Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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For more than seven years, Terry Overlander has continued to answer every opportunity to stand before high school students and tell a story that never fails to bring him to the brink of sobbing. He's telling it again today, this time to professionals gathered in Redwood Falls at the request of the Southwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths campaign to make roadways safer. "It's about choices,'' Overlander, of Dawson, tells his audiences of all ages. He wants to persuade young people not to make the mistake of drinking and driving or of getting into a vehicle when the driver has been drinking.
OLIVIA -- Matthew Fahey's sentencing for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old newspaper carrier is being postponed until May 27, according to a decision announced Tuesday by the District Court in Renville County. The delay was requested by Matthew Fahey's newly retained defense attorney, Richard Lee Swenson of Chaska.
OLIVIA -- Matthew Fahey's sentencing for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old newspaper carrier in Fairfax is being postponed until May 27, according to a decision announced Tuesday by the district court in Renville County. The delay was requested by Matthew Fahey's new, private defense attorney, Richard Lee Swenson of Chaska. The attorney asked for time to review the case and prepare possible motions. Fahey was scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow, or just prior to the one year anniversary of the May 4, 2010 assault for which he was convicted.
OLIVIA -- The president of Minaqua Fisheries Cooperative, of Renville, has paid the fees for aquatic fish farm licenses and satisfied a court order for a citation he had received for not purchasing the licenses since 2007. Melburn Stocks of Willmar had been cited for a misdemeanor rule violation and appeared April 18 in District Court in Olivia. Court records indicated that he was placed on probation with the single requirement that he pay the annual license fees of $210 and then the matter would be dismissed. Stocks said the court had continued the matter for dismissal provided the license
OLIVIA -- The president of the state's largest fish farm was cited for not having an aquatic fish farm license by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Melburn Stocks of Willmar, president of Minaqua Fisheries Cooperative in Renville, appeared in district court in Olivia on April 18 for the misdemeanor rule violation. Court records indicate that Stocks told the court that he had acquired a fish farm license in 2007. He indicated that he had not been notified subsequently of the need to purchase a license each year. The court placed Stocks on probation.
MONTEVIDEO -- Denny Smith was a table-pounding teacher and coach in the mode of Vince Lombardi while with the Montevideo Schools from 1973 to 1978. "Those who know me from my coaching days say I wasn't always pleasant to be around,'' said Smith, laughing. He still likes to emphasize a point with a fist on the table, but Smith was back in Montevideo this week with a spirited presentation on a topic he would never have raised back in the 1970s.
If Ann Bancroft hasn't settled the matter once and for all, Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho certainly will. The two -- soon-to-be St.
RENVILLE -- As of this month, Renville County and the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative have been locked in litigation over the property taxes the cooperative pays for seven years running without resolution. The county's legal bills in the dispute to the law firm of Briggs and Morgan, of St. Paul, now total $1,243,774.46, and continue to grow.
OLIVIA -- Renville County is looking at banning smoking on its grounds. Members of the county's wellness committee presented the proposal Tuesday to the Board of Commissioners, arguing that it was a step toward protecting workers' health from secondhand smoke. It could also lead smokers to reduce their use of tobacco, and possibly nudge a few along the road toward quitting, added committee members Gail Miller, county recorder, and Michelle Breidenbach, coordinator with the Statewide Health Improvement Plan. "It's nasty,'' said Miller, a former smoker, of the secondhand smoke many now encoun
MONTEVIDEO -- Sanitary sewer service was restored Monday morning to the Smith Addition in Montevideo as the floodwaters of the Chippewa and Minnesota rivers continue to recede. Sanitary service was restored when the Minnesota River dropped to the 17-foot level, according to Steve Jones, Montevideo city manager. He said residents were being asked to limit water use for a few days.