Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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CLARA CITY - Just as Clara City launches an initiative to revitalize its commercial district, it learns of a new challenge. Keaveny Korner Drug of Clara City will be closing its doors for a final time Aug. 1, owners Deborah and Kelly Keaveny announced in a letter sent to customers earlier this month.
LITCHFIELD - Two 16-year-old boys suspected in a series of thefts in the Star Lake area of Greenleaf Township in Meeker County are in custody, the Meeker County Sheriff's Department...
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo are moving forward with plans to build a new fire hall, and expand the city police and administrative offices into the space that would be freed up. The city conducted a public hearing Monday night on the proposal to build a new fire hall, and the council heard no opposition, said City Manager Steve Jones. Council members agreed to move the plans forward, but must allow a 30-day waiting period. If there are citizens opposed to the project, they have the time to gather signatures for a petition to challenge it.
MURDOCK -- East Dublin Dairy is happy to keep a "quiet" profile in Swift County. Its location in Dublin Township south of Murdock was chosen in large part because neighbors are few. Yet as nearly 2,000 visitors to the dairy learned at an open house last week, there's really no hiding the economic impact of one of the state's larger dairy operations. East Dublin Dairy employs nearly 50 full-time workers, according to David Yost, a co-owner in the venture and manager of the East Dublin and neighboring West Dublin Dairy.
SPICER — If Minnesota is to be successful in saving its disappearing prairie and grasslands, we’ll know it first in Kandiyohi County. The state’s $3.5 billion Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan...
CLARA CITY -- Residents in the MACCRAY school district will be making one of their biggest decisions since the Clara City, Maynard and Raymond districts consolidated in 1989. Should the district invest $20 million to build a new elementary school attached to the high school in Clara City, and close the elementary schools in Maynard and Raymond? Or, should the district upgrade its two elementary schools, each of which needs just over $9 million in upgrades?
Just after completing inpatient treatment last week, a young woman had this to tell Mike Schiks: " ' I wish I'd have come here sooner. I didn't know that I would learn to laugh again.' And what's that worth? A lot to me,'' said Schiks, CEO of Project Turnabout. GRANITE FALLS -- Project Turnabout plans to break ground this September on an estimated $5 million expansion to its residential treatment campus on the western edge of Granite Falls, according to Mike Schiks, CEO.
GRANITE FALLS -- In 1958, or two years after Metropolitan Stadium was erected for the Minneapolis Millers, citizens in Granite Falls voted to build the Manor nursing home for elderly in need of long-term care. Metropolitan Stadium went down in 1985. It's now time to replace the Granite Falls Manor nursing home, the board of directors for the municipal hospital and nursing home has decided.
UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY -- The Rev. Fern Cloud never had any doubts that just a few weeks after the school year ended, youth in the Upper Sioux Community could be brought back into the learning mode for four straight days. "Are you kidding?'' said Cloud, pastor of the Pejuhutazizi Presbyterian Church, when asked if she had any worries about attracting youths to a summer learning camp.
GRANITE FALLS -- Thunderstorms swooped down in the middle of the night on 18 unsuspecting campers, with winds strong enough to pull some tents from their stakes and rain enough to soak most of the party. Some traditions never change.