Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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RAYMOND, Minn. - The last light of the day was fading when Daniel Kiecker of Lake Lillian came to the rescue of a 9-year-old girl lost for about two hours Saturday in a corn field north of Raymond. "And then when she saw me the look on her face was priceless,'' said Kiecker Sunday while recounting how he discovered the missing girl near the town about 100 miles west of Minneapolis. He was among the volunteers who answered a call to area fire departments to join in a search for the missing girl organized by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department.
RAYMOND - A pheasant hunter heard the cries for help from a lost girl and came to the rescue as a large-scale search for her was underway outside of Raymond...
LITCHFIELD — There are miles and miles of roads to repair in the next 10 years. And for the Minnesota Department of Transportation's District 8 office, there are many miles to go to get the word out about the repairs that will be made. "What we're trying to do is share our projects more broadly,'' said Lindsey Knutson, planner with the office in Willmar. She addressed county commissioners from Kandiyohi, Renville, Meeker, and McLeod counties in a meeting hosted Oct. 7 in Litchfield by the Mid-Minnesota Regional Development Commission.
MONTEVIDEO - Governor Mark Dayton has now gone six years in a row without a bird in the Governor's Pheasant Opener he started, and he was upped this year by his lieutenant governor. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith bagged her first pheasant ever as she joined the governor and 75 other hunters for the Governor's Pheasant Opener hosted Saturday by the community of Montevideo. "Judge (Dwayne) Knutsen said it was homicide. I could have been charged,'' laughed Smith of the clean kill as verified by her hunting partner, a district judge in Yellow Medicine County.
MONTEVIDEO — It's not exactly the Vikings home opener in a new stadium, but for the community of Montevideo it's nearly as exciting, and as important. All eyes will be on the community Saturday as it hosts the sixth annual Governor's Pheasant Opener. Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will be among the elected officials taking to the fields around Montevideo for the start of the state's pheasant season at 9 a.m. Saturday.
WILLMAR – The detours on Minnesota Trunk Highway 23 north of Raymond and south of Granite Falls will be removed and the road opened to traffic by the end of...
WILLMAR — Senate District 17 candidates Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, shared common ground as they took on issues in a League of Women Voters-sponsored forum Tuesday in Willmar, but there are differences in how they get to that ground. Both agree that long-term, sustainable funding is needed for transportation, both support the reopening of the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, and both favor tax credits and other steps to make child care and health insurance more affordable.
BIRD ISLAND — A group of business owners in Bird Island has dusted off the town's playbook for economic development and put it back to work. Come Oct. 14, the Maynard's of Bird Island grocery store will become Island Grocery under the ownership of six business owners, and possibly many others in the future. The investors are selling shares in the venture known as Bird Island Enterprises, including $250 Class C shares. They are hoping that many individuals in the community of just over 1,000 people will take advantage of the low-cost investment.
WILLMAR — The public is invited to hear the candidates for Minnesota Senate District 17 debate from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Willmar Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. in Willmar. Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and challenger Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, will participate in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Koenen has served as a state senator since 2012. He grew up on a farm near Maynard and is currently a self-employed milk contract hauler and school bus driver.
MONTEVIDEO - Jim Sable saw the challenge in Plymouth in 2001, and in response launched a high school sporting clay league that counted 10,361 participants at 318 high schools just 15 years later. Jan Payne saw the challenge in Montevideo in 2011, and with help from lots of friends and neighbors, built a gun range worthy enough to warrant a planned visit by Governor Mark Dayton to dedicate it.