Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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DASSEL - Four of the 14 white-tailed deer previously euthanized at a Meeker County farm near Dassel have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported this week. Testing confirmed the four as CWD positive on May 14. The Meeker County herd was part of an investigation initiated with a CWD infected farmed deer herd found in Crow Wing County late last year. A two-year-old female deer at the Meeker County farm had tested positive for CWD in January.
DASSEL - Four of the 14 white-tailed deer previously euthanized at a Meeker County farm near Dassel have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported this week. Testing confirmed the four as CWD positive on May 14. The Meeker County herd was part of an investigation initiated with a CWD infected farmed deer herd found in Crow Wing County late last year.
WILLMAR — Lance Courtney Lovin, 27, of New London, was sentenced Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar on two gross misdemeanor charges of stalking and a misdemeanor charge for driving without a driver's license. The court sentenced him to concurrent sentences of 365 days in jail on the stalking charges, but stayed 336 days for two years and provided credit for 29 days served. The court ordered him to serve 29 days in jail for driving without a license, and provided credit for the days served.
GRANITE FALLS — There's never a cloudy day in the greenhouse built by students at the Yellow Medicine East High School in Granite Falls. Nor is there a single window pane. Specially engineered LED lights provide all the photons needed for photosynthesis in this totally enclosed, 1,200-square-foot greenhouse. Electric-powered, carbon mesh pads under the soil and in-floor heating pamper the plants with just the right amount of warmth. Monitors make it possible to keep the humidity and even the level of carbon dioxide just right too.
MILAN — Story swap dates have been set this month for the upcoming "Milan: The Musical!" production.
OLIVIA — A 20-year-old man facing arson charges has been found mentally incompetent, and the court has approved a motion for a guardianship for him. Wahkan Otahta Blackhawk of rural Olivia is charged with two counts of felony, first-degree arson and a felony count of negligent fire for allegedly setting a Dec. 3 fire that caused extensive damage to his parents' home south of Olivia. The court approved a guardianship for him following a May 1 hearing. It ruled April 19 that he was mentally incompetent to participate in his own defense.
SPICER — Let's Go Fishing launched its 15th season in a big way this week, and appropriately so. The Willmar chapter has already seen a 41 percent bump in registrations from last year, and it is usually in the next couple of weeks when most of the registration calls will come in, according to Jim Gauss, president of the Willmar chapter. "We're getting calls from all over the place,'' he said.
MADISON — Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Lou Sager has tendered his resignation 11 months after having moved from the East Coast to take the job. "It's time," said Sager. "At the end of the day I was hoping this to be a long-term, future thing. The citizens and everybody made it clear that is not going to happen." His resignation is effective May 15. He took the oath of office June 13, 2016, after responding to a "help wanted'' ad posted by the county when Sheriff Rick Halvorson resigned with about two and a half years remaining in the term.
WILLMAR — A Kandiyohi County jury found Joseph Alan Schleeter, 32, of New London, guilty Thursday afternoon of third- and fifth-degree domestic assault charges, as well as criminal damage to property and threats of violence on. The jury returned not guilty verdicts to charges of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, second-degree assault, and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. The jury returned its verdicts following a three-day trial in district court in Willmar.
WILLMAR — A man accused in a rash of thefts and burglaries in Kandiyohi County pleaded guilty Friday to 11 felony and two gross misdemeanor charges in district court in Willmar. Jordan Anthony Brede, 24, of Kandiyohi, pleaded guilty to a felony, first degree burglary charge, seven other felony, third degree burglary charges, and felony and gross misdemeanor theft charges. The first degree burglary charge carries a presumptive sentence of 45 months in prison, according to information from the Kandiyohi County Attorney's office, which prosecuted the case.