Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR, Minn.— Gregory Allen Scheel will not be making road trips to Willmar or Montevideo for court appearances while serving two consecutive life sentences for the murder of his grandparents. Prosecutors in Kandiyohi and Chippewa counties have filed motions dismissing the criminal charges he faced in the two counties—fearing that he could possibly escape or because he is already in prison for life. The charges in the two counties are unrelated to the deaths of Wilbert, 90, and Gloria Scheel, 80, on March 21 at their home in Paynesville.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture issued a consumer advisory on Friday, Oct. 19, for apple cider produced and distributed by Sunnyside Orchards of Pennock. The Sunnyside Orchards Apple Cider produced by the company was inadequately processed and stored at improper temperatures which would allow for harmful bacteria to grow. All cider produced since August 31, 2018 is affected. The cider was sold in both gallon and half-gallon containers. A photo of the label is provided. There have been no reports of illness associated with these products.
OLIVIA, Minn. — Not your usual trip home for lunch: That's how Susie Lang described her drive on Friday. A bull moose bolted out in front her as she headed down an avenue on the west edge of Olivia, the city's familiar water tower and the U.S. Highway 212 commercial strip all within her eyesight. A friend with the Renville County Sheriff's Office had texted her shortly before Lang had left for lunch. She informed Lang that that there were reports of a moose in her neighborhood just outside of town. "Seriously," she said, "that's so cool.''
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.
WATSON, Minn.—A century before MapQuest or Google Maps were invented, motorists using one of the country's first coast-to-coast highways followed the "Yellowstone Trail" by watching for chrome yellow markers with an arrow pointing the way to Yellowstone National Park. Two artists are looking to bring those markers back. They started in the small town of Watson, in Chippewa County, with hopes that someday a new rendition of these markers will return to a route that originally ran from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn.—The problem of finding affordable housing in rural Minnesota has hit home for the mayor of Montevideo. Mayor Debra Lee Fader has decided to withdraw as a candidate for re-election. She hasn't been able to find an affordable home to buy or an apartment to rent since she and her husband, Bradley, sold the Sportsmen's Inn, the motel business they operated in Montevideo.
WATSON, Minn. — No one knows how many old pickup trucks are out there hidden away in farm groves or under tarps in dusty sheds, barns or garages. But know this: People are looking for them like sharks on the hunt. "Old trucks are a really hot item right now," said Ed Lipinski, who has turned his lifelong passion for old pickup trucks into a successful business.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. - A central Minnesota woman appeared in district court in Litchfield on Wednesday on charges for allegedly smashing her pickup truck into the back of a pickup truck holding her ex-boyfriend, another woman, and their two children. Desirae Margaret Nelson, 22, of Dassel is charged with four felony charges of assault in the second degree and two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault. She is scheduled to return to court November 7 on the charges.
OLIVIA, Minn. - A trial is scheduled to start Wednesday, Sept. 5, for a central Minnesota man accused of grabbing the steering wheel of a car driven by his girlfriend and causing an accident that severely injured the woman, as well as himself, while causing minor injuries to five children also in the vehicle. Damon Wiederhoft, 29, of Hector, formerly of Cosmos, returned to district court in Renville County on Thursday on felony charges of assault in the first degree and criminal vehicular operation as well as four gross misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.
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.