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 farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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LISMORE — The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting a fatal crash that occurred shortly before 7 a.m. today. Three people were involved in the head-on collision on Minnesota 91, near 160th Street, just northeast of Lismore. Names of the individuals involved will not be released until later today. It is unknown how many were killed in the crash.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners, acting Tuesday as the Ditch Authority, directed Drainage System Coordinator Brad Harberts to proceed with the removal of two culverts on Nobles County Ditch 4 (CD4) that may be impeding water flow.
WORTHINGTON — The E.O. Olson Trust Committee awarded $6,250 to the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Monday to conduct a second carp study in Worthington’s Lake Okabena.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday approved a disaster declaration as a result of last weekend’s high winds that toppled power lines and cut off power to the southwestern Nobles County community of Ellsworth for approximately 80 hours. Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs said the disaster declaration will start the process for the state of Minnesota to conduct a preliminary damage assessment in the county.
BEAVER CREEK — Multiple agencies responded to a snowmobile crash just before 10 p.m. Saturday in Rock County that resulted in the death of a 28-year-old Luverne man. Jacob T. Gonnerman was driving a snowmobile on Rock County 4, under the Interstate 90 bridge west of Beaver Creek, when he struck a guardrail. Gonnerman was transported to Sanford Medical Center, Luverne, where he was pronounced dead.
WORTHINGTON — Kabo Yang, director of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium in Minneapolis and a frequent speaker on equality and justice, will be in Worthington Thursday for two presentations at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Sponsored by The Culture Corner, Yang will speak at noon in the Fine Arts Theater, and again at 6:30 p.m. in Minnesota West Commons. Both events are free and open to the public.
SIBLEY, Iowa — Osceola County volunteers and school groups are coming together to plan a fundraiser for one of their own. Until last September, Mike Kraayenbrink had been teaching fifth- and sixth-grade language arts at Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School. He’d been heavily involved in coaching — basketball (most recently freshman coach) and volleyball, with football and baseball coaching earlier in his career.
BIGELOW — A corn crib, chicken house and shed, along with a camper, ATV and construction tools were destroyed by an early morning fire Thursday west of Bigelow. Several chickens, including two dozen baby chicks, and six ducks were also lost in the blaze.
LUVERNE — Child care and workforce housing needs are among the most critical challenges in southwest Minnesota, according to community leaders participating in a Regional Vitality Summit Monday in Luverne. Organized as part of U.S. Rep. Tim Walz’s Southern Minnesota Way of Life Tour, the summit provided attendees an opportunity to share concerns impacting community growth and to help Walz identify potential federal policy solutions.
WORTHINGTON — Sullivan Supply Company travels across the country each year to provide expert hands-on training to youths looking to improve their skills at fitting and showing livestock. Later this month, its Stock Show University is coming to the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington for a two-day fitting and showing clinic. It will be its first visit to southwest Minnesota, and the only Minnesota stop on its 2018 tour.