Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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Too good to keep in hiding, Rural Lit RALLY strives to return rural literature to the prominence it once knew, and deserves Southwest Minnesota State University English Professor David Pichaske used to welcome students to his class on rural and regional literature by quoting Paul Gruchow, who grew up on a farm outside of Montevideo in the 1950s. Gruchow wrote how he went through 12 years of English instruction without ever learning about Robert Bly, an award-winning poet who lived only 30 miles down the road.
WILLMAR — More trucks than ever are rumbling down Minnesota Highway 23 from Willmar to Interstate 90, and that’s true for passenger vehicles of all types too.
OLIVIA — Has Renville County picked the right location to go forward and develop an off-highway vehicle park? To help it decide, the county is looking to a Faribault engineering firm and two Western state organizations involved in promoting and developing off-highway vehicle parks. Mark Erickson, environment and community development director, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the members will be asked next week to approve a two-phase contract worth a potential $126,929 with I + S Group, of Faribault. The first phase of the contract, at a cost of $60,179, will
WILLMAR — June rains swelled lakes in Kandiyohi County to new record levels. In some cases, the waters were so high that those reading the gauges had to reset them. The gauges were underwater, said Ethan Jenzen, regional hydrologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Spicer. Recorded water levels on Foot, Eagle, Nest, and Calhoun lakes this June set all-time records. Lake level readings date back to the 1940s and late 1930s. The previous high-water records on these lakes were set in 1965 and 1986. Fortunately, none of the 2014 lake levels exploded the previous records.
SIBLEY STATE PARK — Bennett Schwartz has not been invited to the Home Run Derby at Target Field, but at Sibley State Park he proved he could swing a butterfly net like a major league pro. On Thursday he was snagging dragonflies zipping by like speed balls fired by Aroldis Chapman. Bennett was having a lot of fun, said his grandmother, Jonette Engan, She was more than happy to have escorted him to the park for a park naturalist program on dragonflies. Engan said she was very happy to see the return of naturalist programs at the park. The park has been without naturalist programs since Dick
GRANITE FALLS — On a 3-1 vote, the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners adopted a plan calling for replacing an aged courthouse and bonding for up to $5,955,000 for the project. The decision on Wednesday evening in Granite Falls came after the commissioners emphasized that they believed the actual project costs will be lower, and that $5.9 million was a “not to exceed’’ number. The bonding would raise taxes by 1.8 percent, or $6.16 a year on a $125,000 residential homestead property, according to information presented at the meeting. The commissioners told a small crowd attending t
ST. PAUL — Jeremy Pauling of Montevideo and Maria Botker of Clinton are among those that Governor Mark Dayton appointed to a newly created task force on medical cannabis therapeutic research. Dayton announced the appointments of task force members on Thursday. Pauling and his wife, Kristy, are parents to a 7-year old-daughter, Katelyn, who suffers chronic seizures due to Batten Disease. The couple frequently testified at the Capitol during the last legislative session for the legalization of medical cannabis.
MONTEVIDEO — Persistent problems with water leaking into the south side of the Chippewa County-Montevideo Library building in downtown Montevideo will be corrected. Montevideo City Council members on Monday awarded a low bid of $21,599.50 to Peters Construction, of Montevideo, according to City Manager Steve Jones. With engineering, the overall project cost will be $24,043.50. The city is responsible for half the total cost, and Chippewa County for the other half. The project includes a variety of work to address runoff from the Third Street hill and embankment behind the library building.
GRANITE FALLS — A historic pedestrian bridge that spans the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls will be saved. Granite Falls City Council members at their meeting on Monday awarded a $1,490,287 bid to Robert Schroeder Construction Company, of Glenwood, for the bridge restoration, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. The company will begin work this season on the project. It is expected to take about one year. Built in 1935 as a Works Progress Administration project, the pedestrian bridge is one of the few remaining suspension bridges in Minnesota.
GRANITE FALLS — An historic, pedestrian bridge that spans the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls will be restored. Granite Falls city council members awarded a $1,490,287 bid to Robert Schroeder Construction Company, Glenwood, at their meeting on Monday, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. The company will begin work this season on the project. It is expected to take about one year.