Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat.
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ROUND LAKE — Miriam Cunningham has been a caretaker for decades. A wife, mother of three, grandmother of five and a daycare mom to dozens upon dozens of kids, she’s been called upon to kiss owies and wipe away tears. She’s a nurturer and an educator. She’s still doing all of those things, even in the midst of treatment for stage 4 endometrial cancer.
LUVERNE — The city of Luverne will be invaded by visitors clad in blaze orange in a few weeks as it hosts the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener — the last for Gov. Mark Dayton, who started the event during his first year in office. The expectation is that Dayton will hunt this year, unlike four years ago, when Worthington hosted the annual governor’s hunt. At that time, Dayton was still recovering from a recent hip surgery.
WORTHINGTON — In the nearly four years since Project Morning Star opened south of Worthington in October 2014, more than 100 men, women and children have passed through its doors. More than half of the adults found success — they have a job, a place to live, completed treatment and work with their probation agent — while getting their life back on track at the residential recovery center.
WORTHINGTON — Beth Hoekstra never saw herself as an addict. A college graduate, working professional, wife and mother of two, she didn’t fit the profile of a drug addict — at least that’s what she kept telling herself.
WORTHINGTON — As Carrie Schultz led a group of Worthington Middle School fifth-graders along a mowed path amid shoulder-high prairie grasses and dainty white and purple asters Monday morning, she was doing more than educating the kids about plant diversity and wildlife. She was planting seeds — both literally and figuratively.
WORTHINGTON — With a Sept. 30 deadline looming for counties to set their not-to-exceed levy for 2019, Nobles County commissioners acted in unison Tuesday in setting a preliminary levy increase of 8.46 percent. This is reflected in the county’s preliminary budget of $14,763,231. The board now has approximately three months to try and whittle the 8.46 percent increase down to a more acceptable level.
WORTHINGTON — A Little Free Library has sprouted up along Second Avenue in downtown Worthington, and just as the name implies, it offers free books for those who can’t resist a good read. On Thursday, Mike Woll and his staff erected the painted wooden box on a post behind his business, and within a short walking distance from a residential neighborhood. The box was quickly filled with a selection of books for both children and adults.
BIGELOW — It was nearly 35 years ago when Brian Ling and his dad, Tom, decided not to till up the corn stubble that remained from the preceding fall’s harvest. In the midst of the 1980s farm crisis, Brian said no one was making money at farming, and it seemed to be a good time to take a chance and try something new. Within a few years, all of the land the rural Bigelow men farmed had been converted to no-till.
BREWSTER — In 2014, when Worthington’s Paycheck Race Team was desperate to find a turkey they could chase down 10th Street during the annual Great Gobbler Gallop, it discovered Mike Thiner’s secret flock of Bronze beauties. Hidden on a rural Brewster farm amid Bantam chickens, some squealing pigs and a smattering of pheasants, the team settled on an old hen that was molting at the time.