Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — Anita Flowe was one of very few women pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering when she earned hers in 1983 at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. As a white woman, she was a minority student on campus when she earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, America's largest historically black college or university.
WILLMAR — Dave Baker talks like a football player wanting to get back on the field while there's still time on the clock as he campaigns for a third term as the state representative for District 17B. "I want to keep doing this job until I feel like I'm not making a difference anymore,'' the Willmar Republican told the West Central Tribune. "I want to be one of those guys who carries a lot of water for the team. I want to carry bills.''
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office is investigating as a homicide the death of a 24-year-old man whose body was found Wednesday east of Willmar, Sheriff Dan Hartog reported late Friday afternoon. The victim has been tentatively identified as David Medellin Jr., of Willmar, and the manner of death ruled a homicide, according to the sheriff. The cause of death was not disclosed. The victim is known to law enforcement for a criminal history including convictions for a stabbing in Chippewa County in 2013 and an assault in Kandiyohi County in 2015.
WILLMAR - The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is investigating as a homicide the death of a 24-year-old man whose body was found Wednesday east of Willmar, Sheriff Dan Hartog reported late Friday afternoon. The victim has been tentatively identified as David Medellin Jr., of Willmar, and the cause of death ruled a homicide, according to the sheriff. The manner of death was not disclosed.
WILLMAR — Amy Monson, 42, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge for allegedly sending a threatening message to a man who had been charged along with her brother, Chad Monson, on firearms charges. Amy Monson entered a guilty plea Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree tampering with a witness. She had originally been charged with a felony count of first-degree tampering with a witness.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office is expecting to receive preliminary results Friday morning from an autopsy being conducted on the body found Wednesday afternoon in a farm field east of Willmar. Sheriff Dan Hartog said Thursday that his office had no new information to provide on the case until the results of the autopsy are received. He is hoping to receive positive identification of the individual Friday morning as well.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Thursday that it has identified H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a Stearns County turkey flock, making it the second case found this season. The low pathogenic avian influenza was detected in a Kandiyohi County turkey flock on Oct. 19.
CLARA CITY — Ever so often Hollywood puts out images of Minnesota for the nation to see with movies like "Grumpy Old Men" and "Fargo." Now, it's students at the MACCRAY High School who get a turn at painting images of Minnesota for the nation. They chose more iconic images, everything from the Split Rock Lighthouse and Paul Bunyan and Babe to walleyes, loons and lady slipper flowers.
WILLMAR — Children in the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA child care center in Willmar showed off their Halloween costumes Wednesday morning and treated staff at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building to song and laughter. In turn, staff treated them to candy and healthy snacks. The day care center is located in the lower level of the building, and the children paraded upstairs for the Halloween fun.
WILLMAR — The Court of Appeals has affirmed the convictions of Layne Allen Gerhardson, 52, of attempted first-degree aggravated robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault. In a ruling issued on Monday, the Court of Appeals rejected claims by Gerhardson of prosecutorial misconduct and abuse by the Kandiyohi County District Court in denying his request for a hearing to determine whether the jury's verdicts were the result of misconduct.