Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR -- A place by the name of "Cold Bay'' and known to average no more than five days of sunshine each year might not seem like a great destination, but it was that and more for Matthew Smith of Willmar. It also became his launching point for writing about the outdoors. Smith, 15, the son of Will and Lori Park Smith of Willmar, wrote about the hunting and fishing adventure he enjoyed last year to Cold Bay, located on the Aleutian Chain of Islands.
MONTEVIDEO -- No matter if you look at it from the barrel of a shotgun, through your favorite bird-watching binoculars or a laboratory microscope, the results are obvious. The grasslands made possible throughout Minnesota's farm country by the Conservation Reserve Program have resulted in more wildlife and better water quality. There are 1.7 million acres of CRP lands in Minnesota, but contracts on 700,000 of those acres will expire this year. Economic pressures will be influencing the decisions of the farmers whose CRP contracts will be expiring, and no one can predict how many acres will
WILLMAR -- Like a door-to-door salesman, Rick Reimer is doing a lot of cold calling these days. He believes the frigid January temperatures and blowing snow he braves will only help his cause. Reimer, with the Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District, is calling on landowners to interest them in planting field windbreaks and living snow fences.
RENVILLE -- He has a battered body with broken bones and the grief of losing his second wife in only three years, but James Nonweiler is making progress in his recovery from an accident Jan.
MONTEVIDEO -- As local governments look to trim recession-stressed budgets by slashing contributions to nonprofit organizations, one is making the rounds in search of support. The very recession that has hurt government budgets is what makes support for the Entrepreneur's Assistance Network so critical at this time, board members of the organization told the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Reductions in the region's work force have brought more people than ever before to the organization's downtown Montevideo office in search of help with launching their own businesses, ac
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East is among the schools which failed to reach a teacher contract agreement by the state deadline, and is now facing a $25 per pupil penalty. With a student enrollment of slightly more than 1,000, the penalty will cost the district an estimated $25,000. Superintendent Al Stoeckman said the district will ask local legislators if the state would deal with the district's impasse as a special situation, and forgive the penalty. He said the district had negotiated in good faith with the local bargaining unit of Education Minnesota. The two sides left the negoti
It is still possible to find gold under your feet. Ann Grandy and Phyllis Sorensen did when they began to inventory the Cleora and Geneva Helbing collection at the Pope County Historical Society museum in Glenwood three years ago. Cleora Helbing made it her mission to preserve the arts and crafts of native people in the United States before they were lost. Her role as an educator and supervisor of Indian education with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs brought her to every corner of the country during the 1930s through the early 1950s.
RENVILLE -- A crash in icy conditions Thursday took the life of a 27-year old woman, left a high school boys basketball team bruised and shocked, and severely injured the father of two boys. James Nonweiler, 30, of Clara City, is listed in critical condition at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. His wife, Maria Nonweiler, 27, also of Clara City, was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle they were traveling in collided around 9:30 p.m.
WILLMAR -- A request to renovate the Minnesota Department of Transportation headquarters in Willmar has won the favor of Gov.
APPLETON -- Just as she did for her 100th birthday 10 years ago, Frances Stotts Little celebrated her birthday with a toast of champagne to accompany her cake. Family and friends joined with Little at the Appleton Nursing Home on Friday to mark her 110th birthday. The long-time Swift County teacher remains as sharp as ever, said her niece, Deanna Hoffman of Brainerd.