Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- The Minnesota River Board needs to establish clear-cut goals and a strategy to meet them if it is to see continued state funding support, according to John Jaschke, executive director of the Board of Water and Soil Resources. He told members of the board that the political mood in St. Paul is "ugly and getting uglier. Things always get worse before they get done,'' he said during the board's meeting on Monday in Olivia. The River Board represents the 37 counties in the basin and works under a joint powers agreement to promote clean water initiatives.
MONTEVIDEO -- Alina Gil has a lot of explaining to do, which is exactly what brought her from Montevideo, Uruguay, to Montevideo, Minnesota. In the last several days, she's talked to students in the Ortonville public schools, at the University of Minnesota in Morris, and since last Monday, in the Montevideo public schools. "I'm happy because I know I've touched many people here and they will remember where Uruguay is,'' said Gil on Wednesday. Her home is a country of 3.5 million people and only about the size of Washington state, she told Spanish students in Amber Doering's class at the Mon
MILAN BEACH RESORT -- Before most anglers catch their first walleye of the season, Kyle Anderson and Doug Pierzina will have let something like 25,000 of them slip through their hands. But not before they take the time to snip a piece of the ventral fin from each of them. Anderson and Pierzina are fisheries workers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Ortonville.
RAYMOND -- Friends and family of Adam Hoekstra answered his untimely death in the best way they knew how. They made a lasting gift in the Spicer native's memory for all time. After his death at age 24 in 2009, they launched a fund drive that raised $170,000 for Ducks Unlimited restoration work. There were many who gave $20,000 or more in his memory. The funds are being applied to Ducks Unlimited's Living Lakes Initiative. Its goal is to conserve 400 shallow lakes and large marshes in Minnesota and Iowa in the next 10 years.
RAYMOND -- Olson Lake is a 124-acre, shallow water lake that was once a waterfowl hunter's Mecca and could be soon again. It's part of a 450-acre Waterfowl Production Area, and the protected grassland on the property are as popular with pheasant hunters as the lake will again be for waterfowl hunters. Olson Lake escaped the fate of many shallow waters in this area: More than 95 percent of our original wetlands have been drained, according to Scott Glup, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service project leader with the Litchfield office. He spoke May 7 at the dedication ceremony.
WILLMAR -- Duluth Mayor Don Ness was on hand to wish them well, and 400 balloons were released as friends cheered their departure. Yet what's really etched in their memory is what greeted the team of bicyclists on the road: ''40 degrees and a driving rain at the start,'' said Clarence Nylund, describing their May 5 start from Duluth. Five days later, and Nylund and the bicyclists reached Willmar via a route that included Hinckley, White Bear Lake, Fairmont, and Marshall. The temperature was popping thermometers at 88 degrees as they rolled into the Day's Inn on East Highway 12 in Willmar on
The spring of 2010 came very early, and anglers were looking forward to the walleye and northern pike opener with expectations for success matching those of Minnesota Viking fans awaiting the return of Brett Favre. And for many anglers, the opening day results were comparable to the Viking's season. This year's late spring seems to have dampened expectations for the 2011 fishing opener, but it shouldn't. Most area lakes are holding above average populations of walleye, and the spawn was completed right on schedule.
Just where will a love for fishing take you in life? In Jon Wogen's case, it has led him to: * wild streams running through the bluff country of northeastern Iowa; * the Black Hills of South Dakota in search of trout; * the sparkling waters of the Mississippi River near Brainerd to tangle with largemouth bass and northern pike; * the deep, glacial waters of Grindstone Lake near Sandstone for pole-bending lake and rainbow trout fishing, and trophy pike; * and the fertile waters of Kandiyohi County, to enjoy just about all of it.
MORTON -- The Lower Sioux Community, doing business as Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, has agreed to pay a civil penalty as assessed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Treasury, according to a news release from the community and the U.S. Treasury. The assessment charges that the community did not implement internal controls as required by the Bank Security Act in operations at the casino during the period 2006 through 2009. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network assessed a $250,000 civil penalty.
APPLETON -- It is a challenge to keep a regional tourism collaborative together. Its member counties and communities sometimes have competing interests and differing ideas of what to do. And right now, all are facing tight budgets and greater demands on their resources. Despite these realities, the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters tourism coalition is moving into 2011 with a sense of optimism.