Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — A project to provide broadband service to underserved areas in Renville County is on track for a June 2019 completion. Work should be getting underway this week to install an underground, fiber-optic cable along a leg of the network near Sacred Heart, Ben Ranft, general manager of Renville Sibley Fiber/Hiawatha Broadband Communications, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
WAITE PARK – A four-year-old girl is in critical condition at the St. Cloud Hospital after being rescued from a near drowning in the waters of Quarry Park near Waite Park. The Stearns County Sheriff’s office credits a quick response by the girl’s mother and others at the park with rescuing the girl around 4 p.m. on Saturday.
MONTEVIDEO — The man authorities consider the chief suspect in a summer-long spate of burglaries in Montevideo returns Monday to Chippewa County District Court in Montevideo. Joshua Albert Nerison, 21, is currently free after posting $40,000 bail. If convicted on the most serious of 26 charges filed against him, he could be sentenced to prison time.
CLARA CITY — A company based in Clara City with a global reach is marking its 50th anniversary this month under new ownership. In a transaction announced at the end of August, IG Design Group based in the United Kingdom acquired Impact Innovations. IG Design Group has a U.S. subsidiary based in Atlanta, Georgia, known as Design Group Americas. "It is really a growth opportunity,'' said Impact Innovations CEO John Dammerman of the acquisition. He said IG Design is looking to invest and grow the business.
MONTEVIDEO — It took perseverance and key "pivot points" to bring Montevideo's 11-year-long campaign for a veterans nursing home to its successful conclusion, lawmakers told supporters of the home on Wednesday. They spoke at a celebration at the American Legion Club in Montevideo to thank those who supported the effort to secure state funding for the home. More than 200 of the supporters gathered first for a group photograph at the future site of the home.
OLIVIA — A proposal from the Bird Island Township board of supervisors might help the city of Olivia and Renville County resolve the conflict over a landowner's request to rezone a portion of the urban expansion zone east of the city.
OLIVIA - There was a point when Nathan Blad, CEO of the RC Hospitals and Clinics, might have seemed to be a prime candidate for nissen fundoplication, the surgery for acid reflux, or chronic heartburn. But his heartburn was acute and due entirely to the hospital's surgeon. Dr.
MONTEVIDEO — The problem of finding affordable housing in rural Minnesota has hit home for the mayor of Montevideo. Mayor Debra Lee Fader has decided to withdraw as a candidate for re-election. She hasn't been able to find an affordable home to buy or an apartment to rent since she and her husband, Bradley, sold the Sportsmen's Inn, the motel business they operated in Montevideo.
DASSEL — Three people were injured when a semitruck and pickup truck collided at 8:49 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and state Highway 15 near Dassel in Meeker County. A 2001 Sterling tandem semi driven by Duane Lyle Mattson, 57, of Dassel, was traveling northbound on Highway 15. A GMC Sierra driven by Rudolph Dwight Nyquist, 84, of Cokato, was traveling eastbound on Highway 12. The vehicles collided in the intersection, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
WATSON, Minn. — No one knows how many old pickup trucks are out there hidden away in farm groves or under tarps in dusty sheds, barns or garages. But know this: People are looking for them like sharks on the hunt. "Old trucks are a really hot item right now," said Ed Lipinski, who has turned his lifelong passion for old pickup trucks into a successful business.