Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA, Minn.—There was a point when Nathan Blad, CEO of the RC Hospitals and Clinics, might have seemed to be a prime candidate for nissen fundoplication, the surgery for acid reflux, or chronic heartburn. But his heartburn was acute and due entirely to the hospital's surgeon. Dr.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Ashley Connie Marie Valadez, 25, of Willmar, appeared in district court in Wednesday, Aug. 29, on a felony charge of false imprisonment and two felony charges of kidnapping along with gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. The court scheduled a pre-trial hearing for Nov. 29. Valdez and her boyfriend, Jose Agapito Sanchez, 21, face charges for allegedly keeping a juvenile in their apartment for at least two days against his will.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. - A central Minnesota woman appeared in district court in Litchfield on Wednesday on charges for allegedly smashing her pickup truck into the back of a pickup truck holding her ex-boyfriend, another woman, and their two children. Desirae Margaret Nelson, 22, of Dassel is charged with four felony charges of assault in the second degree and two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault. She is scheduled to return to court November 7 on the charges.
SPICER, Minn.—Jerome Jakobson's passion for fishing leads him to many of the region's best known waters, everywhere from Devil's Lake in North Dakota and Chamberlain on the Missouri River in South Dakota, to the waters of Lake Michigan at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. And when he lands his boat at any of these locations, there's a fish-cleaning station waiting for him so he can fillet his catch before returning home.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Just six days shy of the second anniversary of the day the body of Sandra Albrecht was buried, a judge's ruling ends her family's legal dispute over what happened at her gravesite — but not the family's division.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — For the first time in more years than any of them can remember, nine of the 11 Albrecht children were together with their father, John Wendell Albrecht.
APPLETON, Minn.—One of western Minnesota's largest ecosystem restoration projects is making "slow but steady progress,'' in the words of Walt Gessler, manager of the Lac qui Parle refuge with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the DNR are working to restore the ecological integrity of Marsh Lake, west of Appleton. The $12.93 million project aims to clear the turbid and largely rough-fish-dominated waters of the 5,000-acre lake in the Upper Minnesota River Valley.
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.—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. — A Willmar man faces a third-degree murder charge for allegedly selling the fentanyl that led to the overdose death of John Schlegel of Blomkest at age 24 on Nov. 4. Richard Michael Carl Houske, 29, was arraigned on the charge Thursday, March 15, in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar. The charge carries a potential sentence of 25 years in prison. District Judge David Mennis ordered bail set at $750,000 for release without conditions, or $200,000 for release with conditions.