Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- The first in a series of formal hearings to be held on plans for the southern route of the CAPX electric transmission project attracted some resistance from residents along its path. About two dozen people attended the hearings during the afternoon and evening Monday at Prairie's Edge Casino Resort, but only a handful voiced concerns about the proposed route for the record, according to Administrative Law Judge Richard Luis. The Public Utilities Commission has issued a certificate of need for an estimated, $1.7 billion upgrade to the state's electric transmission system. El
APPLETON -- Scaling a 1,200-foot tower to dismount and carefully return to earth a 74-foot-long antenna weighing 18,000 pounds -- or more than four SUVs -- is challenge enough. But the really tough job was doing it all in reverse and that is now done: Channel 10 Pioneer Public Television in Appleton has replaced its 26-year-old analog antenna with a new digital antenna. The digital antenna that was hoisted on Nov.
WILLMAR -- Informed that it had failed a recent compliance check conducted by the Willmar Police Department, the Kandi Entertainment Center unilaterally enacted its penalty of a five-day suspension of its liquor license before it was required to do so. Kent Larson, general manager, told the Tribune that the KEC was one of seven local establishments to have been informed it had failed a compliance check conducted earlier this fall.
WILLMAR -- Informed that it had failed a recent compliance check conducted by the Willmar Police Department, the Kandi Entertainment Center unilaterally enacted its penalty of a five-day suspension of its liquor license before it was required to do so. Kent Larson, general manager, told the Tribune Wednesday that the KEC was one of seven local establishments to have been informed it had failed a compliance check conducted earlier this fall.
WILLMAR -- A 13-year-old boy injured in a Kandiyohi County hunting accident this fall was bolstered by a strong showing of community support over the weekend, and is taking his first steps toward re-turning to normal activities this week, said his mother. Brady Damhof, an eighth-grader in the Willmar Schools, was planning to return to school for an hour today.
NEW LONDON -- Larry Hanson of New London always keeps a compact digital camera at his side and his eyes on the look out for photo opportunities. He was lucky enough to keep his composure too as he was driving on U.S. Highway 71 near the entrance to Sibley State Park at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 and spotted two bucks locked in combat in an open field. Not just two bucks, but two "wall hangers,'' said Hanson of the big deer. He calmly pulled over and made his way with the small Canon camera towards the deer. For a time, he was able to watch the rut-season combat first hand.
WILLMAR -- There was more boom than bust for those participating in the 2009 deer firearm season. Unofficial counts at deer registration stations in the area indicate that hunters did better than was expected. The record amounts of corn standing in fields at the onset of the season, and reductions in antlerless permits for the area, had many expecting a significant decline in the firearm harvest number. Jeff Miller, assistant wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in New London, said the number of deer registered in the area is looking good.
MAYNARD -- A pregnant woman was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital after her vehicle rolled over at 5:35 p.m. Friday on Minnesota Highway 23 near Maynard. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Rhoda McCaleb, 33, of Granite Falls suffered non-serious and non-life threatening injuries in the one-vehicle rollover. She was driving a 1997 Buick Park Avenue westbound when she went off the shoulder, over-corrected and rolled over in the eastbound ditch, according to the Patrol. The driver was airlifted from the scene.
OLIVIA -- Renville County's Board of Adjustment and Appeals rejected an appeal by Duininck Companies of Prinsburg and ordered it to meet the conditions of a permit for a gravel pit it operates in Beaver Falls Township. The gravel mining operation has long been a point of contention between the company and neighboring property owner Doug Tersteeg, whose home is set amidst one of the county's last remaining natural oak savannahs. The Board of Adjustment ordered the company on Thursday to correct five violations. The corrections include moving two large stockpiles of gravel that are within 500
OLIVIA -- A proposal to erect one of the state's largest wind farms amidst some of its most productive farm lands found clear sailing Tuesday with the Renville County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners indicated they are likely to formally approve a request by Norfolk Wind Energy LLC to designate it a community-based energy development, or C-BED project. Norfolk Wind is proposing to develop a 40-megawatt wind farm by erecting 20 large turbines -- each rated for 2 megawatts -- in Norfolk, Bird Island and Palmyra townships in the heart of Renville County. The C-BED designation would he