Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls is moving forward with plans for protecting Prentice Street homes along the Minnesota River south of the former City Hall site. At the regular meeting Monday, City Council members discussed a recent meeting with affected landowners about the project and details of the estimated $1,865,000 project, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. The project calls for developing a six-foot-wide, earthen embankment that would accommodate an emergency floodwall that could be assembled and mechanically filled with sand. The raised area to hold the sand-filled containers woul
GRANITE FALLS -- Project Turnabout began with resources so meager that its first administrator made an old door and two sawhorses his desk. Its first home was space leased in a former tuberculosis sanatorium where both heat and water were sometimes iffy propositions. There were plenty of times when patients gathered for group sessions around a smoky fireplace wearing their jackets to ward off the chill, according to a history assembled by one of the chemical dependency center's counselors, the late Bruce Bottge. As the organization marks its 40th anniversary, Project Turnabout is looking b
BENSON -- Chippewa Valley Ethanol is leading the way in proving the technology and economics of biomass energy. This year's lesson was all economics. The company did not harvest corn cobs from farm fields this year due to low natural gas prices, according to Chad Friese, commodity manager for the Benson ethanol plant. The company had harvested corn cobs in both 2009 and 2008 to test the logistics and technology of using corn cobs as a biomass energy source, as well as to learn the economics. The company has a gasifier that converts biomass into a clean-burning synthetic gas that can be use
APPLETON -- Charlene Stockton has proven her talent for taking children others have turned their backs on, making them her own, and bringing out their best so that they have a chance for success in their lives. Now, she's brought this same sort of talent to the business world, all for her kids. Her business, Two Sisters' Tea Room on 44 North Haven Street, Appleton, is a cozy restaurant offering $3.99 breakfast specials, healthy lunch and dinner fare, and of course, lots of teas and its own, house-ground beans for coffee.
WILLMAR -- A man remembered for living the American success story by becoming one of the best-known names in California auto sales had his roots in Willmar, and always kept his heart here too. Ray Fladeboe, 85, died Nov. 27 in California of heart complications. His service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 11 at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church, Willmar. Interment will be in the Eagle Lake Cemetery. Fladeboe is remembered as an "automotive pioneer'' and founder of the Fladeboe Automotive Group in Irvine, Calif.
WILLMAR -- A hunter's heart can be found in the great outdoors, usually right after he or she has left lots of greenbacks in the great indoors. The average hunter in Minnesota will spend $783 each year on goods and services related to their heart's desire. With some 597,000 people hunting each year in Minnesota, it adds up to over $482 million for the state's economy, according to "Hunting Works for Minnesota." The recently-launched advocacy group includes a long list of retailers, sports and conservation groups, and other organizations such as chambers of commerce across the state.
OLIVIA -- Wendy Russell's frustrations with the legal system in the death of her son go beyond the anguish she feels in not being able to pursue restitution through the criminal system. She also believes the legal system fails all of us when careless driving is only a misdemeanor offense in fatal accidents. An Oct. 20, 2009, accident on U.S.
OLIVIA -- The parents of a young man killed in a motor vehicle accident have found their efforts to seek restitution for losses beyond that provided in a civil suit quashed by something they could never have expected. A legal ruling involving a woman accused of stealing from her employer in Kandiyohi County stopped a criminal restitution claim by Wendy Russell of Northfield and Tim Baldwin of Montevideo from being considered by the District Court in Renville County. "Something awful has happened and our legal system got in the way,'' said Wendy Russell of Northfield.
APPLETON -- After considering several possible partners, Appleton Area Health Services has chosen to enter into a contract with Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D. The health services relationship begins at the start of the new year, according to a joint announcement Th-ursday by the two partners. The biggest, immediate benefit to the city-owned Appleton hospital and medical center will be the ability to take advantage of Sanford Health's volume buying power, according to Jason Carlson, CEO of Appleton Area Health Services.
OLIVIA -- Renville County's recount showed a one-vote change at the end of the day, but amassed 422 frivolous ballot challenges in the process. County Auditor Larry Jacobs said the recount showed only a one-vote change from the results previously canvassed. A voter had placed an 'X' through Mark Dayton's oval and colored the Tom Emmer oval on his ballot, which was read as an "over-vote'' by the computer. When viewed by hand counters on Monday, the intent of the voter was judged to be a vote for Emmer, Jacobs said. He said all of the 422 challenges were made by representatives of Tom Emmer.