Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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SPICER -- Water levels swelled to near record peaks in Kandiyohi and surrounding counties this summer, inflicting significant damage to lake shorelines and ditch banks. At its peak on Aug. 15, the water in Green Lake was only one-half foot from the all-time high experienced in late July of 1986.
RAYMOND -- Thanks to their own reality TV show on The Learning Channel, Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein of "The Little Couple'' have become household names across the country. People in west central Minnesota might be surprised to know that a couple with ties to this area has had a big role in building the new home that has been the subject of so many recent episodes on this popular docu-drama. Gail Facundo is a Raymond High School graduate and daughter of Gordon and Elaine Blom of Raymond. She is the other half of Facundo Home Builders Inc. of Houston, Texas.
GRANITE FALLS -- The skeletal remains discovered Saturday in rural Granite Falls have been identified as those of Eric Santiago Martinez Solorzano. Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten said Tuesday the Midwest Medical Examiner in Ramsey confirmed the identity through dental records. Solorzano, 27, was reported missing April 2 after he was believed to have left a car and walked toward flooded ditches along U.S.
Renville County is known as a leader in agricultural production, but there is a different type of production that plays a big economic role here too.
RENVILLE -- Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative and Renville County reached a settlement ending years of litigation over the assessed value of the sugar processing company's property and consequently the property taxes it pays. The settlement reached Monday dismisses all of the claims.
GRANITE FALLS -- Students and faculty at the Yellow Medicine East Schools in Granite Falls give their buildings much improved marks following more than $10 million in improvements completed over the last two summers to the elementary, middle and high school buildings. Now a district judge will give a pass or fail grade on whether the district abided by state law when it issued financing without conducting a referendum.
OLIVIA -- While she was publicly demanding that the town's police chief be suspended while investigated for an alleged wrong doing, Sharon Lothert was taking advantage of her position as a city council member and president of the Economic Development Agency in Danube to steal rent checks written to the city. Lothert, 59, of Hector, admitted to the offenses during a court appearance Friday in district court in Olivia. She pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft and a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct by a public official. District Judge Randall Slieter accepted the pleas, and dismiss
WILLMAR -- A historic house once prominent on Litchfield's signature street, Sibley Avenue, is now a feature of the prairie landscape just west of Willmar. Stubbs Builders and Movers, of Long Lake, delivered the three-story house on Thursday afternoon to its new location south of Minnesota Highway 40.
WILLMAR -- An historic house that stood on Sibley Avenue in Litchfield since 1894 is now yards away from a new location just west of Willmar and south of Minnesota Highway 40 near the airport. Workers with Stubbs Builders and Movers, Long Lake, moved the house across Minnesota Highway 23 at the intersection with Kandiyohi County Road 5 shortly before noon today. They will be crossing a soybean field and placing the three-story structure on its new location this afternoon. The house began its journey on Monday.
BENSON -- The new spokesman for community newspapers across the country comes to his role with ink in his veins from more than 30 years on the job, and an upbringing in it as well. Reed Anfinson's father, Ronald, and partner Jim Kenney purchased the Swift County Monitor and the Swift County News in 1960, when Reed was 6 years old. He graduated from the Benson High School in 1972 and headed to the University of Minnesota with intentions of majoring in marine biology.