Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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LITCHFIELD – Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident reported at 6:09 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 624th Avenue and County State Aid Highway 28 south of Litchfield in Greenleaf Township of Meeker County. Todd Smith Jr., 28, of Grove City, was airlifted by Life Link helicopter to the Hennepin County Medical Center.
SACRED HEART — No time was more trying for Kristal Dahlager than the final years of high school. Her friends were involved in sports and activities, had their driver’s licenses, access to vehicles and the independence to go, go and go. “It was a hard time for me, not because of other people but because of my disability,’’ said Dahlager. “I kind of focused on it too much instead of what I could do.’’ Her focus today is entirely on what she can do, and the independence she might just gain.
WILLMAR — Rodolfo Villagomez III, 25, of Willmar, was arraigned Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar on felony charges of burglary in the first degree, burglary in the first degree while possessing a dangerous weapon, burglary in the first degree while assaulting an individual, assault in the fifth degree, and misdemeanor theft. The court set unconditional bail at $75,000 and allowed his release on personal recognizance on conditions that he has no contact with the alleged victims.
LITCHFIELD — A Willmar man is hospitalized following a crash involving a minivan and semi-truck at 3:51 a.m. on U.S. Highway 12 west of Litchfield. Matthew Lindquist, 27, was transported by ambulance to the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, according to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Department. His condition is unknown.
OLIVIA — Three brothers entered guilty pleas on Thursday to charges for stealing four work pickup trucks, the equipment in them, crashing one of them, and damaging all of them by sawing off the catalytic converters.
Region, montevideo, education, kare 11, meteorology, television, motivation By Tom Cherveny firstname.lastname@example.org MONTEVIDEO -- Jerrid Sebesta still holds the record for blocking the most shots in a basketball game while playing for the Montevideo Thunder Hawks. He came home on Wednesday for the first time in several years and had his photograph taken by the trophy case where his record is displayed, but not before telling students at his alma mater that they can go anywhere they want in life too.
GRANITE FALLS — Peggy Heglund will serve as the new administrator for Yellow Medicine County. Heglund is currently the family services director for the county. The commissioners offered Heglund the position late Tuesday after a second round of interviews with three finalists: Heglund; Michelle May, county finance manager; and Patrick Bruflat, director of the social services in Redwood County. The commissioners approved Heglund’s selection on a unanimous vote.
MONTEVIDEO — Law officers did not exceed the scope of their investigation, a court has ruled, when they looked inside a cigarette pack for receipts and handwritten credit card numbers that could be hidden in it but found methamphetamine bindles instead. The discovery led officers to obtain a second search warrant, and that ultimately led to a fifth-degree controlled substance conviction against Jeremy Palmer Lynne, 30, of Montevideo.
GRANITE FALLS – Peggy Heglund will serve as the new county administrator for Yellow Medicine County. Heglund is currently the family services director for the county. The commissioners offered Heglund the position late Tuesday after a second round of interviews with three finalists: Heglund, Michelle May, county finance manager; and Patrick Bruflat, director of the social services in Redwood County. The commissioners approved Heglund’s selection on a unanimous vote.
OLIVIA — Renville County is committed to building a new health care campus to replace the existing RC Hospital and Clinics facility in Olivia. The Renville County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday to move the county-owned hospital forward on its proposed $24 million project.