Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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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. The "intruder" was a six-point buck, and the business place was Johnson Fur on South Highway 71, where workers are in the process of handling thousands of deer hides harvested in the last two weeks. "It was something else,'' said business owner Scott Johnson. He took a set of six-point antlers to the ribs and stomach. Johnson said he had a few tender ribs today, but otherwise was OK.
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.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. – Described at the time as believing the city had “a conspiracy going against him,” the former mayor of Watson pleaded guilty earlier this month to breaking into...
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.