Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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BENSON -- What John Daniels calls his company's "challenge'' is one that many rural communities would consider a good one to have. Case New Holland in Benson is preparing to expand its Case IH manufacturing facility and add roughly 50 hourly jobs and an unspecified number of salaried positions. The challenge is finding applicants for the positions, although recent news of the dilemma has started to bring job seekers to its door and website, according to Daniels, general manager. Case IH is the largest employer in Swift County with 470 employees at its Benson facilities.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar area family is mourning the loss of a loved one who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Friday. Army Spec. Christopher David Horton and two fellow soldiers were killed by enemy small arms fire when they were ambushed in Paktia, Afghanistan, according to information the family has received. Horton, 26, was serving his first deployment in Afghanistan with the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, A Company, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He is the son of the Rev.
WILLMAR -- Willmar area residents commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Sept.
Specialist Kyle Miller's death while serving with the Minnesota National Guard in Iraq on June 29, 2006, was heart-breaking and unnerving news for Kim Schmit. She worked with the fallen soldier's stepmother and knew the 19-year-old soldier's boyhood ties to Willmar and Bird Island. From her home in Willmar, she relayed the tragic news by telephone to her son Joshua as he served with the 1451st Transportation Company in Iraq. He sought to calm her nerves. "Well mom,'' Kim recalls her son telling her: "Lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place. It won't happen.
OLIVIA -- Felony charges accusing former Danube city council member and whistle blower Sharon Marie Lothert of stealing funds from the city appear headed to a jury trial in December. Lothert and her attorney told District Judge Randall Slieter in district court in Olivia earlier today that they wanted a jury trial on the charges she faces. The defendant and her attorney, Thomas Van Hon, had met privately before the court appearance for a settlement conference with the special prosecutor for the case, Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson.
MILAN -- The potential to grow the local foods economy in the region from a niche-oriented enterprise to one serving the mainstream is not lost on Carol Ford and Chuck Waibel of Milan. They operate a community supported agriculture venture based on their low-cost greenhouse that produces fresh greens for area families during the winter months.
MILAN -- Institutional customers in west central Minnesota have a growing appetite for local foods. Tapping this market could elevate the production of local foods in the region in a big way, and not just because non-retail food sales represent roughly 48 percent of all food sales.
In terms of weather, the absolute, most perfect day of the summer happened to arrive on Tommy Tho-mpson's 86th birthday.
Hollywood is on its way to the He-artland and this time it's with the intention of getting it right. A team of actors and filmmakers will be in Granite Falls to interview veterans Saturday of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Since they left Los Angeles on July 15, the filmmakers have been traveling across the nation to listen to first-hand accounts of what veterans of these conflicts experienced as soldiers and how they re-assimilated into the lives they left behind.
UPPER SIOUX AGENCY STATE PARK -- Some of Rhonda Gronseth's fondest childhood memories were made on camping trips with her mother. She's just one-upped her mother. "Oh, cool,'' she said her young sons told her as she led them into their lodging for two nights: a tipi. "It's actually really pretty neat,'' said Gronseth of the experience. Gronseth, of St.