Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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RAYMOND - A pheasant hunter heard the cries for help from a lost girl and came to the rescue as a large-scale search for her was underway Saturday outside of Raymond. Daniel Kiecker, a volunteer firefighter from Lake Lillian, discovered the 9-year-old girl as he was hunting around 6:43 p.m. Saturday in a corn field near the 14000 block of 45th Avenue Southwest, Raymond, according to information from Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog.
MONTEVIDEO - Gov. Mark Dayton has now gone six years in a row without a bird in the Governor's Pheasant Opener he started, and he was upped this year by his lieutenant governor. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith who bagged her first pheasant ever as she joined the governor and 75 other hunters for the Governor's Pheasant Opener hosted Saturday by the community of Montevideo. "Judge (Dwayne) Knutsen said it was homicide. I could have been charged,'' laughed Smith of the clean kill as verified by her hunting partner, a district judge in Yellow Medicine County.
NEW LONDON, Minn.—Success in the waterfowl blind starts months before the season opens. Just ask Mike Benjamin. He makes a practice of watching and especially, listening to waterfowl as they interact during the spring migration. It's where he learns the vocabulary of ducks and geese, which he uses to his advantage when calling them to his blinds come autumn. It also helps explains why Benjamin is now a two-time Minnesota state champion duck caller.
ST. PAUL—A former executive of a Minnesota-based industrial contracting firm will serve a 78-month sentence in the federal prison system for embezzling over $5.7 million over eight years from her former employer. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank sentenced Kirsten Tjosaas on Tuesday to the maximum sentence as recommended by federal guidelines for her convictions on federal wire fraud and money laundering charges.
CLINTON, Minn.—The small town of Clinton has not forgotten its native son for his bravery in the service of country. It's hoping the nation will not either. Residents in the Big Stone County community are joining an online petition by Homeland Magazine calling for retired Navy Captain E. Royce Williams to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The petition drive is seeking 100,000 signatures by month's end.
MINNEAPOLIS—A Bird Island woman who has served as a caregiver to her two grandchildren and described as honest and giving to others will serve 42 months in federal prison for stealing $1.7 million from her former employer.
WILLMAR -- Kerkhoven pilot Loren Larson was making an instrumental landing system approach to a runway at the La Crosse Regional Airport in Wisconsin when his single engine Mooney M20P airplane crashed, according to a preliminary report of the July 28 fatal accident released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Larson, 55, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash, which occurred about 11:38 a.m. July 28 in a cornfield near Holmen in the northern portion of La Crosse County, Wisconsin.
APPLETON — Legislation to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton was met by angry protesters at its most important hearing, amendments from the floor to kill it, and public opposition from the state's employees union. And this was in the House, where the legislation authored by Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, advanced to a conference committee but died there. In the Senate, the chair of the Judiciary Committee never allowed the companion bill by Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, to be heard.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- The combined effect of being over the weight limit of the plane and gusty wind conditions caused the crash of an ultralight aircraft Sept. 7, 2014, in western Minnesota that took the lives of two brothers. The National Transportation Safety Board cited those two factors as the probable cause of the accident in a report released June 29. The crash took the lives of Mark Orville Schultz, 52, of Sleepy Eye, and Steven John Schultz, 51, of Brooklyn Center.
The search for ways to keep nitrates out of the state’s waters has led researchers to the shores of Lake Wakanda in Kandiyohi County, where summer algae blooms speak to the importance of this quest.