Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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Atwater man dies in Meeker County crash SWEDE GROVE TOWNSHIP, MEEKER COUNTY – Steven Delmer Schmidt, 57, of Atwater died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 4 in Swede Grove Township, Meeker County, at 4:55 p.m. on Friday. Schmidt was a passenger in a 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by Blake Lee Albrecht, 60, of Grove City.
DASSEL – Federal, state and local law enforcement officers uncovered an indoor, marijuana growing operation in Dassel while arresting a suspect wanted on an out-of-state warrant on May 3. At around 11:30 a.m. agents with the U.S. Marshall Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, CEE-VI Drug Task Force and Meeker County Sheriff's Office arrested Bao Quoc Huynh, 37, no address listed, who was a fugitive with an out of state warrant. The arrest took place in the 500 block of Marcia Street in the City of Dassel.
SPICER - It’s all up to Kelly Morrell to put Governor Mark Dayton on Green Lake’s walleye on the May 12 Fishing Opener The Willmar area resident and accomplished angler will host Gov. Dayton as his volunteer guide at the 2018 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener on Green Lake.
MONTEVIDEO — Shelly Elkington lost her 26-year-old daughter, Casey Jo, to an opioid addiction that began with a doctor's prescription. "Casey was really struggling with her opioid addiction," Elkington told U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. "Her meds were all prescribed to her by a doctor and before you know it, she is down that rabbit hole and we didn't know what to do."
MONTEVIDEO — The Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital will pursue a partnership with a larger entity to meet goals aimed at strengthening its role as a regional medical center. Hospital health care providers joined Hospital Commission members Monday, as well as members of the Montevideo City Council and Chippewa County Board to examine the challenges facing rural health care systems and continue strategy discussions. The system is jointly owned by the city and county.
St. PAUL - The hopes of local officials that the Highway 23 “gap” between New London and Paynesville and other, area transportation projects in the region would be awarded Corridor of Commerce funds were left unmet. The Minnesota Department of Transportation awarded a total of $417 million to four projects as part of the 2018 Corridors of Commerce program on Tuesday. None of the hoped-for local projects made the cut.
GRANITE FALLS — Paula Kerger has led the Public Broadcasting Service for the past 12 years as its president and chief executive officer amidst much turmoil in the media world. Under Kerger's leadership, PBS has grown from 12th-most-viewed network in the country to the sixth. PBS also continues to lead in the marks its audience gives it for trustworthiness.
GRANITE FALLS — After three years of behind-the-scenes drama that sometimes rivaled what it broadcast on the air, Pioneer Public Television is launching an entirely new sequel.
WILLMAR — Not being the kind of guy who is willing to throw up his hands and say 'there's nothing we can do' about aquatic invasive species, Mark Johnson went back to school. He attended a one-day workshop and completed a self-paced, online course to become an AIS Detector as offered by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and the University of Minnesota Extension.
MONTEVIDEO — An estimated 110 workers in Montevideo will be seeking new jobs as SL-Montevideo Technology begins a six-month, staged layoff and wind-down process at its 22,000-square-foot facility on the north side of the community. Originally a home-grown company, it has been a part of Montevideo for 50 years. Some of its employees have 20 plus years of experience.