Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR, Minn. — Amy Rager spotted the first drops of sap seeping from a wound on the sugar maple tree on her Chippewa County farm, and was in disbelief. It was the last week of January. As the director of the University of Minnesota Extension's Master Naturalist program, she keeps an eye on the natural progression of seasons in Minnesota. This is one that tops the charts. She tapped her favorite maple and started collecting sap to boil for syrup, the earliest ever in her experience. "By a month,'' Rager said.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A six-point buck 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. The "intruder" caused havoc at Johnson Fur on South Highway 71 where workers are in the process of handling thousands of deer hides harvested in the last two weeks. "It was something else,'' said business owner Scott Johnson, who took a set of six-point antlers to his ribs and stomach. Johnson said he had a few tender ribs, but otherwise was OK.
MADISON, Minn. — Doug Peterson is leaving his post as president of the Minnesota Farmers Union feeling good about the strength of the 14,000-member organization and confident in the abilities of those who will succeed him. And both are very much needed, as the challenges facing family farmers represented by the Minnesota Farmers Union are as great today as ever, and the urgency more so, according to Peterson. The biggest challenge is a familiar one: The financial hurdles for young people wanting to start farming are daunting.
Security cameras keep a constant vigil on silent hallways leading to nearly 400 prison cells, every one empty but kept ready. Books still line the library shelves, weight lifting equipment...
A school bus and Kia Soul collided head-on Monday morning on U.S. Highway 212 east of Granite Falls, injuring 16 people, including 11 young children in the bus. A passenger in the Kia was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, while the other victims in the accident were transported to the Granite Falls Hospital and neighboring hospitals, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Anthony Blue, 33, of Granite Falls, was driving the 2014 Kia westbound on U.S. 212 around 7 a.m.
ST. PAUL — A Cooper’s hawk from Yellow Medicine County is the first Minnesota wild bird to test positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza HPAI virus that has infected...
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- Today is the one year anniversary of a homicide in Montevideo that remains unsolved, although authorities remain hopeful of resolving the case. It was on this date around 10:15 p.m.
MADISON, Minn. -- An attorney filed motions in district court Wednesday seeking to dismiss a charge of child endangerment against Angela Brown, who has used medical cannabis to treat her son. Immediately after the hearing, Brown, 38, of Madison, and attorney Michael Hughes of Bend, Ore., gathered with reporters at the Pantry Café in downtown Madison and said they are prepared to go to trial to maintain her innocence. Her case has drawn state and national attention to the small town in west-central Minnesota.
ELBOW LAKE, Minn.