Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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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.
OLIVIA, Minn. — The Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected a bid by a Renville County defendant for a reduction of his 415-month prison sentence for second-degree murder. The court rejected the argument by Dwayne Case, 31, that the sentence "exaggerates his criminality" in a ruling issued Monday, March 13. The court also said it found "no compelling circumstances'' to reverse the sentence.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Project Turnabout was termed a "pioneer" when it opened its doors to help compulsive gamblers 25 years ago. It still is. Nearly 4,000 people have been helped by the Vanguard program for compulsive gamblers ever since, but this remains pioneering work. There have been lessons learned in how best to help those in need, but otherwise, only incremental gains have been made in responding to what many term the "silent addiction,'' according to today's team at the Vanguard program.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Skyrocketing costs for placing juvenile offenders in out-of-home facilities persuaded a western Minnesota county in 2002 that it was time to do something different. Yellow Medicine County took advantage of state funding to launch a restorative justice program. Victims, offenders and community members join in circles as part of a traditional, Native American approach to justice aimed at healing, accountability and behavior change.
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.
ST. PAUL — A Cooper’s hawk from Yellow Medicine County is the first wild bird in Minnesota to test positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza HPAI virus that has...
MADISON, Minn. — Minnesota’s debate over medical cannabis is headed to a courtroom in Lac qui Parle County, where Angela Brown wants a jury of her peers to hear her...
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — A 19-year-old college student and his father are facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly violating Lac qui Parle County’s social host ordinance. The charges stem from a party...