Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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CLARA CITY — MACCRAY's interim superintendent is urging school board members to come together and resolve the district's facilities issue despite voter rejection of two bond issues. Superintendent John Thein told school board members that there is urgency in addressing the issue, and emphasized that board members need to develop a common vision to do so. Thein raised the issues at the school board's meeting Monday.
WATSON. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began increasing the outflow from the Lac Qui Parle Dam, near Watson, on Monday. The outflow is being increased through the course of the day from 4,000 cubic feet per second, or cfs, to 5,500 cfs.
APPLETON — In a span of 16 days last month, workers removed and replaced all of the shelving, restocked them all, and poured 102 yards of concrete to build a new floor while keeping the doors of Don's Food Pride open for all but six and a half hours of its regular schedule. "Looking good, Tim,'' said a customer pushing a cart down the newly polished floor in Appleton's grocery store last week.
WEGDAHL — The last time the tiny, Minnesota River community of Wegdahl could be called a destination dates to the days when a dance hall and speakeasy known as Skunk Hollow sold bootleg whiskey, and there were stories galore about fights and shady card games. The crowd that showed up Thursday found a much different environment. Chippewa County hosted an open house to introduce people to the park it has developed on this site along the Minnesota River roughly halfway between Montevideo and Granite Falls.
MONTEVIDEO — Two Montevideo brothers have taken on a challenge as big as getting kids to eat their vegetables. Which is kind of how they describe their goal of introducing regular folks to poetry. "Interesting People Reading Poetry" is a newly launched, independent podcast co-produced by Andy and Brendan Stermer of Montevideo.
MILAN — It might seem a very lonesome endeavor to practice art amidst the open, rolling farmlands of the Upper Minnesota River Valley. John Larson knows better. Although the artists are scattered over a five-county area the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined, they are anything but isolated. "There is a community of artists,'' said Larson. He credits this community with making his own choice to practice his art here possible. "As an artist in rural Minnesota I wouldn't be able to survive without a community that supported me,'' he said.
WOOD LAKE — A modern archaeological examination of the Wood Lake Battlefield offers new insights into what is considered the decisive engagement of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The use of modern technology has allowed a team of archaeologists to recover nearly two dozen conical bullets and musket balls fired by the combatants on the site on Sept. 23, 1862, and identify the locations of the U.S. soldiers and Dakota warriors during the fight along a steep ravine and former military road in what is now Yellow Medicine County.
NEW LONDON - A defendant in a New London case involving a large quantity of methamphetamine has petitioned the court to enter a guilty plea. The Kandiyohi County attorney's office filed-and the district court accepted a petition to dismiss the charges against a co-defendant in the case.
Jay Gustafson quit the job he loved and hit the trail. We should say trails, as in Minnesota's water trails. He intends to paddle all 34 of them, a total of 4,500 miles. "This is the thing I love more than anything,'' said Gustafson. "I love to canoe. I love to be on our rivers. I love paddling,'' he said during a break from the waters of the Minnesota River last Saturday. He was expecting to reach Jordan by this weekend. He will get a ride back upstream so that he can start paddling some of the tributaries: The Pomme de Terre, Chippewa and Redwood.