Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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ST. PAUL—A coalition of religious and civil rights organizations will continue to oppose legislation that calls for the State of Minnesota to lease or purchase the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton.
OLIVIA, Minn. — The Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected a bid by a Renville County defendant for a reduction of his 415-month prison sentence for second-degree murder. The court rejected the argument by Dwayne Case, 31, that the sentence "exaggerates his criminality" in a ruling issued Monday, March 13. The court also said it found "no compelling circumstances'' to reverse the sentence.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Amy Rager spotted the first drops of sap seeping from a wound on the sugar maple tree on her Chippewa County farm, and was in disbelief. It was the last week of January. As the director of the University of Minnesota Extension's Master Naturalist program, she keeps an eye on the natural progression of seasons in Minnesota. This is one that tops the charts. She tapped her favorite maple and started collecting sap to boil for syrup, the earliest ever in her experience. "By a month,'' Rager said.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Project Turnabout was termed a "pioneer" when it opened its doors to help compulsive gamblers 25 years ago. It still is. Nearly 4,000 people have been helped by the Vanguard program for compulsive gamblers ever since, but this remains pioneering work. There have been lessons learned in how best to help those in need, but otherwise, only incremental gains have been made in responding to what many term the "silent addiction,'' according to today's team at the Vanguard program.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Skyrocketing costs for placing juvenile offenders in out-of-home facilities persuaded a western Minnesota county in 2002 that it was time to do something different. Yellow Medicine County took advantage of state funding to launch a restorative justice program. Victims, offenders and community members join in circles as part of a traditional, Native American approach to justice aimed at healing, accountability and behavior change.
MILAN, Minn. -- Milan's Micronesian community in west-central Minnesota is reaching a tipping point in its American experience, right at a challenging time. It sweeps this tiny community into the...
ST. PAUL — Road construction season is starting early in Minnesota this year and, no different than in recent years, without the funds needed to meet all of the needs...
WILLMAR — Stating that he’s not going to allow Minnesota to become “another Flint, Michigan on a larger geographic scale,’’ Gov. Mark Dayton vowed he would continue to fight for...
WILLMAR — More than three decades ago, the founders of Pheasants Forever gathered under a big tent that Doug Lovander erected on his property on Eagle Lake and brokered the...
OLIVIA — A Franklin man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman with an arrow in June at a campsite in Renville County. Dwayne Case, 29, of Franklin, entered a...