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 — Kids who may already have said they’re bored during this first full week of summer vacation — or parents who are looking for a fun, educational opportunity for their children — are invited to register for a variety of summer programs offered by Nobles County 4-H.
WORTHINGTON — Ongoing complaints by township supervisors and landowners against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ management of wildlife areas came to a head Wednesday when the two groups appeared before Nobles County commissioners in a morning work session.
LUVERNE — From the cackle of a pheasant rooster and the staccato of Western Meadowlarks to the sight of deer on the run and cinnamon-colored bison calves trailing behind their mothers, a new custom-built Prairie Tour Vehicle (PTV) gives visitors to Blue Mounds State Park an experience like no other in Minnesota’s State Parks and Trails system.
JACKSON — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has reported the sighting of an adult black bear and cub in Delafield Township, south of Wilder in northern Jackson County. At 9:28 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office received a phone call of a possible black bear sighting. A motorist reported seeing the bear cross the road and enter a field.
LUVERNE — The city of Luverne will be bustling this weekend with its 34th annual Buffalo Days celebration Friday through Sunday — and Luverne High School’s graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon. A few new events are part of Buffalo Days this year, from a quilt show at the Hinkly House by Luverne quilters to the Take 16 Block Party at the microbrewery on Main Street.
WORTHINGTON — The Plum Creek Library System has offered digital services to its patrons for a half dozen years, and while usage started out strong, it has reached a plateau in several of the system’s public libraries. As a way to generate new and renewed interest in the availability of ebooks and digital audio books, the Nobles County Library, Jackson County Library and Windom Public Library will host a Digital Bookmobile “Toterhome” next week.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Board of Adjustment voted Wednesday evening to allow a rural Wilmont farmer to build a swine barn within 880 feet of a neighboring residence. County ordinance requires 1,320 feet, or one-quarter-mile, separation between a livestock facility with up to 299 animal units. Keith Spartz, Wilmont, presented plans to construct a 168- by 82-foot total confinement swine barn in the west half of the southwest quarter of Section 33, Larkin Township.
WORTHINGTON — In less than three weeks, the cast and crew of Redeemer’s Song Ministries will be in Worthington for a nine-day shoot for their full-length, Christian-based feature film, “He Leadeth Me.” To be filmed at Worthington’s Pioneer Village and Historic Dayton House, the shoot will include up to 25 actors and crew from out of town, as well as approximately 20 Worthington area residents cast in supportive roles.
WORTHINGTON — Earlier this month, the Nobles County Art Center’s board of directors voted unanimously to withdraw from any plans to relocate into the Armory Business Center. Art Center Director Tricia Mikle said the decision came down to money. “It’s like buying a house without knowing how much it costs or knowing how much was needed for repair,” Mikle said. “It just did not make sense for us to do this.”
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday voted to accept a $180,000 Rural Intersection Lighting grant funded by the state to install lighting at 12 state highway intersects with paved county roads. Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said he’s heard a lot of positive comments about the two intersection lighting projects the county has already completed along Nobles County State Aid Highway 35 — at 250th Street east of Adrian and Nobles County 13 north of Rushmore.