Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture issued a consumer advisory on Friday, Oct. 19, for apple cider produced and distributed by Sunnyside Orchards of Pennock. The Sunnyside Orchards Apple Cider produced by the company was inadequately processed and stored at improper temperatures which would allow for harmful bacteria to grow. All cider produced since August 31, 2018 is affected. The cider was sold in both gallon and half-gallon containers. A photo of the label is provided. There have been no reports of illness associated with these products.
OLIVIA — An electrical contractor in Olivia is accused of tapping into the Olivia Municipal Utilities electrical distribution system and using an electrical panel in a hidden room to obtain free electricity to air condition his home. A criminal complaint filed in District Court in Renville County alleges that Roger Bradley Ridler, 41, of Olivia, told police he had tapped into the power before it reached his meter, in part because the city would not give him a rebate for lighting several years earlier.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — The former administrator of the Luther Haven nursing home in Montevideo in western Minnesota faces a charge of felony theft. Tamara Noel Borstad, 46, of Appleton, is accused of using the nursing home's credit card and taking cash from its safe to use for gambling. The nursing home calculates it lost $38,812 in money taken and not paid back, including fees and charges, according to a criminal complaint filed Sept. 19 in Chippewa County District Court.
WATSON, Minn.—A century before MapQuest or Google Maps were invented, motorists using one of the country's first coast-to-coast highways followed the "Yellowstone Trail" by watching for chrome yellow markers with an arrow pointing the way to Yellowstone National Park. Two artists are looking to bring those markers back. They started in the small town of Watson, in Chippewa County, with hopes that someday a new rendition of these markers will return to a route that originally ran from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound.
OLIVIA, Minn.—There was a point when Nathan Blad, CEO of the RC Hospitals and Clinics, might have seemed to be a prime candidate for nissen fundoplication, the surgery for acid reflux, or chronic heartburn. But his heartburn was acute and due entirely to the hospital's surgeon. Dr.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn.—The problem of finding affordable housing in rural Minnesota has hit home for the mayor of Montevideo. Mayor Debra Lee Fader has decided to withdraw as a candidate for re-election. She hasn't been able to find an affordable home to buy or an apartment to rent since she and her husband, Bradley, sold the Sportsmen's Inn, the motel business they operated in Montevideo.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Ashley Connie Marie Valadez, 25, of Willmar, appeared in district court in Wednesday, Aug. 29, on a felony charge of false imprisonment and two felony charges of kidnapping along with gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. The court scheduled a pre-trial hearing for Nov. 29. Valdez and her boyfriend, Jose Agapito Sanchez, 21, face charges for allegedly keeping a juvenile in their apartment for at least two days against his will.
OLIVIA, Minn. - A trial is scheduled to start Wednesday, Sept. 5, for a central Minnesota man accused of grabbing the steering wheel of a car driven by his girlfriend and causing an accident that severely injured the woman, as well as himself, while causing minor injuries to five children also in the vehicle. Damon Wiederhoft, 29, of Hector, formerly of Cosmos, returned to district court in Renville County on Thursday on felony charges of assault in the first degree and criminal vehicular operation as well as four gross misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn.—The Montevideo Police Department has essentially wrapped up its investigation into a shooting and suicide, according to Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher. David Dale Schwartz, 55, was waiting inside when Angela Marie Haugerud, 41, arrived home on July 10. As she attempted to run out the front door, he shot her twice in the back before turning the gun on himself. The confrontation took place over the course of just a minute or two, with no chance for Haugerud to get help or for anyone to intervene, according to Christopher.
BIRD ISLAND, Minn.—A two-hour visit of the Stanley Cup to Bird Island attracted visitors Monday afternoon, July 23, from both ends of Minnesota and beyond, easily doubling if not tripling the population of the Renville County community of roughly 1,000 people. "How many people? A lot," said Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable who, like everyone else, could only guess how many people lined up for a 10-second opportunity to stand by the National Hockey League championship trophy and have their photo taken.