Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO — Chippewa County will see its first graduate of the Eighth Judicial District's specialized drug court next week, two-and-a-half years after the new court was launched. It's left the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners with one question: Why aren't all of the counties in the district participating in it, they asked.
CLARA CITY — A Granite Falls man who was airlifted after an accident Dec. 29 on Minnesota Highway 23 southwest of Raymond has died of his injuries. The family of George Schindele, 80, of Granite Falls, reported that he died Jan. 4 while a patient at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Schindele was airlifted following the two-vehicle crash at 10:54 a.m. Dec. 29 on Highway 23 at the intersection of Chippewa County Road 1. Schindele was a passenger in a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu driven by his wife, Linda Schindele, 74, of Granite Falls.
OLIVIA — Finding the right profession can be a long journey for some, but not for Jeff Nelson. All he needed was a few short rides in the squad cars of Minnesota State Patrol troopers to know that law enforcement was for him. A few weeks ago his colleagues let him know in a big way that they felt the same way: The Minnesota Sheriffs' Association honored the Renville County sheriff's deputy as Deputy Sheriff of the Year in the state.
OLIVIA — The Renville County Board of Commissioners will be watching the Legislature to see whether counties will be reimbursed for enforcing the state's new buffer law before the county agrees to take on that responsibility.
MONTEVIDEO — A Chippewa County jury has awarded a total of $10,199,000 in a civil lawsuit brought by a 42-year-old woman who alleged that her father had sexually abused her when she was a child.
NEW LONDON — A New London-Spicer School District teacher credited with inspiring students with her passion for the natural world has been recognized as teacher of the year by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District nominated Laura Molenaar for the award she received at the organization's annual conference Dec. 5 in Bloomington.
GRANITE FALLS — Minnesota's Middle School Educator of the Year is a native of Granite Falls. Janet Jans, a 1981 graduate of the Granite Falls High School, was recognized as the Middle Level Educator of the Year by her peers in the the Minnesota Middle School Association. She is only the second teacher in the arts discipline to receive this award. It was presented at the association's convention in Minneapolis earlier this month.
MONTEVIDEO – Unresolved negotiations to continue the services of a longtime surgeon at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital have stirred up anxieties, a challenge to how the public facility is managed, and public disclosure of a $2.4 million settlement with a surgeon formerly with the facility. The publicly owned hospital and chief surgeon Dr. Eleazar Briones have been in negotiations since June over a contract that expires at year’s end.
OLIVIA – Renville County is taking a cautious approach toward implementing the state’s new buffer requirements. At its meeting Tuesday, the Renville County Board of Commissioners instructed the Soil and Water Conservation District to go ahead with plans to send letters notifying landowners with property impacted by the requirement to add 50-foot buffers along public waterways. Landowners must be in compliance with the requirement by Nov, 1, 2017.
MARSHALL — Growing income disparity has created an "opportunity gap'' that is putting the American dream out of reach for many of today's young people, including those who call southwest Minnesota their home. "A social and cultural shift is occurring throughout our region,'' said Robert Thurston, chairman of the Southwest Initiative Foundation board of directors. "It's no longer out of sight, out of mind.''