Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo School Board members adopted a 2010 levy that reflects an overall 0.26 percent decrease from this year's levy. The board members on Monday adopted a total levy of $2,200,869 for the general, community service and general debt service funds in 2010, according to Superintendent Dr. Luther Heller. The total is $5,738.08 less than the 2009 levy. The district is projecting that it will retain its existing fund balance level at the end of the fiscal year. The balance is currently equal to about 6 percent of the budget.
MONTEVIDEO -- A convicted sex offender who had been just a few hours from being released from prison to the streets of his hometown is now indefinitely committed to the Minnesota sex offender program in St. Peter and Moose Lake. Steven Allan Housman, 55, formerly of Montevideo, was committed to the sex offender program after an Oct.
BENSON -- Defense attorneys for Andrew Gordon Lemcke, 35, of Appleton, want access to a Smith & Wesson handgun and other physical evidence for analysis by their own outside expert in anticipation of his upcoming trial for the shooting death of his wife. Lemcke is charged with first-degree murder - premeditated and second-degree, intentional murder in the Sept. 12, 2004, death of Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, in their home in Appleton. She was shot at close range, through the chin, and died at the hospital in Appleton. The court will hold a hearing Dec.
GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls council members found competitive bids from electric power producers looking to help supply the municipal utilities' needs after 2011. City Manager Bill Lavin said the Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency issued a request for proposals on behalf of Granite Falls.
WATSON -- A much-publicized legal skirmish between the small town of Watson and a resident over his in-town vegetable growing operation may only be the start of disputes on their way to a courtroom from the community of little more than 200 people. Aziz Ansari, who is accused by the city of violating city zoning ordinances, filed his own lawsuit in November against the city of Watson for discrimination.
WATSON -- Jason Avelsgard took office as mayor of Watson one year ago, hopeful that his ability to see both sides of the issues could help in finding solutions to the problems dividing the small community. He remains hopeful, but admits the challenges are more than what would be expected in a community of 211 people, and that there are no easy answers at this point. Watson's City Council members were expected to act on a petition at their meeting Tuesday to set a special election on the city's governance structure.
OLIVIA -- Renville County's underlying geology is among the state's most interesting, according to Dale Setterholm of the Minnesota Geological Survey at the University of Minnesota. Exposed gneiss along the Minnesota River in the Morton and Granite Falls areas is among the world's oldest rock, dating to some 3 billion years ago. Look under all of the rich, glacial till that make the county's farm lands so productive, and there is the possibility of finding cretaceous rock and sediments 60 million to 100 million years old.
Their Chevrolet Malibu comes to a stop in yet another farm yard and a golden Labrador suddenly emerges. Bruce Bloomgren cautiously cracks open the car door. "Let's see if this dog is friendly,'' he said as the dog shoves its snout into the car and onto his lap in answer to the question. Farm-by-farm and dog-after-dog, Bloomgren and Tyler Reiner are on a quest. Armed with a hand-held Global Positioning System, a clipboard stacked with records and a box full of maps, they aim to record the exact coordinates of more than 850 water wells scattered throughout Renville County by year's end.
WILLMAR -- Work commitments kept Joe Schlagel from waterfowl hunting as much as he wanted this last season, but he got out early and found the action "slow.'' The West Central Ducks Unlimited chapter member from Clara City said that other waterfowl hunters told him things never really did improve much. And in fact, the waterfowl season that ended Tuesday will probably go down as one of the worst in recent memory, said Jeff Miller, assistant wildlife director for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in New London. "Disappointing,'' is how he and others called the season. We have be
APPLETON -- Corrections Corporation of America plans to close its Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton on or about Feb.