Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo approved a conditional use permit request Monday by the Farmer's Union Cooperative. It will allow the company to construct three storage tanks to hold 78,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia in the Smith Addition Industrial Park. A husband and wife living near the site have asked council members to reject the request. In a letter to the council, Kim and Cynthia Johnson said the tanks would be within a few hundred feet of two families.
GRANITE FALLS -- Granite Falls will be able to launch phase one of a two-phase project to improve its main flood levee. City Council members on Monday called for bids on the first phase of the project with plans to award the work on Sept.
DANUBE -- City Council members in Danube took no formal action Monday in response to recent criminal charges filed against the city's chief of police, but there was a consensus to investigate the allegations further, according to City Attorney Aaron Walton. The Danube City Council met in closed session to discuss the matter.
OLIVIA -- Olivia can lay claim to being host to one of the world's largest concentrations of seed company research and production facilities, with some of the biggest names in the industry represented here. And for nearly three years now, it has been home to exactly one company dedicated to the real germ of the matter. Frontier Crop Testing provides field testing and evaluation services that help companies identify the corn hybrids and traits that can provide them with the best possible seeds for the markets they serve. "We could see a real need for this type of service,'' said Chris Mack,
GRANITE FALLS -- A husband and wife accused of not paying income taxes on compensation totaling $571,379 from 2002 through 2007 were sentenced July 30. Robert James Cunningham, 43, of Wood Lake, pleaded guilty in district court in Granite Falls to a misdemeanor count of failing to file a tax return and a gross misdemeanor count of failure to pay or collect taxes. The court sentenced him to one year in prison on the gross misdemeanor charge, but stayed execution of the sentence for five years provided he serve supervised probation, pay fines and fees of $585, and make restitution as to be det
GRANITE FALLS -- A husband and wife accused of not paying income taxes on compensation totaling $571,379 through the years 2002-2007 were sentenced after pleading guilty on July 30 to gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor charges. Robert James Cunningham, 43, of Wood Lake, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to file a tax return and a gross misdemeanor count of failure to pay or collect taxes in district court in Granite Falls. The court sentenced him to one year in prison on the gross misdemeanor charge, but stayed execution of the sentence for five years provided he serve supervis
OLIVIA -- Frustrations are rising faster than the waters in Renville County Ditch 45. Landowners on the ditch's upper reach alleged earlier this year that discharges from the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative caused some flooding in their farm fields along it. In response, the Renville County Board of Commissioners issued a letter June 23 charging that the co-op was not in compliance with its discharge permit. They rescinded that charge Thursday, on the condition that the company works with the affected landowners to find solutions within the next 30 days.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Water quality has long been the focus for conservation efforts in Minnesota, but a string of drier-than-normal summers is pushing water quantity issues to the forefront as well. The Minnesota River Board took them on in Redwood Falls on July 27, when speakers addressed water quantity issues ranging from population growth in the metropolitan area to what's being done in the desert Southwest, where water conservation practices are mandatory. The Metropolitan Council is working hard to promote voluntary water conservation practices by the 2.8 million people now served by water
WOOD LAKE -- Two men received prison sentences for their roles in a barroom brawl sparked when a bartender cut off liquor sales to a 24-year-old patron, and she tossed a drink and glass in the bartender's face. According to the Yellow Medicine County Attorney's Office, Rico Vincent Layton Uribe, 34, of Granite Falls will serve 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of felony third-degree assault. He was sentenced July 14 in district court in Granite Falls. Joseph Edward Tipton, 28, of Granite Falls will serve 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of third-
MONTEVIDEO -- Rural Minnesota scenery and small-town hospitality help bring the bicyclists out each year. The opportunity to raise money for a good cause -- the National Multiple Sclerosis Society -- doesn't hurt either. "There's no better way to see the countryside,'' said Peter Grasse of Woodbury, as he explained what put him on his bicycle for a five-day, 250-mile pedal across Minnesota. Grasse is among nearly 1,000 bicyclists taking part in the 20th annual TRAM, or Bike MS: Star Tribune The Ride Across Minnesota.