Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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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.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Just six days shy of the second anniversary of the day the body of Sandra Albrecht was buried, a judge's ruling ends her family's legal dispute over what happened at her gravesite — but not the family's division.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — For the first time in more years than any of them can remember, nine of the 11 Albrecht children were together with their father, John Wendell Albrecht.
BIRD ISLAND, Minn. — Harry Truman held the highest office in the land, yet was always proud to boast that the small town of Independence, Missouri, was his home. And so it is for Brian Sheehan, who will soon be leading Lions International, with 1.47 million members in over 47,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Bird Island is home for Sheehan, and he is more than happy to tell others about it. "We just love this community. I talk about it globally," said Sheehan of the town of about 1,000 people.