Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO — The Chippewa County attorney’s office filed charges of assault in the first degree and assault in the second degree against David Medellin Jr., 18, of Montevideo, in district court in Montevideo this morning. Medellin is accused of stabbing a 21-year-old man outside a Montevideo residence around 8:28 p.m. Saturday.
MONTEVIDEO — Clean Up our River Environment and the executive director who helped create its mission and extend its influence well beyond the Upper Minnesota River are going separate ways. The organization’s board of directors approved a separation agreement with Patrick Moore on Thursday night. Both emphasized that it was a mutual agreement. “There will be challenges, but I truly believe that CURE is more than one person,’’ said Jennifer Hoffman, chair of the CURE board of directors. “I think CURE can continue and can (continue) to be vibrant.’’
WILLMAR - Motorists were injured in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 71 and the intersection of Kandiyohi County Road 40 around 9 p.m. Thursday, but there was not a fatality, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The Patrol does not yet have details available on the accident. The information will be published here as soon as available.
WILLMAR — The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a warning for the potential of minor flooding today and through the weekend in all of west central Minnesota. The arrival of a warm front today will bring the potential for light rain through Saturday. The rainfall total isforecast not to exceed .25 inch in the Willmar area. The warning noted that the combination of runoff from snow melt and the rainfall could cause minor flooding along rivers, streams and creeks.
GRANITE FALLS - As teenagers growing up in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, Gysbert and Wilhelmina Beukhof witnessed many horrors, but fixed their eyes also on one sign of hope. They watched Allied aircraft carrying those who would liberate them ply the sky above their homes.
PRINSBURG — A belief in the importance of offering a Christian education in Prinsburg well into the future led to a $9 million capital campaign to modernize and expand the Central Minnesota Christian School. Students attending the school today had words for those who will follow their footsteps in the future.
OLIVIA — A man who led law officers on a 38-mile, high-speed chase in Renville County entered guilty pleas on Wednesday to charges resulting from the Dec. 3 incident. Brian Noel Hester, 46, of Redwood Falls, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and a gross misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. Hester is expected to be sentenced to 35 months in prison as part of a plea agreement reached in the case, according to Renville County Assistant Attorney Laurence Stratton.
OLIVIA — A man who led law officers on a 38-mile high speed chase in Renville County entered guilty pleas this morning in district court in Olivia to charges resulting from the Dec. 3 incident. Brian Noel Hester, 46, of Redwood Falls, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and a gross misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.
Gruff truck drivers, road-weary travelers from the Twin Cities and South Dakota, moms and dads from town, and lots of Clara City natives home for a visit, all arriving with big smiles. It doesn’t matter. When they open either of two freezer doors at the Cenex C-Store on Minnesota Highway 7 in Clara City, Laurie Woodring instantly knows what they have in common. They all love the flavorful pork raised on the Pastures A Plenty farm north of town by two generations of the VanDerPol family.
Manufacturing is one of the biggest players in our region’s economy, and yet often the most overlooked. It is built largely on the skills of small entrepreneurs who operate small to medium-sized shops that rarely come to our attention.