A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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RAYMOND, Minn. — After explaining how technology-driven, prescription fertilizer methods make economic and environmental sense because fewer chemicals are applied to farmland, Noah Hultgren invited Matt Dean to climb into the cab of a John Deere combine. Even though there was too much snow to harvest corn and the combine was in a heated shop, Dean got the rundown on how the mammoth machine operates and then followed Hultgren outside to see a grain dryer that was reducing the moisture content of already harvested corn.
HECTOR, Minn. — A Willmar, Minnesota, man is in jail after leading law enforcement on a 21-mile, high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle Saturday, Oct. 7. Jeremy Nordberg, 25, was arrested four hours later in a cornfield near Hector after officers used a drone, a K-9 officer and State Patrol helicopter to get him to emerge from the field. He is being held in the Renville County Jail pending a court appearance on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer, driving after revocation and possession of drug paraphernalia.
PENNOCK — Like kids eager to get on a merry-go-round for a fun ride — and just as eager to get off with the promise of a treat when they get back home — one by one 7,500 dairy cows quickly step onto the milking carousel at Meadow Star Dairy. A cow steps onto the carousel every 4.5 seconds as three workers quickly wash udders and attach automated milking machines.
WILLMAR — Two days of early morning frost over the weekend in central Minnesota may cause problems for early planted crops. Reports of damage vary in the region — and it will take another day or two to determine what the true impact will be — but so far it looks like most crops escaped serious harm. Some crops, however, may have to be replanted.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The snow that hit the state last week led to a deadly weekend on snow-covered, icy Minnesota roads and numerous crashes on city streets and county roads. The Minnesota State Patrol reported Sunday that five people died in crashes over the weekend, including a South Dakota man who was killed Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on the edge of Willmar.
WILLMAR –– Heavy storms last night that dumped as much as eight inches of rain on already saturated fields, roads and basements is causing more problems in west central Minnesota communities. There are reports of standing water on roads in several counties, including Yellow Medicine, Chippewa and Renville counties, with at least one road washed out northeast of Granite Falls. What’s worse is that more rain is in the forecast for today, which has prompted the National Weather Service in Chanhassen to issue flood and flash flood warnings for much of the region. The weather ser
SPICER –– When Jason Mueller opened an Italian restaurant in Morris eight years ago, he was chided for thinking that dishes he made — like scallopini, marsala, wild mushroom pancetta or butternut squash ravioli and lobster — would find an audience in the heart of rural Minnesota. He proved his critics wrong and has since opened three Bello Cucina restaurants in rural Minnesota, including his latest in Spicer. “We wanted to bring the nicer, high-end food that you would find in the metro area to rural Minnesota, without the expense,” he said. He is owner and serves as execu
WILLMAR – Several stretches of state highways in west central Minnesota are still closed to traffic this morning and travel is hazardous. Travelers should plan accordingly, said the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT closed roads last night because of blowing snow, ice and stalled vehicles and conditions have not improved. Crews are out this morning working to open highways but MnDOT gave no indication when traffic would be allowed on the roads. It is illegal to travel on state highways that are closed. Highways still closed include:
WILLMAR – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no unnecessary travel in the Willmar, Granite Falls, Montevideo, Madison, Olivia and Redwood Falls areas today because of blizzard conditions. High winds are resulting in blowing snow and reduced visibility. There are several accidents on state highways in the region that are resulting in temporary road closures but MnDOT says it does not anticipate shutting down highways because of the weather.
WILLMAR – Rapidly changing weather conditions has put much of west central Minnesota, including Stevens County, under a blizzard warning that will continue until midnight.