Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WOOD LAKE — As the final battle of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 raged about them, soldiers with Minnesota’s 3rd Regiment just returned from fighting the Confederates stood ready in a trench to protect the camp Colonel Henry Sibley had made on the open prairie. Recently, a portion of that defensive trench re-appeared on the prairie. Dr.
RENVILLE — We all know that spring has been slow to arrive, but nobody knows better than the earth science students at Renville County West.
NEW LONDON — Now the work can begin in earnest to develop a five-mile extension of the Glacial Lakes Trail connecting New London and Sibley State Park. The bonding bill recently signed by Gov. Mark Dayton includes a $1,299,000 appropriation to make the trail extension possible. The funding represents a major hurdle in the project, but there remains lots of work ahead, according to Jeremy Losinski, Spicer area supervisor in the Parks and Trails Division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Losinski said it’s too early to estimate when the trail will be built.
NEW LONDON — A park naturalist will again be leading programs at Sibley State Park this summer season. The park is currently considering applicants for a seasonal naturalist position at the park, according to Gary Bullemer, assistant manager of the park. The naturalist position has been vacant since the retirement of Dick Clayton in December.
GRANITE FALLS — Granite Falls City Council members approved a $200,000, low-interest loan package to allow SpecSys to install new equipment at its manufacturing plant in the community. City Manager Bill Lavin said the action at the council’s meeting on Monday will help SpecSys acquire equipment that will improve its efficiency and manufacturing capacity. The items include equipment to improve welding operations. The 120,000-square-foot complex is one of three manufacturing plants operated by SpecSys.
MONTEVIDEO — The city of Montevideo is prepared to make possible one of the state’s first facilities to manufacture and distribute medical cannabis. City Manager Steve Jones said council members acted at their meeting Monday to support a proposal by a local businessman interested in developing a facility. Council members indicated they would support the construction of the facility in the city’s industrial park. The city manager said the entrepreneur, whom Jones declined to identify, expressed interest in building one of the two medical cannabis manufacturing facilities that new state legis
OLIVIA — With 17 years of experience as a licensed officer with the Olivia Police Department, Michelle Jensen knows that rural cops deal with all the bad crimes that their urban counterparts see. “Just not all at once,’’ she said. Now, she’s learning that even that difference is disappearing. Officer Jensen is an investigator with the Crimes Against Children Task Force led by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
GLENWOOD — Four-year-old Eric Dean was “basically dead’’ when the 911 call was made to summon help to the Starbuck house of Amanda Peltier and David Dean at 11:40 p.m. on Feb.
BELGRADE — Whether to pursue keeping a four-day school week after the 2014-15 school year will be on the agenda Monday for the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa board of education. BBE and MACCRAY are among area school districts to have recently received a letter from the Department of Education denying their request to continue the four-day schedule for the coming three years.
CLARA CITY — MACCRAY is planning to appeal a decision by the Commissioner of Education to phase out its class scheduled based on a four-day week. The Department of Education approved a four-day week in the MACCRAY School District for 2014-15 “as a transition year back to a traditional five-day calendar beginning in 2015-16,’’ Dr.