Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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Two soldiers were injured when the Humvee in which Army Sgt. Jesse Lhotka was riding left a roadway and overturned in Baghdad, Iraq, on Feb. 21, 2005. Lhotka, 1st Lt. Jason Timmerman and Sgt. David Day were carrying the second injured soldier on a stretcher to a helicopter when an improvised explosive device detonated. All were killed. Army Sgt.
GRANITE FALLS -- A proposal to expand the Granite Falls municipal library and senior citizen center continues to win support from the City Council. The council approved action this week to pursue a capital bonding request for the proposal. The proposal calls for expanding both floors of the building that now houses the library and senior citizens center.
MONTEVIDEO -- The city of Montevideo is seeing the benefits of highly competitive bids for its wastewater treatment plant expansion as it finalizes funding for the project. The City Council took action at its regular meeting Monday to issue $10,379,466 in general obligation notes through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority.
ECHO -- Kurt Arner was working on a horse-powered dairy farm near Viroqua, Wis., liked what he saw, and traded in his BMW for his own horses. "It was a good trade," said Arner of his 1978 swap. He's been relying on horsepower ever since. His stable of seven Belgian and Belgian-cross horses provide the power on his small farm outside of Montevideo.
WILLMAR -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement he will not seek a third term didn't really catch area legislators by surprise, but its timing has them buzzing. "It's a reality check for those of us in the Republican party,'' said Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck.
SUNBURG -- Bill Clausen devoted most of his 25 year career with the U.S. Forest Service to fighting fires. ''I've been just about everywhere,'' said Clausen of years that included lots of adrenalin-pumping moments. Once, he and his fellow fire fighters survived a California conflagration by taking shelter in a gravel pit as a wall of flames roared overhead. For the past six years, Clausen has been setting fires with the U.S.
SUNBURG -- Managing prescribed burns on a modern landscape requires lots of planning and preparation, but things still don't always go as expected. That's why prescribed burns are conducted by specially trained workers, and why the experience of someone like Bill Clausen- who devoted much of his career to fighting wild fires- can be so important. Like every prescribed burn, the May 6 burn on the Freeze Waterfowl Production Area in northern Kandiyohi County was years in the making. Scott Glup, project manager with the U.S.
RENVILLE -- If U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., was to grade himself on his accomplishments in Congress, it would be an "F," he told students Thursday at the Renville County West High School in Renville. It wasn't for a lack of effort, however.
MONTEVIDEO -- While hundreds of National Guard troops from west central Minnesota are deployed in Iraq, an Iraqi-American came calling to introduce children to the country. Sami Rasouli, director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, told a small gathering Monday in Montevideo how he is working to promote a letter writing exchange between Iraqi school children and their counterparts in the U.S.
WILLMAR -- There are lots of ways to remember Erwin Rau. The former mayor of Willmar was also a conservationist, devoted church member, a successful businessman, and always, a gentleman, according to those who knew him best. Rau might prefer being remembered most of all simply as an American. Rau died Wednesday at age 101. Rau, who served as Willmar's mayor from 1959 to 62, grew up the son of immigrant parents on a farm north of Appleton.