Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Skyrocketing costs for placing juvenile offenders in out-of-home facilities persuaded a western Minnesota county in 2002 that it was time to do something different. Yellow Medicine County took advantage of state funding to launch a restorative justice program. Victims, offenders and community members join in circles as part of a traditional, Native American approach to justice aimed at healing, accountability and behavior change.
MONTEVIDEO — A Chippewa County jury has awarded a total of $10,199,000 in a civil lawsuit brought by a 42-year-old woman who alleged that her father had sexually abused her when she was a child.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. – Unresolved negotiations to continue the services of a longtime surgeon at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital have stirred up anxieties, a challenge to how the public facility is managed, and public disclosure of a $2.4 million settlement with a surgeon formerly with the facility. The publicly owned hospital and chief surgeon Dr. Eleazar Briones have been in negotiations since June over a contract that expires at year’s end.
MARSHALL, Minn. — Growing income disparity has created an "opportunity gap'' that is putting the American dream out of reach for many of today's young people, including those who call southwest Minnesota their home. "A social and cultural shift is occurring throughout our region,'' said Robert Thurston, chairman of the Southwest Initiative Foundation board of directors. "It's no longer out of sight, out of mind.''
MADISON, Minn. — Lac qui Parle County has overhauled how employee work hours in the Sheriff's Office are managed after bringing in an outside investigator to identify weaknesses in the system. Attorney and investigator Michelle Soldo in a report received recently by the West Central Tribune and delivered to a personnel subcommittee of the County Board of Commissioners in April identified seven areas where she recommended action. The issues varied.
MORTON, Minn. – In his search for ghosts, Adrian Lee has ventured into the depths of a Lake Superior freighter on a three-dog night, sloshed through knee-deep water and oil...
CLARKFIELD, Minn. — There are lots of ways to measure the changes of the past 100 years, but ask those who have witnessed them and you will learn that what matters most hasn't really changed. The Clarkfield Care Center held a party Wednesday in honor of four centenarians who make their home there, a day that also happened to be the birthdays for two of them: Angie Lee, 110, and Eunice Anderson, 105. Sharing the spotlight as family and friends gathered were Elise Husby, 101, and Grace Larson, 100.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Kandiyohi County is definitely not the place you want to be in the days before Thanksgiving if you are a turkey. Unless, that is, you are a colorful bird and happen to make your roost on Kornell Erickson's farm a few miles south of Willmar. His 40 turkeys are all heritage birds. They are safe from the fate that awaits other turkeys in the county that raises and processes more of these birds than any other in the nation. "I just really enjoy having 'em around,'' said Erickson, age 78. "I never feel I am alone.''
WILLMAR — A daytime intruder head-butted a rural Willmar business owner, jumped over counters and tipped over boxes before fleeing out of the door in which he arrived on Wednesday...
NEW YORK — It's estimated that one of every three rows of corn raised in western Minnesota is exported overseas. Some of those rows on Richard and Rachel Quenemoen's farm in Lac qui Parle County are now devoted to raising popcorn. It is shipped for sale in New York City. Their son Bjorn Quenemoen and business partner Jamie O'Shea harness the power of the sun to pop the Lac qui Parle County-grown popcorn. They flavor it with a nutritional yeast introduced to Quenemoen by his best friend's parents while he was growing up on the family farm near Dawson.