Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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When Albert Angrimson began farming this land in western Chippewa County in 1910, just about every community had its own mill to grind wheat to flour. Today, the mill is on the farm and it is the fourth generation of the family responsible for raising the wheat. Just like more than 100 years ago, it's still all about locally raised food. "That's the main thing,'' said Eric Lange, owner of the Dry Weather Creek mill and farm north of Watson. "They want locally grown.
MONTEVIDEO -- A mental health evaluation to determine whether Darek Jon Nelson is competent to stand trial in the Jan. 13 stabbing death of Vinessa Lozano has been filed with the District Court in Chippewa County. District Judge Dwayne Knutsen received the report earlier this month.
BIG BEND -- As a bloody conflict raged for six weeks, one group of Dakota risked their lives to protect more than 200 captive white settlers, mainly women and children. At the end of hostilities, the protectors became the captives, eventually marched and confined to a high- walled enclosure at Fort Snelling. A measles epidemic took the lives of many, and all were eventually exiled from Minnesota.
MADISON -- The man accused of rustling 26 Holstein steers from a Lac qui Parle County farm and selling them at sales barns in Benson and Pipestone pleaded guilty Thursday in District Court in Montevideo to an amended charge of possession of stolen property. Richard Kenneth Nelson, 41, formerly of Montevideo and now of Pine City, admitted to the court that he knew or should have known the cattle -- each weighing between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds -- were stolen when he transported them away from a rural feedlot on the night of Jan. 28.
MONTEVIDEO -- Work will get under way this summer to convert about 15 acres of the Smith Addition to a native prairie and riparian landscape. Montevideo City Council members this week approved moving forward with the project in partnership with the Chippewa River Watershed Project, according to City Manager Steve Jones. The Watershed Project has obtained $6,000 in funding to provide materials and seed to restore native grasses and wildflowers in the area.
TYSON LAKE -- Evan Wintz of Clarkfield took an early season plunge into icy waters, and saved a life by doing so. Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten credits Wintz, 23, with saving the life of Harlan Schwerin, 84, of Wood Lake on Tuesday afternoon. Wintz swam an estimated 20 or 30 yards into Tyson Lake to rescue Schwerin. He was stranded in his sinking, 2007 Dodge Dakota pickup truck in the shallow lake located near Wood Lake in the southeastern portion of Yellow Medicine County. Wintz and another motorist, Mike Hinz, had spotted the pickup in the water shortly before 2 p.m.
GRANITE FALLS -- City Council members in Granite Falls are watching the debate in the state Capitol over the bonding bill in hopes that flood mitigation monies are made available. Council members this week authorized a feasibility study for moving a wastewater treatment plant lift station on Minnesota Avenue, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. Council members are hoping that the bonding bill will include flood mitigation funds for the city. The funds would be applied to a project to move the lift station.
SAINT PAUL -- Jacob's Law is now one signature away from becoming the law of the state. The Minnesota House of Representatives followed the Senate's lead and on Monday unanimously approved the legislation championed by Sarah Guggisberg of Clara City. Guggisberg said it is now headed to Gov.
WILLMAR -- No official records are kept, but Willmar is reputed to have one of the higher ratios of single-chair barbershops per capita in the state, according to Chuck Oslund. He might know. A Minnesota barber for 46 years, Oslund has owned and operated his own one-chair barbershop in the community's downtown area for 42 of those years. But that's no more. On Friday, he bid his final customer goodbye with his familiar "you're looking good'' refrain and closed the doors on Chuck's Barber Shop at 406 Litchfield Avenue S.W.
SAINT PAUL -- Jacob's Law is now one signature away from becoming the law of the state. The Minnesota House of Representatives followed the Senate's lead and unanimously approved the legislation championed by Sarah Guggisberg of Clara City on Monday. Guggisberg said it is now headed to Governor Mark Dayton for his signature, which appears likely. Guggisberg was accompanied by her 12-year-old son, Jacob, and three of his sisters as they watched the House of Representatives approve the measure on the floor, 122 to 0.