Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo approved a conditional use permit request Monday by the Farmer's Union Cooperative. It will allow the company to construct three storage tanks to hold 78,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia in the Smith Addition Industrial Park. A husband and wife living near the site have asked council members to reject the request. In a letter to the council, Kim and Cynthia Johnson said the tanks would be within a few hundred feet of two families.
GILFILLAN -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's call to promote exports and reduce regulatory and tax costs for agriculture, and continue research into renewable fuel technology, won applause from his Farmfest audience, but it left at least one audience member scratching his head. State Rep.
GILFILLAN -- The state needs to continue to expand its agricultural exports, cut regulatory costs and taxes to be more competitive, and fund research to promote the renewable energy industry, Gov. Tim Pawlenty told a Farmfest audience on Thursday. In a speech that dealt almost equally with state and national issues, Pawlenty kept to a less government is better theme.
MONTEVIDEO -- A dispute that could be said to be over 40 years in the making has five county commissioners and the county attorneys from Chippewa, Renville and Kandiyohi counties huddled together in a closed meeting today in Montevideo. The commissioners represent the Judicial Ditch 7 or Hawk Creek Drainage Authority. They are meeting with their county attorneys to determine how to respond to a lawsuit filed by landowners in Lone Tree Township in Chippewa County. The recently filed lawsuit asks the district court to spell out what is required when bridges spanning the upper 26 miles of Hawk
GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls will be able to launch phase one of a two-phase project to improve its main flood levee. City Council members on Monday called for bids on the first phase of the project with plans to award the work on Sept.
DANUBE -- City Council members in Danube took no formal action Monday in response to recent criminal charges filed against the city's chief of police, but there was a consensus to investigate the allegations further, according to City Attorney Aaron Walton. The Danube City Council met in closed session to discuss the matter.
OLIVIA -- Olivia can lay claim to being host to one of the world's largest concentrations of seed company research and production facilities, with some of the biggest names in the industry represented here. And for nearly three years now, it has been home to exactly one company dedicated to the real germ of the matter. Frontier Crop Testing provides field testing and evaluation services that help companies identify the corn hybrids and traits that can provide them with the best possible seeds for the markets they serve. "We could see a real need for this type of service,'' said Chris Mack,
GRANITE FALLS -- A husband and wife accused of not paying income taxes on compensation totaling $571,379 from 2002 through 2007 were sentenced July 30. Robert James Cunningham, 43, of Wood Lake, pleaded guilty in district court in Granite Falls to a misdemeanor count of failing to file a tax return and a gross misdemeanor count of failure to pay or collect taxes. The court sentenced him to one year in prison on the gross misdemeanor charge, but stayed execution of the sentence for five years provided he serve supervised probation, pay fines and fees of $585, and make restitution as to be det
GRANITE FALLS -- A husband and wife accused of not paying income taxes on compensation totaling $571,379 through the years 2002-2007 were sentenced after pleading guilty on July 30 to gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor charges. Robert James Cunningham, 43, of Wood Lake, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to file a tax return and a gross misdemeanor count of failure to pay or collect taxes in district court in Granite Falls. The court sentenced him to one year in prison on the gross misdemeanor charge, but stayed execution of the sentence for five years provided he serve supervis
OLIVIA -- Frustrations are rising faster than the waters in Renville County Ditch 45. Landowners on the ditch's upper reach alleged earlier this year that discharges from the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative caused some flooding in their farm fields along it. In response, the Renville County Board of Commissioners issued a letter June 23 charging that the co-op was not in compliance with its discharge permit. They rescinded that charge Thursday, on the condition that the company works with the affected landowners to find solutions within the next 30 days.