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Floating islands try to improve water quality

April 30, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

Grasses, flowers and plants on the artificial islands strengthen ecosystems above and below waterWORTHINGTON Under cloudy skies and sporadic sprinkles, students in Jeff Rogers’ Introduction to Soil Science class at Minnesota West Community and Technical College anchored the first of four floating islands Tuesday afternoon in the E.O. Olson storm water retention pond on campus. Continue Reading

Thief takes fish house, Renville County Sheriff, Minn., seeking information

October 10, 2012 in West Central Tribune

BIRD ISLAND The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the theft of an Ice Castle fish house from a property in Bird Island to report that information to the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers. Continue Reading

Fairmont ace tames Frogs, Bird Island (Minn.) falls 2-0 in state tournament

September 1, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ST. CLOUD Shaun McQuire limited Bird Island to five singles and the Fairmont Martins ended the Bird Island season 2-0 early Saturday afternoon in the third round of the Class C Minnesota State Amateur baseball tournament. Continue Reading

Water conditions trigger closing of Robbins Island swimming beach

August 8, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR The Robbins Island swimming beach on Foot Lake remains closed after routine testing last week uncovered a high fecal count. Continue Reading

Canadian pilot lands plane on Meeker County, Minn., highway

August 1, 2012 in West Central Tribune

BIRD ISLAND Part of the proceeds from the upcoming Let’s Ride Minnesota’ event being hosted by the Tim Orth Foundation will benefit the family of Drake Bigler, the 5-month-old killed in a head-on crash on July 29 near Starbuck.
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Orth Foundation to assist Bigler family with proceeds from Let’s Ride Minnesota event in Bird Island

August 1, 2012 in West Central Tribune

BIRD ISLAND A portion of the proceeds from the upcoming Let’s Ride Minnesota event being hosted by the Tim Orth Foundation will benefit the family of Drake Bigler, the five-month-old killed in a head-on crash on July 29 near Starbuck. Continue Reading

Two drivers treated, released after Bird Island, Minn., crash

May 16, 2012 in West Central Tribune

BIRD ISLAND The drivers of two vehicles involved in a motor vehicle crash around 5:35 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of County Road 4 and 410th Street were treated and released from Renville County Hospital. Continue Reading

Cosmos, Minn., man killed Sunday morning in Renville County crash

April 24, 2012 in West Central Tribune

OLIVIA A Cosmos man was pronounced dead late Sunday night at the scene of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Renville County Roads 5 and 4, which is located approximately six miles south of Bird Island. Continue Reading

Puerto Rican gave up island life for job in Minnesota

April 23, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON Though born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ruperto Lazzu chose to spend nearly all of his adult life in southwest Minnesota, where the work is plenty, the weather is colder and the people are friendly.
The weather may be better in Puerto Rico, but as Lazzu said, the job market was not the best when he was in school. Continue Reading

Cosmos, Minn., man killed in Renville County crash

April 23, 2012 in West Central Tribune

OLIVIA A Cosmos man was pronounced dead late Sunday night at the scene of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Renville County Roads 5 and 4, which is located approximately six miles south of Bird Island. Continue Reading