Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- The president of the state's largest fish farm was cited for not having an aquatic fish farm license by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Melburn Stocks of Willmar, president of Minaqua Fisheries Cooperative in Renville, appeared in district court in Olivia on April 18 for the misdemeanor rule violation. Court records indicate that Stocks told the court that he had acquired a fish farm license in 2007. He indicated that he had not been notified subsequently of the need to purchase a license each year. The court placed Stocks on probation.
MONTEVIDEO -- Denny Smith was a table-pounding teacher and coach in the mode of Vince Lombardi while with the Montevideo Schools from 1973 to 1978. "Those who know me from my coaching days say I wasn't always pleasant to be around,'' said Smith, laughing. He still likes to emphasize a point with a fist on the table, but Smith was back in Montevideo this week with a spirited presentation on a topic he would never have raised back in the 1970s.
If Ann Bancroft hasn't settled the matter once and for all, Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho certainly will. The two -- soon-to-be St.
RENVILLE -- As of this month, Renville County and the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative have been locked in litigation over the property taxes the cooperative pays for seven years running without resolution. The county's legal bills in the dispute to the law firm of Briggs and Morgan, of St. Paul, now total $1,243,774.46, and continue to grow.
OLIVIA -- Renville County is looking at banning smoking on its grounds. Members of the county's wellness committee presented the proposal Tuesday to the Board of Commissioners, arguing that it was a step toward protecting workers' health from secondhand smoke. It could also lead smokers to reduce their use of tobacco, and possibly nudge a few along the road toward quitting, added committee members Gail Miller, county recorder, and Michelle Breidenbach, coordinator with the Statewide Health Improvement Plan. "It's nasty,'' said Miller, a former smoker, of the secondhand smoke many now encoun
MONTEVIDEO -- Sanitary sewer service was restored Monday morning to the Smith Addition in Montevideo as the floodwaters of the Chippewa and Minnesota rivers continue to recede. Sanitary service was restored when the Minnesota River dropped to the 17-foot level, according to Steve Jones, Montevideo city manager. He said residents were being asked to limit water use for a few days.
CLARA CITY -- Seven felony counts of theft by check have been filed against the bookkeeper for a Clara City business. The Chippewa County Attorney's Office filed the charges April 7 in District Court in Montevideo against Brenda Sue Kabisch, 35, of Clara City. Her first court appearance is not yet scheduled. According to court records, Kabisch is accused of embezzling funds from the checking account of her employer, Crossroads Truck Repair Inc., since Jan. 1, 2008.
MONTEVIDEO -- Sanitary sewer service was restored to the Smith Addition in Montevideo on Monday morning as the flood waters of the Chippewa and Minnesota Rivers continue to recede. Sanitary service was restored when the Minnesota River dropped to the 17-foot level, according to Steve Jones, Montevideo city manager. He said residents were being asked to limit water use for a few days. The sewer had been turned off April 5. The Minnesota River is continuing to slowly drop in both Montevideo and Granite Falls, but still remains above flood stage in both communities.
From his home along Hawk Creek, Renville County environment and community development director Mark Erickson has watched its rushing waters swell to two separate crests in the last couple of weeks, bouncing back 32-inches overnight the second time. The second time, he also watched a four- to six-foot wide section of river bank collapse into the churning waters as well. It's becoming an increasingly common occurrence on the waterway, and part of a bigger issue facing many of Minnesota's agricultural counties. When it comes to water quality issues in Minnesota's agricultural counties, water q
CLARA CITY -- A telling silence greeted Superintendent of Schools Greg Schmidt and school board member Tim Smith on Thursday evening in Clara City. No one from the public came to register an opinion on the four-day school week the MACCRAY School District has implemented for nearly three years running. The district will be seeking to continue the practice for the next three years, but must obtain approval from the Minnesota Department of Education to do so. Part of the requirement is to hold public hearings on it, said Schmidt.