Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- Budget-driven decisions will keep more inmates behind bars in Lac qui Parle and Swift counties as the heat of summer arrives. Decisions to stop funding their participation in the sentence-to-serve program as of July 1 means a number of inmates in the two counties will no longer be leaving their cells for work sites. The sentence-to-serve program was launched in the 1980s in large part to help ease crowding and tensions in county jails, according to Midge Christianson, director of 6W Community Corrections. Inmates who participate in the program spend many daytime hours at work
MONTEVIDEO -- Voters in Montevideo will decide in the November general election whether or not to allow Sunday liquor sales. City Council members decided Monday to put the Sunday liquor option to a vote following discussions at their meeting, said City Manager Steve Jones. The council members are in the process of reviewing city liquor ordinances as part of a comprehensive effort to update them. Restaurants located outside of the city limits currently offer Sunday liquor sales.
GRANITE FALLS -- Complaints by citizens about emissions from a hot mix plant operated within the city limits have led city council members in Granite Falls to consider an ordinance to regulate the activity. City Council members on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance.
DAWSON -- Dawson has held bragging rights as the home to the first farmer-owned soybean processing plant in Minnesota since the Tri-County Soy Bean Cooperative Association began operating in November 1951. The community of 1,600 in Lac qui Parle County should be holding on to a few things more important than the bragging rights for a long time: jobs, value-added earnings and the market for locally raised soybeans created by the existence of the AGP Processing plant in Dawson. AGP Processing Inc.
WILLMAR -- Combine the sports of archery and fishing and what do you get? "An adrenalin rush,'' said Jesse Medalen of New London when describing the similarities of bowfishing to hunting. You can also get lots of fish, if you have the aim, stealth and good luck. Medalen and friends Amanda Buer of Willmar and Keane Johnson of New London had it all May 18 when they arrowed 102 carp in outings on local waters during the day and nighttime. It was just practice: They were getting ready for last Saturday's first ever Bow Fishing Contest sponsored by Precision Archery of Spicer.
NEW LONDON -- Local wildlife workers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources put deer in the spotlight this spring. Area hunters could put more deer in their gun sights this autumn as a result. The wildlife workers drove designated routes and shined deer with spotlights from their vehicles.
PRIAM -- The Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers are ready to take another try at developing a biomass energy product. The farmer-owned cooperative in Priam has obtained the permits needed from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to begin testing a new technology that offers promise in producing biomass pellets for the renewable energy market, according to Keith Poier, MnVAP chair. This September, the cooperative will begin feeding biomass into a KDS or Kinetic Disintegration System it acquired from First American Scientific Corporation of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
OLIVIA -- Matthew Thomas Fahey, 25, of Marshall, now faces the possibility of a life sentence in prison if convicted for the abduction and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Fairfax on May 4. A Renville County grand jury returned an indictment against Fahey on May 20 that includes criminal sexual conduct ch-arges that carry a maximum penalty of life. The indictment includes charges of criminal sexual predatory conduct; kidnapping to facilitate felony or flight; first- degree criminal sexual conduct, fear of great bodily harm; and first-degree criminal sexual conduct, penetration and use
APPLETON -- Randy Twitchell could not believe the generosity of people -- many of them strangers -- who donated thousands of dollars to save the historic Episcopal church in Appleton, the first church erected in Swift County. Now he feels he can't let them down, as he faces the difficult challenge of preserving the historic structure he and others saved just six years ago. Professional cleaners are at work inside the former Gethsemane Church, where Twitchell was startled recently to open the doors and see black mold covering the wood like moss in a southern, blackwater swamp, and peeling pai
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East can continue to move forward with an estimated $10.9 million worth of health and safety and other improvements to its buildings this summer. A judge's ruling denied a request by two district taxpayers for a temporary injunction to halt the project while they challenge it in court. District Judge Randall Slieter filed the ruling Friday. In it, he found that the school district and not the plaintiffs would have the "greater likelihood of success on the merits'' in the lawsuit.