Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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DASSEL, Minn. - Four of the 14 white-tailed deer previously euthanized at an east-central Minnesota deer farm near Dassel have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported this week. Testing confirmed the four as CWD positive last weekend. The Meeker County herd about 50 miles west of Minneapolis was part of an investigation initiated after a CWD infected deer farm herd was found in Crow Wing County in northern Minnesota late last year.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — A father and son in Montevideo are charged with felony theft for allegedly removing the gravestone from the burial plot of the wife and mother of the two. John Wendell Albrecht, 74, and John Darron Albrecht, 47, will make their first appearances May 1 in district court. They were arrested April 17 at John Albrecht Sr.'s farm property northwest of Montevideo and were released from custody on their personal recognizance on April 19.
ST. PAUL — Landowners are learning what types of alternative practices will be allowed as options to meet Minnesota's new buffer law. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources released a list of six possible options Thursday that are meant to serve as guidance to landowners considering alternative practices, according to John Jaschke, the board's executive director. He emphasized that the six options being announced now are not the only alternative practices that will be allowed.
ST. PAUL—A coalition of religious and civil rights organizations will continue to oppose legislation that calls for the State of Minnesota to lease or purchase the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton.
WILLMAR — A daytime intruder head-butted a rural Willmar business owner, jumped over counters and tipped over boxes before fleeing out of the door in which he arrived on Wednesday...
RAYMOND - A pheasant hunter heard the cries for help from a lost girl and came to the rescue as a large-scale search for her was underway Saturday outside of Raymond. Daniel Kiecker, a volunteer firefighter from Lake Lillian, discovered the 9-year-old girl as he was hunting around 6:43 p.m. Saturday in a corn field near the 14000 block of 45th Avenue Southwest, Raymond, according to information from Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog.
MINNEAPOLIS—A Bird Island woman who has served as a caregiver to her two grandchildren and described as honest and giving to others will serve 42 months in federal prison for stealing $1.7 million from her former employer.
KERKHOVEN, Minn. - A flying enthusiast from west-central Minnesota known for his good humor and love for friends has died in a plane crash in Wisconsin's La Crosse County. Loren Larson, 56, of Kerkhoven, died Thursday when the Mooney M-20 plane he was flying crashed in a cornfield in the northern portion of the county, according to information released by the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department. The accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. He was the only person aboard the plane.
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Minnesota’s strategy to reverse a steady decline in its pheasant population should focus on making habitat improvements on private land, and better enforcement of laws requiring vegetative buffers along waterways...