Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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BUFFALO LAKE -- An 11-year-old, sixth grade student at St. Mary's Elementary School in Bird Island has been invited to sing the national anthem when President Barack Obama makes a campaign visit to Minneapolis on Saturday. McKaia Ryberg was "discovered'' by gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton when she sang the national anthem for a Tim Orth Foundation benefit he attended last March, according to her mother Sandy Ryberg.
GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls City Council members adopted policy changes that will allow the city to move forward with a proposal to develop a floodwall base between Prentice Street homes and the Minnesota River. The action on Monday will allow the city to acquire property that is identified as needed for the flood wall project, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. City Engineer Dave Berryman has proposed building the wall on a route parallel to the river. The wall would be 2 to 2½ feet tall, with a base up to 30 feet wide with a 6-foot-wide top.
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo are hoping the city can repair the picturesque rock walls and bridges that are so integral to the appearance of Lagoon Park. Council members approved action Monday to repair the bridges, but tabled work on the walls for now, according to City Manager Steve Jones. By their action, council members authorized Short, Elliot and Hendrickson to develop specifications for repairing the bridges. Initial estimates indicate that it will cost $71,347 to repair the north and south bridges. The city is hopeful of obtaining Federal Emergency Management Ag
NEW LONDON -- Mourners quietly filled the New London-Spicer High School gymnasium and waited Sunday afternoon -- some dabbing at tears -- until the cadence of the footsteps of the honor guard delivered the flag-draped coffin of Private First Class Ryane Glenn Clark. "We have lost a brother and a piece of our heart,'' said Maj. Gen. Rodney Anderson. The message he delivered to the mourners came from Clark's fellow U.S.
ATWATER -- The opening of Robert Mattson's retrospective exhibit and the performance by Willie Murphy offers an opportunity to visit a unique art venue as well. ARTmeyerson is located in the former Strong Ford Garage in Atwater. It was founded by Sue Meyerson and her daughter Ella, both of Atwater.
For 37 years, Robert Mattson introduced students to the world of art -- knowing that the best among them would rebel at all that he taught them. Just as Robert Mattson the artist has always done. Mattson's commitment to creating art through discovery will be on exhibit as "Avant Garage: Four Decades of Art'' at ARTMeyerson in Atwater. The exhibit's opening will be celebrated with a performance by Minneapolis music legend Willie Murphy. The opening is from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23, with Murphy performing from 7 to 10 p.m.
Kimberly Lohse aspires to be a guitarist in a rock band. But first, the 14-year-old has taken the leading role in a much bigger calling. "She an example of keeping her chin up and facing what's ahead of her,'' said her mother, Marilyn Lohse. Being that sort of example won the ninth-grader at the MACCRAY High School the applause of her classmates following a school lyceum on We-dnesday, and what might be her ticket to be a rock star. As students in grades 7-12 watched, the Make-A-Wish Fo-undation of Minnesota presented Lohse with a Signature Series guitar by ESP carrying the name of her fav
MONTEVIDEO -- Cheyenne Clay Johnson, 42, of Clara City, pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Johnson was charged with assaulting a juvenile female Aug. 24 at a residence in Clara City. He allegedly later used a cell phone to report his own crime, triggering a search by law enforcement officers in the Clara City area. According to the criminal complaint, Johnson had said he was on foot along state Highway 23.
GRANITE FALLS -- A new and larger power line could be humming with wind-generated electricity through west central Minnesota in 2015. Permits are in place for the 240-mile-long CAPX 2020 electrical transmission line to run from Brookings, S.D., to the Hampton substation in Scott County. Randy Fordice, representing the CAPX 2020 project, outlined the project's progress to the Yellow Medicine County board of commissioners on Tuesday. The estimated, $700 million to $725 million project calls for upgrading an existing 115-kilovolt line with a larger capacity, 345-kilovolt line.
CLARA CITY -- Citizens State Bank of Clara City is now the Citizens Alliance Bank, but only the name and logo are changed, according to Jeff Berghuis, president. "Our ownership, employees, branch locations and commitment to our customers and communities will not be changing,'' he stated in a news release announcing the name. Letters were sent to all of the bank's customers to notify them of the name change. Founded in 1902, Citizens State Bank of Clara City has expanded to offer its services in Maynard, Granite Falls, Lake Lillian and Echo in recent years.