Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has denied an appeal by Michael Dean Grussing, 57, for a new trial in the death of his roommate. Grussing was convicted of second-degree, intentional murder in the death of his roommate, Kevin Richardson, 44, on Sept. 8, 2015, in Montevideo. The decision released Monday affirms a Chippewa County jury's guilty verdict on Feb. 24, 2016. Grussing is serving a 439-month sentence, and is currently incarcerated at the Rush City Correctional Facility.
SPICER — The waters of Games Lake and Lake Andrew are still clear enough for swimmers to see their toes when they wade into them, or for anglers to see the sparkle of their spinner baits as they retrieve them.
BENSON — A 33-year-old Benson man faces felony charges for allegedly attempting to solicit a child for sex over the internet. Bradley Christopher Alsaker is charged with two felony counts: soliciting for sexual conduct a child or someone believed to be a child through electronic communications and engaging in electronic communications relating or describing sexual conduct with a child. Swift County filed the charges June 8, and Alsaker was released on his personal recognizance with conditions. Alsaker made an initial court appearance June 20.
Young driver dies in rollover west of Canby CANBY – An 18-year-old man from Minneota died as a result of a rollover accident west of Canby in Yellow Medicine County at 4:40 a.m. on Sunday. Donald Mark Schuelke IV was eastbound on Minnesota Highway 68 when he left the roadway to the left, entered the ditch and rolled over. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected, according to the Minnesota State Patrol accident report.
OLIVIA — RC Hospital and Clinics is looking at offering robotic-assisted surgery services, Nathan Blad, hospital CEO, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Board members for the county-owned hospital have been exploring the possibility and are expected to make a decision next week, according to Blad. If approved, Blad said officials believe the hospital would become the first critical access hospital in Minnesota to invest in the new technology.
WILLMAR — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a Pennock man's conviction for domestic assault, but reversed his conviction for fifth-degree assault. A Kandiyohi County jury returned guilty verdicts on the two charges against Solomon Washington McIntyde, 33, on April 26, 2016. In his appeal, McIntyde alleged that the prosecutor had committed misconduct in closing remarks to the jury by stating that the victim's fear was evidence for domestic assault.
LITCHFIELD — A Meeker County sheriff's deputy accused of stalking a man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Joel Christopher Engler, 43, of Litchfield, entered the plea Tuesday in Meeker County District Court in Litchfield. The court dismissed a gross misdemeanor charge of stalking.
OLIVIA — Work is underway to raze the former Renville County Hospital and Clinic in Olivia. DRC of Litchfield will remove the 55,000-square-foot complex of buildings and convert the site to an open, grass-covered area by Aug. 31, Nathan Blad, hospital CEO, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Demolition work started last week and is proceeding as expected, according to Dave Rettman with DRC. Work was halted temporarily until asbestos that was unexpectedly discovered in a wall could be safely removed.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Andrew Dikken cannot withdraw his guilty pleas to murder in the 2013 shooting deaths of Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled. In a ruling released Wednesday, June 21, the state's high court affirmed an earlier decision by the district court that denied Dikken's request to withdraw his guilty plea.
GRANITE FALLS - Andrew Dikken cannot withdraw his guilty pleas to murder in the 2013 shooting deaths of Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled. In a ruling released Wednesday, the state's high court affirmed an earlier decision by the district court that denied Dikken's request to withdraw his guilty plea.