Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO — It's not exactly the Vikings home opener in a new stadium, but for the community of Montevideo it's nearly as exciting, and as important. All eyes will be on the community Saturday as it hosts the sixth annual Governor's Pheasant Opener. Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will be among the elected officials taking to the fields around Montevideo for the start of the state's pheasant season at 9 a.m. Saturday.
WILLMAR – The detours on Minnesota Trunk Highway 23 north of Raymond and south of Granite Falls will be removed and the road opened to traffic by the end of...
WILLMAR — Senate District 17 candidates Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, shared common ground as they took on issues in a League of Women Voters-sponsored forum Tuesday in Willmar, but there are differences in how they get to that ground. Both agree that long-term, sustainable funding is needed for transportation, both support the reopening of the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, and both favor tax credits and other steps to make child care and health insurance more affordable.
BIRD ISLAND — A group of business owners in Bird Island has dusted off the town's playbook for economic development and put it back to work. Come Oct. 14, the Maynard's of Bird Island grocery store will become Island Grocery under the ownership of six business owners, and possibly many others in the future. The investors are selling shares in the venture known as Bird Island Enterprises, including $250 Class C shares. They are hoping that many individuals in the community of just over 1,000 people will take advantage of the low-cost investment.
WILLMAR — The public is invited to hear the candidates for Minnesota Senate District 17 debate from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Willmar Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. in Willmar. Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and challenger Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, will participate in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Koenen has served as a state senator since 2012. He grew up on a farm near Maynard and is currently a self-employed milk contract hauler and school bus driver.
MONTEVIDEO - Jim Sable saw the challenge in Plymouth in 2001, and in response launched a high school sporting clay league that counted 10,361 participants at 318 high schools just 15 years later. Jan Payne saw the challenge in Montevideo in 2011, and with help from lots of friends and neighbors, built a gun range worthy enough to warrant a planned visit by Governor Mark Dayton to dedicate it.
MONTEVIDEO — The Montevideo Arts Project committee is inviting everyone to celebrate the completion of its railcar murals at a special dedication event. It will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the painted railcar site adjacent to the historic Milwaukee Road Depot on Main Street in downtown Montevideo. The free event will feature music, food and an opportunity to meet the artist Lili Payne. The event will be held rain or shine.
CLARA CITY — MACCRAY School Board members are determining the scope of work for a proposed single-campus system. The board members are aiming to have the main details of the project — and its expected cost — ready by month's end in order to bring a bond referendum to district voters in February. Board members are currently looking at an estimated $39.6 million project following discussions with TSP Architects at a special meeting Monday in Clara City.
WILLMAR — Sharp differences remain between Tim Miller and Andrew Falk in this rematch for the House of Representatives District 17A race, but this time the roles are reversed. It was all evident Tuesday evening as the two sparred during a League of Women Voters-sponsored candidate forum for both the District 17A and 17B candidates in Willmar.
OLIVIA - The Minnesota River Valley is to Renville and Redwood Counties what the North Shore is to St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties. The two southern counties are looking at how the river corridor can provide a range of outdoor recreational opportunities, attract visitors to diversify their economies and make them a more appealing place for young families to live. And like the North Shore, they'd like to see the river corridor "branded'' in a way that speaks to all that the river offers.