Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- The Renville County Board of Commissioners postponed a decision on whether to authorize up to $77 million in bonds for the Renville-Sibley County Fiber Optics project. In discussions on Tuesday, the commissioners agreed to delay a decision for two weeks as issues raised over bonding for the project are vetted.
OLIVIA -- Acting as the road authority, the Renville County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday not to allow a contractor to close a three-mile stretch of County Road 11 until Oct.
OLIVIA -- As a dozen or more supporters watched, the Renville County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to apply for Legacy funds to acquire lands for an off-highway vehicle park. The proposed park would be developed in the Minnesota River Valley on 272 acres of land to be acquired in sections 22 and 23 of Sacred Heart Township. The vote on Tuesday is a resolution in support of an application for $821,338 in Parks and Trails Legacy monies. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the sales tax revenue resulting from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment approved by
ST. PAUL -- Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon smiled all 12,800 feet down from an Army airplane today, becoming the first state executive to parachute onto the Capitol mall. "It is a magnificent view," she said after her feet were firmly planted on the ground. The 66-year-old Duluth woman continued her smiling as she was peppered with questions, saying that she would jump from an airplane again "now that I know what it is like." Prettner Solon made her first skydive, in tandem with Amy Sgt.
HECTOR -- A portable lab for manufacturing methamphetamine, nearly 2 grams of methamphetamine and about 4 pounds of marijuana were seized Sept. 17 from a home in Hector located near a city park and the Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart High School. Justin Andrew Walker, 27, was at the home on the 300 block of Second Street West.
MONTEVIDEO -- Two groups held separate, but simultaneous events on Sunday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the freeing of hostages at Camp Release at the end of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. "This is vastly different than most commemorations we have been part of," said June Lynne, director of the Chippewa County Historical Society, as she greeted nearly 60 participants to the commemoration hosted by the Chippewa and Lac qui Parle historical societies and Clean Up our River Environment.
The Fagen Fighters World War II Museum will host its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. There is no admission fee, and visitors are welcome to tour the museum at their leisure. No formal ceremony is planned, but First Officer Jeffrey Skiles of the "Miracle on the Hudson'' fame is among the guests expected to attend the grand opening and share a few words. There will also be fly-overs and, in the afternoon, World War II-era music by New London's Mill Pond Jazz Combo and three high school-age singers will perform the songs of the Andrew Sisters.
To appreciate how prized this collection of World War II aircraft is, know this: The new, 15,000-square-foot brick-faced hangar that holds them is built to be tornado proof. Yet despite its strength and the firepower on display in it, the signature exhibit of the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum makes weak-kneed the strongest of warriors. A sculpture by acclaimed artist Fred Hoppe Jr.