Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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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
BENSON -- The Chippewa River continues to carry sediment to the Minnesota River by the dump truck load. Last year it averaged about 88 tons a day, and in previous years it has been as high as an average of 186 tons, or nine dump truck loads a day, according to data collected by Paul Wymar, scientist with the Chippewa River Watershed Project. Now comes the real heavy lifting: Finding ways to significantly reduce that load and meet federal clean water standards for the river. The Chippewa River Watershed Project intends to have its plan in place on how to do that next summer, Director Kylene
APPLETON -- Corrections Corporation of America plans to close its Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton on February 1, 2010. Warden Tim Wengler notified the facility's remaining 125 employees of the decision this morning.
BENSON -- Police in Benson aborted a high-speed chase for safety's sake, but continued their pursuit with shoe leather instead of rubber and got their man when he picked up a prescription one day later. Charles William Skaife, 49, of Benson, entered not guilty pleas during appearances last week in Swift County District Court in Benson. He faces felony charges of assault - second-degree with a motor vehicle for a Nov. 14 incident at Swenson Motors in Benson and a felony charge of fleeing a police officer for a separate Nov.
APPLETON -- Appleton police took two suspects into custody after hearing gunshots and surrounding an Appleton home on Nov. 23. The two are allegedly responsible for a number of thefts in the Appleton area, according to a police report. Facing felony charges of second- and third-degree burglary and damaging property are Dallas Scott Senske, 19, and Landon Pederson, 17, both of Appleton. After a hearing Tuesday, Pederson was certified to face the felony charges as an adult.
GRANITE FALLS -- The first in a series of formal hearings to be held on plans for the southern route of the CAPX electric transmission project attracted some resistance from residents along its path. About two dozen people attended the hearings during the afternoon and evening Monday at Prairie's Edge Casino Resort, but only a handful voiced concerns about the proposed route for the record, according to Administrative Law Judge Richard Luis. The Public Utilities Commission has issued a certificate of need for an estimated, $1.7 billion upgrade to the state's electric transmission system. El
APPLETON -- Scaling a 1,200-foot tower to dismount and carefully return to earth a 74-foot-long antenna weighing 18,000 pounds -- or more than four SUVs -- is challenge enough. But the really tough job was doing it all in reverse and that is now done: Channel 10 Pioneer Public Television in Appleton has replaced its 26-year-old analog antenna with a new digital antenna. The digital antenna that was hoisted on Nov.
WILLMAR -- Informed that it had failed a recent compliance check conducted by the Willmar Police Department, the Kandi Entertainment Center unilaterally enacted its penalty of a five-day suspension of its liquor license before it was required to do so. Kent Larson, general manager, told the Tribune that the KEC was one of seven local establishments to have been informed it had failed a compliance check conducted earlier this fall.
WILLMAR -- Informed that it had failed a recent compliance check conducted by the Willmar Police Department, the Kandi Entertainment Center unilaterally enacted its penalty of a five-day suspension of its liquor license before it was required to do so. Kent Larson, general manager, told the Tribune Wednesday that the KEC was one of seven local establishments to have been informed it had failed a compliance check conducted earlier this fall.
WILLMAR -- A 13-year-old boy injured in a Kandiyohi County hunting accident this fall was bolstered by a strong showing of community support over the weekend, and is taking his first steps toward re-turning to normal activities this week, said his mother. Brady Damhof, an eighth-grader in the Willmar Schools, was planning to return to school for an hour today.