Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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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.
MONTEVIDEO — More than 60 people of all ages took part as extras and volunteers in the shooting of a Uruguayan TV commercial in May in Montevideo. The Movistar cell phone and the Bombay Film company of Montevideo, Uruguay, (pop. 1.5 million) expressed amazement at the warm reception they encountered by everyone they met in their Sister City of Montevideo, Minnesota (pop. 5300).
OLIVIA — Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is aiming to remain in compliance with environmental regulations it anticipates will become more stringent in the years ahead. “We’ll watch it real close and keep an eye on the ball,’’ Gary Hamlin, vice president of operations for the cooperative, told the Renville County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have reached a settlement with the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative over water and air quality pollution violations. The cooperative has agreed to correct the violations and will pay more than $1.5 million in penalties.
MONTEVIDEO, Minnesota -- An Uruguayan film crew is seeking local men and women of all ages to casting call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to audition for a TV commercial that will be filmed in Montevideo. MNBombay Films of Montevideo, Uruguay, has issued a casting call to to western Minnesota residents who are interested in appearing in a commercial that will air on television throughout Uruguay, South America.
FRANKLIN, Minn. - Erik Lee Green, 34, of Franklin died when the All-Terrain-Vehicle he was driving struck a vehicle parked on the shoulder of a road in Franklin in Renville County at 7:33 p.m. on Thursday. The Renville County Sheriff’s Department reported that Green was driving the ATV on County Road 5, just to the south of Fifth Avenue in the City of Franklin. Responding EMS members of the Franklin Ambulance Service, North Memorial Ambulance of Redwood Falls and North Air Care attempted to resuscitate Green. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
ST. PAUL — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has filed a petition to join the appeal on the dismissal of charges in a widely reported GPS deer poaching case from Lac qui Parle County. Last month, District Judge Thomas Van Hon dismissed the 13 charges against Joshua Liebl, 38, of Dawson, for allegedly shooting two deer illegally. Authorities charged Liebl after placing a GPS device on his pickup truck.
MADISON, Minn. --Lac qui Parle County Attorney Richard Stulz has appealed a district court ruling dismissing 13 charges against a Dawson man for allegedly poaching deer in the county in...