Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — No matter whether you live in Worthington or Willmar, if you need help paying the winter heating bill, you call on your community action agency. If you live in Montevideo, you can also turn to your community action agency if you need help getting to the local medical clinic or to the store for groceries. And if you live in Marshall, it’s your local community action agency that may help pair your child with mentors in a Big Buddies program. Someday, it may not matter where you live in the region if you need any of these services: All four of the community action agencies serving Mi
GRANITE FALLS — Attorneys for Andrew Dikken are seeking to raise a mental health defense in his upcoming trial on first-degree murder charges in the September slaying of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls. Defense attorneys Stephen Ferrazzano and Benjamin Pieh told District Judge Thomas Van Hon on Friday that they are seeking to raise a mental health defense, and asked that the judge order a mental health evaluation.
GRANITE FALLS – Attorneys for Andrew Dikken are seeking to raise a mental health defense in his upcoming trial on first degree murder charges in the slaying of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls last September. Public defense attorneys Stephen Ferrazzano and Benjamin Pieh told District Judge Thomas Van Hon on Friday that they are seeking to raise a mental health defense, and asked that the judge order a mental health evaluation.
Video: Hwy 23 road conditions north of RaymondThursday morning
Video: Hwy 23 road conditions nearMaynard Thursday morning
GRANITE FALLS — Minnesota West Community & Technical College will be hiring a consultant to look at its strategy to “right size’’ its campuses, according to Dr.
GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine County will pursue a second opinion before making a decision on whether to raze its original courthouse and build a new facility on the site for court services and a number of county offices. And no matter whether the county decides to build new or remodel, at least one county commissioner is insisting that a referendum be held before any money is spent. The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday with Josh Cowdery of CTS Group, a firm based in St. Louis, Mo., with an office in Bloomington, Minn.
OLIVIA — While expressing concerns about the potential costs, the Renville County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to pursue licensing from the Department of Health for overnight camping in county parks along the Minnesota River. Parks with more than five overnight camping sites must meet a variety of health requirements, including the availability of potable water and approved sanitary systems.
OLIVIA — What Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are to Bemidji, or the World’s Largest Ball of Twine is to Darwin, the Corn Monument is to Olivia, and possibly much more. “I think too it’s a symbol of our agricultural heritage here in the area,’’ said Susie Lothert, economic development director in Olivia. She was answering a reporter’s question as to why people and businesses throughout the community are stockpiling cardboard with the same passion that drove Francis Johnson to build a 17,000-pound ball of twine over the course of 29 years in Darwin. Never mind the subzero temperatures
GRANITE FALLS — A proposal by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System to tear down a portion of the Minnesota West Technical and Community College building in Granite Falls will be the focus of a meeting at 6:30 p.m.