Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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SPICER — Governor Mark Dayton led his boatmates by catching three of the eight largemouth bass they landed and released on the fishing opener on Green Lake in Spicer on Saturday morning, May 12, but there was not a walleye to be had. Their guide never wetted a line, but came back with the biggest prize, if it can be counted as a keeper when the legislature goes back to work Monday. Willmar Lakes Area Host Kelly Morrell won an informal pledge of support from the governor and his boatmates to fund the Trunk Highway 23 four-lane "gaps" between New London and Paynesville.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — A dark foreboding led Roman Vishniac to risk his life to photograph the lives of Jewish children in Nazi-occupied villages in eastern Europe on the eve of World War II.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn.—Paula Kerger has led the Public Broadcasting Service for the past 12 years as its president and CEO amid much turmoil in the media world.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Not being the kind of guy who is willing to throw up his hands and say "there's nothing we can do" about aquatic invasive species, Mark Johnson went back to school. He attended a one-day workshop and completed a self-paced, online course to become an AIS Detector as offered by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and the University of Minnesota Extension.
SPICER, Minn.—We only have to look back at 2013 to know just how long the ice can stick around. That year, the winter ice cover on Green Lake held on until May 8 or just a little more than a day before the fishing opener. Will Green Lake be ice free when it hosts the 2018 Governor's Fishing Opener on May 12? "My guess is it will be open. We'll have open water,'' said Greg Melges, of Mel's Sports and Bait Shop of Spicer. But he quickly added to be clear, "That's my guess.''
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. - Friends, family and the Paynesville community celebrated the lives of Wilbert "Wilie" and Gloria Scheel exactly the way the couple wanted.
BENSON, Minn. — Lynn Geyer packed a Suburban with so many donated goods that it brought tears to the eyes of employees at the Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street in Minneapolis when she delivered them Wednesday, March 28. That was all for the good. Geyer reported that the employees were "beyond grateful for all the donations, even overwhelmed with tears." The donations were all in honor of the seven students and driver from the Hancock Public School who were injured when their van struck a semi March 12 at a rural Swift County intersection.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn.—You can't fight city hall, but soon, you might be able to infiltrate it. That's kind of what Ashley Hanson is up to, and she has the formal approval of the powers that be in Granite Falls to do it. City Council members recently approved a proposal by Hanson to pursue funding and create an artist-in-residency project that would embed an artist in the city.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Kandiyohi County has filed a felony charge of tampering with a witness in the first degree against the sister of Chad Monson, who is in custody on firearms and explosives charges. Amy Lynn Monson, 42, of Burnsville, appeared Friday, March 16, in District Court after having been taken into custody on a warrant issued by Kandiyohi County.
WILLMAR, Minn. — State Rep. Dave Baker of Willmar applauded the work of local law enforcement in bringing charges against a suspect in the Nov. 4 overdose death of John Schlegel, 24, of Blomkest. Richard Michael Carl Houske, 29, was arraigned Thursday, March 15, on third-degree murder charges for allegedly selling the fentanyl that led to Schlegel's death.