Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- City employees in Montevideo voluntarily agreed to cut a previously negotiated pay increase by half. City council members in Olivia imposed a wage freeze on city employees on the top of their pay scales. In Dawson, council members decided not to re-fill the position of a retiring police officer, reducing the hours of police coverage in the community. And in Benson, the retirement of a wastewater plant operator became the occasion for the city to begin contracting for those services from a private firm. Communities around the region will be making lots of noise when the Legisl
WILLMAR -- Wind-blown snow is creating difficult driving conditions throughout much of the region today. The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a notice at 11:30 a.m. Monday advising motorists not to travel unnecessarily in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray and Pipestone counties due to the conditions. The Lac qui Parle Sheriff's office issued its own advisory Monday morning against unnecessary travel and urging motorists to exercise extreme caution if they needed to travel.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Their goal is to make the Tatanka Bluffs Corridor a recreational destination with brand recognition on par with the state's best, like the Brainerd Lakes Area or North Shore. Ambitious yes, but that goal started to look possible on Dec. 17.
MILAN -- West central Minnesota could soon be home to two ventures to promote renewable energy and conservation. Customers could own or lease photovoltaic panels in a solar farm that would provide electricity for the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative and Willmar Municipal Utilities. One of the nation's first rural sustainable energy utilities could help residents in the Milan area with everything from adding highly efficient, geothermal heating and cooling systems to sealing up drafty, older homes. Milan recently created Sustainable Energy Utility.
MONTEVIDEO -- Stacy Salvevold needed only to slip out her back door and the warmth of her home on a January morning to capture the sparkle of a hoar-frosted landscape as the sun started its climb over Lake Minnewaska. Karen Falk had to wait for the right water conditions and mobilize friends and family members for a canoe and kayak trip down Mud Creek in Swift County's Camp Lake Township on a spring day to capture the wild and remote feel of this rarely visited waterway. And Faith Anderson?
GRANITE FALLS -- A paraplegic convicted of assault when he pulled a pistol and pointed it at a township supervisor will serve a minimum of 14 months in prison. Allen Chancey Olson, 56, of Canby, must begin serving the sentence immediately, according to a sentencing order issued by District Judge Bruce Christopherson in Granite Falls on Wednesday. The judge committed Olson, who is bound to a wheelchair, to the Commission of Corrections for 21 months, ordering that he serve 14 months in prison and seven months of supervised release. The judge also ordered Olson forfeit the .357 caliber King C
APPLETON -- A 42-year-old man is claiming he was sexually abused by a female kitchen supervisor while he was an inmate at Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. The inmate filed a civil lawsuit Dec. 17 in U.S. District Court in Minnesota seeking damages from the former supervisor, Dorienne Dolores Homan, of Odessa, Homan's former employer, Compass Group USA, Inc. and Corrections Corporation of America, which owns the Appleton prison.
RENVILLE -- More than 90 percent of this year's sugar beet crop for Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative was planted with RoundUp Ready seeds, as compared to just 15 percent of last year's crop, according to information provided earlier this year by company officials. The switch to RoundUp Ready beets was well received by growers. The plants are genetically modified so that they are tolerant of the herbicide glyphosate, an effective weed killer.
RENVILLE -- Tom Jacobs' father started raising sugar beets in Renville County in 1964, and with the exception of a few years in the early '70s, the family has continued that tradition ever since. By all measures, this was the most nerve-wracking harvest that father or son ever experienced, said Tom Jacobs of rural Olivia. "It was literally one rain from disaster,'' said Jacobs.
CLARA CITY -- There is sure to be some sticker shock as Kandiyohi County moves forward with a process of taking century-old public drainage values into the reality of the 21st century. Water quality in waterways like Hawk Creek should benefit, Kandiyohi County Ditch Inspector Loren Engelby told members of the Hawk Creek Watershed Project at a meeting Dec. 4 in Clara City. Just over a year ago, the Kandiyohi County board of commissioners committed the county to a process of re-determining the benefits in public drainage systems.