Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR - Patrons of the arts have an opportunity to view the works of 20 different artists during the Studio Hop 2017 held Friday and Saturday at 10 studios in the Willmar, Spicer and New London area.
DAWSON — The immigrant story belongs to all of America, but western Minnesota has a special place in its telling in Ali Selim's movie "Sweet Land." Locations near Dawson, Watson and Montevideo are where — in 2004 — he filmed the independent movie famous for both its story and the sweeping landscapes depicted on the screen. And so in Luanne Fondell's estimation, it's only appropriate that western Minnesota will play host to the Greater Minnesota debut of "Sweet Land the Musical."
PAYNESVILLE - Starry stonewort might sound like the name of some obscure, grunge band. Yet the latest aquatic invasive species to reach Minnesota has the potential to be a big time menace and as notorious as other unwanted invaders like eurasian milfoil and curly leaf pondweed. It all depends on what happens on Lake Koronis.
FAIRFAX — Friends of Fort Ridgely are continuing their quest to save the golf course at Fort Ridgely State Park even though the City of Fairfax will not serve as the sponsor they need to operate it.
BENSON — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Glacial Plains Cooperative in a long and bitter legal dispute with a sister cooperative it helped launch, the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company. In a decision released on Monday, the Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 district court ruling that ordered Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company to comply with a contract that makes Glacial Plains Cooperative its exclusive grain handler.
SACRED HEART — The public is invited to participate in the first BioBlitz at Swedes Forest Scientific and Natural Area on Saturday, June 17. This is a chance to join scientists and naturalists and learn about all the living organisms inhabiting Swedes Forest SNA in a one-day field study.
GRANITE FALLS — Two Republican legislators representing a corridor of five agricultural counties are urging county boards of commissioners to take on responsibility for enforcing the state's new buffer law. "I can't encourage counties enough to take on enforcement," District 16 Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, told participants at a town hall meeting Tuesday in Granite Falls.
REDWOOD FALLS - A bow angler fishing in a private gravel pit near Redwood Falls on Sunday caught the largest invasive carp recorded in Minnesota. The bighead carp measured 47 1/2 inches in length and weighed 61.7 pounds.
WILLMAR - Police officers pulled a 37-year-old Murdock man to safety as he was threatening to jump off a railing on the busy First Street Bridge in Willmar around 1:18 p.m. Wednesday. As an officer trained in crisis intervention spoke to the man, other officers were able to covertly approach the man and pull him from the railing to safety, according to Police Chief Jim Felt.
MONTEVIDEO — Narrow, steep shoulders and springtime weight restrictions combine to make one of the region's most important farm-to-market highways unsafe and, all too often, an economic choke point. That's the message that Chippewa County and producers relying on Minnesota Highway 40 delivered as they urged the Minnesota Department of Transportation to upgrade the 40-mile segment from Milan to Willmar.