Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit Tuesday that opens the way for Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, to construct a large asphalt storage facility at Asbury, a hamlet about six miles north of Granite Falls. The unanimous vote came after the commissioners refused to hear a final challenge by neighbors and opponents of the project. "Just a huge railroad job," said Jeff Muhl, one of the neighbors, in voicing his frustration outside the courthouse after the commissioners disallowed public comments during their meeting.
SPICER -- Fear of the havoc that a zebra mussel infestation could bring to Green Lake and other waters in the Crow River watershed has led the Green Lake Property Owners Association to host a return presentation by retired fisheries biologist and outdoor author Dick Sternberg. The association is sending out letters and encouraging people to attend Sternberg's presentation at 10:30 a.m. Aug.
HUTCHINSON -- Some adventures have to be made up on the way, and that worked just fine for Rudy Goldstein, 23, of Hutchinson. He returned home Aug. 9 after a 104-days, 2,300 miles long paddle in his 12-foot Old Town Dirigo kayak, according to the online blog he kept of his adventure. Inspired by Eric Sevareid's book "Canoeing with the Cree,'' Goldstein set out from Hutchinson in April to re-create Sevareid and Walter Port's epic trip to York Factory on Hudson Bay. He followed the Minnesota River and Red River to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, but had to revise his plans.
MONTEVIDEO -- Joseph Nicollet camped where the Chippewa River meets the Minnesota River on Aug. 5, 1838 and dutifully made note of its clear waters and sandy bottom before continuing his map making journey through the frontier lands of what is now western Minnesota. Some 172 years later, Jennessa Runia started her own journey of discovery at this very spot. It's also the location where over 30 people gathered last Thursday on the anniversary of Nicollet's arrival to congratulate her on what she accomplished.
CLARA CITY -- Decades ago anglers worked the Yellow Medicine River and Hawk Creek hard. They prized the Yellow Medicine River for its smallmouth bass and Hawk Creek for its walleye and northern pike.
GRANITE FALLS -- Heavy rains Thursday overwhelmed the sanitary sewer system in Granite Falls, causing sewage to back up into the basements of as many as 60 homes. Rainfall amounts in the city totaled between 5½ to 6 inches. The rain fell at a rate greater than 3 inches an hour. City Manager Bill Lavin was among those who spent a sleepless night cleaning up as the sanitary sewer system backed up into the basement of his home.
GRANITE FALLS -- Heavy rains overwhelmed the sanitary sewer system in Granite Falls, causing sewage to back up into the basements of dozens of homes in the community during the Thursday night storm. Rainfall amounts in the city totaled between 5½ to 6 inches from the storm. The rain fell at a rate greater than three inches an hour. City Manager Bill Lavin was among those who spent a sleepless night cleaning up as the sanitary sewer system backed up into the basement of his home.
MONTEVIDEO -- Fifteen years and three governors into his role as commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Gene Hugoson is more bullish than ever on the future of agriculture. He's also wary, as he expressed concerns about the unintended consequences of regulatory efforts by people far removed from agriculture, and how the state's budget crisis could affect his department. Agriculture accounts for 20 percent of the jobs in Minnesota, Hugoson told a small gathering of mainly reporters Thursday at a listening session he hosted in Montevideo.
WILLMAR -- Willmar's award-winning basket weaver Janet Olney will be featured in an upcoming program to be aired on Pioneer Public Television. The locally produced "Postcards'' program will feature Janet Olney on the air at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Producer Eric Olson said the local weaver's skills and talents will be highlighted in the show.
MONTEVIDEO -- School board members in Montevideo held a special session on Monday to review progress and set goals before taking care of immediate business with a regular meeting. Although a levy measure failed in a referendum last year, board members noted the district was able to put into place a well organized budget that keeps the district on good financial footing. Superintendent Dr. Luther Heller said the district made $768,000 worth of cuts that included a decision to move K-12 class offerings out of the Sanford school.