Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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DAWSON -- Dawson has held bragging rights as the home to the first farmer-owned soybean processing plant in Minnesota since the Tri-County Soy Bean Cooperative Association began operating in November 1951. The community of 1,600 in Lac qui Parle County should be holding on to a few things more important than the bragging rights for a long time: jobs, value-added earnings and the market for locally raised soybeans created by the existence of the AGP Processing plant in Dawson. AGP Processing Inc.
WILLMAR -- Combine the sports of archery and fishing and what do you get? "An adrenalin rush,'' said Jesse Medalen of New London when describing the similarities of bowfishing to hunting. You can also get lots of fish, if you have the aim, stealth and good luck. Medalen and friends Amanda Buer of Willmar and Keane Johnson of New London had it all May 18 when they arrowed 102 carp in outings on local waters during the day and nighttime. It was just practice: They were getting ready for last Saturday's first ever Bow Fishing Contest sponsored by Precision Archery of Spicer.
NEW LONDON -- Local wildlife workers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources put deer in the spotlight this spring. Area hunters could put more deer in their gun sights this autumn as a result. The wildlife workers drove designated routes and shined deer with spotlights from their vehicles.
PRIAM -- The Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers are ready to take another try at developing a biomass energy product. The farmer-owned cooperative in Priam has obtained the permits needed from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to begin testing a new technology that offers promise in producing biomass pellets for the renewable energy market, according to Keith Poier, MnVAP chair. This September, the cooperative will begin feeding biomass into a KDS or Kinetic Disintegration System it acquired from First American Scientific Corporation of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
OLIVIA -- Matthew Thomas Fahey, 25, of Marshall, now faces the possibility of a life sentence in prison if convicted for the abduction and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Fairfax on May 4. A Renville County grand jury returned an indictment against Fahey on May 20 that includes criminal sexual conduct ch-arges that carry a maximum penalty of life. The indictment includes charges of criminal sexual predatory conduct; kidnapping to facilitate felony or flight; first- degree criminal sexual conduct, fear of great bodily harm; and first-degree criminal sexual conduct, penetration and use
APPLETON -- Randy Twitchell could not believe the generosity of people -- many of them strangers -- who donated thousands of dollars to save the historic Episcopal church in Appleton, the first church erected in Swift County. Now he feels he can't let them down, as he faces the difficult challenge of preserving the historic structure he and others saved just six years ago. Professional cleaners are at work inside the former Gethsemane Church, where Twitchell was startled recently to open the doors and see black mold covering the wood like moss in a southern, blackwater swamp, and peeling pai
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East can continue to move forward with an estimated $10.9 million worth of health and safety and other improvements to its buildings this summer. A judge's ruling denied a request by two district taxpayers for a temporary injunction to halt the project while they challenge it in court. District Judge Randall Slieter filed the ruling Friday. In it, he found that the school district and not the plaintiffs would have the "greater likelihood of success on the merits'' in the lawsuit.
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East can continue to move forward with an estimated $10.9 million worth of health and safety and other improvements to its buildings this summer. A judge's ruling denied a request by two district taxpayers for a temporary injunction to halt the project while they challenge it in court. District Judge Randall Slieter filed the ruling on Friday. In it, he found that the school district and not the plaintiffs would have the "greater likelihood of success on the merits'' in the lawsuit.
APPLETON -- Trowel-packing archaeologists have ventured everywhere from the wild rainforests of Tasmania to the empty deserts of Mongolia to uncover the secrets of our past. Yet none has ever probed the much kinder landscape formed by prairie and lakes in Swift County. They should, for all the same reasons they've taken their trowels to the far edges of the earth. "Because we know so little about it,'' said Dr. Scott Anfinson, Minnesota state archaeologist. Anfinson spoke as he and George Holley strode atop a natural terrace Thursday along the Pomme de Terre River in Swift County.
REGAL -- The driest spot in Kandiyohi County was once known best for being "wet.'' Bob Brauchler has the numbers -- and history -- to prove it. Brauchler is a farmer and custom hay baler who lives just east of Regal in Kandiyohi County's northeast corner. He is also a volunteer weather observer with the Cooperative Weather Observing Network.