an application for $821,338 in Parks and Trails Legacy monies. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the sales tax revenue resulting from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment approved by