Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — A plea hearing has been scheduled Jan. 5 for the former assistant golf pro at Willmar's Eagle Creek Golf Course. Phillip Andrew Sam, 32, of Coon Rapids, is accused of swindling nearly $90,000 from the business in 2015. Sam is charged with felony theft by swindle, and a hearing in the case was held Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court. The hearing follows his conviction on a gross misdemeanor charge of theft by swindle in Mille Lacs County.
WILLMAR - No chronic wasting disease was detected in more than 11,000 precautionary samples from deer that hunters harvested this fall in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota, which includes the Willmar area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "This is good news for Minnesota," said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the DNR. "The results lend confidence that the disease is not spread across the landscape."
OLIVIA — Renville County is aiming to complete the redetermination of benefits process on all of its county ditch systems in the coming year. It should help landowners who have county ditches on their property, and must have 16½-foot buffer strips seeded along them by Nov. 1, 2018, to comply with Minnesota's new buffer law.
MONTEVIDEO — Two area legislators are optimistic that Montevideo's decade-long quest to build a veterans nursing home may see success in the upcoming session. State Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, and Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, told a rally of over 100 supporters of the veterans home proposal that they believe the community has made significant progress in its bid to find state funding. "Absolutely getting closer,'' said Miller during a rally Tuesday afternoon at the American Legion in Montevideo.
WATSON — A spiritual journey led Julie Ann Stevens from Minneapolis to a modest, three-bedroom cottage in Watson. She believes others on this journey will find this place too, no matter where they might start. She calls the cottage the Coeur de Rose, or "heart of the rose,'' in memory of her mother, Rosemary. Stevens is opening its doors as a contemplative retreat.
MONTEVIDEO — Supporters of a proposal to develop a veterans home in Montevideo will rally Tuesday in preparation for a renewed effort for legislative support. State Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, and State Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, will speak at the rally starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion in Montevideo. The legislators will provide an update on the status of developing a veterans home for the Montevideo area, according to Marv Garbe, chairman of the Montevideo Area Veterans Home.
OLIVIA — Division in the BOLD School District was apparent Monday as citizens presented school board members with a petition urging them to keep Superintendent John Dotson. School board members did not respond to the petition, and instead moved ahead with plans to find a search firm to recruit a superintendent. They also continued to explore the possibility of sharing a superintendent with a neighboring district.
MONTEVIDEO — The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners is asking voters to decide whether or not to make the county auditor/treasurer and recorder positions appointed rather than elected. That puts the onus squarely on the commissioners to let people know why they want the change. Many of the state's counties have sought special legislation to make the change, rather than putting the issue to voters, according to Matt Hilgart, who works in government relations for the Minnesota Association of Counties.
APPLETON, Minn. — It may be too early for the Minnesota Vikings to be thinking about a trip to Super Bowl LII, but it's not too early for an Appleton couple. They are definitely going to the big show. Or at least, all of the Super Bowl Live festivities leading up to it. They will have a front row seat on the celebrations leading to the biggest sporting event in the world as team captains with Crew 52.
APPLETON — It may be too early for the Minnesota Vikings to be thinking about a trip to Super Bowl LII, but it's not too early for an Appleton couple. They are definitely going to the big show. Or at least, all of the Super Bowl Live festivities leading up to it. They will have a front row seat on the celebrations leading to the biggest sporting event in the world as team captains with Crew 52.