Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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CLARKFIELD — Residents in Clarkfield will be deciding whether to rally around their vacant school buildings and save a portion of one for community use. The remaining structures will be demolished, quite possibly over a period of years. The city of Clarkfield has decided to survey residents about the fate of the former school buildings. The decision comes after a number of people raised concerns at a public meeting on Tuesday evening about a city proposal to save a gymnasium complex for community use.
OLIVIA — A Cosmos man is accused of grabbing the steering wheel of a car driven by his girlfriend and causing an accident that severely injured the woman, as well as himself, while causing minor injuries to five children also in the vehicle. Damon Dwight Wiederhoft, 28, was arraigned Monday in Renville County District Court on felony first-degree assault, two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation — great bodily harm, and five gross misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.
OLIVIA - A male suspect was found deceased in an Olivia residence approximately four hours after police responded to a domestic incident in the 700 block of Oak Avenue East around 6:36 a.m. Monday.
No serious injuries in multi-vehicle crash WILLMAR – No serious injuries were reported in a multi-vehicle crash on Kandiyohi County Road 9 Northeast, just south of Civic Center Drive at 7:54 a.m. Monday.
MONTEVIDEO — Chippewa County voters will be deciding whether to make the positions of auditor/treasurer and recorder appointed rather than elected. The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to hold a mail ballot election Feb. 13 to decide the issue, Auditor/Treasurer Jon Clausen told the Tribune. The decision to hold the special election came after Clausen informed the commissioners that he will resign his post effective Feb. 28.
OLIVIA — In ancient times, a large valley once cut through what is today Renville County, very much along the path of present-day U.S. Highway 212. Today, this subterranean feature, hundreds of feet deep, holds many of the aquifers so important to the county's municipalities, farms and industries. And it is all mapped, thanks to years of work and more than 8,000 worker hours devoted to developing the now completed Renville County Geological Survey.
MONTEVIDEO — When attorney Janice Nelson of Montevideo emceed a conference in September looking at the region's workforce challenges, she announced at the start just how familiar she was with one of them. Her administrative assistant had just quit. She was unable to find child care for her first child. A "quiet crisis'' is what the Center for Rural Policy in Minnesota calls the growing shortage of child care providers in the state.
BENSON — Aware of the child care needs in the community, the Benson Public Schools took a big step this year. The district expanded its Discovery Kids child care center programming to include infants and toddlers. The center in the former junior high building is now open to children ages six weeks through 6 years.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man is the owner of a performing bull that qualified to compete in the Professional Bull Riders finals this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Kind of like your kid is going to be pitching in the World Series,'' said Grayson Swalin, owner of Arctic Assassin,' when reached in Las Vegas. But alas, just like sending a kid to the World Series, things can go wrong. And they did. Arctic Assassin tried to jump out of the chute on the opening night of competition Wednesday and was disqualified. His rider was unable to get out into the arena on him.