Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS -- Child care that helps low-income parents re-enter the work force, treatment programs for juvenile offenders in custody, and chemical dependency treatment are among the areas where human service cuts are most likely to be made first by Yellow Medicine County. The Yellow Medicine County board of commissioners discussed the implications for the delivery of family service programs in the county in the event of a state shutdown at their meeting on Tuesday. The commissioners took no formal action, and said they would take a "wait and see'' approach.
GRANITE FALLS -- City council members in Granite Falls have awarded a $2,427,449 bid to Quam Construction in Willmar for sanitary sewer improvements. It represents one of the largest utility projects every undertaken by the city, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. Quam Construction offered the low bid for the project, which will replace deteriorating sanitary sewer lines.
OLIVIA -- Frost boils and all of the problems associated with a harsh winter and prolonged wet period have focused attention on gravel road needs in Renville County. The county has 315 miles of gravel roadway it is responsible for, and at least 10 percent of those miles are in need of re-grading, Public Works Director Marlin Larson told the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. It would "easily'' cost $3.5 million to re-grade those miles, according to the director's rough estimate. The public works director is also proposing that the county considers installing tile drainage at
SPICER -- One man was overcome by carbon monoxide Tuesday while helping rescue a popular houseboat used for cruises on Green Lake. Chris Pientka, owner of Four Seasons Lawn and Beach Service, was operating pumps used to raise the partially submerged boat. He was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was placed in a hyperbaric chamber.
GRANITE FALLS -- Paddling the Mississippi River to prepare for their adventure, they were warned: "The Minnesota River is like chocolate milk.'' They got the color right, and there's been plenty of mud, but the Minnesota River has more than made up for it by the scenery, wildlife and wilderness-like feel it has offered them. "It's so much more beautiful than we thought it was going to be,'' said Natalie Warren. Warren and her friend Ann Raiho know of what they speak.
DANUBE -- A former Danube City Council member who had wanted the city's police chief suspended while he was under investigation for an alleged theft is now charged herself with felony theft of city funds. Sharon Marie Lothert, 58, currently of Hector, faces three separate felony theft charges for allegedly taking a total of $20,940 in funds from the Danube Economic Development Agency while she served as its president between Aug., 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010. She is charged with a felony count of forging a savings withdrawal slip for $1,000 from the city account on Aug.
It took some getting used to living in a community calling itself Montevideo yet where everything seemed so different from his home in Montevideo, Uruguay. Not quite one year later, Federico Estol has returned to Montevideo, Minn., along with a book of his photographs telling about his experiences and the unique relationship between the two sister communities. "I made a promise last year to come (back) with a book and present it in person about all of my experiences in town,'' said Estol, 29, of Montevideo, Uruguay. "Hello Montevideo'' is much more than a promise kept.
WILLMAR -- As faithfully as purple martins gather to roost prior to their migration each fall, so too will birding enthusiasts join near Willmar to learn all about these and other songbirds. Dick Doll's home and purple martin nesting colony near King Lake north of Willmar will be the site for the ninth annual Minnesota MartinFest! from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
HAWICK -- There are two different kinds of people who craft their own cedar strip canoes, according to David "Duke" Hassinger. "Some people like to have the ones they can hang on the garage wall to show to their neighbors and friends,'' said Hassinger. "I want it to be pretty too, but I want it for utilitarian purposes. I love to paddle.'' At age 80, paddle and craft he does. A tandem canoe designed to carry paddlers and gear for an extended wilderness trek is taking shape in his shop on the south shore of Long Lake near Hawick today.
BENSON -- Kayla Williams' first job ended in a real disaster. A tornado destroyed her place of employment. Ten years later, Williams said she is happy to be back at work for her first employer, this time at the "new" Ahrndt 'U' Hungry restaurant in Benson. Williams is serving up new ice cream treats nicknamed "twisters'' in memory of the original Ahrndt 'U' Hungry restaurant destroyed by the Benson tornado on June 11, 2001.