Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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BIRD ISLAND — A small west-central Minnesota town of just over 1,000 residents will get to see the Stanley Cup, thanks to the Washington Capitals head trainer.
RAYMOND, Minn.—After nearly 118 years of publication, The Raymond/Prinsburg News is no more. The weekly newspaper serving the communities of Raymond and Prinsburg in Kandiyohi County delivered the news in its final edition July 4. "It was a very hard decision,'' said Ted Almen, who along with his wife, Kari Jo, have published The News since they acquired it just over 20 years ago.
APPLETON, Minn.—One of western Minnesota's largest ecosystem restoration projects is making "slow but steady progress,'' in the words of Walt Gessler, manager of the Lac qui Parle refuge with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the DNR are working to restore the ecological integrity of Marsh Lake, west of Appleton. The $12.93 million project aims to clear the turbid and largely rough-fish-dominated waters of the 5,000-acre lake in the Upper Minnesota River Valley.
REDWOOD FALLS — An Olivia man faces a second-degree manslaughter charge after a 100-year-old woman died as a result of injuries she suffered after falling while in his care at the Sunwood Good Samaritan Center in Redwood Falls. Francisco Javier Ramirez, 29, appeared Thursday in Redwood County District Court on felony charges of second-degree manslaughter and criminal neglect, and gross misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of a resident and criminal neglect. The court ordered bail at $90,000 without conditions and $60,000 with conditions.
SPICER — Governor Mark Dayton led his boatmates by catching three of the eight largemouth bass they landed and released on the fishing opener on Green Lake in Spicer on Saturday morning, May 12, but there was not a walleye to be had. Their guide never wetted a line, but came back with the biggest prize, if it can be counted as a keeper when the legislature goes back to work Monday. Willmar Lakes Area Host Kelly Morrell won an informal pledge of support from the governor and his boatmates to fund the Trunk Highway 23 four-lane "gaps" between New London and Paynesville.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — A dark foreboding led Roman Vishniac to risk his life to photograph the lives of Jewish children in Nazi-occupied villages in eastern Europe on the eve of World War II.
OLIVIA, Minn. — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed child pornography convictions against a 32-year-old man in a Renville County case after ruling that a search warrant that gave investigators access to his cellphone was invalid. Daryll Gene Cagle, currently of West Frankfort, Ill., was convicted Feb. 27, 2017, in Renville County District Court on charges for possessing pornographic work involving a minor, soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct, and distributing electronic communication material describing sexual conduct to a child.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn.—Paula Kerger has led the Public Broadcasting Service for the past 12 years as its president and CEO amid much turmoil in the media world.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Not being the kind of guy who is willing to throw up his hands and say "there's nothing we can do" about aquatic invasive species, Mark Johnson went back to school. He attended a one-day workshop and completed a self-paced, online course to become an AIS Detector as offered by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and the University of Minnesota Extension.
SPICER, Minn.—We only have to look back at 2013 to know just how long the ice can stick around. That year, the winter ice cover on Green Lake held on until May 8 or just a little more than a day before the fishing opener. Will Green Lake be ice free when it hosts the 2018 Governor's Fishing Opener on May 12? "My guess is it will be open. We'll have open water,'' said Greg Melges, of Mel's Sports and Bait Shop of Spicer. But he quickly added to be clear, "That's my guess.''