Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- While this weekend's airshow is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the Granite Falls Municipal Airport, it's likely only the beginning in terms of people making this site a destination. The Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will open this fall to permanently remember and honor those who served. The museum is sure to attract thousands of visitors in the years ahead. The museum will include two hangars, a WWII Quonset hut and WWII control tower. The new, 15,000 square foot hanger will be a brick, tornado proof structure.
MONTEVIDEO -- Thomas the Train has nothing on the replica steam locomotive that will be making its inaugural run in Montevideo's Fiesta Day parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday. "I've had people darn near drive up the curb when they see me giving rides in the parking lot,'' laughed Jim Ruether, president of the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center in Montevideo. He's also the chief designer for what will soon be the Center's new icon, a road ready replica of a steam locomotive built on a 1995 Ford Ranger, extended cab pickup. "Old No.
WATSON -- Watson City Council members voted 3-2 Tuesday evening to contract with the city of Montevideo for fire protection. With a packed house watching, many of them members of the Watson Community Fire Department, the tie-breaking vote fell to council member Tina Buseman. Her vote came after council members rejected an offer by the attorney for the Watson Community Fire Department to negotiate a contract yet that evening. Council member Mike Huntley, formerly the town's mayor, and current Mayor Joe Rongstad offered the motion to contract with Montevideo.
OLIVIA -- Matthew James Wrobleski, 38, of Willmar, knows he is going to prison, but he will have to wait another month to learn for just how long. Parties involved in his case in Renville County agreed Tuesday during private discussions in the court chambers in Olivia to postpone his sentencing. District Judge Randall Slieter told the defendant and others present for the sentencing that the parties have issues to resolve involving a complicated plea agreement reached on April 23. Wrobleski had pleaded guilty to felony charges of illegal possession of a firearm and motor vehicle theft, accor
MADISON -- As a civic booster and owner of KLQP Radio in Madison for three decades, Maynard Meyer probably attends fundraising events more often than Al Lindner gets out fishing. Yet nothing prepared Meyer for the catch that came with a fundraising event Wednesday in Madison. A block party raised more than $20,000 in contributions toward buying digital equipment for the Grand Theatre in Madison. "Wall-to-wall people'' filled the downtown.
FLORENCE -- Controversy and legal problems have followed Dale Peterson throughout 18 years of operating adult entertainment businesses in communities including Boyd, Montevideo and Cosmos. Peterson closed his operations in Montevideo and Cosmos after facing criminal charges and community opposition.
MONTEVIDEO -- The main runway at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Airport will be reconstructed. Montevideo City Council members at their meeting Monday approved the low bid of $1,596,258.61 by Duininck Inc., of Prinsburg, for the project. The Chippewa County Board approved awarding the bid at its meeting Tuesday, according to Montevideo City Manager Steve Jones. The bid is below the $1,824,250 engineering estimate for the project. Four firms offered bids, ranging from the awarded bid to $2.1 million. The project could require closing the runway for 60 days.
WATSON -- Montevideo is willing to provide fire protection to the city of Watson, which has not renewed a contract with the privately organized Watson Community Firefighters. Montevideo City Council members approved a proposed contract on Monday to extend the protection, primarily to assure that the community is not without fire protection, according to City Manager Steve Jones. Yet the dispute over the decision by the city of Watson to look elsewhere for fire protection has only heated up. The Watson Community Firefighters has served a lawsuit charging the city with breach of contract.
WILLMAR -- Voters will decide a rematch from 2004 in the race for the Ward 4 seat on the Willmar City Council. Jim Dokken filed Tuesday to retain his seat representing Ward 4. He will face challenger Jay Lawton, whom he defeated in 2004. Dokken has served on the council since 1999. He is a native of Willmar and a retired U.S.
GRANITE FALLS -- A local company with a not-so-well-known name has become a rising employer in the region by custom manufacturing and designing products for companies everyone knows. AGCO, Caterpillar, Loram, Toro and Volvo are just a sampling of the companies that turn to Specialty Systems, or SpecSys Inc.