Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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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.
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.
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.
OLIVIA -- Matthew Thomas Fahey, 25, of Marshall, entered no plea during his arraignment Thursday morning in District Court in Olivia. He faces felony charges of criminal sexual predatory conduct, kidnapping, and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly abducting and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. District Judge Randall Slieter ordered bail set at $1 million unconditional, and $500,000 conditional. The conditions prohibit him from entering the city limits of Fairfax, where the alleged victim and her family live. Renville County Attorney David Torgelson cited
OLIVIA -- Matthew Thomas Fahey, 25, of Marshall, entered no plea to charges of criminal sexual predatory conduct, kidnapping, and two counts of first degree sexual conduct during his arraignment Thursday morning in District Court in Olivia. District Judge Randall Slieter ordered bail set at $1 million unconditional and $500,000 conditional.
OLIVIA -- Millions of dollars worth of construction bids have come before the Yellow Medicine East School Board in recent weeks and been awarded at costs as much as 20 percent below estimates, thanks to a very competitive construction market. Board members were also happy to learn recently that the district qualified for federal Qualified Zone Academy Bonds to help finance the planned health and safety improvements. The funding could save taxpayers $6 million to $8 million in interest costs over the life of the bonds, if they are awarded by Aug.
GRANITE FALLS -- City council members in Granite Falls want to keep a foreclosed upon apartment facility as a home for seniors. Council members approved sending a request to the U.S.
MONTEVIDEO -- Housing issues in the Upper Minnesota River Valley are many and complex, but demographics offer some insight into the situation. Data collected from 2006-2008 and updated this spring by Minnesota Housing can help explain much of what is happening, both good and bad, according to Lisa Graphenteen, with the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. On the good side, housing costs in the five counties served by the Region 6W Regional Development Commission are relatively low.
MONTEVIDEO -- Anyone who doubts how important a diverse housing stock can be to a community need only speak to Gene Bies, mayor of Canby in western Yellow Medicine County. He is proud to point out that the community of 1,710 has added 30 new homes in the last 10 years, thanks in good part to the continued growth of wind power companies in his area. But like so many communities in western Minnesota, there has been limited development when it comes to affordable rental properties. The wind power development program offered at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College is losing studen
BENSON -- Andrew Lemcke, 35, will serve up to 52 months in prison for second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife. District Ju-dge Jon Stafs-holt sentenced Lemcke on Monday morning in Benson. It's the maximum possible under sentencing guidelines in place when Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, was fatally shot in their Appleton home on Sept.