Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO – Kelly Jean Anderson-Person, 34, of Clarkfield, voluntarily agreed to a civil commitment for mental illness during a closed hearing Friday afternoon in District Court in Montevideo, her attorney said following the hearing.
For the purple martins that call Minnesota home, it’s only an 11-day flight from a corn field south of Willmar to the remote wilds of the Amazon River rain forest. The route there and back can vary, but the timing is generally pretty consistent. Dick Doll’s purple martins returned right on time in April, and unfortunately so.
SPICER — The Willmar chapter of Let's Go Fishing reached a new milestone on Wednesday when volunteers welcomed aboard guests from Grove City for a pontoon ride on Green Lake. With the arrival of guests with Grove City C.A.R.E., the Let's Go Fishing chapter topped the 2,000 mark in the number of people it has hosted on fishing and boating excursions this summer.
MONTEVIDEO — A power outage forced some of Montevideo's major employers to close their doors for the day, while many residents went without air conditioning in their homes on Thursday. Xcel Energy was expected to begin restoring power to the affected area between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to Tom Hoen, communications director in Minneapolis.
SPICER — The Willmar chapter of Let’s Go Fishing reached a new milestone on Wednesday when volunteers welcomed aboard guests from Grove City for a pontoon ride on Green Lake. With the arrival of guests with Grove City C.A.R.E., the Let’s Go Fishing chapter topped the 2,000 mark in the number of people it has hosted on fishing and boating excursions this summer.
GRANITE FALLS — Black mold is a chronic problem in the offices for Countryside Public Health, where tight quarters in the basement of the Yellow Medicine County Courthouse make it virtually impossible to provide privacy for clients and there is no running water to have a sink in the only examination room, according to Liz Auch, Countryside director. A lack of space places opposing litigants together in cramped quarters outside of the third-floor courtroom while they wait for the start of court.
WILLMAR — The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued an excessive heat advisory for the region today. It warns that dangerously hot conditions will persist through Tuesday. The temperature is expected to reach 96 degrees in Willmar this afternoon. High humidity will make it feel hotter than 100 degrees, adding to the stress on people and animals. A weak cool front will move through the region tonight but temperatures will remain in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s through the week.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota is home to thousands of veterans under the age of 40 who have served in overseas combat areas in recent years, returned home and have now found their next missions outside of the military. The Minnesota Humanities Center will be recognizing 25 of these veterans for their service during a ceremony Sept. 11 in the Twin Cities.
WILLMAR --EMDASH-- A fast-moving line of thunderstorms spewed hail over portions of Pope, Kandiyohi and Meeker counties on Tuesday night. According to a storm summary posted on the website of the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service, the first reports of pea-sized hail were reported around 4:40 p.m. by law enforcement in Pope County. Officers reported hail in areas near Gilchrist and Swift Falls.
GRANITE FALLS - The city of Granite Falls joined Redwood Falls, Minneapolis and an unknown number of other cities in approving a resolution this week urging that the Dakota perspective be heard during the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in hopes of rectifying the wrongs. The resolution was introduced to Granite Falls City Council members on Monday by council member Sarina Otaibi, and approved at its first reading, according to City Manager Bill Lavin.