Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO, Minn.—The Montevideo Police Department has essentially wrapped up its investigation into a shooting and suicide, according to Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher. David Dale Schwartz, 55, was waiting inside when Angela Marie Haugerud, 41, arrived home on July 10. As she attempted to run out the front door, he shot her twice in the back before turning the gun on himself. The confrontation took place over the course of just a minute or two, with no chance for Haugerud to get help or for anyone to intervene, according to Christopher.
BIRD ISLAND, Minn.—A two-hour visit of the Stanley Cup to Bird Island attracted visitors Monday afternoon, July 23, from both ends of Minnesota and beyond, easily doubling if not tripling the population of the Renville County community of roughly 1,000 people. "How many people? A lot," said Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable who, like everyone else, could only guess how many people lined up for a 10-second opportunity to stand by the National Hockey League championship trophy and have their photo taken.
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.
BIRD ISLAND, Minn. — Harry Truman held the highest office in the land, yet was always proud to boast that the small town of Independence, Missouri, was his home. And so it is for Brian Sheehan, who will soon be leading Lions International, with 1.47 million members in over 47,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Bird Island is home for Sheehan, and he is more than happy to tell others about it. "We just love this community. I talk about it globally," said Sheehan of the town of about 1,000 people.
BIRD ISLAND — A small west-central Minnesota town of just over 1,000 residents will get to see the Stanley Cup, thanks to the Washington Capitals head trainer.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A wetter-than-normal June and a wet start to July have many in the wildlife community concerned that pheasant nesting success will be adversely affected in the southern half of the state.
RAYMOND, Minn.—After nearly 118 years of publication, The Raymond/Prinsburg News is no more. The weekly newspaper serving the communities of Raymond and Prinsburg in Kandiyohi County delivered the news in its final edition July 4. "It was a very hard decision,'' said Ted Almen, who along with his wife, Kari Jo, have published The News since they acquired it just over 20 years ago.
SUNBURG, Minn. — When you no longer have faith that you can move the bog, turn the job over to 10 farmhands. With three motor boats, a pontoon boat and a chainsaw with a three-foot bar, Kevin Lundberg and his crew of 10 farm workers removed a 20- to 30-foot-wide section of the bog that has plugged the channel or pass linking Norway and Games lakes since last summer.
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.