Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — Law enforcement officers did not need a search warrant to search a vehicle for contraband when they opened its door to lock it, after arresting its driver, and saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight. In a decision released Tuesday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the May 24, 2017, conviction of Jordan Lee Downwind, 26, of Montevideo, for unlawful possession of a firearm. He is serving a 60-month prison sentence.
WILLMAR — Incumbent Willmar City Council member Audrey Nelsen seeks to continue to represent Ward 4. Nelsen filed Friday to seek a second full term on the City Council. She is one of four incumbent council members up for re-election. No other incumbents had filed as of Friday afternoon. Two Willmar women have filed to run for the Ward 2 seat. Filing closes Tuesday. Nelsen was first elected in 2013 to serve the unexpired term of Doug Reese. She then ran successfully for her seat in the fall of 2014.
REDWOOD FALLS — An Olivia man faces a second-degree manslaughter charge after a 100-year-old woman died as a result of injuries she suffered after falling while in his care at the Sunwood Good Samaritan Center in Redwood Falls. Francisco Javier Ramirez, 29, appeared Thursday in Redwood County District Court on felony charges of second-degree manslaughter and criminal neglect, and gross misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of a resident and criminal neglect. The court ordered bail at $90,000 without conditions and $60,000 with conditions.
MONTEVIDEO — Eden Prairie born and raised, Jack McCann has an idea for farmers. He calls it TC Farm, and it works to assure that farmers get a fair wage for their labors by connecting them with customers willing to pay what that requires. TC Farm pays its producers more per pound for their beef, pork and chicken than what conventional markets would offer them. But, said McCann, "where the money goes matters." By paying the farmers a fair return for their labor, they can afford to take the time and do it right, he explained.
WILLMAR — Anglers are often accused of stretching the truth, but these guys proved to be straight shooters: When Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bonding bill Wednesday, he held true to a promise made in a fishing boat to approve an earmark for the state Highway 23 project. The bonding bill includes $105 million to complete the seven- and nine-mile "gaps" in the four-lane between New London and Paynesville and between Paynesville and Richmond, making the entire Highway 23 route from Willmar to Interstate 94 a four-lane roadway.
MONTEVIDEO — There's no counting the bus trips that veterans and other supporters of a veterans nursing home in Montevideo made to St. Paul over the past 11 years, but it's one of the shorter trips that may have made the difference. Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, believes that one of the key turning points that helped win the day for the veterans home proposal was testimony that the veterans gave during a February 2016 hearing in Willmar.
WILLMAR — Four children and their parents and three pet dogs escaped unharmed after fire broke out in their home as they slept. Fire alarms alerted Brad and Lori Redmond and their children to the fire that started sometime before 2 a.m. Tuesday in their home on the 7600 block of 29th Avenue Northeast, a cul-de-sac on the north end of Eagle Lake in Willmar.
WILLMAR — One of five defendants arrested after a cache of weapons and explosives were seized from a rural Willmar residence will serve 90 days in jail and five years of probation. A prison sentence of one year and one day was stayed for John Russell Jacobson, 45, of Lake Lillian, on a felony charge of illegal weapon possession. The sentencing was held Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar.
GRANITE FALLS — "That was amazing.'' Those were the first words heard coming out of the fuselage of the B-25 bomber the very second that the plane's two throbbing engines were quieted. It had come to a stop near its hangar at the Fagen Fighters Museum at the Granite Falls Municipal Airport.
WILLMAR - Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Neumann announced his candidacy for sheriff in Kandiyohi County on Wednesday. Neumann has 29 years of experience in law enforcement, serving with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office for the past 22 ½ years. He is currently a patrol sergeant with the department, a position he’s held for the past 11 years.