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New Highway 12 bridge opens in Ortonville

October 31, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ORTONVILLE The new U.S. Highway 12 bridge over the Minnesota River opened on Wednesday morning, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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Outdoor community theater to open Meander weekend in Granite Falls, Minn.

October 4, 2012 in West Central Tribune

The ninth annual Meander Upper Minnesota River Arts Crawl will celebrate its opening night on Friday with two performances of a special outdoor “walking theater” play highlighting the 11,000-year history of the Minnesota River in 45 minutes through the voices of local actors and musicians. Continue Reading

Appleton, Minn., man killed in motorcycle-deer crash

August 20, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ORTONVILLE A 59-year-old Appleton man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a Saturday morning motor vehicle crash along State Highway 7 in Big Stone County. Continue Reading

Company: No ultimatum in dispute over Big Stone Co., Minn., rancher’s lease

May 2, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ORTONVILLE It’s a “blatant misrepresentation of the facts” to claim that Strata Corporation is kicking Clark Mastel off the land he leases for his refusal to sign a letter presented to him by the company, according to Bill LaFond, project manager and author of the letter.
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Rancher loses lease after he refused to give up opposition to quarry plan

May 1, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ORTONVILLE A rancher who voiced opposition to plans by the Strata Corporation to develop a quarry in Big Stone County will not have the lease renewed for the land where he grazes his cattle.
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Hearing on Big Stone County, Minn., quarry draws mostly opposition

April 19, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ORTONVILLE Residents in the area of a proposed hard rock mining quarry had their say before the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners at a public hearing on Tuesday evening.
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Big Stone County man files in special election for district 20 state senate

March 12, 2012 in West Central Tribune

CORRELL A Big Stone County man active in the DFL party filed as a candidate to serve the remainder of the district 20 state senate seat held by the late Gary Kubly. Continue Reading

‘Sensations’ shows the way to Minnesota destinations

May 21, 2011 in West Central Tribune

A television program that motivates viewers to explore the great outdoors found right outside their front doors is about to air.
Pioneer Public Television Channel 10 will air its locally produced “Minnesota River Sensations” at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Continue Reading

Pioneer TV to feature four Minnesota River state parks

May 14, 2011 in West Central Tribune

Pioneer Public Television is offering viewers a guided tour of four state parks on the Minnesota River.
The locally produced “Our State Parks: Minnesota River Sensations” will feature Big Stone Lake, Lac qui Parle, Upper Sioux Agency and Fort Ridgely state parks.
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MnDOT advises no unnecessary travel in southwestern Minnesota this evening

February 1, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in southwestern Minnesota due to blowing snow, heavy drifting and reduced visibility. Continue Reading&