Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- What if it was possible to reduce the amount of pollution reaching a waterway by making it profitable for landowners to increase the acres of wildlife habitat in its watershed? That's the promise of ecosystem credit trading, and why a team supported by the Minnesota River Board is working to create the Conservation Marketplace of Minnesota.
LITCHFIELD -- Charges of felony theft against Danube Police Chief Lester Schneider Jr., 40, were continued for dismissal in a year under terms of an agreement approved Wednesday in district court in Litchfield. The charges of theft and misconduct by a public official will be dismissed provided the chief abide by the agreement, which requires a letter of apology.
GRANITE FALLS -- Curtis David Quale, 70, of Granite Falls, must serve a minimum of nine years in prison for the brutal stabbing last summer of his 47-year-old girlfriend. District Judge Paul Nelson sentenced Quale on Tuesday to 162 months for the conviction on first-degree attempted murder - domestic abuse. During a court appearance in Granite Falls, the judge ordered Quale to serve a minimum of two-thirds of that time in prison, and allowed him to serve the remaining 54 months on supervised re-lease provided he has no disciplinary problems in prison.
GRANITE FALLS - Curtis David Quale, 70, of Granite Falls, must serve a minimum of nine years in prison for the brutal stabbing last summer of his 47-year-old girlfriend. District Judge Paul Nelson sentenced Quale to 162 months for the first degree, attempted murder, domestic abuse conviction during a court appearance in Granite Falls on Tuesday afternoon. The judge ordered Quale to serve a minimum of two-thirds of that time in prison, and allowed him to serve the remaining 54 months on supervised release provided he has no disciplinary problems in prison.
MONTEVIDEO -- Winter-weary Minnesotans tend to approach solar power the way they do the prospects of a Super Bowl victory for the Vikings: Hopeful, but always prepared for cloudy days and disappointment. Dan Handeen has proof it can happen. Sun power, that is. Handeen, a 1992 graduate of Montevideo High School, served as assistant project manger for the University of Minnesota's Solar Decathlon competition. The University's "solar icon'' house won fifth-place honors in the U.S.
APPLETON -- Waterfowl enthusiasts in the state were all ears when the news was announced at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's Stakeholders Reunion on Jan.
WILLMAR -- A place by the name of "Cold Bay'' and known to average no more than five days of sunshine each year might not seem like a great destination, but it was that and more for Matthew Smith of Willmar. It also became his launching point for writing about the outdoors. Smith, 15, the son of Will and Lori Park Smith of Willmar, wrote about the hunting and fishing adventure he enjoyed last year to Cold Bay, located on the Aleutian Chain of Islands.
MONTEVIDEO -- No matter if you look at it from the barrel of a shotgun, through your favorite bird-watching binoculars or a laboratory microscope, the results are obvious. The grasslands made possible throughout Minnesota's farm country by the Conservation Reserve Program have resulted in more wildlife and better water quality. There are 1.7 million acres of CRP lands in Minnesota, but contracts on 700,000 of those acres will expire this year. Economic pressures will be influencing the decisions of the farmers whose CRP contracts will be expiring, and no one can predict how many acres will
WILLMAR -- Like a door-to-door salesman, Rick Reimer is doing a lot of cold calling these days. He believes the frigid January temperatures and blowing snow he braves will only help his cause. Reimer, with the Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District, is calling on landowners to interest them in planting field windbreaks and living snow fences.
RENVILLE -- He has a battered body with broken bones and the grief of losing his second wife in only three years, but James Nonweiler is making progress in his recovery from an accident Jan.