Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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SPICER - A third watercraft decontamination unit is on its way to Kandiyohi County, and more watercraft inspectors too. There will be more frequent watercraft inspections at the main access to Lake Florida now that the lake is known to be infested by zebra mussels. "We're working with the county to make sure the main access is covered by more frequent inspections,'' said Skip Wright, district manager with ecological and water resources for the state Department of Natural Resources in Spicer.
WILLMAR - A business with a 48-year history in Willmar was flipped on its heels Thursday when floodwaters from torrential rains the night before filled the store and warehouse of...
MONTEVIDEO—Having retired from full-time employment only one year ago, Milton Hoidal is still adjusting to the idea of having the free time to do the things he enjoys. Come Saturday, the 96-year-old World War II veteran from Montevideo will also have to adjust to being the center of attention and applause. His suggestion to a grandson that they take in a Twins game at Target Field has led to Hoidal being selected to be the game's honorary flag raiser.
OLIVIA—Two finalists are now vying for the county administrator position in Renville County. Members of the County Board of Commissioners selected Lisa Herges, Mille Lacs County personnel director/assistant county administrator, and Michael Betker, city of Granite Falls finance director, as the finalists Tuesday, according to information from Karrie Jansen, interim county administrator. Board members interviewed four of five finalists for the position Tuesday. A fifth finalist, Rebecca Young, Stevens County coordinator, withdrew from consideration.
MADISON—High-speed internet access arrives at the speed of highway travel for some in Lac qui Parle County, and that's a good thing. For the past six years, Mary Quick has been making regular stops at six sites in the county with the Computer Commuter. Modeled after the bookmobiles of old, the Computer Commuter bus is equipped with computers and high-speed internet access for use by residents in the rural county. Quick is on board too, ready to help users take advantage of the computers.
This is the records summary for Aug. 8. Three hurt in accident KANDIYOHI - The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department is investigating an accident that sent three people to the emergency room at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and the driver fled on foot. The one-vehicle accident was reported at 10:49 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of County Road 8 Southeast and 71st Avenue Southeast in Fahlun Township, south of Kandiyohi. A white van left the road and went into a corn field.
SPICER—Zebra mussels now infest a second, popular recreational lake in Kandiyohi County. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has posted a sign at the public access to Lake Florida advising that zebra mussels have been confirmed in the lake. The department notified the Lake Florida Improvement Association of the infestation Thursday. The association sent an email notifying lakeshore owners about it. "Disappointing, frustrating, and yet not unexpected,'' said Robert Kaiser, president of the association.
WILLMAR -- Kerkhoven pilot Loren Larson was making an instrumental landing system approach to a runway at the La Crosse Regional Airport in Wisconsin when his single engine Mooney M20P...
APPLETON – If you’ve chased pheasants on public lands in western Minnesota, hunkered down in a goose blind at the Lac qui Parle refuge, or were startled by an otter...
MADISON -- After a 25-year career with federal law enforcement chasing terrorists and drug dealers, New Jersey-raised Lou Sager answered a help wanted ad. He left an office in Washington,...