Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- An extensive, two-year monitoring program will be launched this year to analyze water quality in two South Dakota tributaries to the upper portion of the Minnesota River. The project will include extensive water quality monitoring at 14 sites in the Whetstone River and Yellow Bank River watersheds, according to Jay Gilbertson, manager of the East Dakota Water Development District in Brookings, S.D.
GRANITE FALLS -- A series of reports through the past decade have all recommended the Yellow Medicine East School District improve its buildings, and all favored remodeling over new construction as the most economical choice. "Our buildings are tired, they need rejuvenation,'' Superintendent Al Stoeckman told an audience of around 40 people on Tuesday evening. The superintendent and school board members hosted the meeting to answer questions about their decision to move forward with an estimated $14 million in improvements to the high school and Bert Raney Elementary school buildings in Gran
LITCHFIELD -- Charges of felony theft against Danube Police Chief Lester Schneider Jr. were continued for dismissal in a year under terms of an agreement approved Wednesday in district court in Litchfield. The charges of theft and misconduct by a public official will be dismissed provided the chief abide by the agreement. The agreement requires a letter of apology.
LITCHFIELD -- Charges of felony theft against Danube Police Chief Lester Schneider Jr., 40, were continued for dismissal in a year under terms of an agreement approved Wednesday in district court in Litchfield. The charges of theft and misconduct by a public official will be dismissed provided the chief abide by the agreement, which requires a letter of apology.
GRANITE FALLS -- Curtis David Quale, 70, of Granite Falls, must serve a minimum of nine years in prison for the brutal stabbing last summer of his 47-year-old girlfriend. District Judge Paul Nelson sentenced Quale on Tuesday to 162 months for the conviction on first-degree attempted murder - domestic abuse. During a court appearance in Granite Falls, the judge ordered Quale to serve a minimum of two-thirds of that time in prison, and allowed him to serve the remaining 54 months on supervised re-lease provided he has no disciplinary problems in prison.
GRANITE FALLS - Curtis David Quale, 70, of Granite Falls, must serve a minimum of nine years in prison for the brutal stabbing last summer of his 47-year-old girlfriend. District Judge Paul Nelson sentenced Quale to 162 months for the first degree, attempted murder, domestic abuse conviction during a court appearance in Granite Falls on Tuesday afternoon. The judge ordered Quale to serve a minimum of two-thirds of that time in prison, and allowed him to serve the remaining 54 months on supervised release provided he has no disciplinary problems in prison.
MONTEVIDEO -- Winter-weary Minnesotans tend to approach solar power the way they do the prospects of a Super Bowl victory for the Vikings: Hopeful, but always prepared for cloudy days and disappointment. Dan Handeen has proof it can happen. Sun power, that is. Handeen, a 1992 graduate of Montevideo High School, served as assistant project manger for the University of Minnesota's Solar Decathlon competition. The University's "solar icon'' house won fifth-place honors in the U.S.
WILLMAR -- Like a door-to-door salesman, Rick Reimer is doing a lot of cold calling these days. He believes the frigid January temperatures and blowing snow he braves will only help his cause. Reimer, with the Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District, is calling on landowners to interest them in planting field windbreaks and living snow fences.
MONTEVIDEO -- No matter if you look at it from the barrel of a shotgun, through your favorite bird-watching binoculars or a laboratory microscope, the results are obvious. The grasslands made possible throughout Minnesota's farm country by the Conservation Reserve Program have resulted in more wildlife and better water quality. There are 1.7 million acres of CRP lands in Minnesota, but contracts on 700,000 of those acres will expire this year. Economic pressures will be influencing the decisions of the farmers whose CRP contracts will be expiring, and no one can predict how many acres will
WILLMAR -- A place by the name of "Cold Bay'' and known to average no more than five days of sunshine each year might not seem like a great destination, but it was that and more for Matthew Smith of Willmar. It also became his launching point for writing about the outdoors. Smith, 15, the son of Will and Lori Park Smith of Willmar, wrote about the hunting and fishing adventure he enjoyed last year to Cold Bay, located on the Aleutian Chain of Islands.