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Tom Cherveny

Reporter / Outdoors

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoors reporter for the West Central Tribune.
He has been with the West Central Tribune since 1993. 320-214-4335

MACCRAY School Board members approved preparing bid specifications for the demolition of elementary schools in Raymond and Maynard, but will save the gym, four classrooms and restrooms in Raymond. The Maynard facility can be spared the wrecking ball if the city and Chippewa County reach a deal before demolition bids are awarded, likely in June.
The late Jerry Anderson bequeathed money and land in his estate to the Calvary Lutheran Church of Willmar. The church rented the land out for several years, but in December put it for auction and watched as the 416 acres sold for $4.5 million.
The Renville County Board of Commissioners at its next meeting will take up a proposal for a monetary bonus for county employees. The bonus is being considered to promote workforce retention and to show appreciation to employees.
The city of Olivia and the Izaak Walton League raised concerns about a proposal to improve an agricultural drainage line outletting into County Ditch 63. The city is concerned that the increased carrying capacity could increase the potential for water backups affecting the city's wastewater treatment plant.
An opportunity to lead youth on outdoor adventures is waiting for the person who answers the call to lead the Crow River Trail Guards in Paynesville as its first paid director. For 30 years, the Trail Guards have maintained the trails along the North Fork of the Crow River while joining for adventures ranging from whitewater rafting and wilderness camping to overseas bicycle trips.
The vote appointing Randy Kramer as chair of the Renville County Board of Commissioners came nearly one year to the day after a cancer diagnosis. Kramer was the expected nominee one year ago, but then-board chair Bob Fox agreed to a second year in the role.
The Milan Village Arts School is campaigning to purchase and preserve the Karen Jenson Trestuen Garden Gallery in Milan. The home of rosemaling artist Karen Jenson is described as "a masterpiece of design, color and Scandinavian art." It's the fruit of more than 50 years of her art, as well as a friendship with uniquely talented twin brothers Aaron and Arvid Swenson of rural Flom, Minnesota.
Sibley State Park and the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center will be the site for "Volksmarches" hosted by the Northstar Trail Travelers. The club invites anyone who enjoys walking and making friends to join them for this opportunity to discover the beauty we enjoy in our own backyard.
Natural curiosity is all it took to lead this outdoor enthusiast on a journey of exploration. Nicole Zempel has turned her passion for all things natural into art while also introducing others to the natural world through presentations on foraging and cooking with native plants and mushrooms.
The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company began operations 25 years ago as among the first ethanol plants in Minnesota. It was launched as a pioneer of the Minnesota model: A farmer-owned cooperative producing value added earnings for corn growers.