Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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Just over a year ago, the Minnesota Department of Transportation completed a study of railroad crossings, ranking the risk of accidents with trains carrying highly volatile oil from the Bakken oil fields.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. - A Montevideo man is being evaluated for possible mental health issues after he allegedly made threats that led to temporary lockdowns at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital and Woodland Centers in Montevideo on Tuesday. He was reportedly upset after his request for a medical marijuana prescription was rejected by a doctor.
MADISON, Minn. --A twice-delayed case charging a Dawson, Minn., man with 13 game and fish violations for the taking of deer is on hold again.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Last year ice anglers enjoyed one of the earliest and best early season fishing that many could recall. This year, many are still wondering when the lakes will ice over. Most area lakes remain ice free, and very little in the way of ice fishing is being reported in the area. There have been reports of some anglers venturing out on Ringo Lake along U.S. Highway 71, and the waters of small lakes such as Tad in Atwater, according to Dave Coahran, fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Spicer.
A Franklin man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman in June at a campsite in Renville County.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn.-- Successful businesses know how to find a need in the market and fill it. Here's a big one: "There's a lack of quality craft beer in western Minnesota right now,'' said Nick Patton of Montevideo. He and partners John Skoglund and Phil Zachman aim to correct that as soon as this spring.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The driver of a vehicle that crossed the centerline and crashed into a school bus transporting young Head Start students on U.S. Highway 212 this summer near Granite Falls faces a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation - bodily harm and a gross misdemeanor charge of second-degree driving while impaired. Anthony James Blue, 33, of Bloomington, was arraigned on the Chippewa County charges Monday in District Court in Montevideo.
GRANITE FALLS - Two men are in custody and facing first degree drug charges after a bust in which over $20,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized, according to information from...
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. --Linda Boehme's family pleaded with the court for every possible "ounce of justice" by sentencing their mother's killer to the maximum possible in this case, and they received it Tuesday. District Judge Dwayne Knutsen sentenced Chad Laraby, 54, of Granite Falls, to serve 20 years in prison. Laraby had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder for the brutal, fatal beating of Boehme, 65, in her home March 16 in Granite Falls.
MARSHALL, Minn. -- Nova Tech Engineering and its 40 employees moved 10 years ago from a pole shed on the west end of Willmar to the park-like setting of the Minnesota West Technology Campus. It now boasts 144 employees and an annual growth rate of 20 percent, but only because it is meeting the challenge of recruiting the skilled employees it needs.