Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — Ben Taatjes ran the numbers and advised his 62-year-old client that he had the resources to retire right then and there. He did, and now Taatjes considers it the worst advice he ever gave. Three months later the client was back in his office looking as if he had aged three years. "I messed up with that client. I could see it in his face when he came in,'' said Taatjes, owner and founder of Taatjes Financial Group of Willmar. The client was unprepared mentally for the dramatic changes that retirement brings, according to Taatjes.
OLIVIA — Minnesota's new buffer law is getting a lot of attention in Renville County where farmers will soon face decisions on how to comply with it. The Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District sent out 507 letters earlier this year to the owners of lands that border public waterways, where 50-foot buffers must be seeded by Nov. 1.
RENVILLE — Hawk Creek is pouring way too much sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus into the Minnesota River, and as a result continues to fall short of the goals set for it as a prairie stream in an agricultural landscape. Reaching those goals is largely a matter of putting on the brakes. "We need to be reducing the water quantity and the velocity,'' said Heidi Rauenhorst, director of the Hawk Creek Watershed Project. She reported on the status of the watershed during the organization's annual meeting Wednesday in Renville.
OLIVIA — Renville County's long-range, strategic plan calls for it to explore the possibility of merging the auditor/treasurer, assessor and recorder offices, as well as joining the social services and public health departments. The county will abide by its plan and explore those options, the Renville County Board of Commissioners agreed at its meeting Tuesday. The board instructed the heads of the respective departments to put together reports on the proposals, with intentions of reviewing them in late 2017 and early 2018.
OLIVIA — An ongoing effort to emphasize education along with the enforcement of health codes appears to be paying dividends in Renville and Kandiyohi counties. The two counties have now seen a two-year decline in the number of violations issued to licensed food, swimming pool, and lodging establishments, according to information presented Tuesday to the Renville County Board of Commissioners. The counties jointly operate an environmental health services that licenses and inspects restaurants, hotels and motels, mobile home parks and campgrounds.
OLIVIA — Renville County is adding a statement that it intends to improve and protect prairie on the site proposed for the Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area as part of the environmental assessment worksheet now being undertaken for it. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is requesting that the statement be included in the worksheet, Scott Refsland, acting director of the county's environmental and community development office, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
WILLMAR - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host an informational meeting Tuesday in Willmar to discuss Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed increases to hunting and fishing license fees. The meeting will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., Willmar, MN. DNR officials will discuss the need for fee changes and how license money is used. Area hunters, trappers, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.
REDWOOD FALLS — Patricia Lubeck will go to her grave believing William Rose was an innocent man. How Rose got to his grave played a role in making Minnesota one of the first states to abolish capital punishment.
OLIVIA — There's no mystery about what attracts people to the Minnesota River Valley corridor shared by Renville and Redwood counties. "You can see that without a doubt people are interested in visiting the valley to appreciate nature and see the beautiful landscapes there. And that's the agricultural landscape, but it's also the natural landscape that's there as well,'' said Drew Stoll, Great Outdoors Consultants. He spoke to an audience of approximately 30 people Wednesday evening in Olivia.
GRANITE FALLS — One of Minnesota's top three attractions for 2016 is located amidst the rolling farmlands of western Minnesota. Explore Minnesota recognized the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum south of Granite Falls with an Award of Merit at its 2017 tourism conference recently in St. Paul. The agency devoted to promoting tourism in the state cited the Fagen Fighters and Spam Museum in Austin with Awards of Merit in the category that saw the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth honored as the Attraction of the Year.