Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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BENSON -- Andrew Gordon Lemcke, 35, will serve the maximum sentence for second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife. District Judge Jon Stafsholt sentenced Lemcke to 52 months in prison during a court appearance Monday morning in Benson. It's the maximum possible under state sentencing guidelines in place when Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, was fatally shot in their Appleton home on Sept. 12, 2004. The judge also ordered Lemcke to pay a $10,000 fine and fees, and to make restitution for his wife's funeral expenses of $8,547.
BENSON -- John T. Hutchinson stepped up to a line of rifle-carrying, 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls on his land outside of Benson last Saturday, and began by lifting his trigger finger. "One is all you need," said Hutchinson. "Don't count on that second shot.
OLIVIA -- Seven-axle tractor-trailer rigs will be allowed to carry loads of sugar beets weighing up to 97,000 pounds on portions of three Renville County roads beginning this year. The Renville County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a new permit system to allow the larger, 70-foot-long tractor-trailer combinations for trips on the county roads running directly from beet piling sites to the 10-ton state highway system, where the larger rigs are already allowed. Transystems has indicated it will invest $6 million in new hauling trailers to serve the Southern Minnesota
GRANITE FALLS -- A 21-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history will serve 39 months in prison for threatening a person with a shotgun at a drinking party attended by underage persons last summer. Andrew Timothy Oswald, of Clarkfield, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Paul Nelson, according to the Yellow Medicine County Attorney's office. Oswald had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault -- dangerous weapon. Four other charges were dismissed. Oswald has an August 2008 conviction for theft of a firearm and has a lengthy criminal history for offenses ranging from check forgery to theft, acc
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East school board members are hopeful of adding sprinkler systems to both the Bert Raney Elementary and YME High School buildings as part of a comprehensive health and safety project under way in the district. Superintendent Al Stoeckman said board members at the meeting Monday indicated they would like to see the sprinkler work, estimated to cost $680,000, made part of the project. They also indicated their support for adding wireless technology throughout the school buildings. The inclusion of the fire safety and technology improvements are made possible b
BIRCH COULEE COUNTY PARK, RENVILLE COUNTY -- Twelve-year-old Reece DeVries of Minneapolis had never hunted turkey. Tom Ferguson of Lakeville had never played the role of guide and mentor to a young hunter. The combination proved to be the right one last Saturday in southern Renville County. Ferguson's skills made all the difference as he, Reece and his father, Ryne DeVries, hunkered down in a blind before dawn. The three were almost on top of a roost, they discovered. Soon, a hen was calling to a tom. Ferguson mimicked the hen, and the competition was on for the tom's attention.
The mentored turkey hunt for youths began nine years ago in Minnesota, and is made possible by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and volunteers with the National Wild Turkey Federation. In Renville County, members of the local Pheasant's Forever chapter also assisted as volunteers. There were 340 applicants for 305 hunts in 30 areas across the state, according to Michael Kurre, program coordinator with the DNR. He said the limiting factor in being able to introduce the first-time turkey hunters are the number of private hunting spots made available by landowners.
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo gave the green light to a motorcycle run in the community this summer. The council action Monday welcomes 250 to 500 riders expected to participate in the American Legion Legacy Run on Aug. 22. Council members approved the request for free camping and the use of Lagoon and Smith Parks, according to City Manager Steve Jones. The Legacy Run is a fundraising event for scholarships. The scholarships are provided the children of active duty servicemen and women killed on or after Sept.
GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls City Council members voted unanimously on Monday to challenge a petition filed by Mediacom with the Federal Communications Commission. The cable television franchise holder in the community is asking to be exempt from rate regulation by the city and the federal entity, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. The company is filing its request under a regulation that allows for the exemption when franchise holders face "effective competition.'' That is defined as occurring when competition from "direct-broadcast satellite" services penetrates 15 percent of a marke
GRANITE FALLS -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has certified the need to maintain a judge chambered in Yellow Medicine County. Applicants are now being sought for the vacancy in Granite Falls. Applications for the trial court bench served by District Judge Bruce Christopherson will be accepted through May 8, according to information from the Eighth Judicial District. A judicial selection committee will review the applications and forward its recommendations to Gov. Tim Pawlenty.