Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- City council members in Montevideo are looking for ways to raise $3 million to $3.5 to allow completion of the flood levee upgrade in 2013. Council members held a special work session on Tuesday to explore options ranging from city bonding to obtaining state bond funds towards the work, according to City Manager Steve Jones. The city is currently working with the U.S.
BIRD ISLAND -- Students at St. Mary's School in Bird Island are preparing to host Governor Mark Dayton next Friday afternoon. The Governor's office confirmed plans for the Governor's visit today, said School Principal Tracy Bertrand. The governor will be accompanied by State Senator Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls. The visit honors a promise he made to St. Mary's student McKaia Ryberg. She had invited him to visit her school. The governor had discovered Ryberg's talents when she sang the national anthem at a Tim Orth Foundation event as a sixth grader in 2010.
WILLMAR -- A fund has been established to remember Vinessa Lozano and to assist her surviving 18-month-old son, Carson, and the child's father, Jacob Janisch. Donations can be sent or brought to the Bremer Bank, Willmar. The fund is in the name of Jacob and Carson Janisch. Vinessa Lozano, 18, was fatally stabbed when ambushed after she left her place of work in Montevideo on January 13. She is survived by her 18-month old son and fiancé, Jacob. Jacob is the caregiver for the child.
MONTEVIDEO -- Family members of Vinessa Lozano remain stunned and angry over her death, but also determined to seek justice, they said Tuesday. Family members and friends of the 18-year-old stabbing victim and mother gathered at the Chippewa county courthouse as the man accused of killing her made his first court appearance. Darek Jon Nelson, 24, faces charges of second degree murder, first degree manslaughter and second-degree assault. It is believed a grand jury will be convened to consider first degree murder charges. "It's hard,'' said Eric Lozano of Willmar, father of the victim.
MONTEVIDEO -- Darek Jon Nelson, 24, brought his hunting knife to work Friday night and hid it in his hooded sweatshirt, planning to kill 18-year-old Vinessa Lozano if he was upset with how she treated him. When she walked out the back door at the end of her shift at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Montevideo, he followed and ambushed her from behind, stabbing her more than 30 times, according to the allegations in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in District Court in Chippewa County. Nelson, of Montevideo, made his first court appearance Tuesday on second-degree murder, first-degree manslaug
GRANITE FALLS -- Renville County West made itself a leader in the state when it gave every student in grades 4 through 12 an iPad at the start of the school year. "I couldn't imagine going back,'' said RCW instructor Aimee Mooney, who uses the iPad to teach seventh- and eighth-grade math. "Students are way, way more engaged,'' said Mooney. She was among nearly 400 instructors at seven of the schools in the Minnesota River Valley Education District who gathered Monday at the Yellow Medicine East Schools in Granite Falls.
MONTEVIDEO -- Every student in South America can identify Montevideo as the capital of Uruguay. The way things are going, every student in South America will soon be able to identify Montevideo, Minn.
GRANITE FALLS -- State Sen. Gary Kubly packed a walking cane when he headed to St. Paul for the legislative session last year. He had just been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Kubly, 68, is returning for his 16th and final session as a state legislator. A walker has replaced the cane. The disease has weakened his vocal chords and respiratory muscles. A microphone he uses to amplify his voice is no longer enough.
MONTEVIDEO -- Every student in South America can identify Montevideo as the capital of Uruguay. The way things are going, every student in the countries of South America will soon be able to identify Montevideo, Minn. as well. It's all thanks to ''Hola Montevideo,'' a You Tube video that celebrates the ties between the Uruguayan capital and its much smaller, North American counterpart. The video is fast on its way to going viral.
MONTEVIDEO -- Roughly one-half of all new businesses fail within the first five years, according to the Small Business Administration. A nonprofit organization that has been helping startup businesses in area communities beat those odds could soon fall victim as well. The Entrepreneur's Assistance Network, based in Montevideo, is looking for support from local governments, agencies and the entrepreneurs it assists as it copes with funding needs.