Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MILAN - Gusty winds bore down the length of Lac qui Parle Lake, chasing up waves like a whitewater run on a wild river. They were no match for an...
WILLMAR - Willmar areas residents remembered one of the country's most tragic of anniversaries by honoring those who put their lives at risk daily in their own community. An estimated 500 people joined at Robbins Island park on Sunday evening for what was billed as "Honor the Badge Day'' to honor law enforcement officers and their families on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. "Humbled,'' said Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt to the crowd. "We appreciate your support in these difficult and trying times.''
WILLMAR—Transportation funding needs will continue to grow as the state attempts to expand public transit services in rural areas and maintain its existing roads, bridges and other infrastructure. The funding gap for state transportation needs is projected to be in the range of $18 billion over the next 20 years, and that's based on a strategy focused on preservation and not expansion, according to information from Mark Nelson, planning director of the transportation system management office with the Minnesota Department of Transportation's central office.
Prairie Pothole Day at Stoney Ridge
Two hurt in Highway 12 mishap WILLMAR - Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident around 9:57 p.m. on Saturday on U.S. Highway 12 at the intersection with 45th Street West in Kandiyohi County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
WILLMAR—Business left unfinished during the last legislative session could result in delays to road projects across the state in the coming year.
OLIVIA—Renville County's Board of Commissioners announced Wednesday the appointment of Lisa Herges as the new county administrator. Herges had been offered the position in August and recently accepted it following discussions with Board Chairman Bob Fox. Herges has been working with Mille Lacs County for 13 years, the last eight years as personnel director/assistant county administrator. She is currently serving as coordinator for Todd County as part of a commitment made by Mille Lacs County to assist the neighboring county.
CLINTON—The small town of Clinton has not forgotten its native son for his bravery in the service of country. It's hoping the nation will not either. Residents in the Big Stone County community are joining an online petition by Homeland Magazine calling for retired Navy Captain E. Royce Williams to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The petition drive is seeking 100,000 signatures by month's end.
GRANITE FALLS—A district judge has ruled in favor of the city of Granite Falls by finding that a house built nearly 16 years ago but still not habitable violates the city's nuisance ordinance. District Judge Thomas Van Hon found in favor of the city in an order filed Aug. 15, but he vacated the order until Sept. 15 to allow time for its appeal. The owner of the house, Ted Thull of Oak Grove, is asking for a stay of the order and will appeal the ruling, said his attorney, Doug Kluver of Montevideo.
SPICER—Trees have a place on the prairies of west central Minnesota. Always have. And today, the need is as great as ever. "The wide open spaces,'' said Diomy Zamora, an extension educator with the University of Minnesota's agroforestry team, as to why Kandiyohi County was host to the team's annual summit. The event, held Monday through Wednesday at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in rural Spicer, was aimed at acquainting area professionals in agriculture and conservation with agroforestry opportunities.