Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
- Member for
- 2 years 3 weeks
WILLMAR -- Archers began their quiet search for that perfect shot a week ago Saturday and true to form, no one is making a lot of noise about what they may be seeing. A check with local registration stations indicates that few deer were registered since the start of the deer archery season. That's only to be expected with the warm weather, said Brad Foshaug, Brad's 71 Bait and Sports, Willmar.
MONTEVIDEO -- Flood waters that rose faster than anyone expected in April 1997 brought anguish and heartbreak that lasted longer than anyone could have imagined. More than a hundred homes and dozens of businesses were flooded in Montevideo and those affected faced a long, difficult road in rebuilding their lives. And yet, city officials called it a miracle that no one was seriously injured or killed in the flood of 1997. Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is crediting the city for taking major steps that could spare this community similar disasters in the future. Since the flo
BENSON -- An unexpected development will delay the start of the first degree murder trial for Andrew Gordon Lemcke, 34, of Appleton. He is accused in the fatal shooting of his wife, Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, in their Appleton home on Sept. 12, 2004. The start of the trial has now been moved from Oct. 16 to Feb. 22, 2010, in Glenwood. The change is the result of the recent resignation of the public defender representing Lemcke. Attorney Andrew Northrup has resigned his position with the Minnesota public defender's office in St.
GRANITE FALLS -- Mayor David Smiglewski led 10 state senators into the Granite Falls municipal library and had a standing-room-only crowd to address. "It's hard to tour the library because this is it,'' said the mayor in reference to the library's lack of space. It's so small, librarian Madeline Bronson told the senators, that she is often asked by first-time visitors: "Where's the rest of your library?'' It was the first of many questions the senators heard Thursday morning. All led to bigger questions they will face when the 2010 session of the state Legislature convenes.
A gas station is held up. A drug deal goes bad. Two are found dead in a cornfield outside of Willmar. All of it took place before they got to the Horsehoe Bar in Lake Lillian on Tuesday. That's where the actors and crew with Point Lake Pictures LLC continued the seventh day of shooting for an as-of-yet untitled movie.
MONTEVIDEO -- City employees in Montevideo were entitled to a 4 percent pay hike in 2010, but have voluntarily cut their increase in half to help the city cope with cutbacks in local government aid. "In these tough times we all need to help out, and to pitch in together to keep making Montevideo the best city we can,'' said Steve Stand, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1686 in a joint statement issued by the employees and city. Most city employees are represented by either the AFSCME or the Law Enforcement Labor Service bargaining units.
SPICER -- There's a myth out there that goes like this: Eurasian watermilfoil will never thrive in the clean waters of Green Lake. Take a look through Greg Swenson's scuba mask, and the reality is much different. He saw patches of Eurasian watermilfoil in the lake that look like bamboo stands. Individual plants stood six- to eight-feet tall, and in some cases 10-feet tall. They grew as densely as six inches to one foot apart from each other, completely crowding out the native vegetation, said Swenson. Or, take a look at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's data on the problem.
MONTEVIDEO -- Police in Willmar have recovered the vehicle belonging to the suspect who allegedly stabbed three people in Montevideo. One man was seriously injured in the altercation after the bars closed early Friday morning in downtown Montevideo. Officers on Friday night discovered the car belonging to Victor Daniel Medina, 21, of Montevideo, at an apartment complex in Willmar.
MILAN -- Small wind can come with a big price tag. Just ask Erik Thompson, president of the Prairie Sun Bank of Milan and Appleton. He's been working to erect a small wind turbine as an opportunity to market the bank, promote renewable energy, and gain first-hand knowledge of the economics of wind power. He believes that experience will be helpful to the bank's farm customers.
MONTEVIDEO -- Slowly, surely, and not without controversy, Chippewa County's second county park is taking shape. The latest step was taken last week when on a 3-2 vote, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners initiated eminent domain proceedings to acquire a small parcel of property within the park's boundaries. The approximate 1.4-acre site is owned by Larry Fultz, 61. He was sentenced in August 2007 to 35 months in prison for a felony drug sale conviction in Chippewa County; he was placed on supervised release on Aug.