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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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.
WORTHINGTON — On the heels of its annual Winter Reading Program, the Nobles County Library is sprinting into a busy spring schedule with an author visit, antique appraisal event, its colossal spring book sale and soon-to-be expanded hours.
READING — The Reading Community Players are taking on a different look for their upcoming production — in more ways than one. A couple of long-time cast members are taking a break, and a pair of former St. Kilian Misfits have joined in the mayhem that usually occurs on the stage of the Reading Community Center each spring.
WORTHINGTON — China’s announcement Wednesday of additional 25 percent tariffs on an array of agricultural products imported from the United States certainly was not welcome news for southwest Minnesota producers. Farmers in the region have been dealt blow after blow the past few years with low commodity prices, high input costs and markets that show no sign of improvement. At the same time, China’s announcement wasn’t a surprise.
WORTHINGTON — On a 4-1 vote, Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday authorized $2 million as an initial contribution toward a multi-purpose facility that includes a new library in Worthington. The funding is contingent on bond funds being received from the state of Minnesota by June 1, 2020.
WORTHINGTON — More than two dozen artisans from the tri-state area have entered their work in the Nobles County Art Center’s annual Area Art Show — the only juried show it hosts during the year.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County property owners can expect to receive their property assessments in the mail within the next week or two and, for the most part, will again be looking at rising property values.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners will likely decide on Tuesday whether they will contribute an initial $2 million toward the WELL, a collaborative facility that will house a new library and classroom space for community and adult basic education, among other entities, in Worthington.