Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA -- A man who played a major role in the growth of the seed industry in Olivia will be remembered when services are held at 1 p.m. Monday at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia. Ivan "Jake'' Jacobsen, died at age 86 on July 14 in Eden Prairie. Jacobsen left a big impact on both the seed industry and the community he loved, more so than most people wo-uld know.
OLIVIA -- The city of Bird Island has balked at a recommendation by viewers for County Ditch 66 that the city pay an annual outlet fee of $7,000 for its ongoing maintenance. Renville County may balk as well. The Renville County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to postpone action on the recommendation until it has a chance to review the issue again next week. Board chairman Paul Setzepfandt said the Bird Island City Council voted Monday to reject the viewers' recommendation and instead offer to pay an annual outlet fee of $2,500. For budgeting reasons, the City of Bird Island had requ
OLIVIA -- Renville County will continue to contract with its Soil, Water and Conservation District office for feedlot enforcement services for the remaining six months of the year. The County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to a six-month extension to a contract that had expired June 30. The commissioners at their meeting Tuesday voted 4-1 in favor of the extension, with member John Stahl voting no. He had offered a motion to approve a one-year contract. By their action, the commissioners postponed a decision until next year's budget discussions are under way on whether to continu
EDEN VALLEY -- A man and woman from Spicer were killed on a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when they were struck from behind on Minnesota Highway 55 in Eden Valley at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday. Killed were James R. Nelson, 50, of Spicer, the motorcycle's operator, and his passenger, Amy J. Langford, 43, also of Spicer. They were rear-ended by a 2005 Chevrolet Venture minivan driven by Sarah Klein, 30, of Eden Valley, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
WILLMAR -- There's nothing like a change of scenery to work wonders, but it can take lots of work. A dozen or more youth have been putting in the hours at Regency Estates West manufactured home park in Willmar. Thanks to sponsorship and help from the Willmar Community Education Department, Pact 4 and Home Depot, the youth have spent the last few weeks working to improve the looks of the park's storm shelter building. The gray paint on its cement block walls was chipped, pock-marked and marred by graffiti when the youth, ages 5 to 12, went to work with putty knives.
OLIVIA -- Viewers are recommending that Bird Island pay an annual fee of $7,000 for discharging into Renville County Ditch 66, a number that is probably three times what the city is willing to pay. The Renville County Board of Commissioners received the report Tuesday at its work session and will act on it at its next meeting. Discussions indicated that the commissioners had concerns about the fee as well. The city had asked for an annual outlet fee for budgeting.
LAKE FLORIDA -- Dr. Dean Lindquist, D.D.S., traveled hundreds of miles to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, to learn how to make a hand-held planer sing. Now he plies the waters of Lake Florida in Kandiyohi County and is rewarded with beautiful music of another sort: The sounds of loons calling and the laughter of children as they play on the lake's beaches. Yet he loves equally the time he spends in his shop overlooking the lake.
SPICER -- Scuba divers returned to the depths of Green Lake for a second year as part of the commitment by Let's Go Fishing with Seniors Minnesota to give back to the lake that offers it so much. The divers found that plenty of others have continued to give to the lake what it does not need. By day's end, the divers had collected a dumpster full of junk. A number of large drums from old washing machines, creamery cans, even a large piston believed to be from a steam engine were among the debris pulled from the lake bottom during the second annual "underwater recovery'' held on June 12. A s
MONTEVIDEO -- When it comes to fiestas, Federico Estol can show us a thing or two. Estol snapped the photographs, while his friend Antonio di Candia authored the narrative on more than a year's worth of fiestas in their native Uruguay. Their 2009 book "Fiestas del Uruguay'' tells the stories of 90 different community celebrations. Estol captured the images as people celebrated everything from their immigrant heritage to the watermelons they raise as a cash crop.
WILLMAR -- Climate change legislation could offer economic benefits to farmers, if they have a role in shaping it. That's the gist of a study by Informa Economics for the American Farmland Trust and the National Association of Wheat Growers.