Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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DANUBE -- Controversy continues to dog Danube in the wake of criminal charges filed against the city's police chief, Les Schneider Jr. The police chief's father, Les Schneider Sr., has resigned from the Danube City Council, but fired a parting salvo at a fellow council member in the process. In a letter presented to individual City Council members last Wednesday, Schneider said he was resigning from the council. He expressed concerns that a City Council member -- Sharon Lothert said she is the target of the letter -- is getting paid beyond her council salary for work being performed for the
OLIVIA -- Renville County is looking at joining Kandiyohi County among the rural Minnesota counties participating in the Project Lifesaver tracking system. The Renville County Board of Commissioners informally agreed to form a committee with the Sheriff's Department to explore county participation. Chief Deputy Doug Pomplun said he has heard from some parents of autistic children who had learned of the county's possible interest and are encouraging it to join. The nonprofit organization offers a tracking system for finding persons with cognitive disabilities who wander from caregivers.
SPICER -- Three times Kevin Fasen has hunted the African continent, but a trio of Midwestern states has made possible the hunting accomplishment that he is most proud. In the last couple of months Fasen has harvested one deer each in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, the latter state producing a 10-point, non-typical buck that field-dressed at over 200 pounds. What made this grand slam so special is that each deer was taken using a 48-pound, traditional recurve bow. A bow hunter for more than 30 years, Fasen, of Spicer, decided about nine years ago to take up the challenge of shooti
WILLMAR -- Prospects for the 2009 deer firearm season that opened today can be summed up very easily. "It's going to be a tough one,'' said LeRoy Dahlke, the wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources office located at Sibley State Park near New London. One of the wettest Octobers on record means that fields of corn will remain standing through the entire firearm season no matter how the weather turns. Also, deer numbers are down in the region.
GRANITE FALLS -- A wage freeze, reductions in capital expenditures and cuts to services such as spraying for mosquitoes are among the options being considered to trim costs by the city of Granite Falls. City Council members discussed these and other options at the meeting Monday as part of an effort to develop a 2010 budget based on expectations of reduced Local Government Aid payments, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. He said no decisions were made on cuts at this time.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo City Council members agreed to make it possible for a church to operate in a downtown building while also preserving the ability to continue issuing liquor licenses in its vicinity. By its actions Monday, the City Council resolved a dilemma posed by a request from the Iglesia Christiana Rayo de Luz church.
OLIVIA -- An effort to protect some of Minnesota's rarest landscapes is finding support from landowners in the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The interest has proven strong enough that the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in five counties may seek additional funding to enroll more rock outcrops in the unique conservation easement program. Tom Kalahar, Renville County SWCD, told members of the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the program has now approved applications to protect 1,481 acres of rock outcrops in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Med
MONTEVIDEO -- Curtis David Quale, 69, of Granite Falls, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder, domestic abuse with a past pattern of domestic abuse.
MONTEVIDEO -- Curtis David Quale, 69, of Granite Falls, pleaded guilty to first degree, attempted murder, domestic abuse with a past pattern of domestic abuse in district court in Montevideo on Wednesday. He admitted to stabbing his 47-year-old girlfriend in a drunken fit of rage in their home in Granite Falls on July 16, and leaving her to bleed on the hallway floor over night before calling for help.
APPLETON -- Appleton is celebrating welcome news on the jobs front after learning that one of its homegrown manufacturing operations will soon be doubling its output and increasing employment. Econar's 47 employees in Appleton cheered last week when they learned that the owner of the geothermal heat manufacturer will be closing a production facility in Monroeville, Pa., and transferring its operations to Minnesota. Research Products Corporation of Madison, Wis., will be turning to the Appleton facility to produce a greater share of its energy-efficient, "green'' heating systems. The company