Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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APPLETON — There's frustration in Appleton over the latest salvo in the debate over the shuttered Prairie Correctional Facility, but the community remains committed to urging legislators to support a state purchase of the facility, according to Dan Tosel, the city's new mayor. Tosel said the community is working with local legislators and is hoping for an opportunity to make its case for a state purchase during this legislative session.
APPLETON — The Swift County Board of Commissioners is taking another try at winning state support for reopening the Appleton prison. The commissioners informally agreed at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, that they would seek support for reopening the shuttered, privately owned prison. They instructed County Administrator Kelsey Baker to launch the effort with letters to neighboring counties asking for their support.
BENSON — A district court order is possibly the final word in over four years of litigation between the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company and Glacial Plains Cooperative, both of Benson. District Judge Charles Glasrud ruled last week that a "reasonable time" had elapsed in the contract which had made GPC the exclusive corn handler for the ethanol company. That makes it possible for CVEC to terminate its contract with GPC, which it had originally sought to do when the litigation began in 2014.
BENSON — The city of Benson told the Public Utilities Commission it will not support a co-location proposal by the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company and BioPro for the former Fibrominn property. In a Nov. 30 letter to the PUC, the city stated it has denied the request by the companies for support.
BENSON, Minn - Until its closing this year, the former Fibrominn plant put Benson on the map as home to a one-of-a-kind power plant, the only one in the country d
BENSON — City officials in Benson will be learning soon how much of the former Benson Power biomass facility will be dismantled and removed, but they are hoping that a large portion remains. The city is supporting a bid by a company in San Francisco, California, to purchase the fuel hall building, along with the administrative building and smaller, ancillary buildings on the campus in Benson.
ORTONVILLE — Anglers have through the day Monday, Oct. 29, to comment on a proposal to allow continuous fishing for walleye, northern pike and bass on South Dakota-Minnesota border waters. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking comments as part of an expedited rulemaking process. It would allow for the changes to be effective in March 2019.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — The former administrator of the Luther Haven nursing home in Montevideo in western Minnesota faces a charge of felony theft. Tamara Noel Borstad, 46, of Appleton, is accused of using the nursing home's credit card and taking cash from its safe to use for gambling. The nursing home calculates it lost $38,812 in money taken and not paid back, including fees and charges, according to a criminal complaint filed Sept. 19 in Chippewa County District Court.
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.
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.