Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At The Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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RUSHMORE — He was born in Grundy County, Iowa; she emigrated with her parents from East Friesland, Germany, at age 4. They met when both settled near Rushmore and attended Sunday services at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. Brown and Stena Heidebrink married in that Rushmore church March 16, 1911, and farmed in the area until they purchased a farm of their own in the northeast quarter of Section 15, Ransom Township, in 1917. The purchase price was $100 per acre.
MAGNOLIA — Elizabeth Doherty was one of J.J. Welsh’s 36 nieces and nephews to inherit property following her uncle’s death in 1948. Considered to be an investor in land, Welsh owned parcels in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota and Montana. “He was just that kind of guy,” said Paul Doherty, a great-great-nephew of Welsh and grandson of Elizabeth. Paul and his wife, Pat, now own the acreage and a 60-acre tract that make up a portion of the Doherty century farm southwest of Magnolia.
BEAVER CREEK — Peter Fick was just 16 years old when he embarked on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean in 1891, leaving his family behind in Cadenberge, Germany, in hopes of finding prosperity in America.
COMFREY — When the price of land rent rose to $4 per acre around Chapin, Iowa, Herman Hoek went in search of a farm of his own — a search that took him to new territory in southwest Minnesota. Herman purchased a quarter section in Cottonwood County in the spring of 1917 and spent the summer working the land and growing oats while his wife and son remained near Chapin.
WESTBROOK — While most of Minnesota’s newest century farms have been in the hands of farm families for 100 years — or slightly more — a rural Murray County farm has been cared for by the Chapman family since the early 1880s. George Chapman, his wife, Lucy, and their children lived in east central Iowa in 1880, but George was determined to stake a land claim of his own. His only option to settle unclaimed land, he figured, was in the Dakotas, so he set out across the plains with his horse and wagon.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County War Memorial Building, which is home to the county’s library, art center and historical society, has officially been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the second Worthington landmark to be added to the list in three years, and is one of a dozen Nobles County structures currently on the register.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a resolution authorizing a new school speed zone along a segment of Crailsheim Drive and Nobles County State Aid Highway 35 near Worthington Middle School. A 30 mph speed zone will be in place by the time school starts in September, and will be in effect from 7 to 8 a.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
LUVERNE — Dozens of individuals gathered in Luverne Monday to celebrate trūShrimp Systems’ announcement that Luverne will be home to the first shrimp bay harbor in Minnesota.
LISMORE — Watch a drone demonstration, tour a cattle feedlot, cheer on the children in pedal pull competitions and feed your belly with some delicious Chris’ Cakes pancakes or grilled burgers this Saturday during Nobles County’s Breakfast on the Farm.
WORTHINGTON — Recent rains have brought a flourish to local gardens, which means the farmers market is ready to open for the season. Starting Tuesday, the Downtown Worthington Farmers Market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lot between the Worthington Fire Hall and Wells Fargo, along Second Avenue. The market will be open every Tuesday through October, with the Saturday Farmers Market opening July 1 in the Schwalbach Ace Hardware parking lot. That market is open from 6:30 a.m. to noon each Saturday.