Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — All residents and landowners in the Shakopee Creek area in northwest Kandiyohi County are invited to a picnic and information meeting about land and water quality Aug. 21 at Kandiyohi County Park No. 7 on Games Lake. The picnic and informal discussion will be available 4:30 to 7 p.m., with a short overview presentation at 6 p.m. Families are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. The Shakopee Creek area around Norway Lake is in the spotlight for trying out some new tools to protect and improve water quality throughout the entire Minnesota River Basin and beyond.
GRANITE FALLS — A Clarkfield man is in custody after leading authorities on a high-speed chase during which items fell out of his pickup truck and an attached trailer. Matthew Nelson, 30, scuffled with and escaped from a sheriff’s deputy who was attempting to take him into custody around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Clarkfield, according to the Yellow Medicine Sheriff’s Office. After escaping the deputy, Nelson got into his 1985 Chevrolet pickup truck and fled with deputies in pursuit.
WILLMAR – Three weeks after the September 23 fire that destroyed the K & M Liquor Store in Lake Lillian, investigators ruled it had been arson. This week, authorities charged a suspect. The owner of the building and business, Mary Sue Whitcomb, 51, of rural Atwater, is charged with felony counts of arson in the second degree and insurance fraud. The charges were filed Monday in District Court in Kandiyohi County.
WILLMAR – Minnesota roadways come with advisory signs to watch for all kinds of wildlife, from moose and deer to turtles. But only in Kandiyohi County will motorists find signs urging them to slow down for purple martins as the birds congregate at an end-of-summer roosting site just south of Willmar. Please do, asks Richard Doll, of Willmar. The purple martins are now staging at the roost site, and a number of the birds have already been struck by vehicles.
OLIVIA — Pioneerland Library is asking Renville County to increase its support for library services by 3 percent. Pioneerland Executive Director Mark Ranum told the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the budget request is aimed at meeting needs for staffing, operations and acquiring materials for library collections.
OLIVIA — Farmers are harvesting larger (and heavier) crops from the fields of Renville County every year, but one thing is not changing. The harvest season for perishable crops such as sugar beets is not getting any longer. It’s a part of the argument presented Tuesday to the Renville County Board of Commissioners as farmers from around the county asked the county to issue 10 percent overweight permits during the harvest season. The permits would allow five-axle trucks to carry loads up to 10 percent heavier than the 80,000-pound maximum set by state statute. The county has not issued the
WILLMAR — Matthew James Wrobleski, 40, of Olivia, appeared Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court on felony charges of receiving stolen property and offering a forged check. He demanded a hearing to challenge the charges, which will be held September 10. Kandiyohi County charged Wrobleski with receiving stolen property following a chase with sheriff’s deputies on June 11 that ended in New London. A scooter was found in the back of the 1988 Chevrolet pickup that Wrobleski drove. The scooter had been reported stolen from a Litchfield residence.
GRANITE FALLS — The Balaton man accused of shooting a man multiple times and leaving him alongside a roadway in Yellow Medicine County stood mute in a district court appearance Monday in Granite Falls. Devin Donald Hexum, 21, is currently in the Yellow Medicine County Jail on charges of second-degree attempted murder with intent – not premeditated and first-degree assault.
SPICER — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designated Green Lake as an infested water body on Monday due to the discovery of a single, adult zebra mussel on a dock post on the southeast corner of the lake on July 21. The downstream waters of Lake Calhoun are also being designated as infested as a precaution, according to the DNR. The designation on Green Lake means that efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species will be ramped up around the lake and at neighboring waters. The hours that inspectors are scheduled to work at public accesses on the lake will be increa
APPLETON — Dr. Rachel Bakeberg, D.V.M., made herself the exception when she graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Unlike most of her fellow graduates, she shunned offers to join established clinics.