Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA - BOLD School Board members are entertaining the possibility of reducing their superintendent search to someone willing to take on the position on a part-time basis. One interested candidate tossed board members a proposal to do exactly that just as they began discussing the possibility.
GRANITE FALLS — A large, global energy developer plans to build a 150-megawatt wind farm in western Yellow Medicine County. RES America applied with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in November to erect 37 turbines to be dispersed over 22,888 acres in an area southwest of Canby and near the South Dakota border. Representatives of RES and its wholly-owned subsidiary for the project, called Flying Cow LLC, outlined the plans to the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday in Granite Falls.
CLARA CITY — The former superintendent of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District will take over duties as interim superintendent for the MACCRAY Schools. MACCRAY School Board members at their meeting Monday in Clara City approved an agreement with Sherri Broderius to serve as interim superintendent. She will take over the interim role from John Thein, a Clara City native who has served in that capacity since the start of the school year.
WILLMAR — A plea hearing has been scheduled Jan. 5 for the former assistant golf pro at Willmar's Eagle Creek Golf Course. Phillip Andrew Sam, 32, of Coon Rapids, is accused of swindling nearly $90,000 from the business in 2015. Sam is charged with felony theft by swindle, and a hearing in the case was held Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court. The hearing follows his conviction on a gross misdemeanor charge of theft by swindle in Mille Lacs County.
WILLMAR - No chronic wasting disease was detected in more than 11,000 precautionary samples from deer that hunters harvested this fall in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota, which includes the Willmar area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "This is good news for Minnesota," said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the DNR. "The results lend confidence that the disease is not spread across the landscape."
OLIVIA — Renville County is aiming to complete the redetermination of benefits process on all of its county ditch systems in the coming year. It should help landowners who have county ditches on their property, and must have 16½-foot buffer strips seeded along them by Nov. 1, 2018, to comply with Minnesota's new buffer law.
MONTEVIDEO — Two area legislators are optimistic that Montevideo's decade-long quest to build a veterans nursing home may see success in the upcoming session. State Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, and Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, told a rally of over 100 supporters of the veterans home proposal that they believe the community has made significant progress in its bid to find state funding. "Absolutely getting closer,'' said Miller during a rally Tuesday afternoon at the American Legion in Montevideo.
WATSON — A spiritual journey led Julie Ann Stevens from Minneapolis to a modest, three-bedroom cottage in Watson. She believes others on this journey will find this place too, no matter where they might start. She calls the cottage the Coeur de Rose, or "heart of the rose,'' in memory of her mother, Rosemary. Stevens is opening its doors as a contemplative retreat.
MONTEVIDEO — Supporters of a proposal to develop a veterans home in Montevideo will rally Tuesday in preparation for a renewed effort for legislative support. State Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, and State Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, will speak at the rally starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion in Montevideo. The legislators will provide an update on the status of developing a veterans home for the Montevideo area, according to Marv Garbe, chairman of the Montevideo Area Veterans Home.