Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- The biggest show of the year is now playing in Montevideo, but get there quick as its run will be short. In only eight days, workers with MACC Inc., of Montevideo have removed the Chippewa River dam that has stood since 1958 downstream of Lagoon Park in Montevideo. A steady procession of onlookers has snapped photos and watched as the years of accumulated sediment, and the concrete and rebar that comprised the 21-feet-high-by-120-feet-wide structure was removed. By the end of the day Tuesday the workers had already constructed two of the six rock weirs that will replace the da
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo's industrial park in the Smith Addition may be an unusual location to look for the start of a housing recovery, but it's where you can find it. After feeling the effects of the country's housing downturn since 2008, modular home builder Friendship Homes is humming on all cylinders.
OLIVIA -- A compromise will help make possible the acquisition of land for a new wildlife management area in Renville County, but it still leaves open the debate on how to balance conflicting recreational uses on public lands in the Minnesota River Valley. The Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved plans by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to acquire 293 acres of land adjacent to the Vicksburg County Park along the Minnesota River south of Renville. The commissioners also attached an amendment to the resolution stating the county's support for mul
WILLMAR -- Lovise and Rune Holmedal and their daughter Kaia left their home on the west coast of Norway for a holiday in America, taking in sites from Chicago to the Grand Canyon. They stopped Sunday at the Guri Endresen historic cabin on Lake Solomon north of Willmar to check out some of the family stories about the ancestor who had left Norway for America, only to lose her husband and a son when attacked during the U.S. Dakota Conflict of 1862. The Holmedal's Norwegian accent was a giveaway to Kim and Debbie Larson of rural Willmar.
GRANITE FALLS -- Speak up for your needs, be headstrong and trust in God. That's the advice Marv and Diane Patten offer up for flood victims in Duluth, having been through the same in April 1997. "People could easily give up, they easily could,'' said Diane Patten of the struggles ahead. "We're fighters and survivors, but not everyone is.'' The Pattens own and operate Granite Greenhouse and Floral in Granite Falls.
GRANITE FALLS -- At last count there were 198 disc golf courses in the state of Minnesota, making them easier to find than the restaurant with the Golden Arches. Yet travel west of Willmar, and disc golf courses become very hard to find. Compared to other parts of Minnesota, west central Minnesota is lacking in courses for what is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in the state, according to Derek Tonn, communications director with the Minnesota Frisbee Association. That's about to change, and fast.
GRANITE FALLS -- City Council members in Granite Falls have approved a special use permit to allow a vacant commercial property along U.S. Highway 212 to be converted for use as a church. The council action on Monday allows the Rock Haven Church to convert the former Rittmiller Motors property on the west side of the city for use as a church. The congregation is negotiating for the purchase of the property from the Citizens Alliance Bank.
MONTEVIDEO -- Plans to remove the 54-year-old dam on the Chippewa River in Montevideo are on track and under budget. The Montevideo City Council met Monday but did not have a quorum to take action.
GRANITE FALLS -- A judgment in a taxpayers' lawsuit against the Yellow Medicine East School District spares it the costly and complicated task of unraveling more than $2.8 million worth of facilities improvements found to have been improperly funded. But the judgment issued June 14 by District Judge Randall Slieter still leaves the district with difficult financial decisions. The judgment prohibits the district from issuing the remaining $1.25 million in alternative facilities bonds. The district has more than $800,000 in unpaid expenses associated with the improvement project. The greates
GRANITE FALLS -- While this weekend's airshow is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the Granite Falls Municipal Airport, it's likely only the beginning in terms of people making this site a destination. The Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will open this fall to permanently remember and honor those who served. The museum is sure to attract thousands of visitors in the years ahead. The museum will include two hangars, a WWII Quonset hut and WWII control tower. The new, 15,000 square foot hanger will be a brick, tornado proof structure.