Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- Olivia and neighboring communities joined to offer a noisy and jubilant hero's welcome to the first returning troops with the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery on Friday morning. The 111 troops with Battery B based in Olivia and Madison waved and gave thumbs up signals from their four busses as they rolled into Olivia at 10 a.m. They were the first of 550 troops making their way home from Fort McCoy, Wis., Friday and today. People lining U.S.
OLIVIA -- Olivia and neighboring, Renville County communities joined to give the first returning troops with the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery a noisy and jubilant hero's welcome on Friday morning. The 111 troops with Battery B based in Olivia and Madison rolled into Olivia right on schedule at 10 a.m. Some 550 troops are making their way home from Fort McCoy, Wis., today and tomorrow. People lining U.S.
NEW LONDON -- Is it possible for spring to come too early to Minnesota? It did for those who love the drip, drip, drip of maple sap and the syrup to be made from it. This year's maple syrup-making season suffered an abrupt and early ending with the arrival of above-average temperatures to the region in March. "It is really shutting it down fast,'' said instructor Carl Vogt.
MONTEVIDEO -- Life is getting back to normal in areas affected by floodwaters along the Minnesota River during the previous week. Sanitary sewer service was restored Monday to low-lying areas in Montevideo, including the homes and businesses in the Smith Addition. Work also got under way on Monday to remove the temporary berm or levee added to a portion of U.S. Highway 212.
NEW LONDON -- April is when many of us start swinging our favorite clubs with the aim of doing better on the greens in the coming year. April is when Troy Haverly starts swinging the barrel of his single-shot Perazzi TM1 shotgun. There's no question about his aim. Haverly will be starting the 2010 trapshooting season just as he did the last two: At the top of the pack. He won honors in the last two consecutive years by being named to the Minnesota Trapshooting Association's all-state men's first team.
NEW LONDON -- A political debate heating up inside the state capitol could have ramifications for state parks in this region for many years to come. An amendment was approved on the House floor on March 15 to a natural resources bill. The amendment removed $4.2 million in Environmental Trust Fund monies that were to be used for land acquisitions. The funds are generated by the Minnesota Lottery. The total includes $2.2 million designated for acquiring private lands within state parks. Rep.
MONTEVIDEO -- The Minnesota River crested Tuesday morning at 20.13 feet in Montevideo, and the waters are slowly starting to go down, according to City Manager Steve Jones. He said the crest is the fourth highest on record. A record crest of 23.9 feet was recorded April 6, 1997. The U.S. Highway 212 levee had been raised prior to the crest and the city was not experiencing any major problems. "Much better,'' Mayor Jim Curtiss said of the situation. The city found itself in the position of being able to extend help elsewhere, the mayor noted.
A number of rural homeowners stayed with their homes as rising waters from the Minnesota River surrounded them and forced road closures in the Granite Falls areas on Tuesday, but no serious problems were reported. Floodwaters on the Minnesota River were expected to crest at 893 feet in Granite Falls today, which would be 6.3 feet lower than the record crest of 899.3 feet in 1997. The difference between the crests -- and 13 years of flood mitigation work -- were evident in the community, where the rushing waters of the Minnesota River were the cause of more curiosity than panic. "We keep ask
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo was hoping to breathe a sigh of relief this morning.Flood preparations as of late Monday were on track to meet expectations for a river crest of 20.1 feet Monday night, which would make it the fourth highest flood event on record. It's also the earliest on record, but it is 3.8 feet lower than then record 23.9 feet flood crest on April 6, 1997. City Manager Steve Jones said work may be continued today on upgrading the U.S. Highway 212 levee, but by all estimations the city was staying ahead of the floodwaters.
Rising floodwaters in Montevideo's Smith Addition mean long nights short on sleep and days devoted to lifting goods to higher ground. Yet most of all, it means business as usual. "With a little more stress involved,'' said John Gerdes, owner of the NAPA auto parts store in the Smith Addition. Like other Smith Addition businesses, the NAPA store was conducting business as usual Monday as the waters of the Chippewa River continued to rise.