Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — Attempted first-degree murder charges were filed Tuesday in Renville County against a man who led law officers on a 38-mile, high-speed chase Monday afternoon in Renville and Redwood counties. Brian Noel Hester, 46, of Redwood Falls, allegedly rammed his pickup truck into a squad car while an officer sat in it, as well as pointed it directly at another deputy who had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit, according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
MONTEVIDEO -- Darek Nelson will stand trial on a first-degree murder charge that carries a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of release. A district judge's ruling filed Monday denies a petition by Nelson, 25, of Montevideo, to plead guilty to a lesser, second-degree murder charge for the fatal stabbing of Vinessa Lozano, 18, on Jan.
GRANITE FALLS -- High school music instructors are not on the endangered species list, but tight budgets and declining enrollments have reduced their numbers in many rural school districts. That's why Nicole Boelter, instrumental music instructor for the Yellow Medicine East Schools in Granite Falls, admits she initially resisted a proposal to offer online instruction to her students through the MacPhail Center for Music in Minnesota. She was worried it was a step toward replacing classroom teachers. Case in point: She was one of two instrumental music instructors in the district when she b
GRANITE FALLS -- The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners is moving ahead with plans to remodel a newly acquired building to hold county offices. At their meeting on Tuesday, the commissioners approved a base contract of $18,500 with Contegrity Group, of Little Falls, to serve as construction manager. One day earlier, the county closed on the acquisition of the building in downtown Granite Falls for $450,000 from Fagen Inc.
Brian Albers teaches an all-girls shop class at the Montevideo High School, and every year it's the same thing.
MONTEVIDEO -- There are ways for aspiring filmmakers to launch their projects absent connections in Hollywood or a pile of money big enough to fund a campaign for Congress. One story tells how a duo tackled director Ed Harris and forced him to watch their movie trailer to win his backing. More famously, Minnesota's own Coen brothers are said to have gone door to door with a film projector to beg the money needed to produce "Blood Simple.'' Samuel Hathaway, 24, is trying a different tactic. He came home to Montevideo. "For better or worse, this is where I have been inspired and these are t
MONTEVIDEO -- Darek Nelson's first court appearance since his arraignment in May on a first-degree murder charge focused largely on motions concerning what can be presented at a trial. Yet Friday's hearing on whether probable cause exists for the charges against him also brought poignant testimony by the first police officers on the scene. Montevideo Police Officer Angela Milo witnessed what may have been the most lethal of the 33 knife wounds that took the life of Vinessa Lozano, 18, on the night of Jan.