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RENVILLE COUNTY

Madison Eklund has the winds under her wings now after battling the unrelenting current of a flooded Minnesota River and the severe weather that kept her off the water for days at a time. She aims to be the first solo kayaker to retrace the Fort Snelling to York Factory route made famous by Eric Sevareid and Walter Port and those who followed.
Two deaths were reported Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County. The body of Matthew James Wrobleski, 48, of Willmar, was discovered Sunday afternoon in a log jam between Franklin and Morton. Authorities also identified apparent drowning victim Lance Edward Scheer, 19, of Redwood Falls, who was pulled from the water after he had been swimming in the river near Vicksburg Park. Both incident are under investigation.
Two deaths were reported Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County. One body was discovered in a log jam between Franklin and Morton, while the second was a young male who had been swimming in the river near Vicksburg Park. Both are under investigation.
Summit Carbon Solutions has hosted six open house meetings in Minnesota for landowners along the proposed route of a pipeline to carry carbon dioxide. The No. 1 message from those meetings has been concern about drain tiles, company officials told the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners.

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Members of the Olivia community gathered Friday evening near where Isaac Hoff, 13, was killed early Thursday morning, to remember, grieve and try to understand how such a thing could happen. Hoff was killed after being stabbed, allegedly by his mother's boyfriend. Houston Morris has been charged with three felony counts of second-degree murder.
A 13-year-old boy died of a stab wound after being transported to the Olivia Hospital and Clinic on Thursday morning. His mother is recovering from injuries. A man known to the victim is in custody.
Author Chuck Brown of Olivia creates rural Minnesota characters and places that seem all too real, and are also funny, thanks to his knack for satire and humor. His hometown might be grateful that the Coen brothers had not discovered his writings when they created a movie which takes its name from a different locale.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals agrees with environmental groups that the Renville County waterway is a public water, and that an environmental assessment worksheet is mandatory due to a proposed project's potential environmental impacts.
A Craftsman-style bungalow built in 1910 in Bird Island has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Owned by the Bird Island Cultural Centre, the structure earned the spot on the list in April. After expected repairs are completed, it's hoped the building will be open to the public within the next two years.
A western Minnesota community hosted a 50-mile gravel bicycle race to introduce visitors to the scenery of the Minnesota River Valley and its quiet, back country roads. The Bluenose Gopher 50 Gravel Race underscores how gravel bike riding is growing in popularity with those who enjoy exploring the outdoors on the paths less traveled.

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An avid angler who grew up in Otter Tail County, Tom Kalahar started his career in conservation in Renville County 42 years ago. He intended to stay no more than a year, until he discovered the Minnesota River. He showed us why he stayed.
Michael Klatt was sentenced Monday in Renville County District Court to 15 years in prison for shooting a man in a Fairfax convenience store/service station in January. His victim has had multiple surgeries and still has a bullet lodged near his brain.
BIRD ISLAND, Minn. -- One of the country’s largest wind power developers is proposing to build a 100-megawatt wind farm in Renville County, which would be the largest wind project in the region.

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