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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WORTHINGTON — There are 116 communities across the United States who have developed sister city relationships with cities in Germany, but none of them are as long-standing, and few — if any — run as deep as the connection between Worthington and Crailsheim. That appeared evident to Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle, who joined the leaders of six other Midwest cities to speak during an event hosted by the German Consulate General Chicago last weekend in Indianapolis, Ind.
BEAVER CREEK — Creating spaces for wildlife habitat that are open for public enjoyment — whether hunting or bird watching, photography or nature walks — isn’t possible without the willingness of landowners to sell property for the purpose of conservation. As the sun began to peek through the clouds Friday afternoon, Rock County Pheasants Forever celebrated one such landowner who made the new Rooster Ridge Wildlife Management Area a reality.
LUVERNE — Under gray skies and large dancing snowflakes, world-renowned nature and wildlife photographer — and Luverne native — Jim Brandenburg welcomed several groups of media and guests to Touch The Sky Prairie early Friday afternoon as part of activities surrounding the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Brandenburg, in between trips to Canada and Europe, was on hand to share the story of the prairie reconstruction at Touch The Sky, which now boasts approximately 1,100 acres.
LUVERNE — Boasting the largest banquet crowd in Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener history, the city of Luverne “hit it out of the ballpark,” according to 2018 GPHO Chairman Rick Peterson Friday night as he addressed those gathered at Grand Prairie Events on the eve of the state’s pheasant hunting opener.
WORTHINGTON — With gale force winds creating whitecaps Wednesday afternoon across the recently restored Summit Lake north of Reading, members of the Nobles County Ducks Unlimited chapter joined staff from the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District to erect half a dozen wood duck houses along the shoreline. Kevin Black, president of the roughly 125-member Nobles County Ducks Unlimited chapter, said it’s the first time the local organization has erected wood duck houses.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council took the next step toward a possible new movie theater Monday night when it authorized Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) to develop conceptual plans and cost estimates for a spec building to accommodate an entertainment-based business in the city.
LUVERNE — Katie Hemme hasn’t hunted since she was in college, and even then, the only things she tried to shoot were raccoons or coyotes who threatened her family’s sheep farm. The one time she actually dropped a bird was when she took aim at the pigeons in the haymow, angry after their droppings got all over the hay she was supposed to toss down for the livestock.
WORTHINGTON — Repairs to the Prairie View water filtration system are anticipated to be addressed this month, but with current high water levels and a chance for rain in the forecast nearly every day in the next week, time will tell. Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Manager Les Johnson said a crew from Duininck Inc. intends to be at the site the week of Oct. 15.
EDGERTON — Abbie Fey has found her niche in a career dominated by men. From the thawing coyote in her work sink to the badger with pins placed around its eyes and the salted hides of bear drying in the garage, her daily work routine is, to say the least, unusual. She wouldn’t have it any other way.
WORTHINGTON — “No Parking” signs will soon be erected on Crailsheim Road (Nobles County State Aid Highway 10) between Collegeway and the entrance to the Walter Vogt farm to discourage students who reside at Bluejay Villas from using the highway as overflow parking. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said he recently met with members of the city’s traffic and safety committee about the issue.