Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — A daytime intruder head-butted a rural Willmar business owner, jumped over counters and tipped over boxes before fleeing out of the door in which he arrived on Wednesday. The "intruder" was a six-point buck, and the business place was Johnson Fur on South Highway 71, where workers are in the process of handling thousands of deer hides harvested in the last two weeks. "It was something else,'' said business owner Scott Johnson. He took a set of six-point antlers to the ribs and stomach. Johnson said he had a few tender ribs today, but otherwise was OK.
WATSON — They came to protest, but left a thank you note. Sixteen people gathered at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lac qui Parle Project office outside of Watson shortly after noon Tuesday to show their solidarity with the Standing Rock Tribe in its fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline Project in North Dakota. "We're here today because we know what a huge challenge the people at Standing Rock have taken on,'' said Duane Ninneman, executive director of Clean Up the River Environment, of Montevideo, which helped organize the gathering.
GRANITE FALLS — The answer to whether Granite Falls can turn the Minnesota River into a destination whitewater park might be found 255 miles to the southeast in Charles City, Iowa. The community of 7,500 people has turned a quarter-mile stretch of the Cedar River that runs through its heart into a whitewater park that is attracting kayakers, tubers and other water sport enthusiasts from well beyond the Midwest, while pumping new dollars into the local economy.
WILLMAR -- Rep. Tim Miller handily fended off a challenge by Andrew Falk in a rematch for the District 17A House of Representative seat. The incumbent won 11,517 to 8,011...
WILLMAR – Political newcomer Andrew Lang has upset Lyle Koenen in the District 17 Senate race. Lang collected 22,421 votes to 16,713 for Koenen with all 135 precincts reporting, according...
OLIVIA — Someday, solar panels might be as common a sight on school grounds as the flagpole topped by Old Glory. That someday arrived at the BOLD School campus in Olivia at the start of the school year. A grant from the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency made it possible for the school to erect a 5-kilowatt solar panel installation at the north end of the high school football field, according to Superintendent of Schools John Dotson.
MADISON — Doug Peterson is leaving his post as president of the Minnesota Farmers Union feeling good about the strength of the 14,000-member organization and confident in the abilities of those who will succeed him. And both are very much needed, as the challenges facing the family farmers represented by the Minnesota Farmers Union are as great today as ever, and the urgency more so, according to Peterson. The biggest challenge is a familiar one: The financial hurdles for young people wanting to start farming are daunting.
NEW YORK — It's estimated that one of every three rows of corn raised in western Minnesota is exported overseas. Some of those rows on Richard and Rachel Quenemoen's farm in Lac qui Parle County are now devoted to raising popcorn. It is shipped for sale in New York City. Their son Bjorn Quenemoen and business partner Jamie O'Shea harness the power of the sun to pop the Lac qui Parle County-grown popcorn. They flavor it with a nutritional yeast introduced to Quenemoen by his best friend's parents while he was growing up on the family farm near Dawson.
OLIVIA — Renville County will close the gates Monday at its county parks. The parks are closed to motor vehicles through the winter season, but they remain open for visitors. The Renville County parks department reminds park users that day use activities are allowed through the winter. The parks are open for activities such as hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing.
CLARA CITY — A new proposal for a single-campus system is making its way back to voters in the MACCRAY School District. On a 4-2 vote Monday, members of the MACCRAY School Board approved submitting the proposal to the Minnesota Commissioner of Education. The commissioner's approval is needed to bring the proposal to voters in February.