Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA—Two finalists are now vying for the county administrator position in Renville County. Members of the County Board of Commissioners selected Lisa Herges, Mille Lacs County personnel director/assistant county administrator, and Michael Betker, city of Granite Falls finance director, as the finalists Tuesday, according to information from Karrie Jansen, interim county administrator. Board members interviewed four of five finalists for the position Tuesday. A fifth finalist, Rebecca Young, Stevens County coordinator, withdrew from consideration.
MADISON—High-speed internet access arrives at the speed of highway travel for some in Lac qui Parle County, and that's a good thing. For the past six years, Mary Quick has been making regular stops at six sites in the county with the Computer Commuter. Modeled after the bookmobiles of old, the Computer Commuter bus is equipped with computers and high-speed internet access for use by residents in the rural county. Quick is on board too, ready to help users take advantage of the computers.
This is the records summary for Aug. 8. Three hurt in accident KANDIYOHI - The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department is investigating an accident that sent three people to the emergency room at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and the driver fled on foot. The one-vehicle accident was reported at 10:49 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of County Road 8 Southeast and 71st Avenue Southeast in Fahlun Township, south of Kandiyohi. A white van left the road and went into a corn field.
SPICER—Zebra mussels now infest a second, popular recreational lake in Kandiyohi County. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has posted a sign at the public access to Lake Florida advising that zebra mussels have been confirmed in the lake. The department notified the Lake Florida Improvement Association of the infestation Thursday. The association sent an email notifying lakeshore owners about it. "Disappointing, frustrating, and yet not unexpected,'' said Robert Kaiser, president of the association.
WILLMAR -- Kerkhoven pilot Loren Larson was making an instrumental landing system approach to a runway at the La Crosse Regional Airport in Wisconsin when his single engine Mooney M20P...
APPLETON – If you’ve chased pheasants on public lands in western Minnesota, hunkered down in a goose blind at the Lac qui Parle refuge, or were startled by an otter...
MADISON -- After a 25-year career with federal law enforcement chasing terrorists and drug dealers, New Jersey-raised Lou Sager answered a help wanted ad. He left an office in Washington,...
OLIVIA—Renville County's Board of Commissioners will interview five candidates to succeed Sara Folsted as county administrator. She resigned her position earlier this summer to accept the position of administrator for Rice County, where she began her new duties July 25. She served Renville County for seven and a half years.
PRINSBURG—Farmland values in west central Minnesota have softened, still sliding from the peak reached in 2013-14 when commodity prices were at their high too. "A lot of indecision and wondering,'' is how Bryan DeGroot characterizes the market for farmland today. Owner of DeGroot Farmland Sales in Prinsburg, he brings the perspective of 38 years of experience and $67 million in sales over that period. He was one of the area's first real estate agents and broker to specialize in farmland sales. The majority of his work is in Kandiyohi, Chippewa and Renville counties.
KERKHOVEN - A flying enthusiast from Kerkhoven known for his good humor and love for friends has died in a plane crash in Lac Crosse County, Wisconsin. Loren Larson, 56, of Kerkhoven, died Thursday when the Mooney M-20 plane he was flying crashed in a cornfield in the northern portion of the county, according to information released by the Lac Crosse County Sheriff's Department. The accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. He was the only person aboard the plane at the time of the crash.