Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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RAYMOND -- Thanks to their own reality TV show on The Learning Channel, Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein of "The Little Couple'' have become household names across the country. People in west central Minnesota might be surprised to know that a couple with ties to this area has had a big role in building the new home that has been the subject of so many recent episodes on this popular docu-drama. Gail Facundo is a Raymond High School graduate and daughter of Gordon and Elaine Blom of Raymond. She is the other half of Facundo Home Builders Inc. of Houston, Texas.
GRANITE FALLS -- The skeletal remains discovered Saturday in rural Granite Falls have been identified as those of Eric Santiago Martinez Solorzano. Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten said Tuesday the Midwest Medical Examiner in Ramsey confirmed the identity through dental records. Solorzano, 27, was reported missing April 2 after he was believed to have left a car and walked toward flooded ditches along U.S.
Renville County is known as a leader in agricultural production, but there is a different type of production that plays a big economic role here too.
RENVILLE -- Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative and Renville County reached a settlement ending years of litigation over the assessed value of the sugar processing company's property and consequently the property taxes it pays. The settlement reached Monday dismisses all of the claims.
GRANITE FALLS -- Students and faculty at the Yellow Medicine East Schools in Granite Falls give their buildings much improved marks following more than $10 million in improvements completed over the last two summers to the elementary, middle and high school buildings. Now a district judge will give a pass or fail grade on whether the district abided by state law when it issued financing without conducting a referendum.
OLIVIA -- While she was publicly demanding that the town's police chief be suspended while investigated for an alleged wrong doing, Sharon Lothert was taking advantage of her position as a city council member and president of the Economic Development Agency in Danube to steal rent checks written to the city. Lothert, 59, of Hector, admitted to the offenses during a court appearance Friday in district court in Olivia. She pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft and a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct by a public official. District Judge Randall Slieter accepted the pleas, and dismiss
WILLMAR -- A historic house once prominent on Litchfield's signature street, Sibley Avenue, is now a feature of the prairie landscape just west of Willmar. Stubbs Builders and Movers, of Long Lake, delivered the three-story house on Thursday afternoon to its new location south of Minnesota Highway 40.
WILLMAR -- An historic house that stood on Sibley Avenue in Litchfield since 1894 is now yards away from a new location just west of Willmar and south of Minnesota Highway 40 near the airport. Workers with Stubbs Builders and Movers, Long Lake, moved the house across Minnesota Highway 23 at the intersection with Kandiyohi County Road 5 shortly before noon today. They will be crossing a soybean field and placing the three-story structure on its new location this afternoon. The house began its journey on Monday.
MONTEVIDEO -- House Speaker Kurt Zellers bagged the rooster, but Gov.
BENSON -- Community newspapers are facing daunting challenges, and the need to tell people about them has never been greater. It's why Reed Anfinson, publisher of the Swift County Monitor News in Benson, said he agreed to serve as president of the National Newspaper Association, when its demands will ask much of him both personally and as a business owner. "I have a passionate belief we are at a crucial time in history and I cannot step away from it,'' said Anfinson of his role as national spokesman for community newspapers. He took on his new role at the association's convention last month