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MONTEVIDEO -- Darek Jon Nelson now faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted in the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Vinessa Lozano on Jan.
MONTEVIDEO -- Darek Nelson now faces the possibility of life in prison for the fatal stabbing of Vinessa Lozano, 18, on Jan. 13 in Montevideo. A grand jury returned an indictment this afternoon for first-degree murder - premeditated, to the District Court in Chippewa County, according to Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson. The grand jury had been convened on Tuesday. Nelson, 24, was arraigned on the charge this afternoon.
WILLMAR -- A constitutional amendment that would require all voters to present photo identification is a real life version of the Cheshire Cat in "Alice in Wonderland,'' warns Kathy Bonnifield, director of the Citizens for Election Integrity, Minnesota. "We can see its tail, its eyes, but only if this passes will we really know what it means,'' Bonnifield said.
WILLMAR -- A growing gap between revenues and road maintenance needs has the Minnesota Department of Transportation looking for public input in identifying where to get the most bang for the buck, and warning the public that rough roads are ahead. In the 12 southwestern counties of District 8, the need for re-investment in road pavement and bridge preservation over the next 10 years is calculated at 130 percent of revenues, according to Patrick Weidemann, MnDOT planner with the Willmar office. "A generally deteriorating system,'' said Brian McLafferty, transportation planner in the St.
GRANITE FALLS -- Concerns from residents about odors and emissions from a seasonal hot mix operation at the Martin Marietta Aggregates quarry has City Council members considering setback requirements for the future. Council members took up discussion on the matter at their meeting on Monday, said City Manager Bill Lavin. He said citizens on the west side of Granite Falls have been raising concerns about the odors and emissions associated with the hot mix operation in the quarry, which is adjacent to a residential area. The operation is located in an area zoned for industrial use, and the c
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo agreed not to study the possibility of converting the former Running's building for use as a fire hall and public works garage. The decision at Monday's meeting was made after council members informally agreed the city could not afford the costs for developing a new fire hall or public works building at this point, said City Manager Steve Jones. Council members agree that the city's existing fire hall and public works building are in need of replacement.
WILLMAR -- Developing Minnesota Highway 23 into a four-lane link from Willmar to Interstate 94 near St. Cloud has been a priority for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for more than two decades now. How the Minnesota Department of Transportation maintains and develops this and other corridors in District 8 for the next two decades is the topic for today. The District 8 MnDOT office is hosting a "corridor investment management strategy meeting'' for the public from 4 to 7 p.m.
OLIVIA -- Against all odds, a Mexican army repelled a far larger French force in the 1862 Battle of Pueblo and set the stage for what today is a celebration of Mexican pride known by its anniversary date, Cinco de Mayo. No one knew what the odds against them were when new Spanish instructor Fay Kuznia and her students launched the celebration in the Olivia High School in 1977, but 35 years later the results are known: It's still a hit. Some 670 students in grades K-12 in the BOLD School District joined on the Olivia campus on Friday to smash piñatas, hear live Mexican music, enjoy homemade t
ORTONVILLE -- It's a "blatant misrepresentation of the facts'' to claim that Strata Corporation is kicking Clark Mastel off the land he leases for his refusal to sign a letter presented to him by the company, according to Bill LaFond, project manager and author of the letter. LaFond said Wednesday that the letter was presented to Mastel but that there was no ultimatum. The letter required Mastel to state he made a serious mistake by opposing the quarry project and withdraw his opposition to it. Mastel told the Tribune he could not sign it.
MONTEVIDEO -- Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson filed a motion Wednesday with the district court asking that a grand jury be convened in the stabbing death of Vinessa Lozano, 18, of Montevideo. Derek Jon Nelson, 24, of Montevideo, is currently held in the Chippewa County Jail on second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault charges in Lozano's death. Nelson is accused of fatally stabbing Lozano as she left the Pizza Ranch in Montevideo on Jan. 13.