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 — Lewis & Clark Regional Water System Executive Director Troy Larson and Board Chairman Red Arndt were in Washington, D.C., earlier this week to meet with congressional leaders about the need for federal funding for rural water projects.
WORTHINGTON — A pair of assessments under way on Worthington’s Lake Okabena will be used to guide board members of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District as they identify ways to improve water quality in the local basin.
WORTHINGTON — After a lengthy discussion last week regarding the potential to change the county’s auditor-treasurer and recorder posts from elected to appointed offices, Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday opted to take no action on the matter. Inaction means they will not request the state legislature’s consideration this session. Instead, they may leave it up to voters to decide in November 2020.
WORTHINGTON — As the 2018 legislative session nears, Nobles County commissioners need to decide if they are interested in changing the county’s auditor-treasurer and recorder positions from elected to appointed.
WORTHINGTON — Drainage issues and public lands dominated a portion of Wednesday’s Nobles County Board work session, as commissioners discussed ways to alleviate flooding along County Ditch 4, south of the Herlein Boote slough, as well as air concerns about state and federal ownership of land and their impact on the tax base.
WORTHINGTON — Though neither the county, city or school district have made a firm commitment to proceed with a collaborative multi-purpose facility on the former Campbell Soup property along Second Avenue in downtown Worthington, they believe the project’s fate may lie with the Minnesota Legislature when it convenes Feb. 20.
WORTHINGTON — As Super Bowl 52 descends upon the Twin Cities this week, nearly a dozen area residents are among the 10,000 volunteers who will get to whoop it up with the fans and pour on the Minnesota nice. “We’re going to kill them with kindness,” says Lee McAllister, speaking of Philadelphia fans in particular.
WORTHINGTON — Jake Cuperus and his fishing buddies — 4-year-old son Lawson and friend Brandon Van Westen — were ice fishing on Lake Okabena Saturday when Jake’s 6-pound test fishing line went taut, the weight tugging from a golden-colored jig feeling like a rock. “I knew right away it was a big fish — it was just the way it felt,” said the rural Wilmont farmer and ice-fishing enthusiast.
AVOCA — Tucked behind the barn on a rural Avoca acreage, Dillon and Chandra Carlson have constructed a 16-kilowatt, 64-panel solar array that will generate enough energy to power their farmhouse, with excess energy feeding into the power supply grid. While the project was completed in September, the Carlsons have yet to capture the full advantage of the system — the warm summer sun.
WORTHINGTON — Two years after the statewide launch of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, more than 500 landowners have completed the application process and become certified. The voluntary program seeks to encourage the implementation of conservation practices that protect and improve water quality, including the planting of cover crops, using reduced tillage or no-till and monitoring nutrient loads, among others.